2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI: Budget-Friendly Refinement
January 17, 2014
A friend of mine is in the market for a new car. He recently rode in our 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI and mentioned this is one of the cars he's considering. He's married with no kids, so he probably won't be using the generous legroom in the second row much. But he's a large guy, and for that reason, I think he finds the overall spaciousness of the cabin appealing.
Since he's working within a tight budget, I did a double-take at first when he said the Passat is on his short list. The car's refined handling and spare-but handsome cabin cause it to come across as more expensive than it actually is, and it doesn't naturally come to mind when I think of the most economical choices.
But with a starting price of just over $20,000 (our trim is, of course, is a bit costlier than base), it's definitely a strong option for those seeking affordable transportation. And while this model may not be as well-known as the Camrys and Accords of the world, it definitely has the goods to deserve your attention.
My friend says he heard about these Volkswagens via a commercial that mentioned a low car payment. Loaded with Teutonic sophistication and less ubiquitous than some of the more typical choices, the Passat proves you don't have to go generic to find a budget-friendly solution.
Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor