Using It as Intended - 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI Long-Term Road Test

2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI Long-Term Road Test

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2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI: Using It as Intended

February 28, 2014

2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI

If you go by Volkswagen commercials, typical Passat owners would include dads who have kids super into Star Wars, goofy corporate types who air drum and sing Rush, dads who can't throw worth a damn, guys with tennis balls hanging in their garages, and "lucky" dads.

Hey, I think I qualify on all counts!

Well, technically, my son is too young to be into Star Wars, and my daughter much prefers princesses and ponies to Darth Vader and X-Wings. Besides that, though, our long-term 2014 VW Passat TSI is a great match for me.

The backseat is roomy, and it's easy to install child safety seats and to get little kids in and out. I like the new 1.8-liter engine for its mix of power and fuel economy. I also find the current generation model's interior and exterior design to be handsome and not overdone. This is a car I could see owning for a long time and not getting tired of it.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 4,674 miles


  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Great - that's nice. Now get that unattended shopping cart away from the quarter panel.

  • ocramidajzj ocramidajzj Posts:

    Ha! You beat me to it. That cart is uncomfortably close and all it needs is a little bump from those overactive kids to casue damage. :-)

  • cx7lover cx7lover Posts:

    The Passat's steering/suspension kills it for me. The steering is has a loose feeling to it that is a bit unnerving and the suspesion has more wallow than I expected it to. I drove a 2013 Passat SE loaner

  • metalmania metalmania Posts:

    Hmm. My kids do love Star Wars, I'm a Rush fanatic, I can throw a baseball but my son says all the pitches he misses are "my fault", and I don't have the tennis ball hanging in the garage but I do line up my side mirror with the edge of a window so I know I'm up a safe distance. I wouldn't normally consider a Volkswagen but I have taken a notice to it lately. Maybe they ARE on to something?

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