Originally posted by avraell
on the older passats they share the same power train as the a4 but the passat has a front wheel drive setup for the engine and the a4 has a longitudinal mounted engine because of the all wheel drive.
B5 and B5.5 passats have longitudinal-placed engines just like the Audi. Also, AWD is an option on the passats. Also, theoretically, you can have a faster passat than A4 because the passat comes with a W8 engine, which is always paired with AWD. The maintenance on that engine is a b**ch though.