Enjoying the Fender Sound System's Audio Quality - 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Long-Term Road Test

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Long-Term Road Test

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI: Enjoying the Fender Sound System's Audio Quality

January 27, 2014

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI

Volkswagen installs a Fender-branded, nine-speaker upgraded sound system on some of the Passat's top trim levels, including our 2013 TDI SEL. It's kind of too bad VW doesn't offer it on more versions of the Passat (as an option), as it's one of the better sound systems that I've heard in a moderately priced vehicle.

I'm not going to claim that I'm an expert at reviewing sound systems, but having had casual conversations around our office with other editors about the Fender system, it seems my coworkers agree. To me, the Fender system sounds accurate and clear, with the bass tones, in particular, being present without being overdone. Played music does seem to be biased to be up front, as adjusting the fader rearwards does little to create a surrounding effect. But as I'm always in the driver seat, that's just fine with me.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 12,901 miles


  • bassrockerx bassrockerx Posts:

    as a guitar/bass enthusiest i found it weird they was offering the "fender" brand car audio considerin fender is known to basically peice components together made by other companies i'm wondering exactly how much of that system is actually fender or if rather it is just a logo to sell cars

  • Pretty sure it's a logo, I think it's a Panasonic or Pioneer system, though to be most charitable I wonder if someone related to Fender helped tune it to the car. It's the one option I wish my SE had, though the premium unit I have is actually pretty good.

  • boff_ boff_ Posts:

    I really miss the professional audio reviews you used to have. :(

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