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2013 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Reviews

4.2
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Liked it so much, we bought another one.

by from Louisville, KY on January 25, 2014

I bought my first new model Passat last year. It is a 2012 SE. I bought it for my wife for Christmas. It has the gas 2.5L motor. I was drawn to the model initially by the cavernous interior and the sl...
I bought my first new model Passat last year. It is a 2012 SE. I bought it for my wife for Christmas. It has the gas 2.5L motor. I was drawn to the model initially by the cavernous interior and the sleek euro styling. After 32k miles, we have really became fans of this model. It provides plenty of room for our family of 5 (which includes my 15yo Son who is 6ft3in and weighs 270lbs). He rides comfortable in the super spacious back seat with his brother and sister, and both front seats all the way back. The multi function 8 speaker radio is intuitive and sounds better than the Harmon Kardon system that was in my 5-series BMW. Performance is adequate. The 2.5L motor, coupled with the 6 speed automatic transmission provides enough power for any daily driving need and the occasional passing maneuver. The big suprise for me in this combination was the gas mileage....I don't necessarily drive conservatively and neither does my wife, but we still average between 28 and 32 MPG in this relatively large sedan. We liked the car so much, that I just bought an new 2013 SE 2.5. Handling is crisp for a front drive car of this size with pretty good grip from the stock tires. It enters turns well and holds pretty level when pushed a little in the corners. The 2012 SE model features climate control, which was not available on the 2013 model that I purchased. Not necessarily a deal breaker, but seamingly a step backwards for the SE model. A bit of an offset is the addition of rear vents for the back seat occupants in 2013 SE model. This makes sense, as the large interior of the car is cooled much faster on hot July days as result. The cons for the car are the road noise and poorly designed wind screen/diffuser on the moonroof. The road noise, while not horrible...is present certainly on less than smooth road surfaces. Poor placement of the Bluetooth microphone seem to make it pronounced to callers on the other end of the phone. Replacing the stock tires with better quality touring rubber will likely help to reduce the amount of road noise considerably. If you are planning on purchasing a model with the moonroof option, go ahead and pony up the extra $200 for the fitted wind deflector. The stock pop up wind diffuser utilizes a low cost screen material to eliminate wind buffeting by diffusing it. The result is an intense hissing wind noise that renders the the open moonroof pretty much useless. Adding the deflector rectifies this, but it does interrupt the sleek flowing lines of the car in my opinion. Overall, if you are seeking a stylish, fuel efficient, and roomy sedan...I recommend checking out the Passat. It is great at what it is designed to do. Transport up to 5 adults in relative comfort and safety from one point to the other with a flair of euro style while getting compact car fuel mileage. With the transition in 2014 to the new 1.8L turbo motor, you should be able to find some great deals on the outgoing 2.5L models. Happy hunting!
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DIDN'T EXPECT TO LIKE A VW

by from Palm Desert, CA on April 27, 2013

My main reason for liking this vehicle is the gas mileage. I've been hard pressed to find a vehicle with better hwy milage (that's what I primary travel) that accommodates my frame (height etc) and do...
My main reason for liking this vehicle is the gas mileage. I've been hard pressed to find a vehicle with better hwy milage (that's what I primary travel) that accommodates my frame (height etc) and doesn't look or respond like a toy. I travel over 700 per week and required something getting not good, but GREAT mileage, was comfortable over longer trips and had enough amenities to keep the travel time "fun". Up to approx 3k miles I averaged 40mpg, and that's in a hilly/mountain area. I was more than satisfied. However, since crossing the 3k mile barrier, the car gets BETTER milage. Now, I'm coming in at 43 mpg. Feature wise, the Nav is quick and accurate. I wish it had voice command, but that's not a killer. The car handles well and it has no problem with hills (accelerating). On rough roads, interior noise kicks up and the ride becomes less smooth. Also, on windy mornings, interior noise kicks up. Again, these haven't been enough of an issue where I wouldn't purchased the vehicle. The higher diesel cost hasn't been a drawback. The cost typically is right around (or less) than mid-grade gas. Interior space is exceptional. Lastly, while I haven't had any problems with the vehicle, given my amount of driving distance I would have liked a longer warranty.
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Passat TDI SEL Premium

