2020 Volkswagen Passat

MSRP range: $22,995 - $31,095
Edmunds suggests you pay$19,821

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2020 Volkswagen Passat Review

  • Ride quality is quiet, cushy and comfortable
  • Back seat and trunk are roomy
  • Quality sound from optional Fender audio system
  • Touchscreens are smaller than those in competitors
  • Transmission's sluggish shifting hinders performance
  • Driving engagement is pretty dull
  • Refreshed exterior styling and updated interior
  • More torque from turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Added driving assistants and luxury features
  • A refreshed version of the fourth Passat generation that debuted in 2012

If you're willing to overlook its age, the 2020 Volkswagen Passat is a roomy, comfortable sedan that offers a pleasing number of features for the money. You see, while Volkswagen has made a variety of updates for 2020, including a new interior design and materials, a mildly restyled exterior, and an updated engine, this is still pretty much the same Passat that debuted all the way back for the 2012 model year.

Most of these 2020 changes are welcome. New this year are higher-quality interior materials, an updated instrument panel and 6.3-inch touchscreen display, new color schemes, and a new range of upholstery choices, including cloth and either simulated or genuine leather.

Under the hood is the Passat's long-running turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. VW did make a few power tweaks this year that help make the Passat feel a little more lively when accelerating. Alas, the Passat's formerly optional V6 engine, which offered great sound and power, is unfortunately no longer available. As before, power reaches the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission.

The Passat's comfort-over-performance ethos remains core to the 2020 model. It rides smoothly on the highway and has a roomy interior and big trunk. As a basic "get the job done" kind of sedan, the Passat delivers. But ask for more, whether it be stirring performance, the latest technology features or a fresh design, and this aging sedan comes up short.

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While the Volkswagen Passat lacks personality and style, there's still a lot to like. It's comfortable and spacious, and it packs in some of the segment's best tech and driver aids. The interior is one of the biggest in the class, and the smooth ride and quiet interior remind you of its German origins. We just wish it was a little more fun to drive — the lackluster powertrain could use more power and refinement.
It's acceptable but nothing exceptional. The engine lacks punch, making the Passat one of the slowest vehicles in its class. And unlike much of the competition, there's no optional engine to improve performance. There's a delay when you step on the gas, and the transmission is eager to upshift, furthering the sense that there's just not much sizzle here. The Passat feels sluggish when passing on the highway.

Another issue is braking performance. In our testing we found the Passat's panic-stopping distances to be longer than average for a midsize sedan. An uneven pedal response makes coming to a smooth stop somewhat frustrating too. The situation is a little better when the road bends. Around turns, the Passat is smooth and composed. The steering lacks feedback, but it's light and quick, making it relatively easy to park and maneuver in tight spaces.
Volkswagen errs on the side of plush. It delivers on comfort with a smooth ride that tunes out most imperfections in the road. Some drivers may prefer a firmer and sportier ride, but the Passat is plenty comfortable for the daily drive. The wide and supportive front seats help too. You might want more substantial padding from the Passat's seats, but the "relaxed-fit" shape still does a decent job of keeping you planted around turns.

The dual-zone climate control works great, with powerfully cold air conditioning and vents for rear passengers. The fans can be on the loud side when cranked up, but not obnoxiously so. Otherwise the Passat is relatively quiet with just a bit of tire noise on uneven surfaces.
The Passat wins big on interior space, with plenty of room for both front and rear occupants. Legroom is particularly generous, except the center console can rub on the driver's knee. The long doors make getting in and out a breeze, though it might be tight in narrow parking spots. The seat and steering wheel offer a good amount of adjustment, a boon for both short and tall drivers. Decently sized windows and narrow roof pillars make it easy to see out of too.

The controls aren't as well sorted. While there are dedicated physical buttons for the climate system and shortcuts to the major menus for the touchscreen, the display itself is low and partially blocked by your hand when driving. It also forces you to take your eyes off the wheel for longer than we'd prefer. That said, the system infotainment system is easy to use. The menu structure is straightforward and easy to figure out without pulling out the manual.
The Passat offers a decent amount of tech including standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Integrated navigation is only available on the top-tier SEL trim. It's easy to program and has on-screen controls that hide when you don't need them. Volkswagen also allows you to connect to your smartphone to check the fuel level or remotely start the car. We also like the Fender audio system's clean and bassy sound. Only lackluster voice controls hold it back.

