Seven Things To Like - 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Long-Term Road Test
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2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Long-Term Road Test

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI: Seven Things To Like

March 14, 2014

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI

There are a lot of things to like about our 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI. Here are seven I noted after a weekend with the car. I hardly drove anywhere, so the car's astonishing range is not in the list:

1. Feels big, drives small: The 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI is plenty roomy on the inside, but it drives and parks like a much smaller car.

2. Easy Bluetooth Audio. Many cars have fussy steps for instituting Bluetooth Audio. Not this car. It's a snap.

3. Ginormous trunk space. I can't fill it up, even at Costco. I keep trying.

4. Power when you need it. It's a champ at passing laggards on the freeway. There is a slight bit of turbo lag, but as our comparison test of the car with the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid points out, Sport mode helps.

5. Lumbar support and heated seats. Together, they provide a mini-spa for the lower back. I do wish the lumbar pad had an up/down adjustment, however.

6. Grippy seats. The suede inset holds the tush nicely.

7. Its delightful scent. I have no idea why this car smells like Ivory soap, but it does. Even between car washes.

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @ 15,496 miles


Comments

  • ocramidajzj ocramidajzj Posts:

    Hey so how does the Bluetooth Voice recognition work with the upgraded RNS 510? My 315 is a bit tempermental and doesn't always recognize names.

  • Hopefully something will break on this soon so I can stop thinking about looking at one. I need to keep my current car a few more years to ease the depreciation. But that is what I get for buying new.

  • Hopefully something will break on this soon so I can stop thinking about looking at one. I need to keep my current car a few more years to ease the depreciation. But that is what I get for buying new.

  • We are very happy with our 2013 TDI SEL. The only real issues are the very fuzzy rearview camera (please post if yours isn't fuzzy so I have some ammo when talking to the dealer) and the slow as molasses radio/nav system which takes way too long to process inputs.

  • pantherman5 pantherman5 Posts:

    The trunk is huge, but the light is very sad. You can barely see the whole trunk in dark. I don't understand why VW didn't add another light on the driver side, or even on the trunk roof? There is a DIY on VW forum that shows you how to add tiny bright LED lights. I added 4 and it made a huge difference. I wish I can post a picture to show y'all.

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