Would Prefer a Seat Bottom Tilt Function - 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Long-Term Road Test

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Long-Term Road Test

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI: Would Prefer a Seat Bottom Tilt Function

January 23, 2014

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI

Overall, our 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI is well suited for long-distance drives. But there's one thing missing that I think would help improve driver comfort even more: an eight-way power driver seat. As it is, the Passat SEL has just six-way power (minus lumbar) and lacks a seat bottom tilt.

Each time I get into our Passat, I notice how the seat bottom feels a little too flat for my tastes. Ideally, I'd want to be able to tilt the forward edge of the seat bottom up a little to better support my thighs.

I always get used to the driver seat eventually, so it's far from a grave issue. But if you're shopping for a Passat and take a test drive, make sure to see if you can get the driver seat truly set to your tastes.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 12,592 mile


  • mieden mieden Posts:

    Is there an optional seat with bottom tilt? Or better yet, do the base, manual seats offer a bottom tilt? That is actually a big enough issue to prevent me purchasing one of these. Like you, I need to tilt the front of the cushion up for thigh support...long legs.

  • reminder reminder Posts:

    Well I'd like a solid gold toilet, but it's not in the cards.

  • This feature (or lack thereof) is my biggest criticism of the car in my first 10K miles. You do adjust and get comfortable, but compared to our other car with true 8-way seats, it takes longer to find the sweet spot.

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