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I wanted the clean diesel to be greener & use less fuel. On the interstate at 70-75 I get around 50 mpg I drove the car for months in congested stop & go traffic, my average mileage ran between 32 to 34 miles a gallon. On rough roads it can be a little loud, but if I am listening to stock sound system, which sounds great, I do not notice it even at low volumes. The motor has a lot more get up and go than I was expecting from a diesel and it handles great in curves. I like it a lot!!
As Volkswagens go, this one has been relatively trouble-free. The most expensive out-of-pocket repair I've experienced in 8 years was $1400 (build-up in 2 of the engine cylinders). Prior to that, there was recall item covered under warranty. Beyond those items, maintenance hasn't been too pricey. The car is comfortable, performs well in the city and on the highway and is good on gas. Big trunk + fold-down rear seats = tons of carrying capacity when needed.
Works well !!!
I have only 4500 miles on it and already getting 50+ mpg! I have averaged 46.6 on 4300 miles with the DSG and that is better than my 2011 Jetta TDI 6 speed manual. I have gotten up to 54 mpg on the Interstate with my 2011 Jetta. But this Passat 2013 with the DSG is doing even better than that, and it is not even broken in yet. The ride is great, I would have preferred the 17 inch wheels instead of the 18. The backup camera is great! The 510 radio/GPS is a little more complicated than the 310.
Great ride, lots of fun to drive. Definately a German car b/c of the fit and finish of the car. I have only had the car about a month, but so far I love the car.
Reliable (so far); quite ride; comfortable; radio signal a bit weak; do like it a lot.