2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI Carey Russ Review — Volkswagen 2014

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2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI

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Volkswagen Passat TDI Review

latest Passat has been the that eluded its predecessors. to previous versions, it’s more conservatively styled, and in America for the North American at a new facility in Chattanooga, TN. That may miffed the VW faithful a bit when it in 2012, but it’s brought more people into VW


The biggest news for the VW’s sedan for 2014 is that the 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine is into history, slowly during the model year by a new turbo four. I’ve that when it was introduced to the press a few months back, and good. Very good. But was not the Passat in my driveway for the past

That was the fuel-economy special, the If your last memory of a Volkswagen is of a slow and smoky Diesel, that’s the distant and past. This diesel is a representation of the state of diesel and is capable of fuel economy rivals some similarly-sized with a much more driving experience. Does Group understand diesels? in the record to see how many times Audi has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans its turbodiesel prototypes; (6 of the last 7 And VW’s 2.0-liter TDI four-cylinder has of the character of its competition cousins.

If its 140 horsepower sounds uninspiring, the old saying Horsepower is what you about. Torque is what you Torque here means 236 comparable to many a three-liter V6. It at 1750 rpm and doesn’t appreciably off for long after that, so lag is a non-issue. Most diesels a serious dropoff in power at the top of rev range; this one, a stick, will happily run into its rev-limiter. In no way, with the automatic, is a VW TDI a bland and transportation appliance.

My test car was a TDI SEL Compared to the SE, it adds leather, sport seats with memory, an upgraded navigation SiriusXM Trafficв„ў and Travel Fender (yes, that audio, woodgrain trim, and start to make a true luxury car. If the near-$ price seems steep, prices on comparatively-sized real cars, especially German. In any the Passat TDI is plenty quick for the real world, offers a driving experience, and combines with excellent fuel EPA estimates are 30 mpg city, 40 highway. As most VW diesels (and most hybrids), those are I saw low 30s around town, mid to high 30s in driving, and up to mid-40s on the highway. And every minute of that.

APPEARANCE: While VW uses the basic design language for the as for the smaller Jetta, there is involved than merely the larger button on the CAD program. the chiseled, angular lines are without the rococo complexity of competitors. I suspect that the Passat will still fresh years into the — it will still good when it’s off.

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COMFORT: Stylistically, the interior design follows the Simple can be elegant, and the shapes and are familiar VW motifs. It’s a not a spaceship — but there is of space. It may be made in Tennessee, but it and feels German, and is not all that from the previous Passat, larger and roomier. SEL Premium proximity-sensing doors, pushbutton heated power leather seats, and all of the expected contemporary trimmings including premium (AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD/DVD/SD card/20GB hard and external inputs) and navigation (and no, the Fender audio is not merely a Twin Reverb in the seat∦) There is a backup and the audio, phone, and nav systems are via a simple hard button and interface. HVAC controls are by knobs. VW was criticized in the past for American tastes in car interiors, as in interior storage and cupholders and They’ve learned that — besides a locking all doors have storage and bottle holders, there is space at the front of the console as as a large console box with USB and inputs and a power point coin and toll pass The leather-rimmed steering wheel for both tilt and reach, and has for information and phone systems. are simple and easy to read, the information display

between the tachometer and speedometer. The seats provide excellent and support. The spacious rear is, nearly all sedans, contoured for the two passengers. A high and wide tunnel makes the center less comfortable, just most of the competition. The trunk is with a space-saver spare its floor.

SAFETY: The Passat’s passenger is surrounded by a reinforced safety enhanced by anti-intrusion side in the doors and forged steel Four-wheel antilock disc get hydraulic Brake Assist, and the ESC stability control system is in all models. A tire-pressure monitoring is also standard, and the Intelligent Response System automatically the doors, shuts off the fuel and turns on the hazard warning in the event of a crash. Front, side, and full-length side airbags are standard.

RIDE AND Nobody at VW’s saying but this Passat — and I drove at the recent press — felt a bit firmer those at introduction in 2012. So there have been to the calibration of the fully-independent strut/multilink to give it a more European-standard quality. That suits me fine — it’s supple over poor surfaces yet fun to drive and handles the with the aplomb expected of a sedan. Steering effort is and the brakes work well.

PERFORMANCE: Don’t expect the and top speed of a Le Mans prototype, but you be surprised by this diesel. the 2.0-liter TDI is the same engine in the smaller Golf and Jetta, but at 3500 pounds, the Passat is not much heavier. The engine a sturdy cast-iron block and head, of now-standard 16-valve, spec. If its 140 horsepower (at 4000 doesn’t sound impressive, the 236 lb-ft of torque that counts. And the torque peak is at rpm, with little after that. Meaning turbo acceleration when or wanted. The 8.5 second or so 0-60 is more than merely for the real world — and is great even when hard. This is not an old Rabbit A six-speed stick is offered in the model, but the six-speed twin-clutch manual DSG is the only choice in the No complaints — it shifts as as any torque converter automatic in D or mode, and better than of them manually. And does acquaintance with the rev limiter. also more efficient a torque converter box. economy is less dependent on with the right foot in a hybrid, and I easily saw 30 mpg around and high 30s to mid-40s on the highway. an 18.5-gallon tank, that mean 650 miles before at a mixed-road 35 mpg. Or much on the highway. You’ll likely to stop first∦

CONCLUSIONS: The Passat TDI combines space, and fuel efficiency a typically Volkswagen fun-to-drive

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