2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI: Diesel Gives It Personality
January 15, 2014
We've written plenty of updates about our 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI's impressive fuel economy and range. But one other thing about the TDI engine that I happen to like is that its character is so different than the norm for four-cylinder midsize family sedans.
Part of it has to do with the engine's strong low-end torque. I never feel like I have to really rev the engine to get a quick burst of acceleration around town. Squeezing on the gas pedal is typically enough to merge or pass a slow-moving car.
More than that, though, I like the way the car sounds. Being a diesel, it makes that distinctive, lower-pitched noise and, yes, a certain amount of rattle, particularly at startup and cold temperatures. Harmonious to the ear? No, not really.
Some people would no doubt consider this a solid reason for skipping TDI. But I dig it. For me, it gives the car some personality. Family sedans are already super practical. With TDI, there's some flair that I get to enjoy every day I drive the car.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 12,547 miles