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Volkswagen Passat sedan III

Volkswagen Passat a fuelish sedan

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be fooled by the mild-looking exterior of the Passat sedan.

This four door comes a solid, stable ride, handling, exceptional back-seat and superlative fuel economy.

In the Passat differentiates itself from other mid-size sedans because it is one of the few sold in the States that offers a choice of gasoline or diesel and automatic or manual transmission.

Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium

price: $20,995 for 1.8T S manual; $22,095 for 1.8T S Tiptronic; $23,995 for 1.8T Edition; $24,775 for 1.8T SE $25,875 for 1.8T SE Tiptronic; for 1.8T Sport manual; for TDI SE manual; $28,675 for TDI SE Tiptronic sunroof; $30,375 for TDI SE Tiptronic sunroof and navigation; $33,395 for TDI SEL

Price as tested: $34,215

 Front-engine, front-wheel drive, mid-size sedan.

Engine:  2-liter, double cam, turbocharged/intercooled, diesel, four cylinder with injection.

Mileage: 30 mpg (city), 40 mpg

Length:  191.6 inches.

110.4 inches.

Curb 3.459 pounds.

Built at: Tenn.

With VW’s diesel four cylinder and manual, the 2014 Passat second best in fuel among non-hybrid, non-electric sold in the United States. The government ratings are an impressive 31 per gallon in city driving and 43 mpg on the for a combined travel range of 600 miles on a single tank of

The numbers drop slightly to mpg with VW’s Tiptronic but based on experience with a Passat diesel Tiptronic, results are achievable.

Indeed, a modified 2014 diesel driven for maximum fuel set a Guinness World Record of 78 mpg.

Plus, the 2014 like its 2012 and 2013 earned top, five out of stars overall in federal crash tests.

The Passat also is a recommended buy of Reports magazine, which predicted reliability as average.

get to pick among several levels and engines — one of which diesel.

Note that VW announced it is replacing the 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine that was in the with a 1.8-liter, double cam, turbocharged, gasoline cylinder, buyers may still 2.5L models on dealer

Starting manufacturer’s suggested price, including destination is $21,815 for a base, 2014 S with the 170-horsepower, turbocharged, four cylinder and five-speed The lowest starting retail for a 2014 Passat S with the turbo four and six-speed automatic is $22,915.

Mileage for the turbo four gasoline are 24 mpg in the city and 34 mpg to 35 mpg on the highway, depending on the

The 2014 Passat with the diesel four cylinder, is in part, because it includes standard equipment, such as camera and heated front Starting MSRP, including charge, is $27,495 for a 2014 TDI SE manual and $29,495 with an

Competitors run the gamut from the car in America — the Toyota Camry — to the Malibu. Starting retail for the base, 2014 Camry L 170-horsepower, naturally aspirated, four cylinder and automatic is $23,235. The base, 2014 Malibu LS with 196-horsepower, aspirated, gasoline four and automatic transmission carries a MSRP, including destination of $23,990.

Neither the 2014 nor Malibu offers manual or diesel engines.

The Passat is on the outside cleanly and pleasantly. But no one the test car a second look. observers said the car, an SEL Premium model, looked a bit despite though the sticker of more than $34,000.

the Passat exhibited VW functionality and a seat with 39.1 of legroom — more than a Honda Accord and the larger Taurus.

Buttons and knobs were laid out in the Passat and had good feel. The dashboard had a no-nonsense, appearance, even with a screen in the middle.

But an enthusiast will enjoy the thick-all-the-way-around wheel, the properly positioned rest for the driver’s left and the supportive, adjustable driver’s

The tester had a bonus: A 400-watt premium audio system.

The diesel engine clatter through at startup, acceleration and the car was sitting idle at stoplights. noticeable to people who are standing the car, too.

But the Passat to minimize road and wind

The car rode stably and a bit firmly so felt some vibrations as the car over sunken manhole and broken pavement.

But the test did not drive like the large, car that it is. Rather, the sedan buttoned down to the road abrupt, emergency maneuvers and easily in normal circumstances. It managed mountain twisty with composure.

Speed can be deceptive. Several the test car was at 50 miles per hour the driver noticing.

The Passat TDI had the 2-liter, double overhead turbocharged, diesel four with direct injection. horsepower of 140 is less than of the Camry and Malibu and many mid-size sedans, the Passat’s or low-end “oomph,” is palpable and

Fully 236 foot-pounds of torque on at 1,750 rpm, so a driver can around obstacles and accelerate traffic from a stop impressive power.

In comparison, the torque in a 2014 Camry four cylinder is 170 foot-pounds at a 4,700 rpm. It’s 248 also at 4,700 rpm, in a with V-6.

Even spirited driving, the test averaged 35 mpg in combined city/highway which translated into a 647-mile range on a single

At today’s $4 average for a gallon of filling the Passat’s 18.5-gallon can cost nearly $75.

A few nits in the test car: rear doors are long and sizable openings, the windows go only about halfway. And the person in the back seat has to a sizable hump in the floor.

The has only six air bags, while the comes with 10.


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