by from Bay Area, CA on December 1, 2012

I leased a Passat TDI SEL Premium for 30 days (intended longer but dealer wanted to change the contract-ended up giving the car back) it was a great car. Styling exterior is very handsome, Interior-I...
I leased a Passat TDI SEL Premium for 30 days (intended longer but dealer wanted to change the contract-ended up giving the car back) it was a great car. Styling exterior is very handsome, Interior-I had Titan Black with Dynamica inserts, very nice and felt premium. The dash materials were a little on the cheap side but looked better in black. Carpeting definitely on the cheap side, most visible in back seat huge footwells. Interior was huge, tons of rear leg room, huge trunk. TDI-extremely impressed. 1st tank 42.5 mpg, 2nd 44. Over 768 miles driven on second tank. I now own Sonata Hybrid, I can't get to 700 even emploring hypermiling tricks. TDI is way more efficient even though Sonata shuts down when stopped or in traffic. Nav system is frustratingly slow but calculates ETA based on traffic and is fairly accurate--not so for the Sonata. Bluetooh integration is best I've ever experienced, phone menus and toggle buttons on steering wheel blow away anything out there. Why did I give it back...back pain. Those sporty seats that hug you when you get in also killed my back spending 2 hrs/day in the car. Might just be my shape or height but I don't experience this any where near as bad in my Sonata Hybrid...hence the 3 star rating for comfort. Oh, it has an 8 way power passenger seat...that is not found on anything in the segment!
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Great Car

by from Camp Hill, PA on December 20, 2012

This is my 6 VW in 26 years of driving and by far the most fun one to drive. I chose the 5 speed manual transmission after driving 12 years of automatic Jettas. Smooth shifting and love the pick up th...
This is my 6 VW in 26 years of driving and by far the most fun one to drive. I chose the 5 speed manual transmission after driving 12 years of automatic Jettas. Smooth shifting and love the pick up the 2013 Passat has. Handles great and the kids LOVE the room in the back seat! I can fit 4 golf bags in the truck and the golfers fit comfortably in the car. Love what you have done with the size of the interior. The interior design is very basic, not flashy, and easy to understand. If you want a great car at a great value, the Passat is a GREAT choice!
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Greaaaat Car

by from NC on January 21, 2013

The ride is awsom. I drove several other new cars and the comfortable ride of the VW Passat is far above all of them in the near price catagory. The road noise is abated to the point of almost non-exi...
The ride is awsom. I drove several other new cars and the comfortable ride of the VW Passat is far above all of them in the near price catagory. The road noise is abated to the point of almost non-existant. The TDI diesel mileage is impressive
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Passat TDI SEL PREMIUM

by from Lakeville, MN on December 15, 2012

First time TDI owner and have to say I'm amazed. The car is incredible to drive, great low end torque and solid on the road. MPG is better than rated. Consisting getting 32-33 MPG in heavy city drivin...
First time TDI owner and have to say I'm amazed. The car is incredible to drive, great low end torque and solid on the road. MPG is better than rated. Consisting getting 32-33 MPG in heavy city driving and 42-44 in mixed highway and city driving. Straight highway will push or exceed 50MPG..simply amazing. Technology is good, the only thing I really don't care for is the remote start. Remote start will shut off when the doors are unlocked. Then you must restart vehicle. Fender sound system will shatter your glasses with crystal clear music. Navigation system is very easy to operate. Rear seat leg room is excellent. Trunk is huge. The TDI is responsive and off the start and does very well when you need to pass. It is not a sport car but very functional for typical highway driving. Visibility is excellent no real blind spot, side mirrors could be a little larger but are not trouble some. Rearview camera is nice but slow to turn on when the car is first started. Basically the computer takes a few seconds to boot up. I did test drive the new Honda Accord and Camry, both are very nice cars but they simply don't drive like a Passat, the choice was crystal clear after driving all these cars. If you have never drove a German car drive one, but be careful once you drive one you will not want to drive anything else. I do own a 2010 VW Jetta gas and it has been a fantastic car for us. Hope this helps you in your decision. Happy Driving.
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Diesel is the way to go!

