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2013 Volkswagen Passat Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: new to me cpo 2013 vw passat s, still a great german driving experience after my 2011 mb glk. by jtns28



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Reviewed: 2013 Volkswagen Passat

4dr Sedan 170-horsepower 2.5L I5 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Compared: 2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK

4dr SUV 268-horsepower 3.5L V6 7-speed shiftable automatic RWD

Why the 2013 Volkswagen Passat?

  Compared to the GLK
Powertrain performance
Powertrain performance: Worse Better Worse

excellent choice: solid, serene, safe, reliable tho a tad small in rear seats (same as c class on which glk is based, so no surprise). excellent highway cruiser, 6-11 hour non stop drives on highways leaves one feeling fine. found ex loaner as cpo, 19k miles for $30k, prem 1, real bargain. update jun 2014: traded for cpo 2013 vw passat s 2.5 automatic in jun 2014, cut my operating costs in half but still get roomy, serene, engaged german driving experience. the glk needed $1500 to pass inspection, mainly new tires. the glk was a fine car but i was tired of the ongoing high costs and im thinking of a move to an area w/o a nearby mb dealer. the cpo vw 3 free 10k interval services, two more warranty years with a cpo for $16600 before tradein, $9100 otd after trade, glk payoff, ttl. for $4k more i could have gotten a cpo 2014 passat wolfsburg 1.8. after several test drives over several days i chose the cheaper 2.5. why? i prefer cloth seats (s), steel wheels for snowy/potholed nothern roads, i have standalone plug/play sirius radio, 2.5 is fine in passat, saved $4k. passat is cavern-like roomy, quiet. my engineer pilot son who also has an mb c class agreed that the passat is almost 90% of mb at 50% of the cost. i get 26mpg suburban, 36mpg highway in the 2.5 s. the new 1.8 is totally (!) transforms the jetta but not so much the passat, at least not $4k worth for me now. the 2.5 gets an undeserved bad rap from the car media.

Why Not the 2013 Volkswagen Passat?

  Compared to the GLK
Driving position & visibility
Driving position & visibility: Worse Better Worse

would like taller windshield but then again this passat is a sedan, not an suv.

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Response from Member23

9:17 am July 7, 2014

im the writer, sorry i cut & pasted using an ipad mini, i want my cpo 2013 vw passat s review to state clearly that im very happy with my passat: almost 90% of my glk at 50% of the cost. my apologies guys.


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