2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium – Long Term Report: 1 of 4 – Diesel Power Magazine

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Diesel Power’s First Hits The Road

The 2.0L TDI engine puts out 140 hp and 236 lb-ft of and regularly averages more 40 mpg on the highway.

The 2.0L four-cylinder TDI puts out 140 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque and av

It took a while to get the ball but Volkswagen of America was the first to get involved, and we recently welcomed a VW Passat TDI into our fleet for the year. Our Night Blue Passat arrived—fully loaded—in SEL trim, which includes leather seating, an upgraded audio system, premium and 18-inch wheels to name of the standard features.

With a base price of $32,915 plus a $795 charge, the total of our optionless but car came to $33,710. Our tester outfitted with the DSG transmission and EPA rating of 30 mpg city and 40 mpg highway.

We delivery of our Passat just before we were slated to out to Diesel Power Challenge. only 252 miles on the odometer, we our new VW to Denver on a nonstop, 1,000-mile to the mile-high city. If it was a break-in we after, we sure got it, as our drive us through five states, blizzards, big-time elevation and varied highway speeds.

Through it all we were incredibly as our brand-new Passat returned 41 mpg with an average speed of than 75 mph. Our return with more favorable bumped that up to 42 mpg. impressively, we were able to it from Denver to Las Vegas—a of 717 miles on just one tank of

Our Passat features attractive seating with suede-like which is standard

So far, our 5,000 miles have pretty uneventful, with no issues to speak of for this sedan. The full size and road manners make for a car easy to live with. The is a deceptively large car; its is well disguised by the conservative

The most impressive part of the is the expansive rear bench, can fit three car seats across the or three medium-sized adults. is plenty of legroom and the backseat down to expand the cargo-carrying of the huge trunk. With the seat folded down, you can fit as stuff as in a small SUV.

Our complaints so far are a slow-to-respond head and annoying buzz from the piece at the base of the windshield. told VW is working on a fix for the delay to for the head unit and the buzzing is an issue common to Passats and one experienced before in other We also noted in the logbook the 18-inch Continental tires are noisy on concrete, taking from an otherwise quiet

Overall, we’ve been with our experience with the VW so far. We’d say the personality of the is more of a relaxed cruiser sports car, but that is makes the car comfortable for those days.

With a highway range of than 700 miles per tank and the to effortlessly chew up endless of asphalt, you can bet we’ll be taking the on more road trips in for the next report.

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