2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI: 1.8 Is Enough
May 2, 2014
Driving the 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI is a lot easier than I expected. Weighing in at a tad over 3,200 pounds, I was concerned the 1.8-liter four-cylinder 170-horsepower engine might come up a bit short, turbocharged or not.
No problem at all.
Over the three days I had the 2014 VW Passat TSI, I put roughly 230 miles on its odometer through typical L.A. driving. About a quarter of those miles were stop-and-go traffic, but the rest were split between wide open freeways and canyon driving.
Driving over the Santa Monica Mountains via Topanga Canyon, in my eyes at least, is a great way to learn about a car. Twelve miles of twists and turns, a steady climb in elevation, and only a very few stoplights.
The 1.8- liter turbocharged four-cylinder did a great job of moving the midsize car through the canyons, and at no point did it feel underpowered. In fact, I felt as though the 2014 Passat TSI had more than enough power, and the canyon wasn't even a challenge.
Getting up to freeway speed was a breeze, and as Kelly noted, the Passat TSI has plenty of passing power. Rather quiet, too.
It's great when a car exceeds your expectations. That is certainly the case for me in the 2014 Passat TSI.
Matt Jones, Senior Editor @ 7,302 miles