2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Long-Term Road Test

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI: Plenty of Space to Rest Your Feet

February 21, 2014

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI

Any car equipped with an automatic transmission should have a good dead pedal, otherwise known as a good place to put your left foot. You'd be surprised how many cars don't bother with one.

As you can see, our 2013 VW Passat TDI is generous in this department and it makes a difference when it comes to getting into a comfortable driving position. Instead of pushing your foot into some mushy mound of carpet, a good dead pedal gives you a nice sturdy foothold so you can be more precise with your right foot.

Normally, I would use my left foot for braking, but our Passat has such a touchy brake pedal, I don't bother. Maybe that's why it has a big deal pedal. Let's hope that's not the case.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor

Research Models


Edmunds Insurance Estimator

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

$154 per month*
* Explanation