2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI: Lots of Torque
June 13, 2013
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