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2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI: Cupholders Done Right

February 14, 2014

2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI

Even though auto manufacturers have been in the cupholder business for a long time, it's surprising how many holders still seem like afterthoughts.

The ones in the center console of the 2014 Volkswagen Passat 1.8 TSI are a different story. These are an example of cupholders done right.

Cupholders aren't exactly a sexy topic, but you start to understand the worth of a good holder when you take an aggressive turn and your water bottle goes flying across the car.

Admittedly, it's not easy for the manufacturers to satisfy all cup sizes, from jumbo fast-food sodas to coffee mugs to water bottles to all manner of energy drinks.

But the Passat has most sizes handled pretty well. There are two keys: The grippy rubber surface definitely helps. But what really holds drinks in place are the anti-tip knobs that retract in/out depending on the size of drink.

So, why isn't this "anti-tip tech" more rampant?

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 3,850 miles

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Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2014 Volkswagen Passat in VA is:

$205 per month*
* Explanation