5,000 Milestone - 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Long-Term Road Test

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Long-Term Road Test

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI: 5,000 Milestone

August 14, 2013

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI

Our 2013 VW Passat TDI has crossed the 5,000-mile mark after about 2.5 months. So far it's had an unfortunate run-in with a nail and the touchscreen interface can be awfully slow to respond to the point that something may be wrong. I flat-out couldn't get the iPhone interface to work while paired to Bluetooth. Given that this same interface in our long-term Beetle and other VW's worked without such issues, this could require a dealer visit at some point.

Otherwise, our Passat TDI is humming along to the tune of 36.3 mpg versus the EPA's 34 mpg combined. Hopefully that'll nudge up even further when I drive on the same Las Vegas route the Passat managed an incredible 50-mpg on during the 40-MPG Challenge.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 5,003 miles


  • pantherman5 pantherman5 Posts:

    Yes, the touch screen system is super slow. What i did was turn on the button sounds in setting menu so I get an audio acknowledgement when I press anything on the screen. That helps from overloading the system while repeated pressing.

  • gillygan1_ gillygan1_ Posts:

    I have the TDI SEL too. Turn off the "beep" tone confirmation.... it'll make the touchscreen works faster. About 1 second faster when you press on a button/key. Makes a noticeable difference!

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    The Passat uses the RNS-510; the others use the RNS-310. The 310 lacks some of the features of the older 510 but it's much faster and the BT integration is way better.

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    ^I feel sorry for CC customers who get the 310 standard but pay more for a trim level that includes the slower, clunkier 510 then. I think I would give up some resolution and features for a system that doesn't frustrate me (as much, still wish it had radio preset buttons).

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