2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Long-Term Road Test


2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI: Diesel Dirt

June 25, 2013

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI

This is more the fault of the gas station and diesel fuel in general than of our long-term 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI, but pumping diesel fuel is dirty business.

I know, I know, diesel is much cleaner burning than it used to be. But pumping the stuff can be nasty. This isn't a particularly dirty gas station, but the diesel pump gets a cruddy build-up that the regular gas pumps don't get. My fingers get black soot on them that isn't easy to wash off without scrubby soap. Next time, I'll hold the handle with paper towels if they are available.

I don't mind the additional rumbly noise that comes with a diesel-powered vehicle. And I certainly don't mind the long range I get on a tank of diesel fuel. Would this grime stand in your way of buying a diesel-powered car? I think it would for me. That and the fact that the three gas stations in my neighborhood don't offer diesel fuel so I have to go out of my way to fill up.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

Research Models

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Edmunds Insurance Estimator

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

$154 per month*
* Explanation
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