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2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI: Made for Big Moments

March 18, 2014

2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI

I recently volunteered to indebt myself to a bank for far, far too long. But driving the 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI on the multiple fact-finding missions toward this end somewhat alleviated this grim prospect. The Passat feels like an adult's car.

The mute and weighted door closing, the cabin's clean horizontal lines and amenities, the easy phone and media interface: it all makes the Passat feel like a car to get things done. Even the chrome door sill whispers achievement.

Some of us say the Passat has zero personality. Actually, that's only Josh Jacquot. Dynamically speaking, that's true enough. This just isn't your car for Sunday morning road carvings, but I sleep late on Sundays anyway. But when I'm driving around town, walking myself into a banker's net, I'm fine with a car that at least suggests I'm doing something right. If only they offered the wagon.

Dan Frio, Automotive Editor


Comments

  • shindig4 shindig4 Posts:

    I agree about the wagon. I have a 2013 Passat, and I totally would have bought a wagon version if it was offered...

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    When was the last time Josh liked ANY of your LT VWs? So, disregard...

  • ocramidajzj ocramidajzj Posts:

    You're a car guy and would rather sleep than enjoy a Sunday morning carving? You sir are a brute! :-) It's funny though I feel the same way about my Golf R. Compared to my Mazdas the VW feels more grown up for some reason. But I would also enjoy slipping away on a weekend morning for a quick 20 mile jaunt.

  • lucien4 lucien4 Posts:

    Visually doesn't have much personality for me either. It really could use more exciting design than this. Interior is also bland (outdated info screen with blocky graphics). VW would do some design improvements to address this issue but most VW look kind of boring so don't expect huge changes.

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