2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI: Lame Rear Ventilation
October 8, 2013
Our long-term 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI has a lot of good things going for it. It's fuel efficient, easy to drive, quiet, comfortable and has a ton of space for passengers and stuff. It was that last bit that made me sign out the Passat when the girlfriend's parents came to L.A. for a visit.
Unfortunately, the VW Passat's rear seats, while spacious, have a shortcoming.
The rear ventilation in the Passat is lousy. It's been surprisingly warm in L.A. lately and, even when it's not, you keep the windows up when slogging through the city. Front seat passengers were comfortable the whole time, but those camped out in back were constantly complaining about the heat. Chock that one up to the Passat having only this tiny HVAC register in the back of the center console. Nothing in the doors. Nothing apparent coming out from under the front seats like in other large sedans.
I wasn't expecting my rear passengers to have Phaeton levels of rear-seat comfort, but I was hoping they'd get more than a whisper of A/C.
Mike Magrath, Features Editor @ 8,040 miles