In an effort to do better by the environment, and to share a brief review outside of just an electric vehicle, EarthTechling recently acquired a 2014 VW Passat TDI for a long-term drive, test, and review. Over the next several months we’ll share our impressions, likes, dislikes, and general thoughts not only this vehicle, but the “ins and outs” of the Diesel segment in the US consumer driving fleet.
So far we have just a tick under five thousand miles under our belts, and of course we already have some very specific thoughts on this car in particular. We’ll report on all of them as time and page space allows, but to begin with…here’s an initial thought and one area where the Passat TDI shines (as expected):
Fuel economy: Maybe an obvious place to start…but in a word, it’s great! Compared to many of our prior personal vehicles, the 2014 VW Passat TDI excels in fuel economy. In our informal tests driving between home and the office, a mix of roughly 75% city driving (stop and go) and 25% highway (steady highway speeds) we were able to achieve a combined 38MPG. Not bad at all. And, for those long, uninterrupted stretches of highway, we’ve been able to achieve as high as 70MPG. Pretty incredible for an internal combustion engine of any type…and an overall MPG performance that rivals or exceeds many hybrids. We’ll continue to report fuel economy as our experience with the Passat grows.
Stay tuned and look for updates as we have more time with the car. But it’s a great opportunity to share candid, non-expert, daily driver reviews to see if we can experience what VW used to refer to, and sometimes still does…Fahrvergnügen.