5-seater 4-door saloon.
Second generation 80 range, on lengthened wheelbase (100ins compared to 97.2ins) version of original underpan, still front-drive, still part of VW's corporate plan. Larger and more up-market than before, no longer linked to re-styled VW Passat, and no estate car available. From 1981 to 1984 there were five-cylinder engine options, which were then transferred to newly developed '90' model. This design gave rise to well-liked Coupé and even Quattro, all based on same floorplan/front end structures.
- 1588cc (S4 OC), 1921cc/1994cc (S5 oC)
- Front engine, front-wheel drive
- Production dates:
- 1978 to 1986
- Number produced:
- 3 million plus, all 80s, all types, to end 1988