This is my 3rd TDI. I've owned a 2003 Jetta TDI (5 spd), 2010 Jetta Sportwagen TDI (DSG). Neither of the newer models could reach the 47MPG that the 2003 Jetta got. That said the 2010 was a great car (39 MPG), but I've been waiting for the Passat TDI for the size and comfort. Both of which are 5's in my book. I've had the Passat now for 2 weeks and about 1000 miles. Averaging 41.5 MPG with mostly commuting at 70-75 MPH. Very nice car with one exception. At higher speeds the car seems to wander slightly as if you were driving through gusty winds requiring small steering inputs. A bit annoying i might add. I have a call into the dealer asking for help. I suspect it's the tires. we'll see...
We traded our beloved 2007 Jeep Commander gas hog for the TDI Passat hoping to average 35 to 38 mpg's. (As an engineer, I could not bring myself to buy a hybrid). So far, after 8000 miles, we are averaging 44 mpg with a few tanks over 50. The torquey TDI almost never downshifts (max torque is at 1750 rpm) even in the hills and mountains of Western PA. In addition, and unlike the Ford Fusion we test drove, the bluetooth, electronics, voice dialing, etc. all work! The first time, and every time. The car has plenty of power, and will chirp the tires from a standing start if you are a bit too heavy on the gas. Handling is very European, with predictable steering and confident roadhandling
My wife and I have driven it approx. 3,400 miles and have no rattles, squeeks or any other problems. We use it almost all open road and average 43 mpg. We drove from Pa. to Fl. and back, 2400 miles, got to try almost every gadget in the car. The Bluetooth was very easy to set up to our cell phone, also the seat memory settings and the remote key memory. The radio and nav. took quite a bit of reading up on, but operate very well after using them on the trip. I did'nt baby the car, drove with the traffic, about 75 mph with the air on and still averaged 43 mpg.
I researched and negotiated a great deal over the internet with a local dealer. Got the color and interior that I wanted in the SEL (Opera Red with Black interior). Took over a month to get from the factory but has been well worth the wait. So far I have 2700 miles and have only filled (16 gal) the tank 3 times (first one on the dealer!). Great driving and handling. I have a 90 mile per day commute in busy highway with a reasonable amount of slow down and speed up type driving. So far - averaging 46 mpg in my 3 fill ups. It is really FUN to drive! Better than any Hybrid I test drove.
I'm 6'4" and over 300 lbs and the car fits great. Can stretch out my legs all the way. Drove 400 miles round trip to my cabin and with studs and snowy Alaska mountain conditions the car still go 41 mpg. 3 fill ups so far with all Anchorage city driving and twice it got over 30 mpg, and one time with lots of snowy cold days and still got 27.5 mpg. Can't wait ti see what it gets with summer tires and no snow (I have a few months to god lol) Car handles great in the snow and drives like a dream.
DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
170 @ 5,700
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
177 @ 4,250
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I = 4.04; II = 2.37; III = 1.56: IV = 1.16; V = 0.85; VI = 0.67; Final Drive = 3.87
It has that strange inline-5 sound. Stability control cannot be switched off. It's quickest in Manual mode (although it still shifts for itself at peak rpm), and Drive, Sport and Manual modes all shift at 6,000 rpm. Quick shifts. Power braking allows wheelspin for a quicker start, but it triggers stability control and slows acceleration times. Manual shifting comes via console-mounted lever (pull back for upshift). Does not blip throttle on downshifts. Will not hold gears to rev limiter.
Firm pedal action with short travel. The car tracks straight but there's lots of ABS commotion and the majority of distances were on the long side. First stop was shortest at 123 feet, while longest stop of 132 feet came on fourth of six stops.
Non-defeat ESC. Skid pad: Steering effort is noticeable but not too heavy. Good sense of impending understeer and very little intrusion by stability control, but very poor throttle response. When ESC intrudes, it merely breathes the throttle almost imperceptibly. Good ESC calibration with good vehicle balance. Slalom: Nice crisp turn into corners. Linear yaw reaction and proves neutral in rapid transitions. Predictable responses mean ESC doesn't intrude unless there's a good reason. There might be another 1 mph speed in this car if the ESC didn't intrude, but that's about it. When ESC does kick in, it uses quick, sharp brake applications to keep the nose of the car tucked into the apex of a turn without altering course much. Again, a sophisticated and well-balanced stability control, but throttle response is so poor that we're unable to take advantage.