VW Passat TSI (Gas) is still a great car
By Katiewon on Saturday, September 26, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,000
overall rating 8 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "fun to drive, lots of premiums at a great price."
Cons: "needs to make a great electric car"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I love my 2015 Passat TSI SE Sedan (turbo gas version). I am really happy with this car, and hopefully I will enjoy it for many thousands of miles to come. Which is the reason I wanted to write something PRAISING the VW Passat - GAS version. Don't throw out the brand with the bad publicity. Initially I leased it, but want to buy it now, believe it or not, even though all the turmoil at VW over the Diesel version, they still make a great gas car..
Last November 2014 I was shopping for a new car, preferring another VW Passat and heard they had a great diesel version and I considered it. Of course, all the VW Dealers I talked to were eager to promote the diesel, it was popular, helped the environment, and the extra few thousand you spend buying the car would be made up in the fuel savings. I was skeptical, I owned a luxury diesel vehicle in the past and remember what a pain it was with emissions and other extra costs. Actually, if VW had an electric vehcile I may have considered buying it, I trusted them, but I just didn't believe in diesel as an alternative to gas. It seemed more like a step backward and an expensive one. So I stayed with the fossil fuel I know, good ole gasoline. Heck it's a 4 cyl isn't that enough of a compromise?
First and foremost, it's fun to drive. Great zip, handles very nice and offers a little 'Sport' option, where you literally shift it into a "Sport" mode and vrooommm!!! you're gone! The interior is very nice and comfortable, the dashboard is well laid out with full speakers/sound system, bluetooth technology to link your phone with the car, navigation, back up camera, satellite radio, SD scan card, and voice activated features and driver side displays of information, heated/power seats, keyless entry/start and a sleek looking interior. My car has a black, leather-type interior, with nice seam stiching, combination black and polished chrome features, and lots of cup holders - including one on each door in addition to two in the middle. Lots of storage and even little cargo holders and the back seats fold down - it's practically a truck. I can go on and on with all the awesome features available, but the one that counts more than anything...safety. Top notch. There are numerous front and side air bags that can save your life, as it did mine when in 2014 my 2013 VW Passat and I were involved in a multi-car/rollover crash. Plus it's a nice looking sedan. The chrome trim is comparable to a Mercedes CL class. This car is as gorgeous on the outside as it is inside and under the hood, and a sun roof - All for under $30,000!! My Passat looks like it belongs with the luxury brands like BMW and Mercdes Benz, and although it may not quite fit in, it comes close enough to fool the luxury brand owners to mistake my car for theirs! So "Volkswagen" truly is the "people's car." What a shame this scandal may tarnish what is a great brand, a sort of pre-luxury car brand that really felt like you got great features, safety and value at an affordable price."
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