2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI Long-Term Road Test

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2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI: No Place for the Key

March 26, 2014

2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI

I like keyless start systems. They make sense. Get in the car with the key in your pocket, hit the button and go.

So the first time I saw a car that had a slot for the key fob even though it was a keyless ignition, I was confused. Why take the key out and put it in the dash? Doesn't that defeat the whole purpose of a keyless start setup?

After using various setups in various cars over the last several years I've come to appreciate having somewhere to put the key even if it's not necessary. Turns out most key fobs have gotten so big these days that I almost always take it out of my pocket when I get in for my long commute home. I usually just toss the key into one of the cupholders, but then I go to put an actual cup in there and it practically tips over because it's sitting on a key fob.

As you can see, our 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI doesn't have a slot for the fob, just a reminder that, "Hey, you don't need to insert the key, it's all wireless!" Oh well, back to the cupholder it goes.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 5,256 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
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