2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI: Road Trip Cargo Space for Four
July 17, 2014
Say you and your spouse have two smallish kids. Let's also say you two crazy lovebirds decide to take your smallish kids on a summer road trip to Mammoth Lakes, California (approximately 300 miles away from your home), to meet up with two other families and do fun summer lake stuff together for a four-day weekend.
And suppose you had also recently purchased a 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI as your family car because you feel that a midsize sedan — and the Passat specifically — is the best choice for your family, as it serves your needs perfectly 95 percent of the time, is easy to park, has a massive trunk (pictured) and looks good. Great reasons. You don't like crossovers, SUVs, minivans and wagons. You like to drive a sedan. I feel ya. Rock on, sedan-lover.
(Note from the writer: My husband and I have not recently purchased a Passat. We drove Edmunds' long-term Passat TSI for this road trip, but that tidbit didn't fit in with my pastoral about this fictitious family.)
Now let's look at how you might fit all the stuff that a family of four with two smallish children needs for an extended weekend road trip in summertime Mammoth.
Full disclosure: We overpacked. I freely admit this. In our defense, we hadn't taken a road trip with the kids for a few years, and we'd never been to Mammoth in the summer. And we weren't sure where the kids were going to sleep (hence the sleeping bags). And there were going to be six kids under age 12 to entertain for four days. Please forgive me.
This is a photo of everything we shoved into that big trunk:
This is it in list form:
2 rolling carry-on suitcases
1 standard (non-rolling) carry-on suitcase
1 medium-sized soft-sided cooler
1 large grocery-bag style cooler bag
1 3-gallon water container
2 kid-sized sleeping bags
1 adult-sized sleeping bag
1 large canvas tote bag
1 yoga mat
1 medium Amazon box filled with craft supplies
1 medium clear plastic craft bin (more craft supplies — did I mention that I overpacked?)
2 standard pool noodles
1 plastic grocery bag filled with junk
1 large Ziploc bag (filled with I-can't-remember-what)
3 beach towels
1 tabloid-size California almanac
1 empty growler from Indian Wells Brewing Company (picture is from our trip home)
This is what it looked like in said trunk:
Keep in mind our kids also had a bunch of stuff in the passenger compartment to read, color, do, destroy and kick over, so this isn't everything we took with us (more on that in another post.) But it is everything that fit easily into the Passat's massive trunk.
And I think that's pretty impressive.
Bryn MacKinnon, Senior Editor