Vehicle2013 Volkswagen Passat S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 5cyl 6A)
Reviewi traded my cpo benz glk for a passat s. i wanted german driving at lower cost. i found it. i tested automatics jetta and passat, 2.5, 1.8 and diesel. the 1.8 really livens up the jetta, passat not so much. diesel with dsg is sluggish in town and costly at 40k service. i was most pleasantly surprised by the passat 2.5. not alot of driving difference with passat 1.8, $4k cheaper (both cpo), 2.5 online reputation is bullet proof while 1.8 is too new, i prefer cloth to fake leather seats. my 2.5 gave me 27mpg suburban dc area and 38mpg i95 and i64 dc to va bch, at or just above speed limits, hand calculated, almost unbelievable. my advice: try the passat in 2.5, great cpo deals now.
Best Featuressolid german driving feel: quiet, competent, fast, settled at high speeds. low cpo price with extended warranty. 0.9% vw cpo loan. surprisingly thrifty mpg, with regular gas. great get up and go (no turbo lag in the 2.5). internet chatter that 2.5 is bulletproof. buying a 2013 2.5 cpo vs a 2014 1.8 cpo saved $4k, got 3 yrs free oil changes vs 2. with that saved $4k i added stand alone sirius and navi units, and kept the change. do i miss my beloved glk? not really, it was due for yet more expensive maintenance and was clunky looking, small inside.
Worst Featuresbrighter low beam headlights. quicker radio with on screen written phone book. make a wolfsburg edition with cloth seats (i do miss built in sirius, better bluetooth phone and 17" tires). the professional automotive press has really dumped on the 2.5; take it with a huge dose of salt and try both passats for yourself (jetta 1.8 is a huge improvement, tho, it was too small for me).
on 02/15/15 08:48 AM (PST)
feb 2015 followup at 21k mile: 5 star experience. 26 mpg in surburbs, up to 37 hiway. no issues, totally reliable daily driver and roadtrip cruiser with great hiway passing oomph. nice vw dealer experiences for two free services. yes a white passat is a vanilla car, but the tastiest vanilla ever for this car nut.Report it
on 07/07/14 20:17 PM (PDT)
followup. still 27mpg surburban. toronto to mass on nys thruway loaded with 3 pax and luggage 36mpg. arctic air cond. engineer son also drove it, his car is a 2012 mb 250 c class, said my 2.5 passat is almost 90% benz at 50% of the cost. at $16600 with 0.9% vw financing was a great deal.Report it
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