Shifting Simplified - 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Long-Term Road Test

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Long-Term Road Test

2013 Volkswagen Passat: Shifting Simplified

June 18, 2013

2013 Volkswagen Passat

Our 2013 Volkswagen Passat shouldn't really get credit for having a simple shift mechanism. That sort of thing used to be standard in any car with an automatic. But these days such a setup isn't guaranteed.

Plenty of manufacturers have tried to reinvent the wheel by using updated shift mechanisms with all sorts of added "features". Some barely move so as to create more space for cupholders while others are covered in auxiliary buttons.

As you can see, our Passat's shifter is as plain as they get. No extra buttons, no unnecessary gates and even a nicely detailed knob. It's refreshingly simple, like the rest of the interior and I like it.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor


  • wag0nguy wag0nguy Posts:

    As well benefits from something most vw's have is the sport mode which gets rid of the fuel economy programming that retards the reflexes of the engine.

  • barich1 barich1 Posts:

    The +/- are backwards, and on the wrong side.

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    This is a diesel engine with a 5k redline. I'm not really sure how much "reflexes" comes into play with this kind of engine.

  • rwatson rwatson Posts:

    I don't see where the +/- are backwards. This is the same setup that was on my first Tiptronic in 2003. Since VW/Porsche/Audi were early users of a "tiptronic/auto-stick/etc..-type," and it's still the original configuration (though a DSG) I'd say they have the directions about right.

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