Jump Starts a Plug-In Hybrid - 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Long-Term Road Test

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Long-Term Road Test

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI: Jump Starts a Plug-In Hybrid

December 05, 2013

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI

This morning our 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI came to the aid of a car with a dead battery. We used the Passat to jump start a Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid, whose battery had died while the car was plugged in charging. Yep, we got a laugh out of that one, too.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 10,435 miles


  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    We wound up buying a C-Max (non-plug-in) instead of the CX-5 we were looking at. We wanted it in that blue but got a nice dark grey instead. We're really liking it so far. I think it is a seriously underrated and under-appreciated car.

  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    Neither of you has front license plates.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    I've owned a Miata with no front plates in Southern California for 3 years with no problems. My dad, who was a Sheriff's sergeant, said he would never pull someone over just because of a missing front plate, but would only use that as an add-on to an already-earned ticket if he felt like the person deserved even more wrath delivered upon them. Of course it comes down to the individual police officers as well as the local jurisdiction and their policies and priorities, but in my experience around here you should be OK if you're otherwise not asking for a ticket.

  • 7driver 7driver Posts:

    @stovt: I saw you commented a lot on the CX-5 previously. What made you change your mind in favor of the C-Max?

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    @7driver: We were looking for something in the wagon-to-small crossover category, and narrowed our selection based on reviews and specs down to the C-Max, CX-5, and Jetta Sportwagen. We then test drove those three. My preferences after the test drive were

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