2014 Volkswagen Passat Sedan review — 2014 Volkswagen Passat Sedan

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2014 Volkswagen Passat Sedan

2014 Volkswagen Passat

Decades after the last Beetle was sold in the United Volkswagen is aiming to live up to its car name once again. To do so, the efforts now stem around high-volume cars for the masses like its midsize sedan, the

If you’re an automotive historian, know that Passats of have often been if distinctly European-feeling sedans out of touch with needs, and demands of American buyers. To this, the latest Passat has engineered for us — and it’s built here at a brand new in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Not content letting the Passat stay VW has introduced for 2014 an all-new engine that nets improved fuel economy. the kind of thing Americans need, want and demand.

is it?

Introduced for the 2012 model the Passat was designed specifically for in the United States and in China. our differences, we demand much the out of our midsize cars.

To that end, it emphasizes volume rather than genuinely premium like of years gone by. Initially, launched with a dated and five-cylinder engine, but 2014 the gradual phasing out of that in favor of an all-new 1.8-liter four-cylinder.

Unrelated to the VW Group’s of a decade or so ago, this new puts out the same 170 horsepower as its predecessor, but torque is up 7 lb-ft. to 184 Moreover, the new 1.8T offers a wider torque band, means that it feels and truly is — much

The engine is mated to either a manual or a six-speed automatic, the of which will only be on low-spec, low-volume models. VW offers the Passat with a 40 turbodiesel and a 280-horsepower gasoline V6. As as we like the turbodiesel, we don’t that the 1.8T tested will be the highest-volume model.

of volume, our SEL grade tester the range at just shy of $32,000; go on the options and you can find a Passat for $22,000.

What’s it up against?

Without a the toughest segment, the midsize market includes such as the Toyota Camry, Honda Ford Fusion and Nissan We’re also partial to the Mazda Mazda6, the stylish Kia and the all-wheel-drive Subaru Legacy.

does it look like?

and distinctly Teutonic, the Passat’s design wastes no sheetmetal on curves or scallops. To some, the trend-free look is a little but it’s also highly even when loaded up our SEL tester with its 18-inch wheels, LED running lamps and chrome accents.

The Passat stop you in your tracks the Fusion or the Mazda6, but it will undoubtedly age well. Plus, something to be said about along under the radar. In a Passat like our test that’s an easy task.

And on the


We could use the same accolades to the Passat’s interior. Distinctly in its ergonomic simplicity, it manages to a little more upmarket swathed in black leather and suede.

Dark wood-like accents and an analog clock give the dashboard an old world feel we don’t necessarily mind. In ways, it’s like a Audi, only without the

On a functional level, the Passat to score. Passenger room is top especially for outboard rear passengers. The middle seat is a more cramped given the Passat’s interior is slightly than some rivals, but big passengers will find to complain.

What the dashboard in trendy style it more makes up for in usability. Every is easy to reach and see; the Passat’s navigation system is a to operate, although we found its controls had a tough time some inputs. On the other the Fender-branded audio system with the SEL Premium trim is among the best in its class.

As as the Passat looks inside, it up a little short in terms of selection. Hard plastics are well hidden, but some cutting is evident. Where put padded vinyl on the door the Passat uses plastic. A of switch blanks surrounds the lever reminding you of what you buy — even though is a loaded Passat. Exposed on the trunk lid is something we rarely see in cars, let alone those $30,000-plus. And the plastic parcel behind the rear seats not looks cheap, it reflects onto the rear window in climates.

But does it go?

Forget any complaint we made about the Passat’s old five-cylinder. This new engine is a Buttery smooth at idle, it only a faint and refined when pushed hard. on the skinny pedal and you’re with a rush of power, so so that we question whether the specifications sheet is really From any speed, a mountain of provides effortless passing and

Only with a full of passengers and their luggage did we find that the Passat slightly burdened, but we still safe in saying that is the fastest-feeling four-cylinder midsize currently on the market. Moreover, its automatic gearbox provides shifts, although sport-minded might appreciate a set of paddle

That’s not the only place hotshoes will feel the is lacking, however. While its quality is supple, it hardly fast driving. So too the steering, is nicely-weighted but slow and devoid of If you’re looking to get your car kicks, the Mazda6, Accord and all deliver a more sensory experience.

But if it’s simply driving you’re after, the comes up strong. Relaxing on the it benefits from limited and road noise and arrow-straight Moreover, we netted 36 mpg on a road — a little above the 34 mpg the EPA In the city, we found ourselves in line with the EPA’s 24 mpg

Those are decent numbers the Passat’s sprightly feel, but come up short against the 38 mpg-plus of the Mazda6 and Altima.

bottom line

There has always been a lot to about the Passat. The addition of a more drivable and more efficient engine for 2014 makes this sedan appealing.

Light on character and the Passat is nonetheless a midsize worthy of serious consideration for its to satisfy on so many levels. not any emotional ones.

2014 Passat SEL Premium base $30,895. As tested, $31,715.

$820.

Photos by Andrew

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