The 2004 Volkswagen model line-up features two all-new models that will promote the brand in a different manner. An extra level of sophistication is found in the 2004 Volkswagen line-up with a new full-sized sedan as well as a premium-appointed, turbocharged diesel sport utility vehicle. The Volkswagen Phaeton is installed as the brand's new premium flagship sedan for 2004 offered with a V-8 or W-12 engine. Volkswagen's 4Motion all-wheel drive is standard on the 2004 Phaeton. For sport compact car enthusiasts, Volkswagen offers a special treat in the form of the R32. A limited edition vehicle based on the two-door Golf hatchback, the 2004 Volkswagen R32 combines all-wheel drive with a 240-horsepower V-6 engine. Diesel sedan fans in the United States are presented with a new choice in 2004. The 2004 Passat TDI can travel on average up to 35 miles on a gallon of diesel fuel. For 2004, Volkswagen Touareg adds the availability of the V10 TDI in the United States providing the muscular momentum of 553 pound-feet of torque.
A compact five-passenger car available as a two-door or four-door hatchback, the 2004 Volkswagen Golf is available with a TDI turbodiesel engine which is rated at 42 mpg in the city and 49 mpg on the highway.