2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI: Harmony
November 14, 2014
Finally, a car that my wife and I agree on: the 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI.
Negotiations are ongoing in my home about a next-car for my wife and daughter, as they're both outgrowing a long-serving Honda Civic. The options have run the spectrum. I like the Honda minivan idea actually (last generation only), thinking it can serve a good second life as beach wagon after its useful service as mom-and-kid shuttle and road tripper. We haven't abandoned the idea, but it feels a little excessive.
A wagon has good odds. The TSX Sportwagon is high on the list, but I'd like to wait and see what the new Golf SportWagen can offer. If I could sneak a CTS-V wagon past the wife and my financial adviser, well, that'd win the Internet and the space program, wouldn't it?
A roomy midsize sedan is the leading favorite. My wife thinks an Accord would be right, but those are her nationalistic roots talking. I'm not totally on board with it. A Fusion and Mazda 6 are also considerations, but I was surprised when we took a drive in the Passat and she started an inquiry that was more than casual. I sold all the points I like about the car: good power and delivery, classy interior with unfussy entertainment interface, respectable fuel economy (28 mpg combined), huge trunk and back seat.
Later when we walked out of a restaurant toward the car, I was even more surprised when she said "it looks like an Audi." Whether that elicits cheers or jeers from either side of the Volkswagen aisle, I don't know. But I'm certain the Passat will be an easy sell if the time comes.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor @ 20,700 miles.