2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI: I Love the Doors
July 18, 2014
I rarely notice a car door. Unless something is glaringly wrong like a super loud squeak or a handle not working, I don't pay attention to the door when I'm getting in or out of a car. Done it too many times to even notice I'm doing it. So when I got out of our 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI this weekend, I was surprised to have the door catch my attention.
You know those little stops that slow down the swing of a door, the detents? A detent is responsible for the small break or "speed bumps" that will stop a car door from opening past a certain angle. If you want the door opened further, give a car door a nudge and the door will swing on its intended path until slowed down by the next one. The detents are pretty stiff on the Passat. For me, that's a good thing.
At home, I don't have a lot of room in my parking garage. On both sides of my tandem parking spot are my neighbors' cars, and there isn't a lot of space. Between you and me, I once opened my passenger door and the corner of it hit my neighbor's driver door. Perhaps I was too aggressive, or perhaps the car door swung too freely. Maybe both. Either way I take responsibility.
Ever since, I'm always mindful about dinging somebody else's car.
When I hopped out of the Passat and released the door, the door swung open, hit its latch point, and pretty much stayed put. No extra swing. Solid.
In the Passat, with the weight of the doors and the position of the stops being so tight, I don't worry about it accidentally swinging into something. One less thing to think about in my cramped garage. Or cramped parking structure at work. Or cramped parking lot at Trader Joe's.
It's not like I sit up at night worrying about this or anything. But the Passat doors impressed me.
I'm sure some of the guys here would attribute that to build quality. I would attribute that to thoughtfulness by the engineers. They know hitting your neighbor's car door stinks.
I'm doubtful car shoppers are thinking about out how car doors swing when they are out shopping for new rides. But, little things like that can really enhance the car ownership experience.
Are there any "little things" in your car that bug the heck out of you or make you happy with your buying choice? You know, like having to hit okay on your navigation system every time you want to drive somewhere?
Matt Jones, Senior Editor @ 9,860 miles