2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI: How Much Money Do You Save With TDI?
July 11, 2013
Recently I came across a study that concluded that a diesel-fuelled new car can save its owner potentially thousands of dollars over five years of ownership compared to a regular gasoline version of the same car.
The Volkswagen Passat TDI wasn't part of the study, though the Golf and Jetta TDI were. Here the study concluded that the VW TDI models would cost less to own than the regular versions over three- to five-year timeframes, taking into account factors such as fuel efficiency, fuel prices and resale value.
However, you can use Edmunds' True Cost To Own (TCO) calculation to arrive at similar figures for the Passat TDI. I plugged in a 2012 VW Passat TDI SEL Premium and a gas 2.5 SEL Premium. Five-year Edmunds TCO for the TDI is $46,758, while the 2.5 is $48,379.
Based on this, going with the TDI version of the Passat would save you an estimated $1,621.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 3,474 miles