2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI: How 'Bout Those Seats?
August 13, 2014
In reading through previous entries in this blog for our long-term 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI, I noticed that my colleague Mike Monticello found the front seats to be marvelous for someone with his trim frame but wondered how a wide-bodied driver would do.
Much as I hate to admit it, I'm fairly wide-bodied at 6'2" and 238 pounds. And I can provide an answer.
They do just fine.
I've got a lower back issue, and just traveled 842 miles in the Passat, most of it in long drives to and from the Silicon Valley city of San Jose. I made just two stops each way, one for gas and other stuff one does at a gas station, and one for a coffee and restroom break. So I spent a lot of time in those leather and suede seats.
My longest stretch of uninterrupted driving was just over four hours.
I found the Passat's front buckets comfortable and supportive and didn't have to spend the drives squirming around trying to easy a backache. I never got a backache. And I didn't limp around adjusting my spine for 15 minutes after getting out of the car, something I often must do when emerging from my daily driver, a 2007 Honda Civic GX.
John O'Dell, Senior Editor for Green Cars and Fuel Efficiency @ 12,821miles