Classic Styling - 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Long-Term Road Test

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Long-Term Road Test

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI: Classic Styling

October 17, 2013

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI

One of the aspects that I've come to appreciate more with our 2013 Volkswagen Passat is its styling. There's nothing really flashy or dramatic going on. Instead, the Passat just looks clean and handsome to me.

From a long-term ownership standpoint, I think that's important.

Styling is subjective, of course, and everybody has their own opinion. But just like clothes fashion, a car design that can seem really great right now can become a "what were they thinking?" 10 years from now.

I think the Passat's classic look will be immune to this. And if I were planning on buying a new family sedan and keeping it for a long time, this is something that would definitely enter my mind.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 8,718 miles


  • bankerdanny bankerdanny Posts:

    This has been a hallmark of VW for some time. Some people call it boring, but I'm with you, I say handsome and built to stand the test of time. My recently sold MkIV Jetta had the same kind of style. Not flashy, but a 12 year old Jetta still has a great shape, understated and handsome. I suspect that 12 years after it's initial release we won't feel the same about say, the current Sonata.

  • It is hard to get excited about when looking at cars but it does help avoid the "ohh, that's the old one" impression once the bold cars are replaced by a newer style of the same car.

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    Another example: Honda Accord. An anti-example: The Hyundai Sonata.

  • The perfect example of this: Cadillac CTS and SRX

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    totally agree with the Sonata design as an example of what probably will not age gracefully. Funny that I don't exactly think of the current Optima that way--I see it as having cleaner lines and less fussy. The previous gen Sonata was more along the lines of the Passat, plain and understated. The prev gen Optima was even more boring than the Sonata, though. I remember an Inside Line article calling it the car most likely to be driven by undercover cops.

  • legacygt legacygt Posts:

    I think all you can do is like how a car looks now. You never know what styling will stand the test of time. Original Taurus, Yes. Ovoid Taurus, No. The Passat has always been a decent looking car and older versions have aged well. The current Sonata is not aging well. The current Camry is trying too hard to fix the problems from the last version. The Accord will age well but is not especially good looking. The Fusion and Mazda6 are best in class right now but hard to say how they will age.

  • Looking at mine, similar color to your vehicle, the lines remind me of a mid-late 80s Audi 5000. No big surprise but to me, anyway, that's a good thing. I still consider the '84 I owned one of the better looking vehicles I have owned. This diesel is also a lot quicker than that old 5-cylinder.

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