posted on Dec, 20 2010 @ 12:42 AM
What year Audi / Passat.
If you are looking at B5s - around 1999, then the A4 and the Passat are the exact same car with a few minor differences. These differences are:
*The audi is always 4-motion (AWD), whereas for the passat it's an option
*The audi is slightly lighter, and therefore has slightly better acceleration (truly marginal)
*Both get heated seats, but I think they are standard in the A4
Same story for B5.5, again, not sure what years.
However, the B6 (I think 2005 on, but just guessing) is a ***tty platform. It does not share many parts with the audi counterparts. It also has a
crappier transmission, suspension, and engine layout (not parallel with chassis). If you get a T4 passat, the turbo lag is significant from a dead
start. On the other hand, the newer Audi's got better in terms of performance and safety.
If you are looking for performance - 1999-2001 bi-turbo S4 is your car.
Keep in mind that both Audis and VWs are rather unreliable, hard to work on, have expensive parts, and crappy dealerships that rip you off. This is
from someone who has owned an A4 and a Passat. People often turn to Audi to stave off the costs of BMWs. This is a mistake, in some ways, Audis are
even worse. At least the Bimmer's drivetrain and suspensions are solid. Not the cause with Audis/VWs.