"It's everything we know how to do, done all at once,"
Volkswagen asserts as they unveil the 2003 Volkswagen Passat
with renewed poise and self-assurance. Last year the Passat
acquired accolade as the first car in its Volkswagen class
to install an eight-cylinder engine, coined as the W8. This
year, we see the introduction of an entry-level 4-cylinder
Choose from three trim levels: GLS, GLS V6, or GLX. The
GLS and GLS V6 can be further customized with one of three
special packages. The Luxury Package includes power sunroof,
rear sunshade, alloy wheels, and anti-theft wheel locks.
The Cold Weather Package includes heatable front seats,
and heated windshield washer nozzles. And to the Cold Weather
Package, the Leather Package adds a leather-wrapped multi-function
steering wheel, and leather trimmed seats.
Standard interior features of the 2003 Volkswagen Passat
GLS and GLS V6 include air conditioning, pollen and dust
filter, eight-speaker cassette stereo system, in-dash CD
player, trip computer, cruise control, and a cooled illuminated
lockable glove box. Inside the GLX, further avails include
a sleek wood-trimmed interior, and Monsoon stereo system.
Nothing is left out inside the GLX. Other standard features
for the GLX include heatable eight-way power front seats,
three-position memory on the driver's seat, leather-wrapped
multifunction steering wheel, self-dimming rear view mirror,
and power sunroof.
The base 2003 Volkswagen Passat GLS and GLS V6 models offer
standard exterior features such as heated power remote mirrors,
clear lens halogen head lamps, and projector lens fog lamps
integrated into front bumper. Upgrades can include any of
the packages mentioned above in the Available Models section.
The GLX dishes up standard extras like rain-sensing wipers,
heated windshield washer nozzles, and alloy wheels.
V + V = W. Take two Volkswagen V engines, fuse them together,
and you get the new surprisingly compact W8. The W8 engine
is undoubtedly the Passat's biggest and best move thus far
under the hood. It produces 270 horsepower and 273 lb-ft
of torque for a powerful yet elegant ride. You can find
this W8 engine in the GLX model, which can also house the
V6 engine if you so desire.
Also available to the 2003 Volkswagen Passat GLS and GLS
V6 models is the 4-cylinder, 1.8-litre, 170 horsepower engine
with 166 lb-ft of torque, and the V6, 2.8-litre engine pumping
out 190 horsepower and 206 lb-ft of torque. The Passat comes
with an automatic 5-speed transmission that also offers
'Tiptronic' manual mode capabilities. Unleaded fuel mileage
runs at 21/30 (city/hwy) mpg for the 5-speed automatic 1.8-litre
engine, and 20/27 (city/hwy) mpg for the 5-speed automatic
Safety and Security
Outstanding safety can be found here in the 2003 Volkswagen
Passat. Each of the four doors has its own impacting steel
beam inside to protect all passengers equally. The Passat
is literally full of airbags, from front-impact bags, and
side-impact bags neatly tucked away inside the front seats,
to the side curtain airbags strategically set to inflate
from above the doors to provide yet another layer of cushioning
between the cabin and any uninvited guests.
Volkswagen's optional 4MOTION all-wheel drive system,
which balances torque between all four wheels, teams up
with Electronic Differential Lock (EDL) that controls the
ABS brakes to constantly maximize traction. Volkswagen takes
'drive safe' to new levels of respect, and the Passat is
2003 Volkswagen Passat
headlamps with clear, light weight, chip-resistant
Running Lights (DRL). Upon start-up of vehicle, headlights
are engaged with reduced power; instrument panel lighting,
parking lights and taillights remain off. To engage
all lights with full power the light switch must be
turned to on position.
& passenger side power mirrors, heatable
applications to grille, bumpers, side moldings and
side window frames
glass sunroof, tilt and slide, tinted glass, with
sunshade, pinch protection, and driver's door power
lock operated convenience closing feature (except
- GL 1.8T)
vehicle alarm system for doors, hood, trunk lid, radio
and starter, with warning LED in driver's door top
sill and audible/visual de/activation verification
theft deterrent system (Transponder III)
a Free Price Quote on a Volkswagen Passat.
170 @ 5900
190 @ 6000
270 @ 6000
1.8L auto 21 / 30
2.8L auto 20 / 27
4.0L auto 18 / 25