2014 Volkswagen Passat 1.8T Test Drive – Popular Mechanics

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2014 Volkswagen Passat Test Drive

The 2014 Passat packs a smaller but the driver comes out ahead this refreshed midsize

September 18, 2013 11:26 AM Size: A. A. A

On-Sale Date: Now

$20,845 to $33,895

Powertrains: 1.8-liter I-4, 170 hp, 184 lb-ft; manual, six-speed automatic, FWD

EPA Fuel Economy (city/hwy):

What’s New: The big news for the is the gradual phasing out of the 2.5-liter which is being replaced by a new turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder. At glance, the I-4 produces the same output as the outgoing five-banger: is matched at 170, and torque by 7 lb-ft to 184. However, max now arrives at a mere 1500 compared with 4250 rpm in the five-cylinder.

For those interested in the diesel TDI or the V-6, those engines on. And all 2014 model-year versions a standard rearview camera on SE and trims, keyless access pushbutton start, and new subscription-based connectivity technology.

Tech The entry-level Passat’s third-gen is lighter and more fuel-efficient, improvements such as a two-stage crankcase and a cylinder-wall thickness dips to as little as 3 mm. But this trickiest features are its integrated manifolds. Not only does the manifolds into the cylinder create a more compact but the setup also enables warmups while nearby facilitate efficient cooling of gases.

Volkswagen officials say such cylinder-head castings would been impossible three or years ago.

Driving Take a good look at the serenely (perhaps conservatively) interior and you’ll get a pretty sense of how this midsize drives#151;especially when it’s by the new base 1.8-liter turbocharged engine. Unlike the outgoing the new powerplant pulls strongly and from low rpms, delivering and easy acceleration, thanks to its torque curve. Handling are similarly simple to manage, the new electric-assist, rack-and-pinion steering telegraphing enough information the road surface below to speedier driving than you otherwise draw from otherwise sensible sedan.

Favorite Detail: Model tend to focus on fuel these days, but the base Passat’s more robust and enhanced flexibility make it fun to drive#151;and prove that you can a thriftier engine that’s satisfying at speed.

Driver’s Grievance: Direct-injected are more efficient and cleaner-burning their conventional fuel-injected but they also tend to a buzzy din at idle that 1980s-era diesels. VW deserves for the packaging triumph that is latest 1.8-liter GDI powerplant, hopefully, they’ll focus next efforts on making mills sound ….

Bottom Line: In a segment by Korean, Japanese, and American Volkswagen’s Passat stands as a solid German alternative to the competition. Although its styling is and personality a tad more restrained, the Passat’s improved powertrain and interior make it a satisfying for drivers who prefer German#151;and all the driver-focused functionality that with it.

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