The fifth generation Passat went into production at Emden in 1996. This was an all-new aerodynamically designed, low drag, coefficient model sharing the Audi A4 platform. It featured fully independent front suspension and four-wheel drive was introduced in 1997. The model was facelifted in 2001 with minor changes to lights, styling and some mechanical revisions. A powerful 2-litre TDI diesel engine option producing 136 PS was added in 2003 and a 4-litre W8 engine was introduced between 2001 and 2004 for a luxury four-wheel drive model.
E, S, Sport, SE, V5, V6
Front-wheel drive/ 4MOTION four-wheel drive
Audi A4/ Skoda Superb