2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI: Huge Cargo Space for a Sedan
August 28, 2013
My to-do list for the weekend was short, but it included the demolition of the bathrooms at my new old house. I could have rented a truck to haul around the shop vac, six-foot ladder and assortment of pry bars and sledgehammers I borrowed from friends, but the more time I spend with our long-term 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI, the more respect I have for its hauling capabilities.
The VW's trunk measures 15.9 cubic feet. That's a healthy number for a family sedan, but what really makes this car useful is the huge pass-through space when you fold down the 60/40-split rear seats.
There's not so much space that you're going to be loading up your Passat with 4-by-8-foot sheets of plywood, but the 3-by-6-foot piece of wood that I had cut at the hardware store (to cover and protect our 1950s' bathtub from flying pink tiles) fit easily.
Before this project, I don't think I had enough appreciation for large trunks and 60/40 rear seats. Most other family sedans give you good trunk space, but not all of them have a split-folding seat. And in this situation, our Passat provided just enough utility that I didn't have to rent a truck (the long-term Silverado wasn't available). And I find it more comfortable and enjoyable to drive than similarly priced compact crossover SUVs.
Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 6,763 miles