2020 Volkswagen Passat

2020 MODEL
$22,995 - $31,095
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2020 Volkswagen Passat Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: May 4, 2020
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Swapnil Kulshrestha

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Volkswagen is a brand that owns most of the car-manufacturers across the globe. The company owns a number of automobile giants such as Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, and many more. With such big names under its banner, Volkswagen is a brand that arises a lot of expectations from its own lineup as well. One such car that Volkswagen puts in the market with high expectations is the Passat.

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Pros

Impressive styling

Great cabin space

Comfortable ride

Cons

Not so inspiring interior

Bland driving dynamics

What's New?

Restyled exterior and interior

Resculpted interior


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$22995

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

horsepower

174 hp

torque

206 lbs.-ft.

transmission

6 speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

dimensions

wheelbase

110.4 in.

length

193.6 in.

capacity

cargo volume

15.9 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/27/34 mpg


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
2020 Volkswagen Passat Interior video
2020 Volkswagen Passat Exterior video

Styles

2020 Volkswagen Passat in Deep Black Pearl color 2020 Volkswagen Passat in Fortana Red Metallic color 2020 Volkswagen Passat in Platinum Gray Metallic color 2020 Volkswagen Passat in Pure White color 2020 Volkswagen Passat in Terra Brown Metallic color
Deep Black Pearl

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.0

Fuel Economy

6.5

Interior

8.0

Safety

6.5

7.2

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Volkswagen Passat S

S

power
174 hp @ 5200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$22,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $22,995 MSRP (25/29/36) 174 hp @ 5200 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-Speed Automatic w/Tiptronic front wheel drive 5

2020 Volkswagen Passat SE

SE

power
174 hp @ 5200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$25,845


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $25,845 MSRP (25/29/36) 174 hp @ 5200 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-Speed Automatic w/Tiptronic front wheel drive 5

2020 Volkswagen Passat R-Line

R-Line

power
174 hp @ 5200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$28,645


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
R-Line 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $28,645 MSRP (25/29/36) 174 hp @ 5200 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-Speed Automatic w/Tiptronic front wheel drive 5

2020 Volkswagen Passat SEL

SEL

power
174 hp @ 5200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$31,095


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SEL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $31,095 MSRP (25/29/36) 174 hp @ 5200 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-Speed Automatic w/Tiptronic front wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.2

Overall Rating


The Passat is the auto-marquee’s bet in the large sedan segment, that as been on the pedestals for quite a while now. However, the car has not been doing so great in recent years, but its the year 2020, and a stronger than ever Passat is on its way to cement its spot in the favorites list of sedans. The 2020 Passat houses a 2L Inline-4 engine that generates 174 hp and 206 lb.-ft. Of torque. Apart from this, the Passat has also received numerous styling updates inside-out for 2020.

The prices for the Passat start from $22,995, which lends it in direct competition with some of the most popular names of the sedan universe. The 2020 Volkswagen Passat locks its horns with some macho rivals such as the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord. So will the Passat in its 2020 iteration be able to make the auto-marquee proud, or will it fade like just another name in oblivion? Scroll down to find out...

2020 Volkswagen Passat Sedan Front View
2020 Volkswagen Passat Sedan Rear View

8.0/10
Features

 
 

6.5/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.0/10
Interior

 
 

6.5/10
Safety

 
 
 

2020 Volkswagen Passat Features

8.0/10

The 2020 Volkswagen Passat is on offer in 4 trims, namely: S, SE, R-Line, and SEL. The prices for the Passat start from $22,995, for the base S trim and go up to $31,095 for the top of the line SEL trim.

There is absolutely no mechanical difference between any of the trims. All the trims house a 2L Inline-4 inter-cooled turbo engine.

Trims

S

SE

R-Line

SEL

MSRP (FWD)

$22,995

$25,845

$28,645

$31,095

Key Features

LED Headlights

Adds to S Features:

Adds to SE Features:

Adds to R Line Features:

 

Blind Spot monitor

Adaptive cruise control

19-inch alloy wheels

Leather seats

 

Front assist

Dual-Zone climate control

Power tilting/sliding sunroof

Fender premium audio system

 

App-Connect

Remote start

R-Line front bumper and badging

Park distance control

We recommend

We recommend you to go for the R-Line trim, as the features on offer in the R-Line are the most lucrative ones and an absolute value for your money. The R-Line trim gets all the SE features such as adaptive cruise control and Dual-Zone climate control, and along with that it also gets 19-inch alloy wheels which enhances its handling quality.

