2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Long-Term Road Test

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI: Diesel, But Drives Normal

January 2, 2014

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI

I haven't spent much time in our long-term 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI. I'm going to try to correct that over its final 8,000 miles or so.

There's a lot to like here.

For instance, this turbodiesel can effortlessly rack up over 600 miles between fill-ups.

And I mean "effortlessly." In most cars, if you want good fuel mileage you actually have to work for it a bit. Not in this thing. It just happens. So far we've been averaging almost 37 mpg with all sorts of different drivers and driving.

But here's possibly the best thing about the Passat TDI: It drives like a normal car.

You almost never think about the fact you're driving a diesel, it's so smooth and quiet.  

And that may be the best compliment you can give to a turbodiesel.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 12,000 miles

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2013 Volkswagen Passat in WA is:

$191 per month*
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