2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI: Hauls the Drums
September 17, 2013
I'm aware that we're beating you over the head with joyous posts about the 2013 VW Passat's cavernous space and cargo ability. Now it's my turn to contribute. But there's an important lesson in here, if for no one but me.
I started playing drums long before I could drive. Once I could drive, a whole new world opened to me: gigs. Primarily high school and college house parties, and bars where the manager wasn't particularly concerned with the ages of the musicians.
My Nissan pickup at the time was the perfect hauler. The open bed was a security worry, but sharing a bit of the evening's earnings with the doorman always kept our cars safe from fast fingers. That Nissan ingrained in me the belief that I'd always want a truck if I was to keep playing drums and lugging them around.
But I have to admit, the Passat has shown me another way.
A more grown-up or sophisticated option, let's say. Nothing wrong with trucks, SUVs and wagons, of course. But the way the Passat recently consumed my entire drum kit (drums in bulky hardshell cases, cymbals, and hardware) and still left an open front passenger seat and plenty of trunk space to work with, was pretty impressive. Admittedly, rolling up to the gig in a Passat in not very metal, but suits the odd jazz night or Kraftwerk cover band pretty well.
Not ready to give up my SUV yet, but the old pile is long since paid off and I have the luxury of keeping her around for kicks. If I was limited to a single, multitasking car however, the Passat makes a good case for itself here.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor