Interior Tour Video - 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Long-Term Road Test

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Long-Term Road Test

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI: Interior Tour Video

June 19, 2013

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI

I made you a video tour of our long-term 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI. Click through to view after the jump...

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @donnaderosa


  • dmclone1 dmclone1 Posts:

    I remember when VW and Audi had nice interiors even in their lower priced models. I went in and sat in a Passat the other day and was extremely disappointed. The seating material seemed fine but the technology on the nicest version was about 5 years behind competitors like the Accord. I will say that's it had one of the biggest back seats I've ever seen in my life.

  • emajor emajor Posts:

    There's been a fair amount of grumbling about the interior quality of the new "cheapened" Passat, but I think it is just spillover from the well-earned criticism of the Jetta. The Passat is just fine, and Donna's video shows that well. Our Sportwagen has the super-duper nice materials that VW received such praise for, and this Passat feels the same. Same squishy dash pad material, same switchgear, same cushy armrests, same decent hard plastics below the equator. The worst part of the Passat interior is actually the Fender speaker strip Donna pointed out at the base of the windshield. It looks horrible; the plastics are really cheap and look it even from a distance, and the fit is poor.

  • rwatson rwatson Posts:

    I really wish she would have rapped on some stuff with a finger nail to give us an idea of the material. I remember VW was known for using real wood for the trim and I assume this stuff is all plastic now, but with the premium price? But I don't expect anyone to notice, as long as it's got cool stuff like USB adapters and push-button start, etc... Nobody is selling their cars for quality, durrability, comfort, power, driving dynamics. That stuff is "Sooo-yesterday." Now, they just sell the tech. But, yes, I do notice quality stuff even while driving. I often rest my left elbow on the top of the door panel and hate the hard plastic stuff. Everyone used to do soft touch/slightly padded surfaces, so this isn't a silly luxury I'm looking for. I guess we all need to conserve on quality so we can create more tech?

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