1.8 Is Enough - 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI Long-Term Road Test

2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI Long-Term Road Test

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2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI: 1.8 Is Enough

May 2, 2014

2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI

Driving the 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI is a lot easier than I expected. Weighing in at a tad over 3,200 pounds, I was concerned the 1.8-liter four-cylinder 170-horsepower engine might come up a bit short, turbocharged or not.

No problem at all.

Over the three days I had the 2014 VW Passat TSI, I put roughly 230 miles on its odometer through typical L.A. driving. About a quarter of those miles were stop-and-go traffic, but the rest were split between wide open freeways and canyon driving.

Driving over the Santa Monica Mountains via Topanga Canyon, in my eyes at least, is a great way to learn about a car. Twelve miles of twists and turns, a steady climb in elevation, and only a very few stoplights.

The 1.8- liter turbocharged four-cylinder did a great job of moving the midsize car through the canyons, and at no point did it feel underpowered. In fact, I felt as though the 2014 Passat TSI had more than enough power, and the canyon wasn't even a challenge.

Getting up to freeway speed was a breeze, and as Kelly noted, the Passat TSI has plenty of passing power. Rather quiet, too.

It's great when a car exceeds your expectations. That is certainly the case for me in the 2014 Passat TSI.

Matt Jones, Senior Editor @ 7,302 miles


  • banhugh banhugh Posts:

    Hahaha you are right. Damn these kids with their 2.0 GLI Jettas! 1.8 is e n o u g h kids. And s t a y o f m y l a w n!

  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    19 lb/hp is enough for most people, yes. That's the same power to weight ratio as most entry level cars. Still, a 250-ish hp 2.0T would be better.

  • banhugh banhugh Posts:

    Hey, there were 2 comments here a few minutes ago... What happened to my friend saying that 19lb/hp are enough?

  • so am I the only one old enough to get the "eight is enough" reference?

  • hybris hybris Posts:

    It is never enough...

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