2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Long-Term Road Test

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI: Diesel Gives It Personality

January 15, 2014

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI

We've written plenty of updates about our 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI's impressive fuel economy and range. But one other thing about the TDI engine that I happen to like is that its character is so different than the norm for four-cylinder midsize family sedans.

Part of it has to do with the engine's strong low-end torque. I never feel like I have to really rev the engine to get a quick burst of acceleration around town. Squeezing on the gas pedal is typically enough to merge or pass a slow-moving car.

More than that, though, I like the way the car sounds. Being a diesel, it makes that distinctive, lower-pitched noise and, yes, a certain amount of rattle, particularly at startup and cold temperatures. Harmonious to the ear? No, not really.

Some people would no doubt consider this a solid reason for skipping TDI. But I dig it. For me, it gives the car some personality. Family sedans are already super practical. With TDI, there's some flair that I get to enjoy every day I drive the car.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 12,547 miles


  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    If you want a family sedan with personality, get one of the V6 sedans. Smash the throttle and you can bury the kid in the GTI in the next lane, or make a Mustang V6 driver sweat.

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