2013 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Review: Solid Powertrain but Beware th

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Solid Powertrain but Beware the ROAD Noise/build quality
By mrtee52 on


2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)


First diesel like others, can validate the fuel economy (init 2800 mi all tanks >40 MPG mixed highway-city). The experience is muted because the solid powertrain with insulation to quiet the cabin is drowned out by the unacceptable road noise coming from the inferior Hankook tires. I purchased an SEL premium as my 6th VW, just traded in a Passat Komfort and never had any road noise or issues with cabin comfort, delivered Michellin MXM The premium NAV/Fender/Bluetooth/Rear Camera is a joke. The bluetooth died on the third day of ownership during an extended road trip from NJ to GA. Rear Camera delay prevents viewing on backup. Seats lack effective lumbar pillow A bean counter delight.

Favorite Features

Fuel Economy as advertised, pleasant high torque smooth auto

Suggested Improvements

Beware the road noise, do not accept the stock Hankooks. VW customer relations told me to live with it but my advice to others is demand replacement prior to purchase. Fix the rear camera delay, it clearly is a power sharing issue on the video screen. VW appears to be far behind their competition of technology. Surprising with Audi in their camp. The power SEL Premium seats are not fully adjustable, no tilt, poor lumbar pillow. The leather seating surfaces are another disappointment. v. little leather with a synthetic material (Dyamonica?) on most of the seat. Probably save money avoid SEL and replace the stock radio with a quality afternarket unit, shameful for a 30 large new auto.
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By mikey1sdf
on 01/19/14 10:18 AM (PST)

I am HATING the Dyamonica inserts. Barely 6000 miles on it and they look like I have had the car 60000 miles!! I am VERY careful about not even drinking in my car and they are staining from just sitting in them!! Totally bums me out!

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