2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium review notes – Autoweek

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2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL review notes

The 2013 Passat TDI SEL comes in at a base of $33,710.

The in-dash mounted makes backing up a breeze the back up camera system in the Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL.

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EDITOR JAKE LINGEMAN: just getting out of our long-term Passat TDI SE a few days ago, I was to see what the extra L adds to the SE Looking on the consumer site it that it’s just the audio system and the seats, doesn’t seem like But those seats are worth a few by themselves.

The seats in the SE are leatherette, but hard to the touch and flat. The in the SEL have suede inserts and to curve nicely to my body.

The were great, extremely and stylish, but the radio system was a glitchy. Sometimes I had to press twice, sometimes it lagged a few And it takes a few extra seconds to get

It did at least connect to my iPhone

It has the same engine and six-speed trans as our long-term tester, so no there. I would ask for some shifters if I was adding options.

I the TDI Passat is a better option the Toyota Camrys and Honda out there, if just for the better and diesel power. Our well-equipped Accord EX-L costs the same as this Passat TDI SEL car.

NEWS EDITOR MIGLIORE: The Passat continues to me as it’s a premium execution in a that’s getting increasingly This felt close to luxury, which I guess it is. I like the clean looks of the and classy lights, which set off the with a stately, sporty

The Passat has a smartly tailored and a bit of presence, no question.

The cabin is and this tester is dressed in a creamy tan. The woodlike and trim work in harmony, and all of the such as satellite radio, heaters and the sunroof add to your pleasure.

Behind the wheel, the diesel is though not as torquey in real-life — particularly on the expressway as expected. Steering is a bit light on and the chassis is compliant though not Mainstream Americans will this comfortable, efficient

ASSOCIATE EDITOR SHERRICE Coming out of a night in the Ford and moving into the Passat was an eye The Passat, at $3,000 less our C-Max tester, feels roomy minus some it’s more fun to drive and it a more luxurious interior.

In the only thing the Passat have that the C-Max is the desirable elevated seating No toss up at all though: If I were the choice between the two, run to the Passat.

The Passat exterior a stand-out but its clean lines and silhouette appeal to me more a Toyota Camry or Honda would. The interior is impressive suede seating upholstery you can’t help running hands over. The center in the Passat was loaded with as features as the C-Max, but the layout was easier to digest and it didn’t all cluttered like the C-Max

Driving the Passat was engaging with tight steering and that were at the ready, but I was when I stomped on the gas and didn’t the push of that 236 lb-ft of Weird. It was a bright sunshiny in this morning with a of good songs coming the speakers — I was really on that torque keeping and contributing to the good mood.

the Passat TDI gets better mileage than the C-Max. At the end of my drive I was averaging 37 mpg. The is estimated at 40 mpg on the highway and I bet it can probably that.

ASSOCIATE EDITOR FISHER: There’s a lot to like the Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL.

The isn’t a sports sedan, but from the turbocharged four-cylinder strong. I’m a fan of diesels, when this Passat 236 lb-ft of torque and 40 mpg. was a delay from the turbo but once ready this car can go.

It’s also a comfortable soaking up bumps easily. The didn’t feel as strong not stopping the car abruptly enough.

The doesn’t stand out, but the lines look clean.

VW was with interior materials, contact points soft and leaving the hard plastics to the panels and lower dashboard. The are particularly showy, with on the seat back and bottom, and leather everywhere else. I loved the soft leather wrapped the steering wheel.

the interior feels high-end, by the accent lighting at night illuminates the flooring. There is plenty of space to stretch with comfortable head, and leg room in both the front and seats.

The center console and box are small, but there is a discrete storage area left of the wheel, and a covered spot at the of the center stack for storage. The area is cavernous, and is even enough to fit a set of golf clubs ways.

So I liked the car, but I did some quality concerns.

What we found about the is that it requires some as many functions are delayed. Use the button start and wait for the to rumble on, turn up the volume on the and wait for it to catch up, tune the and pass over your station as the display fails to up, put the car into reverse and wait for the camera display to turn on, on the gas and wait for the turbo to kick in.

I experienced some bugs I believe to be associated with the key For example, opening the trunk the key fob proved to be buggy — at it would open right or it would require a few clicks, and times it wouldn’t open at

ASSOCIATE ROAD TEST BRAD CONSTANT: It is always to read what my colleagues to write. Our opinions can be on opposite of the spectrum, or right in line one another. I think it provides a feel for what cars

A prime example is Sherrice not the Passat’s seating position. In my the Passat has a great low seating I prefer sitting low because it like I’m in a better to feel the car. But most neither Sherrice nor I are wrong.

we appropriately represent drivers like to sit high in a car as well as who prefer a low sitting position.

I I’ve strayed from the review talking about how the performs — it does well, and I completely agree all Greg has said. But I’m not what else to add; my have covered everything Except maybe the fact I like the lighter interior on Passat SEL test car over the interior in our Passat SE long-termer.

Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium

Price: $33,710

As-Tested $33,710

Drivetrain: 2.0-liter diesel I4; FWD, six-speed sequential manual

Output: 140 hp @ rpm, 236 lb-ft @ 1,750 rpm

Weight: 3,459 lb

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