2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI: Keyless Access and Ignition
February 26, 2014
Our 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI comes standard with keyless ignition/entry, which means you can keep the key fob tucked away (in your pocket or handbag, presumably). As you approach, the car recognizes that the fob is close and then allows you to open the door and start the car with the push-button ignition. Personally, I find this feature to be very convenient. If I were thinking about buying a Passat, I'd consider it one more draw for the SEL trim level.
Keyless ignition/entry is pretty common these days, at least as an option. Mostly, I like not having to fish around for the key anymore. It's especially nice if your hands are full, say with groceries or small children (or both, as the case can often be for me.)
One of my coworkers argues that the value of keyless ignition/entry is overblown. She says if you've attached the car's fob to your key ring, which is likely, you're still going to need to get your key ring out to unlock the front door of your house. It's a valid point. But my reply to that is I'm not always at my house.
Volkswagen offers this feature on the Passat in SEL trim, like our car, or on the SE trim level with the Sunroof and Navigation package.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 4,432 miles