2020 Volkswagen Passat Engine and Performance

The 2020 Volkswagen Passat houses a 2.0L Inline-4 engine underneath its hood. This Inline-4 motor is further mated to a turbocharger, in order to generate 174 hp which kicks in at 5000 rpm.

The 2020 Passat model witnesses a bump in torque figures, with 206 lb.-ft. Of torque. This figure is a bump over the preceding year’s 184 lb.-ft. The peak torque kicks in at 4250 rpm which is higher than the 2019 model’s 1500 rpm mark.

2020 Volkswagen Passat Sedan has 2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Engine

The Volkswagen Passat equips a 6-speed automatic transmission in order to consummate the shifting tasks for the vehicle. The gearbox is mostly smooth but stumbles a bit on lower rpm digits.

Models

Volkswagen Passat

Toyota Camry

Chevrolet Malibu

Honda Accord

MSRP

$22,995

$24,295

$22,090

$23,720

Engine

2.0L Intercooled Turbo Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

1.5L Turbocharged Inline-

1.5L Inline-4

Drivetrain FWD FWD FWD FWD

Transmission

6-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

CVT

CVT

Power

174hp@5,000rpm 203hp@6,600rpm 163hp@5,700rpm 192hp@5,500rpm

Torque

206lb-ft@4,250rpm 184lb-ft@4,700rpm 184lb-ft@2,500rpm 192lb-ft@1,600rpm

The Toyota Camry houses the biggest engine in this comparison, and as a result, yields the highest output figures as well. The Honda Accord makes the chase, raking in the second spot with 192 ponies, followed by the Passat, and finally the Malibu.

How fast is the Volkswagen Passat?

The Volkswagen Passat’s highest in the segment torque figures which kick in at 4250 rpm, makes this vehicle the fastest sprinting ride. The Volkswagen Passat’s off-the-line capabilities are impeccable when seen with the segment standards.

The Volkswagen Passat does the 0-60 sprint in just 5.7 seconds and can cover the quarter of a distance in 14.3 seconds, at a speed of 98 mph.

2020 Volkswagen Passat Sedan accelerate 0-60 sprint in just 5.7 seconds

Model

Volkswagen Passat

Toyota Camry

Chevrolet Malibu

Honda Accord

0-60 MPH

5.7 sec 5.8 sec 8.5 sec 7.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.3 sec 14.3 sec 16.0 sec 15.9 sec
Top Speed 130 MPH(est) 135 MPH 135 MPH N/A

Engine

2.0L Intercooled Turbo Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

1.5L Turbocharged Inline-

1.5L Inline-4

What about the braking performance of the Volkswagen Passat?

The Volkswagen Passat gets the biggest front brake rotor in this segment, and a decently sized rear rotor as well. The Passat gets a 12.3-inch rotor on the front end and a 10.7-inch rotor on the rear wheels.

This braking arrangement accounts for good braking power and bite, making the 3325-pound sedan decelerate from 60-0 in a distance of 127 feet.

 2020 Volkswagen Passat Sedan has Front Brake of 12.3in and Rear Brake 10.7in

Model

Volkswagen Passat

Toyota Camry

Chevrolet Malibu

Honda Accord

Brake Rotors Front

12.3"

12"

11.8"

11.5"

Brake Rotors Rear

10.7"

11.1"

11.3"

11.1"

Curb Weight

3325 lbs

3241 lbs

3159 lbs

3131 lbs

60-0 MPH

127 ft

123 ft

109 ft

124 ft

What about its driving dynamics?

The Volkswagen Passat is projected as one of the most comfortable sedans, and the ride truly stands upon this notion. The 2020 Passat posts an ideal blend of soft and luxurious ride, with great handling.

The engine response is up to the mark, with no evident lag from the turbocharger. The throttle pedal response is great, as the ride shoots itself, with every stab of the accelerator. Though the power delivery is spot on, the ride is more comfortable than sporty.

2020 Volkswagen Passat Sedan Rear View

The steering of the Passat is accurately-weighted, providing great feedback and establishing a connection with the road. The Passat comes out of the corners without much of a body-roll and remains stable and composed in most of the driving conditions.

