2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI: Express Up and Down Windows
October 10, 2014
Don't scoff. This is one of the handiest features going today, one you don't often find in cars selling for $30,000. Heck, you don't find many in our fleet that offer this. You can find express-down front windows all day long, sometimes express-down front and rear windows. But our 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI has one-touch windows front and rear, up and down.
Unless it's a damp, chilly morning or rain is falling, I'm always using this feature. It's invaluable for venting a car that's been sitting in the sun while waiting for the A/C to ramp up. And since most cars today seem to suffer from severe buffeting, it's not enough to simply lower the driver side window and hang your elbow out the side. You have to crack the rear glass at least a bit to minimize turbulence inside the cabin.
Once the A/C is blowing cold, one touch brings all the windows back to attention. It's one of many minor details that make the Passat feel like a much more premium car than its price suggests.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor