chris nester: i had a VW Jetta Sportwagon Diesel and loved it. I now have the 2014
Passat TDI SEL and am loving it. The gas mileage is insane...even better
than the wagon and unbelievable for a car this size. in just the first
few 100 miles i am averaging mid 30's around town and mid 40's on freeway.
impressive for an engine that is no where near broken in yet. this car
loves to eat up the highway moving effortlessly down the road at 80+ with
as smooth a ride as some premium luxury cars i have owned. I only have
two things to comment on that could use some improvement in the next
generation - the Nav system response is unacceptable for the price paid.
The RNS315 i had in the wagon was a far better system than the RNS510 that
is in the premium package passat. And The blower for the climate control
- a bit too loud and often has a slight whistle to it. Both things I plan
to have addressed at my 45 day check in. Recommendations - get the
windows tinted. And definitely get this car in the TDI model - its what
takes this car from good to amazing. power and efficiency combined -
especially once you learn how to best to drive it.
jon Reid: Our diesel VW Jetta broke down with major problems often. It left my family
stranded on our family trip. Their service and quality S U C K S! We are
going Japanese. I'm so Sad there is no more Quality in German like the
80's German cars. I really believed in them and wanted to support them.
Now their saying should be Färfrombroken instead of farfegnugen. Good luck
with yours though.
Kyree S. Williams: The only way I'd get any kind of SEL Passat is if the dealer agreed to swap
out the cheap-looking simulated woodgrain for the aluminum trim from the
SE. I don't understand how the SEL is an upgrade in this regard; I think
it looks worse than baser versions.
1965Caliente: TDI is just plain pragmatic unless you like bursting out into traffic and
need to zip to 70 quickly. I had to learn the TDI loses power quickly when
trying to merge into fast lanes on the highway. However, drive the DSG in
manual and gingerly accelerate in city traffic, and 44-45 mpg is a snap. On
a nearly pure highway run, I was rewarded with 46mpg calculated. I have mpg
& room to boot. I luv my '13 TDI.
Tracy C.: I love this car and am considering it heavily. My only hesitation is that I
already drive an 05' corolla that has 130hp and that is not nearly enough
horsepower and ten extra ponies in the VW isn't going to cut it. I will
probably have to look at the regular version and even think about the V6
Tracy C.: Ok, I'll take your advice and test drive the TDI SEL against the SEL before
making a final decision. The '14 is out now so it will be interesting to
see how the turbo engine performs.
40native: I have a '13 Passat TDI. Don't sell it short until you test drive one.
140HP yes but 236 pounds of torque at a low rpm of 1750 like it has makes
it a VERY drivable and economical car. I encourage you to test drive the
different models before making any judgement. I didn't drive the V6 but I
did drive the 2.5L 5 cylindar and the TDI. The TDI won hands down.
tomalaurentiu: Test drive it at night!
AutomotiveReview: I just like the fact that such MPG is possible in the car of this size,
torque is good and diesel engine "longevity" and reliability too, and I
also think any Volkswagen is a bit overpriced so you have to really like VW.
Kelly McCammon: I really appreciate your videos.
AutomotiveReview: Kelly, I'm glad you like to listen to my videos. I like diesel engines too
- distinctive sound, better fuel economy and durability sure makes them
very special. I wish more cars had them. I will definitely try to get
better engine sounds and pay more attention to the audio quality overall.
Thanks for your comment!
gene978: I'm always amazed at cars that are full sized that get great MPG. And it's
true the longevity potential is certainly their. Us with car technology
changing so fast and new standards coming up when is the right time to buy?
gene978: Hey Eugene, I have to wonder if spending over $30K on a fully equipped
PASSAT Diesel a d getting 30/40 MPG CITY/HWY is enough to compensate for
the very low Horsepower of 140. Yes, there's a lot of Torque 236ft-lbs
@1750 rpm. The car can be had a lot cheaper in Petrol version and are
selling $3000 under retail on average. You can buy a base S sedan for
$17,739 excluding destination according to Edmunds.com
AutomotiveReview: As for this Passat - used with 30K miles, from a private seller two years
from now would be the right time. :)
Kelly McCammon: My name is Kelly. I am a diesel nut. I have listened to a lot of your
recordings and they are great. Thank you for doing these videos. Please
keep doing them. I am totally blind and can not see anything out of both
eyes. Therefore instead of looking at cars I listen to them. Thanks for
firing it up. Next time can you get a closer recording of the engine and
rev it a little. Volxwagons are quiet especially their diesels and this one
was a little hard to hear.
2013 VW PASSAT TDi REVIEW ENGINE START UP4.8
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