The driver aids work well, with the adaptive cruise maintaining a decent gap in traffic and holding speeds downhill. The blind-spot monitor works well too, but the overly sensitive parking sensors were annoying. We also had an issue with the backup camera not always turning on.
The spacious interior also means plenty of space for cargo too. The trunk is wide and deep, and the 60/40-split folding rear seat goes flat, opening the space up further for large items. Up front, there are a few sizable bins and cubbies on the dash and in front of the shifter for small items. The doors have decent-size pockets for most water bottles.

Installing a car seat is relatively easy thanks to wide door openings, a big back seat and easily accessible LATCH anchors. Even larger rear-facing seats should fit fine without sacrificing front-seat room.
The EPA estimates the Volkswagen Passat will get 27 mpg in combined driving (23 city, 34 highway). That's generally good but well behind the class leaders. That said, we saw 30.9 mpg on our 115-mile evaluation route, which is better than we've seen in most of the similarly equipped competition and indicative that the EPA estimates are realistic.
The price of a fully loaded Passat is right in line with the four-cylinder competition, and you get a lot of features and space for the price. The Passat is missing a few features available in the competition such as ventilated seats and a more powerful engine, but for the most part it's a well-equipped sedan. The interior isn't nearly as nice or premium as you'll find elsewhere, but the fit and finish is solid. Our test car had no noticeable build-quality issues.

Volkswagen's bumper-to-bumper and powertrain warranties cover four years/50,000 miles. That's roughly on par with the class. You do get three years/36,000 miles of roadside assistance and two years/20,000 miles of included maintenance.
The Passat lacks the charm and personality you'll find in the competition, or even older Volkswagens. VW's been running the same styling theme for a while now, so your new Passat won't look much different than your neighbor's old one. Compared to the Honda Accord, Mazda 6 or Hyundai Sonata, the Passat looks bland and boring. That might be fine if it was more fun to drive, but again the Passat fails to set itself apart from the crowd.

Which Passat does Edmunds recommend?

Among the four trim levels available, we say go with the SE trim. It provides a solid mix of features, such as a power driver's seat, simulated leather upholstery and traffic-adaptive cruise control, without costing too much.

Volkswagen Passat models

The 2020 Volkswagen Passat is available in four trims levels: S, SE, R-Line and SEL. Every trim uses the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission. The engine is rated at 174 horsepower and 206 lb-ft of torque.

The S trim comes with basic amenities including LED headlights, 17-inch wheels, cloth upholstery, Bluetooth, and a 6.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. Standard safety equipment includes blind-spot monitoring and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.

The SE gets you features such as simulated leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver's seat, dual-zone climate control, remote start and traffic-adaptive cruise control. A sunroof becomes optional at this trim level.

Stepping up to the R-Line brings 19-inch wheels and sporty exterior styling details. It also adds a multifunction display in the instrument cluster and the sunroof. A lane-keeping assist safety system is also included.

Finally, there's the Passat SEL, which gets you real leather upholstery, heated outboard rear seats, a memory function for the driver's seat, an integrated navigation system, and a premium nine-speaker Fender premium system.

Consumer reviews

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2 star reviews: 16%
1 star reviews: 18%
Average user rating: 3.5 stars based on 6 total reviews

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5 out of 5 stars, Yes, but.....
David Emrich,
S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

I had a 2014 Passat that I hated when I first drove it. But then I adjusted the steering wheel, and seat, and thought, oh. When I bought it, I felt terrible driving it home. I thought I’d made a mistake. It felt like a cheap rental car. But then I got used to it, and I loved it. Ditto this one. I love the motor. So much fun to drive. But it does shake when it warms up. Misses. Salesman says his Jetta does the same thing. 1,100 rpm, then 600 once it’s warmed up. Smooth. You can nit pick this car, but the gestalt of the experience supplants that for me. The sum is greater than the individual pieces.

