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Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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2001. - 2004.
D - Large family car
sedan, 4 door
4 x 4
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2000. - 2005.
D - Large family car
sedan, 4 door
4 x 4

Dimensons & Volumes

4547 mm
1766 mm
1428 mm
445 liters
720 liters
70 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4703 mm
1746 mm
1462 mm
475 liters
800 liters
62 liters

Engine

Volkswagen
3.0 5V
Petrol
6 - V config, 5 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
2976 cc
220 hp
300 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Volkswagen
2.8 V6 30v
Petrol
6 - V config, 5 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
2771 cc
193 hp
280 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 5 gears
1490 kg
6.9 s
243 km/h
14.9 l/100km
8.0 l/100km
10.5 l/100km
252 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1499 kg
7.8 s
238 km/h
15.3 l/100km
8.0 l/100km
10.7 l/100km
257 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 5 gears
1530 kg
8.7 s
238 km/h
16.0 l/100km
7.8 l/100km
10.8 l/100km
276 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 5 gears
1549 kg
9.8 s
233 km/h
16.3 l/100km
7.9 l/100km
11.0 l/100km
264 g/km

Expenses

1500 EUR
Price from
800 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Well, these are two pretty similar cars we have here! It's only details that could potentially make the difference. Considering they both belong to the large family car segment and utilize the same 4-door sedan body style and the 4 x 4 wheel drive system, it all comes up to the specific petrol engine choice they offer. Both the engines are Volkswagen-engineered . The first one has a 6-cylinder, 30-valves 220hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 6-cylinder, 30-valves 193hp one.

Safety

The first thing to look into here would be the results from European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) tests performed on the two cars. Good thing is that both vehicles got tested, with the same number of safety stars gained in the process. Moving further on, let's take a closer look at some additional safety-related facts. Both vehicles belong to the large family car segment, which is generally a good thing safety-wise, but that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. On the other hand, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, Passat offers a marginal difference of 1% more metal.

Reliability

I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that Volkswagen does have a slight advantage, all the models observed together. That's the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of Audi with an average rating of 4.1, and models under the Volkswagen badge with 4.2 out of 5. Independent research findings rank A4 15% below average, and Passat 17% above the first one. Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as Audi A4 rank it on average as 5.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.9 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Audi is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.9 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 243 kilometers per hour, 5km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 10.6 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (27 mpg), in combined cycle.


Verdict

Volkswagen appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, Passat offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. From there things take a different direction, with Audi offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! It's really tough to make a final decision here, but if I'd need to, I'd say Audi. Nevertheless, let's not forget that people have different preferences and needs, so what really counts is your personal feel. I'm only here to help. I suggest you spend two more minutes in order to find out which car, based on your needs and budget, would be picked by the virtual adviser, among thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.

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