2020 Volkswagen Passat Fuel Economy

6.5/10

The Volkswagen Passat’s inter-cooled turbocharger arrangement and on-demand power delivery make the ride’s fuel-efficiency figures a bit meek when compared with the segment standards. The Passat can go a distance os 25 city miles or 36 highway miles, for each gallon of gasoline you stuff in its fuel tank.

 Summing up these figures, we get a combined mpg of 29, which though not the greatest yet is a respectable set of figures. Moreover, the Passat gets the biggest fuel-tank in the class.

Model

Volkswagen Passat

Toyota Camry

Chevrolet Malibu

Honda Accord

MPG (City)

25

29

29

30

MPG (Highway)

36

41

36

38

MPG (Combined)

29

34

32

33

Fuel Capacity

18.5 gallons

14.5 gallons

15.8 gallons

14.8 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) 426/629/536 miles 421/595/493 miles 458/569/505 miles 444/562/488 miles

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/yr)

N/A N/A N/A N/A

2020 Volkswagen Passat Interior

8.0/10

The Volkswagen Passat’s cabin is high on space, yet not the very best on tech. The dashboard has a nice and clean design, with horizontal lines flowing across the dash. The Passat offers ample space to all its occupants in all the directions, to stretch out and enjoy a calm, and leisurely ride.

The high headroom and thin pillars further add to the roominess of the cabin and accounts for great outward visibility.

2020 Volkswagen Passat Sedan Seating Layout

Model

Volkswagen Passat

Toyota Camry

Chevrolet Malibu

Honda Accord

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.3/56.9/42.4

38.3/57.7/42.1

40.1/58.5/45.3

39.5/58.3/42.3

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.8/57.0/39.1

38.0/55.7/38.0

37.5/57.1/38.1

37.3/56.5/40.4

The 2020 Passat offers synthetic leather upholstery interiors that provide the cabin a decently plush and positive vibe. The seats are highly supportive and offer a number of adjustment options as well.

Does it come loaded with tech inside?

The 2020 Volkswagen Passat houses a Composition Media 6.3-inch touchscreen panel, that exhibits all the vital information in the form of crisp graphics. Some of the main infotainment features of the 2020 Volkswagen Passat are:

  • App-Connect
  • Bluetooth technology with audio streaming for compatible devices
  • Rear View Camera System
  • Front USB data port
  • Proximity sensor, MP3/WMA/FLAC-compatible CD player, AM/FM/HD Radio, and SD memory card reader
  • SiriusXM All Access with a 3-month trial subscription
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
2020  Volkswagen Passat Sedan has 6.3-inch touchscreen panel

Creature comforts on offer in the Volkswagen Passat

The Passat is a grand offering from the house of Volkswagen that stands upon the promises of delivering luxurious and comfortable rides. Some of the most prominent convenience features in the Volkswagen Passat are:

  • Power cargo access remote release
  • Keyfob trunk/hatch/door release
  • Driver and passenger-side visor mirrors
  • Remote keyless entry
  • 1-touch down
  • Rear cupholders
  • Retained accessory power
  • Day-night rearview mirror
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Valet function
  • Cruise control with steering wheel controls

What about utility?

The Volkswagen Passat simply nails it in this aspect of comparison. The Passat offers 15.9 cubic feet of space under its trunk lid, and that too with all seats in place. The rear seats of the Passat fold down, to further increase the cargo space.

 With the rear seats folded down, the Passat’s trunk can fit in almost 16 carry-on sized suitcases, which is a great number for any sedan.

Model

Volkswagen Passat

Toyota Camry

Chevrolet Malibu

Honda Accord

Cargo Capacity

15.9 cu.ft.

14.1 cu.ft.

15.8 cu.ft.

16.7 cu.ft.

The Passat’s 15.9 cubic feet of cargo space is one of the greatest in the segment. The only car that is able to surpass this German contender is the Honda Accord with a mammoth 16.7 cubic feet of space underneath its trunk lid. The Chevrolet Malibu lags behind by an inch with 15.8 cubic feet of space, and finally the Camry with 14.1 cubic feet under its belt.

