2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI: Good Navigation Guidance
February 18, 2014
As you can see here, our navigation system-equipped 2013 VW Passat TDI has a secondary navigation display located dead center in the instrument cluster. This small, multi-function display screen provides other information too, such as phone, audio and trip data. But while tooling around over the weekend to parts unknown, this no frills display proved helpful.
Apart from those times when I wanted to know how many miles I had left to go or what the traffic looked like, I found myself using this display rather than the larger and more detailed one on the center stack. Thanks to its simple, minimalist graphics it allowed me to see at a quick glance what my next turn/exit was. The solid part of the bar graph helps too as it diminishes as you close in on the upcoming turn/exit. Of course, you can always go with the voice prompts, which I often do as well. But for those times when you want to enjoy your music or conversations uninterrupted, this feature is nice to have.
John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 13,550 miles