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Texas Road Trip, Day 2 - 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI Long-Term Road Test

Edmunds.comEdmunds.com Posts: 10,112
edited October 2014 in Volkswagen
imageTexas Road Trip, Day 2 - 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI Long-Term Road Test

Here's Day 2 of Edmunds' road trip to Austin, Texas in its long-term 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI SEL. We loved Texas' 80 mph speed limit.

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Comments

  • bankerdannybankerdanny Posts: 1,021
    That is very respectable mileage for a small engine in a largish car with many miles cruising at 80mph+. The 1.8T in my 2004 Jetta never got better than 27mpg
  • We love our 2013 Passat TDi and it gets much better mileage than this TSi. Not sure why I'd get the TSi over the TDI.
  • bankerdannybankerdanny Posts: 1,021
    Cost. The TSi is a couple grand cheaper (at least) and most people won't make up the difference with the better mileage, particularly if you live somewhere that diesel is more expensive than regular, which I think is most places.

    That said, if you lease rather than buy the math is different and the diesel is likelas good or better a deal.
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 4,098

    Cost. The TSi is a couple grand cheaper (at least) and most people won't make up the difference with the better mileage, particularly if you live somewhere that diesel is more expensive than regular, which I think is most places.

    That said, if you lease rather than buy the math is different and the diesel is likelas good or better a deal.

    Actually, I think that VW has been providing a lot of lease incentives on the gas model (none on the TDI), so for leasing, it would be better to get the gas model.
  • For buyers, resale is higher on the diesel though.
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 4,098

    For buyers, resale is higher on the diesel though.

    Yes, one has to do all the calculations. It depends on how long you intend to keep the car, the comparative costs of the two models, gas vs. diesel costs, etc.

    Of course, in my experience, once my wife kicked in the torque of the diesel, that was it - no gasser for her!
  • The diesel torque in and around town is how we could pull this off. I wanted fuel savings but my wife was used to the punch of a bigger six. The TSI wasn't available then, only the 2.5, and if that was the only choice we would not have purchased a Passat. My wife loves the TDI and considering our old car used premium unleaded, the fuel cost difference is not much where we live. My wife also likes the low rpm feel of the diesel, as if the engine is never working hard. Also, the way my wife drives, the diesel pulls way ahead of a gasser on in-town mpg.
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