2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Long-Term Road Test

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI: No More Umbrella

May 30, 2013

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI

Years ago when I wrote a full test of the then newly-redesigned 2006 Volkswagen Passat 2.0T, it had a very handy umbrella tucked into the driver door panel. You might find that a bit gimmicky but the car also had two cooled storages compartments and a number of clever storage areas throughout.

You could argue that in 2006 the Passat had gotten a little big for its breeches. As my mother would say, it was putting on airs, reaching out of its class. The same was happening throughout the segment, the cars were getting larger, packed with more features and the prices were climbing. Wasn't this supposed to be an affordable segment?

In recent years, Volkswagen redesigned the Passat by making it roomier, downgrading the interior materials and dropping the price. It was back where it should have been before hyperinflation.

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI

Our 2013 VW Passat TDI is still a nice car. It's reasonably priced, offers an impressive assortment of features, but isn't reaching too high. There's no umbrella, but there is a Fender audio system, some nice wood trim in unexpected places like at the top of the dash, and all the modern conveniences that you would expect like power adjustable heated seats, dual-zone climate controls, and a back-up camera.

We'll have lots to explore over the next twelve months.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 1,011 miles

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Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2013 Volkswagen Passat in VA is:

$152 per month*
* Explanation