To those that are interested, yesterday I had a couple of functions enabled on my 2014 Passat SE /roof 1.8T automatic (production date 1/14) that I am very pleased to have, and surprised that one function was even available after reading on this forum by another member was unavailable.
1. On my MFA, under lights, DRL is NOW INCLUDED under the menu option. When selected and checked, DRL are enabled, as they were by default, from the factory. Good news now, is that when unchecked, DRL are disabled. Now, on those nice clear days, I'm able to disable this feature, which will preserve the bulb life. Apparently this is a stock feature in the European version which until now, was dormant, until activated on my 2014.
2. As an unexpected bonus, when the sunroof venting feature from the key fob was activated by pressing and HOLDING the UNLOCK button on the fob, ALL windows, ie., both front windows, and both rear windows open. If the windows are opened, and the sunroof is in the vented (rear tilted open) position, then the locked button on the fob LOCK POSITION is pressed and HELD, all four windows AND the roof close fully!
I haven't tried to see if the roof closes from the fully opened position due to having to get home. I'm surprised that the window open/close function worked because another forum member indicated that this wasn't available on B7 Passat's. I'm not sure about other B7's, but mine does!
Another thing I would like to look into, is to find out if I do or don't have a rain sensor to see if the auto wiper/rain sensor can be activated (if sensor is available) for my windows and sunroof can be set to close automatically when the car is shut off if it rains. That will be for another day.
I have, and had no interest whatsoever for coding to be rewritten for the software in my car. I like everything stock, not a mod fan. These features were merely "activated" as they reside in the software from the factory and were until now in a "dormant" state. It's pretty cool that this nicely appointed sedan that gets great fuel economy, that's turbo is designed to run on regular fuel (vs. premium) has a couple of cool premium features activated which provide some nice convenience features that are practical and appreciated without having to spend Benz/BMW money for.
Now if the rain sensor/auto window/roof close feature is an available "dormant feature" that is just waiting to become "activated", then I'd say that I did pretty well spending less than mid 25K range for this fine car with the new 1.8T. I never expected to be so happy trading out of my mint condition 2011 GTI DSG and I am with my new Passat, but I am!
If anyone is interested in an update to see if the rain sensor/window close feature works, respond here and I will let all know, otherwise I'll just enjoy it.