2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI: Cold Morning, Warm Cabin
December 18, 2013
When I got into the 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI at 5:40 this morning, the temperature stood at 40 degrees. The windshield wasn't just fogged, I discovered, but lightly frosted. This is what we'd call a "freezing" morning here in California. Not actually freezing, of course. But close enough for those of us who've lived here a while.
The Passat TSI rose to the warm-up challenge in no time. Exterior heated mirrors cleared up in about 30 seconds. The maximum setting on the front and rear defrosters melted the rime on the windows. The heated seats kicked in quickly, as did the heater itself.
By the time I got to work 30 minutes later, I was turning down the temperature and pulling back the seat heater from three bars to two.
No doubt the warm-up challenges for the car are greater in other parts of the country, where there's actually winter. And I'd like to see how the Passat TSI behaves in the snow country of Mammoth Lakes or Lake Tahoe. Here in the flatlands of Cali, the Passat TSI does the job just fine.
Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @ 1,845 miles