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2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI Long-Term Road Test

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2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI: Performance Testing

September 24, 2014

2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI

Since we took delivery of our 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI back in December, it has performed the regular commuting duties with little or no fuss. Our VW has also undertaken a few moderate road trips and hauling duties, you know typical sedan stuff. It has served us as well as any other midsized family sedan in this capacity. It also went to our test track.

The big news with this 2014 Passat isn't its ability to hold five people pretty comfortably, we knew it did that. The interesting bit is actually its new 1.8-liter, four-cylinder gasoline motor that pumps out 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.

How'd it do?

(The following performance numbers were obtained shortly after the Volkswagen Passat TSI joined our long-term fleet. )

Odometer: 2,287
Date: 12/23/2013
Driver: Chris Walton
Price: $31,715

Drive Type: Front engine, Front-wheel drive
Transmission Type: six-speed automatic
Engine Type: turbocharged, inline-4, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in): 1,798 / 110
Redline (rpm): 6,000
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 170 @ 4,800
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm): 184 @ 1,500
Brake Type (front): 12.3-inch one-piece ventilated with single-piston sliding calipers
Brake Type (rear): 10.7-inch one-piece solid with single-piston sliding calipers
Suspension Type(front): MacPherson strut, lower control arms, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension Type (rear): Multi-link, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Tire Size (front): 235/45R18 94H M+S
Tire Size (rear): 235/45R18 94H M+S
Tire Brand: Continental
Tire Model: ContiProContact
Tire Type:  All-Season, low rolling resistance
As tested Curb Weight (lb): 3,338

Test Results:
0-30 (sec): 2.7 (w/TC on 3.4)
0-45 (sec): 4.9 (w/TC on 5.6)
0-60 (sec): 7.7 (w/TC on 8.6)
0-60 with 1-ft Rollout (sec): 7.4 (w/TC on 8.2)
0-75 (sec): 11.5 (w/TC on 12.2)
1/4-Mile (sec @ mph): 15.7 @ 88.7 (w/TC on 16.2 @ 88.7)

30-0 (ft): 31
60-0 (ft): 123

Slalom (mph): 65.7 w/ESC on
Skid Pad Lateral acceleration (g): 0.85 w/ESC on
RPM @ 70: 2,000

Acceleration comments: Without the ability to shut any electronic controls off, the best way around the Passat's otherwise super-lazy saunter off the line is with generous pedal overlap. Also, auto-upshifts in Manual mode proved quicker and at a slightly higher rpm than Drive. Seems like this car wants shift paddles, doesn't it?

Braking comments: Medium-soft pedal throughout test, and highly consistent stopping distances despite brake-pad odor by the end. Good directional stability with minimal (for a large-ish sedan) dive.

Handling comments:
Slalom: Because there's no ESC or Traction Control defeat available, the best way to keep the electronics happy is with minimal driver input and deliberate, single-action steering requests. Like many VW vehicles, the Passat rolls quite a lot, but manages to maintain good grip and response. Steering is obedient, but a little lacking in feel.

Skidpad: Steering is less objectionable here, and loads nicely according to speed, and again, there's quite a lot of grip here before the non-defeat ESC begins closing the throttle at the limit of grip when the front tires start to howl.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor

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