by from McMinnville, OR on December 5, 2012

Con: Navigation and backup camera are slower than a snail climbing down a tree. Pros: Fuel mileage is exceptional! I will NEVER drive a gas vehicle again. Clean diesel is the way to go, especially if...
Con: Navigation and backup camera are slower than a snail climbing down a tree. Pros: Fuel mileage is exceptional! I will NEVER drive a gas vehicle again. Clean diesel is the way to go, especially if you are a commuter. Try a new VW Passat today! You will be highly impressed!
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59 chevy

by from on January 19, 2013

We love our new VW Passat. The dealer was great. We would definitely buy it again. Comfort and Performance in one car.
We love our new VW Passat. The dealer was great. We would definitely buy it again. Comfort and Performance in one car.
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New fan of VW Passat SE TDI!!!

by from Fort Wayne, IN on June 28, 2013

We just traded in a Toyota 4Runner and purchased a VW Passat SE TDI and even though I've only driven it for about a week I am really happy with the decision to buy it. The first day I was getting 39 m...
We just traded in a Toyota 4Runner and purchased a VW Passat SE TDI and even though I've only driven it for about a week I am really happy with the decision to buy it. The first day I was getting 39 mpg with only city driving. Since then I've averaged about 43 mpg with a mix of mostly city and a little on the freeway. This is fantastic especially when compared to the 17-18 mpg that we were getting in the 4Runner! The Passat is really a fun car to drive. The TDI has a lot of power from the low end torque and while it may not be the fastest right off the line, there is no problem with accelerating while driving. At times it feels more like a V6 because there's so much power. The ride quality is very smooth and the suspension is well controlled and balanced nicely. Many "experts" have complained that the exterior styling is pretty bland but I think that it will hold up well over time. Some of the other cars on the market will look dated in a few years because they are designed to be trendy. The VW has more of a classic, simple look to it and I actually like that. The interior design is also fairly simple but again I like the look of it. At first I was concerned that the seats wouldn't be comfortable because they look fairly flat, but so far I have no complaints. The trunk is spacious, back seat legroom is outstanding, and the controls are all well laid out. The driver information center takes a little time to figure out but it is very easy to use and intuitive. One suggestion - I do wish you could have the digital speedometer and another piece of info (average mpg, current mpg, etc.) displayed at the same time instead of having to alternate between them. We also considered a Camry and I liked the way that it drove, but the quality of the cabin seemed cheap even on the highest XLE trim level. The keyfob also felt like it was made with the cheapest possible plastic. The VW on the other has a much better fit and finish and they key feels solid in your hand. I think that the Camry's ride quality was a little softer when it came to the smaller road imperfections, but hitting larger bumps made me cringe. The Passat just seems to absorb everything more evenly. In summary, if you are reading this then you are probably researching the Passat and I highly recommend test driving one and especially the TDI. It is a roomy, powerful car with great mpg that also just happens to be fun to drive!
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Passat TDI 2.0 SEL Premium

by from northwest indiana on May 18, 2013

We have had this vehicle for three weeks now and have 1700 miles on it. I previously owned a 2012 Toyota Highlander and was only getting 21.5mpg on the highway, with the Passat I am consistently getti...
We have had this vehicle for three weeks now and have 1700 miles on it. I previously owned a 2012 Toyota Highlander and was only getting 21.5mpg on the highway, with the Passat I am consistently getting 48-50mpg's on the highway. My wife and I have never owned a VW before let a lone a diesel, however, after reading the reviews we decided why not? Have not regretted the decision yet! My wife who is used to driving v6's loves this vehicle, and drives it everyday city highway mix about 35 miles on way and is averaging 43mpg and does not want to drive her 2012 Toyota Venza anymore. She loves the power, nav system, fender sound system, and the feel of the vehicle. This has been a great purchase so far and I have only filled the vehicle up twice. I am getting 600-650 miles per tank (dealer did not fill up vehicle originally only had a half tank). Best vehicle for a commuter or family that does a lot of driving we average 25k per year and this is a great choice so far.
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