Volkswagen Passat: Fun, peppy, economical

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Volkswagen Passat

: Fun, economical

Al Haas, For The Inquirer

Sunday, September 22, 2013, AM

Designed for the U.S. market and here, the current generation Passat has proven itself a mid-priced, mid-sized sedan. The car is quiet, exceptionally roomy, and enough to be fun to drive.

The fun quotient is high in the diesel-powered, top-of-the-line TDI SEL model, with which I spent a pleasant week (I a 2013 model, which is identical to the 2014).

TDI is VW speak for the two-liter turbo-diesel the also employs in such as the Jetta and Beetle. It is a peppy, economical engine that why VW has 75 percent of the diesel pleasure-car in this country.

The test car had EPA ratings of 30 city and 40 highway a six-speed automatic transmission. that engine to a manual and the numbers go up to 31 and 43. I got nearly 39 miles per in mixed driving.

MotorTrend reported nearly 50 per gallon on the highway, which, of is where diesels shine.


Although you don’t to spend the loaded test $32,915 base price to get a diesel (the manual TDI SE starts at $26,295) it is true the diesel engine adds of dollars to the sticker. But the fuel are so significant over the Passat’s gas engine that you’ll get the difference back in the first miles. Additionally, you’ll from the excellent resale of a VW diesel.

The diesel’s marvelous economy doesn’t translate dreary driving. There’s no here. The little turbo proves lively motivation for spacious sedan.

And don’t be deceived by the modest rating. Diesels have low horsepower counts, but produce of torque, or pulling ability. And what gets you out of the chute in driving.

The Passat’s strong go beyond the willing engine. The styling inside and out was clean, and pleasing.

Build quality was plus. Paint work and margins were right The interior benefited from workmanship and good quality

The car is also surprisingly roomy. been in a number of larger that didn’t have sedan’s rear-seat legroom. Mix in the comfort and hushed cabin, and you the recipe for pleasant highway

The Passat TDI is also a lot of fun for popularly family transit. Wax aggressive on a back road, and you’ll yourself in a car that feels than it is, which is a good It exhibits good balance brisk calisthenics, and the front independent suspension remains and composed.

The disc brakes more than adequate, and the was linear and not stingy with feel.

Although the TDI SEL Premium remains the same for 2014, there are Passat revisions. A 1.8-liter, 4-cylinder gas engine will now as Passat’s base engine. It the naturally aspirated, 2.5-liter engine. The turbo 4 develops the 170 horses engendered by the 5-cylinder and better mileage in the process.

The will first appear in the SEL then filter down to its relations.

Halfway through the model year, VW plans to the Passat Sport. This will field lots of styling cues, such as gray paint, a black sports seats, and paddle No word yet whether actual gear like a special will be included.

The Passat has a top federal crash


2013 Volkswagen TDI SEL Premium

Base price:

As tested: $33,710.

Standard 2-liter turbo-diesel engine, automatic transmission, front and amenities such as navigation, an differential lock, and a tilt/gliding

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