Lots of Torque - 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Long-Term Road Test

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Long-Term Road Test

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI: Lots of Torque

June 13, 2013

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI

Diesels are torquey. This isn't news. However, the diesel in our long-term 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI really squirts when you give the right pedal a healthy roll-on from a standstill. In fact, after a very brief pause as the variable-nozzle turbo works up enough steam, the boost comes on, and the torque hits so hard that this big sedan will actually rip a tire loose momentarily before the traction control intervenes. Again, this is not even using full "throttle." I'm loving this engine already.

The traction control system could be less conservative though, as it trims the power too much and for too long when it senses wheelspin.

Mental note: Turn off the Passat's traction control every time I get into it. That way I can use the traction control system built into my right ankle.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor


  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    Try not stamping so hard. News flash: accelerators do have settings between released and matted.

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    TCS might also be self preservation for joints and axles. Diesel engines are great for relaxed cruising (which makes it great for the Passat), but otherwise they're soulless engines for anyone used to high revving screamers. Especially with turbocharged petrol engines offering the best of both worlds and tightening emissions standards, I think they're going to continue remaining a niche.

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    you guys are going to go through tires pretty quickly, I imagine!

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    @duck87: Diesels are only rare in American passenger cars, which you knew, but its easy to forget how big the diesel engine actually is outside of that segment. As for the timeless horsepower up high versus torque down low argument it really just comes do

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