5 out of 5 stars, Roomy and Comfy!
SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

I bought my new 2020 Passat SE in September. I had wanted a Passat for some time. I chose the Platinum Gray Metallic color. The car is very roomy with lots of legroom even in the rear seating area. There are many safety features; lane keeping assist, blind spot monitoring, backup camera, adaptive cruise control, etc. To my surprise, my car insurance premium actually went down because of them. I like the engine temperature guage (which my 2014 Jetta didn't have) and the torque converted 6 speed automatic transmission. The gas pedal is very responsive and the power from the 2.0 TSI engine is good. Brakes are very responsive. The car handles well and has the typical German car feel. I have done better than the 34 mpg highway mileage rating of 34 mpg. I average 36 on the highway and 32mpg in and around town. My only dislike is that it does not have a CD player, but the Apple Carplay feature helps to make up for that. I intend to cut the oil change interval in half and change the oil every 5000 miles. (It is important to use synthetic oil in turbo motors.) I hope to keep this car for a long time. I also got a great deal, by paying $6000 below MSRP!

2 out of 5 stars, Buyer beware
SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

I have owned the car for just over 3 weeks. I now have 2400 miles on it, having taken a trip to Florida last week. There are some pluses. The air conditioning is ice cold. The gas mileage on the highway is better than the ratings. The standard radio is impressive for its sound quality. The car does have long legs, and highway miles go by easily. But had I known of the issues I have encountered, I never would have purchased the car. The alignment is off, pulling the car to the right. I had already driven another Passat at a different dealer, and honestly did not think I would have any issues, so I did not test drive this car. I wanted to have the alignment looked into when I was in Florida, but the dealer told me that all costs would have to be covered by me. Needless to say, I did not go that route. Once back home, I had to call VW Cares to set up an appointment at the selling dealer to have it looked at. This is to be done tomorrow. The grille is not aligned properly. The gaps between it and the hood and headlights differ from side to side. Yet relative to the bumper, things look okay. The passenger side rear door is not aligned flush with the fender or the front door, standing proud of the fender, and set a bit deeper than the front door. The driver's side is fine. The car does not have a sunroof. Yet it was built with the control wheel in the headliner, which operates the sunroof. Sealant applications under the hood and in the trunk area are sloppy and clearly not applied in a controlled manner. Dash creaks have surfaced. The driver's door and trunk sound like an old screen door hinge that has not been lubricated in years when they are opened and closed. In short, I have to believe that quality controls or tooling on the assembly line in Chattanooga are sadly lacking. Oh, and this car was built shortly after the factory re-opened following the pandemic shutdown. So, I consider mine to be a Covid vehicle. I worked in a production environment, and I know how factories were re-started, with smaller crews, putting operators in positions that they were not familiar with. My guess is that a car built earlier in the model run would have been superior.

3 out of 5 stars, Underwhelmed
Richard Maina,
SEL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

For a car with a $ 33000 msrp it rides like a cheaper car. Transmission shifts erratically and has many features that are very complicated!

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2020 Volkswagen Passat video

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NOTE: This video is about the 2018 Volkswagen Passat, but since the 2020 Volkswagen Passat is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.

Edmunds Road Test Editor Kurt Niebuhr takes a closer look at the 2018 Volkswagen Passat GT to see what sets it apart from every other Passat. Starting at the track, we run the GT down the quarter-mile before heading to the handling circuit to get a feel for the character of this sportier Passat. After that, it's over to the garage for a closer look at some of the details that make this Passat a GT.

