When dealing with a diesel-powered car of any kind you'll have to adjust to the noise. Even in modern cars like this Passat, the diesel engine gurgles and sputters unless revved just right. The real pleasing sound is the Passat's "Monsoon" stereo. I first experienced the Monsoon in the R32 and enjoyed it thoroughly. In the larger Passat the sound isn't quite as booming as the tiny R32, but the six speakers produce some awesome clarity. The mid ranges and bass are excellent while the higher ranges could still use some tweaking. But overall the "stock" stereo is one of the best I've tested. Without being able to turn the stereo up loud enough to mask the engine noise, the driving experience might be unbearable. Check out Day 1.