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1999 Volkswagen Passat Review

An Audi in an inexpensive costume.

Reviewed by Automotive on 8/2/1999


The 1999 Volkswagen Passat provides a large family car that has been in production since 1973. It sells under a number of names, including the Santana, Magotan, Carat, Corsar, and Dasher. The 1999 Volkswagen Passat has reached its fifth generation.

Each successive generation carries the internal designations B1, B2, and so forth. Therefore, the 1999 Volkswagen Passat falls into the B5 line.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan, five-door wagon

What’s New

The 1999 Volkswagen Passat promised all-wheel drive, but the Synchro all-wheel drive option got cancelled for all models. The car comes in two trim levels for this year: the base GLS and the top-end GLX.


The 1999 Volkswagen Passat builds on the B5 platform, which it also shares with the first-generation Audi A4. The exterior of the car represents a new design concept for the company that launched in 1997. The car uses smooth lines and underpinnings along with heavily racked windscreens to keep the drag coefficient as low as 0.27.

The 1999 Volkswagen Passat has a fully independent four-link suspension and a semi-independent torsion beam for the front-wheel-drive models. It has won several awards over the course of its production.


The interior marks one of the best parts of the 1999 Volkswagen Passat. The automaker seldom goes wrong in designing the interior for its cars and does not go wrong with the Passat. The interior seems spacious for four adults, and even tall occupants have no trouble inside except for the lack of headroom.

Nevertheless, legroom abounds for everyone.

The trunk space looks cavernous as expected, and entry and exit proves effortless, to say the least. The dashboard of the Passat looks a lot like that of an Audi with its combination of gauges and arrangement of controls, except for the fact that the controls look simpler and the gauges legible.

The Passat has a strong presence, even when driven along the worst roads. The overall fit and finish looks good, although the décor seems a little too drab. Nevertheless, it uses no low-budget components.

The GLX and GLS V6 feature real wood trim. The overall workmanship and materials used in them rival those of costly automobiles.

Performance Handling

The 1999 Volkswagen Passat comes with two different engines under the hood, depending on the model chosen. The GLS V6 and GLX models get a 2.8-liter V-6 engine that delivers 190 horsepower and 206 lb-ft of torque. The base model uses a 1.8-liter, turbocharged I-4 engine that delivers 150 horsepower and 155 lb-ft of torque.

No matter the trim level, the suspension of the 1999 Volkswagen Passat smoothens out most of the bumps and dips on the road. Of course, the GLX model rides more firmly, but the ride does not get too firm for comfort.

The turbocharged engine remains quiet and free of turbo lag, but only with the manual transmission. If the engine combines with the automatic transmission, it fails to deliver the power required for quick passes and climbing up long and steep grades.


The 1999 Volkswagen Passat includes anti-lock brakes, seat-mounted front side airbags, and low-speed traction control as standard safety features. It receives perfect five-star ratings for driver and passenger safety in frontal-impact tests conducted by the NHTSA.

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