What's It's Like in the Heat - 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI Long-Term Road Test

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2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI: What's It's Like in the Heat

July 09, 2014

2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI

I parked our long-term 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI in my driveway this weekend. I live on a hill near the Pacific Ocean where the sun beats down heating things up pretty darn good. Whenever I get into a car during daylight hours, the interior is hot.

The interior of our Passat is black but it doesn't really matter. Any car I park in my drive in the summer gets hot hot hot. While the air conditioner in our Passat works really well, on start-up it takes a long time for the air to become cool. Once it gets going, I have no complaints. The vents are positioned well, the controls are easy for driver and passenger to use, and the air flow is strong.

Another hot weather issue is the metallic strip on the shifter (pictured above). Boy, does that get hot. Our Passat doesn't have a manual transmission, so I only need to put it in Reverse to back out and then in Drive to get going. But those few seconds are searing.

Any hot weather issues with your car?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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