Let's not discuss personal tastes here, but yes, the Passat and A4 used
to be built on the same platform (B5). However, the A4 has been on the
new platform (B6 or 8E) since 2002. Not sure if the new Passat will
also be built on this same new platform...
According to www.vw.com you can. A GLS 4-motion 1.8T Passat comes with
a manual tranny.
There is no sport suspension option on the Passat.
I could stand to be corrected on this one but does the 4x4 Audi not have
Quattro and the Passat (even the 4x4 version) only have an updated version
of whatever part-time system VW use? Which is not Quattro!
I've had a Passat (not the latest varient) followed by an A4 - the A4 was
far superior in build quality and finish.
They both use the Torsen system, since they both have the longitudinal
engine layout. It's just so they minimize stealing customers from each
other, they call it quattro at Audi and 4Motion at VW. This way they
make it sound as if one was superior to the other. ;-) They're the same
Transverse layouts (A3, TT, R32) use the Haldex system, which is
I can't promise anything, especially as I'm recalling this by heart from
some of the magazines we get here in Europe but apparently the A4 limo
platform is different from that of the Passat, as that of the Passat is
However, the A4 Avant and the Passat apparently share the same platform.
That was certainly the case for the B5 A4, now I don't know about the B6.
The other thing, and this is something plain to see, is if you have a look
at both a B6 A4 limo and its Avant Counterpart, the Avant looks not only
longer but also wider, which makes me suspect it's a bit like the old B5
I would be really curious to get a drive in the Avant with the same engine,
as I'm sure it must provide an overall superior feeling of directionality
and stability, and that of less suppleness - let's say in a similar fashion
though at a smaller scale than what you get when you step out of an A4 and
into an A6. Those of you who have tried please let us know what you felt.
My two cents,
The current Passat (MK5.5) is still built on the B5 platform that the A4 used
previously. I can't speak for any "limo" versions sold in Europe but the
standard Passat is indeed built on the B5 platform. The current A4 (B6) and A6
are built on different platforms. The MKVI (or MK6 if you prefer) Passat is due
this year, on an entirely new platform not shared with anything made by Audi,
and sporting either a turbocharged version of the 3.2 or a naturally aspirated
3.6 making about 300Hp as it's top spec engine. A 325-350Hp "R" variant is said
to be in development as well.
I don't believe this is the case. I was told by the VW dealer (take it
for what you want) that The Passat is on a stretched version of the A4
platform. There is certainly considerably more room in an A6 than a
Passat as I looked at them both closely. I opted for an older A6.
Well, after looking it up, it appears there is some truth to both
versions. From what I've seen, the Passat is indeed based on a
stretched A4 (B5) platform, but so is the A6! So nobody's wrong :)
here's one of the links I found:
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