5,000 Milestone - 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Long-Term Road Test

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI: 5,000 Milestone

August 14, 2013

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI

Our 2013 VW Passat TDI has crossed the 5,000-mile mark after about 2.5 months. So far it's had an unfortunate run-in with a nail and the touchscreen interface can be awfully slow to respond to the point that something may be wrong. I flat-out couldn't get the iPhone interface to work while paired to Bluetooth. Given that this same interface in our long-term Beetle and other VW's worked without such issues, this could require a dealer visit at some point.

Otherwise, our Passat TDI is humming along to the tune of 36.3 mpg versus the EPA's 34 mpg combined. Hopefully that'll nudge up even further when I drive on the same Las Vegas route the Passat managed an incredible 50-mpg on during the 40-MPG Challenge.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 5,003 miles

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