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2013 VW Passat TDI SEL Premium

2013 Volkswagen Passat Review

(0 Stars)  An American sedan with a German badge.

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

New For 2013
Volkswagen signaled a new direction with the introduction of the 2012 Passat. There are no significant changes for 2013.
Overview
In cutting the Passat’s price by some $7000, Volkswagen achieved its biggest cost saving not in the interior (it is still quite nice) or the chassis (which provides a decent ride), but in the powertrain. The base engine in the 2010 model was VW’s highly regarded 2.0-liter turbo, which made a hearty 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque while returning 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway. Now we get the old 2.5-liter five-cylinder from the Jetta. Despite having one more cylinder, this is not an upgrade. The five musters only 170 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque, and despite the lower power output, fuel economy is about the same (21/33). For buyers willing to spend a little more, better options exist: the fuel-miserly diesel TDI and the potent 3.6-liter VR6. The turbo-diesel four-cylinder returns an excellent 30/40 mpg with an automatic transmission and delivers power much more enthusiastically than any hybrid does. The VR6 is smooth and vigorous but not as efficient as, say, the turbocharged four-cylinder in the Hyundai Sonata. There’s evidence of cost cutting in the interior, but the cabin is still comfortable, attractive, and functional. It is a cavernous space with excellent visibility. The Passat deserves consideration from buyers who previously considered it too small or too pricey.

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2013 Passat TDI SEL Premium Sedan Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Turbocharged
Engine: 2.0L TDI in-line 4 DOHC
Diesel fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 30 MPG city, 40 MPG highway, 34 MPG combined and 629 mi. range
Diesel common rail fuel injection
18.5gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 140 hp @ 4,000 rpm; 236 ft lb of torque @ 1,750 rpm

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'13 VW TDI SEL Premium Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Compass
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Trip Computer
  Interior  
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Heated Wiper/Washers
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Limited Slip Differential
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Memory Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear View Camera
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
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Heated Front Seats
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Leather Seats
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Memory Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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iPod Connector
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
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Navigation System
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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