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2014 Volkswagen Passat Long-Term Road Test Posts: 10,125
edited September 2014 in Volkswagen

image2014 Volkswagen Passat Long-Term Road Test

Volkswagen has finally ditched the 2.5, so we're spending 12 months with the 2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL with the new 1.8-liter four-cylinder.

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  • Very much looking forward to reading about the new 1.8T.
  • banhughbanhugh Posts: 315
    Are they free or something? How many more Passats are you going to have?
  • emajoremajor Posts: 332
    I was critical of them taking a TDI Passat because they had already tested that same powertrain in two Jettas, but I think the 1.8 is a very valid fleet addition. It is an interesting base powertrain that will be in a number of VW models, and as a small-displacement turbo I will be curious to see how it does powering a midsize sedan compared to the Fusion.
  • kevm14kevm14 Posts: 423
    What's so interesting about the 1.8? VW/Audio have been using a 1.8T since the late 90s and it is putting out about the same power as it always has. Seems like a snoozefest to me...
  • kevm14kevm14 Posts: 423
    Haha, I meant Audi. Muscle memory.
  • emajoremajor Posts: 332
    "what's so interesting about the 1.8"? a) it's replacing the controversial 5 cylinder, b) it's one of several attempts to replace larger displacement normally aspirated engines with a small turbo as the volume family sedan engine, c) Ford did this rather poorly so I'd like to see if VW can pull it off, d) not everyone is kevm14 or has kevm14's interests, e) Edmunds has a Corvette if the Passat ain't your thing.
  • the link from your long term road test blog page directs to the tdi page, not here.

    need to update the link!!!

    shoud be 2014 not 2013.
  • Not sure what changed since December, but I just looked at a Passat SE 1.8T. Not required to get the SEL. I'm seriously considering purchasing the newly updated Sonata SE 2.4, but I think I owe this car a thorough test drive. We already eliminated the Accord EX, Camry SE Sport, and Subaru Legacy Sport. My wife doesn't care about skidpad numbers or track times...... The 1.8T looks like a great daily driver engine with torque available at 1500 rpms.
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