2020 Volkswagen Passat Sedan
2020 Volkswagen Passat Sedan
2020 Volkswagen Passat Sedan

2020 Volkswagen Passat Exterior

The Volkswagen Passat has undergone some major styling updates for the year 2020. To begin, the 2020 Passat model is longer than the preceding model and the styling cues grant it a cleaner and crisper silhouette.

On the front fascia, a long chrome brow expands the length of the bonnet and is framed by a set of LED headlights. The presence of defined creases in the hood grants the 2020 Passat a wide and low look, which enhances its sedan characteristics.

2020 Volkswagen Passat Sedan Side View

Model

Volkswagen Passat

Toyota Camry

Chevrolet Malibu

Honda Accord

Curb Weight

3325 lbs

3241 lbs

3126 lbs

3131 lbs

Length

193.6"

192.1"

193.8"

192.2"

Width

72.2"

72.4"

73"

73.3"

Height

58.0"

56.9"

57.6"

57.1"

Ground Clearance

5.4"

5.7"

N/A

5.7"

Wheelbase

110.4"

111.2"

111.4"

111.4"

There are creases on the sides as well, which merge towards the rear and infuses nicely with the taillights. The badging witnesses a difference as well, with PASSAT written in block letters.

What are those eye-catching features?

The 2020 Volkswagen Passat is a handsome looking car that carries the big-sedan profile with grace. Some of the most eye-catching features that the Volkswagen Passat will adorn in its 2020 iteration are:

  • Chrome rear bumper insert
  • Chrome grille
  • Body-colored door handles
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Fully galvanized steel body material
  • Power heated door mirrors
  • Power remote heated manual folding side-view door mirrors with turn signal indicator
2020 Volkswagen Passat Sedan Exterior
2020 Volkswagen Passat Sedan Exterior
2020 Volkswagen Passat Sedan Exterior
2020 Volkswagen Passat Sedan Exterior
2020 Volkswagen Passat Sedan Exterior
2020 Volkswagen Passat Sedan Exterior
2020 Volkswagen Passat Sedan Exterior
2020 Volkswagen Passat Sedan Exterior
2020 Volkswagen Passat Sedan Exterior
2020 Volkswagen Passat Sedan Exterior

2020 Volkswagen Passat Safety

6.5/10

Volkswagen says that a lot goes in before you do, and this quote is very much evident in the list of safety features that the 2020 Passat houses. Some of the most prominent safety features of this car are:

  • Remote activated perimeter/approach lights
  • Manual adjustable front head restraints
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Side-impact bars
  • Electronic stability
  • Front Assist w/Autonomous Emergency Braking
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Four-wheel ABS brakes
  • Traction control
  • Daytime running lights
  • Panic alarm
  • Brake assist
  • 6 airbags

2020 Volkswagen Passat Competition

Volkswagen Passat vs. Toyota Camry

The Volkswagen Passat receives tough competition from Toyota’s one of the most legendary cars, the Toyota Camry. The 2020 Toyota Camry houses a 2.5L Inline-4 engine, which is the biggest engine in this segment, belting out the greatest power figures. The Camry’s powerhouse belts out 203 hp and 184 lb.-ft. Of torque, which can make the car shoot from 0-60 in 5.8 seconds, making it the closest any car can get to the Passat. The Camry is a great set of wheels, when seen from the utilitarian aspect, with the best in class mpg figures and great interior space. However, the Camry compromises a bit on the cargo capacity and ranks last in the segment.

2020 Toyota Camry

Volkswagen Passat vs. Honda Accord

The Honda Accord is the most competitively priced vehicle of the segment, with an MSRP starting from $23,720. The Accord obtains its muscle from a 1.5L Inline-4 engine, churning out 192 hp and 192 lb.-ft. Of torque. The Accord is one of the slowest vehicles of the lot, going from 0-60 in 7.6 seconds. However, it’s the Accord’s utilitarian nature that makes it one of the most popular sedans across the state. The Accord offers the best in class interior and cargo space, along with a combined mpg figure of 33.

2020 Honda Accord

 

2020 Volkswagen Passat Final Verdict

Volkswagen has pulled out all the stops to make the 2020 Passat a competitive, appealing, and value for money car, and guess what, they have yielded tremendously successful results for this venture. The 2020 Volkswagen Passat is a great set of wheels that is a bang for every buck you spend on it, in every aspect. Be it looks, be it performance, be it the utility prospect, the 2020 Passat triumphs over the competition in almost every fixture.