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2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI SE


Eco-Friendly Clean Diesel Sedan

A three-quarter front view of a 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI SE

In short: A fuel-efficient, family-friendly five-passenger diesel sedan.

Volkswagen Passat TDI Review

Engineered with Volkswagen's TDI clean diesel technology, this eco-conscious sedan gets great gas mileage without sacrificing performance or passenger comfort. Featuring a 140-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4, the Volkswagen Passat TDI can travel up to 795 miles on a single tank, meaning drivers can enjoy the ride without worry. Inside the cabin, our Reflex Silver Metallic tester came fitted with an impressive list of standard amenities, including touch-screen radio with a six-CD changer, Bluetooth connectivity and a multifunction trip computer.

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Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty; 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty; 12-year/unlimited mile limited warranty against corrosion perforation; 3-year/36,000-mile 24-hour roadside assistance; 3-year/36,000-mile Carefree Maintenance.

Base Price: $26,225 / As Tested: $27,020

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, front-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder diesel engine with direct injection
Horsepower: 140 hp @ 4,000 rpm
Torque: 236 lb-ft @ 1,750 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual

Curb weight:
3,393 lbs
Wheelbase: 110.4 in
Length/Width/Height: 191.6/72.2/58.5 in
Turning circle: 36.4 ft

4-wheel disc brakes with ABS and electronic brakeforce distribution
Suspension: MacPherson strut front; multi-link rear

Traction: electronic stability control with traction control

Top Speed: 124 mph
0-60 mph: 9.3 seconds

EPA City:
31 mpg
EPA Highway: 43 mpg

driver and front passenger front airbags; front side airbags; front and rear passenger curtain side airbags


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