[MUSIC PLAYING] KURT NIEBUHR: Here we have the 2018 Passat GT. [MUSIC PLAYING] What makes a Passat GT a GT? Well, Volkswagen of America decided that they want a Passat that looked a little bit more sportier than the regular Passat, something that would kind of remind you that they do make a GTI, just not a Passat version. Most importantly, they put the 3.6-liter v-6 engine under the hood. That makes it kind of a sport sedan. Maybe we should go to the track and see if it is a sport sedan. [MUSIC PLAYING] All right. Well, we're here. We're going to make a key-up run for acceleration. Once again, key-up run is basically, as the car comes, you turn the car on, you put the car in drive or in first gear, whatever. This is just drive. There it is. E-brake's off. Let's go. Oh. Lights the tires up. Kicked in the traction control. But that v-6 sounds good. This car's hustling. I like that. I like that. I like that. Not a slouch. Most Passats come with a four-cylinder engine, and they don't sound like that. I am a little worried about the traction control light, though, because there is no way to shut traction off in this car. All right, sport mode on the transmission. There is no sport mode in the car. There are no drive modes in this car at all. So out of the box, that's what you get. That's what you've got to run. Yeah, I'm not gonna do throttle brake overlap. I think that just makes the tires break loose that much sooner, and this car's got to be feathered carefully. It takes a gentle touch. Traction control. I'm looking at you, buddy. Downshifts well on the brakes. Kind of cool. Automatic downshift, and rev matching. It is not a slow sedan. The key is just not triggering that traction control. But I really wish you could shut it off in this car. I actually wish this car had all-wheel drive, and I wish it was a manual, and I wish it was a wagon. What are you gonna do. [MUSIC PLAYING] Performance-wise, it's not that much different from any other Passat that they sell. In the suspension department, it sits a little bit lower. And that's it. Luckily for Volkswagen, your basic Passat is pretty solid. It has a good chassis, it responds well. And when you put this big 3.6-liter engine in it, you can really move out. But the tires are the limiting factor with this car by far. You'll hear right up here the tires don't really like that. And I think that's kind of a shame with this car, even more so than the fact that you can't shut off the stability control, which is a real bummer, because the car feels playful. You can brake kind of late like this, and you can throw the car in and it responds well. It does want to rotate on the brakes, and that's OK. You can tuck the nose on the throttle, and off the throttle. I don't think Volkswagen markets the Passat GT as a sport sedan, per se. I think they just market it as a sportier Passat. And I think they're right on. With the v-6 engine in it, with the slightly lower ride height, I think it is a sportier Passat. To really be a true sport sedan, it would have to have better tires and better brakes. Not that the brakes are bad, but they just don't have the capacity that I think a real sport sedan buyer would want to see out of their brakes. But that engine's good. It's hard not to want to drive this car because it sounds like this. It sounds fantastic. Kudos to Volkswagen for making a car this big kind of playful and fun. All right, well we're inside that 2018 Passat GT, and it's just like sitting in any other Passat, which isn't exactly a bad thing. We've always liked how clean and orderly the inside of these cars are. I like them quite a bit. I'm a fan of modernism, so having everything laid out in a very clean and simple way makes me happy. The main changes to a Passat GT over regular Passat are basically their two-tone moonrock gray and black, and they also have contrasting stitching. The wheel, it's a flat-bottom wheel. I think flat-bottom wheels have jumped the shark. I don't think we need to see them anymore, especially in a regular-sized car with a lot of room. But Volkswagen does make some of the best wheels, I think, in the business. My hands fit on it really well. The leather is very nice. And it also has this contrasting stitching here. It's also got this carbon fiber-ish trim here, but other than that, it is a Passat. That isn't a bad thing. So I've got the seat right where I want it, and I'm just over six feet tall. Now, that might not really matter to you right now, but in a moment, you'll see why that's important. I'm sitting behind myself. The front seat is right where I'm comfortable sitting, and now I'm in the backseat. And I can cross my leg in the back seat of a Passat. This amount of leg room is this car's party trick. And it's the only car in its class that has this much leg room. This is almost like S-class leg room. It's obscene back here. But it also reminds me of one of the other traits of Volkswagen Passats. And that is sometimes they don't have the highest quality plastics in them, like here on the side. That's really hard. Almost every surface in this car has a lot of hard plastic on it. That might bother you, it might not. But it is something to keep in mind. So let's fire it up. You can hear that Volkswagen has modified the mufflers on this car. They actually have fewer perforations to give the car a sportier sound. That's the 3.6-liter, 280-horsepower v-6 engine, what's going to make this car more of a sport sedan than a regular Passat. So is the Passat GT a sport sedan? Kind of sort of. It certainly has the motor. Handling could be a little bit better. But if you're in the market for a mid-sized to full-sized sedan to take care of your family and haul it around, it's probably a good replacement for the Volkswagen GTI that you sold in the first place. You shouldn't have sold the GTI. For more videos like this, hit Subscribe. [MUSIC PLAYING]

Features & Specs

R-Line 4dr Sedan features & specs
R-Line 4dr Sedan
2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A
MPG 23 city / 34 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower174 hp @ 5200 rpm
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SE 4dr Sedan features & specs
SE 4dr Sedan
2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A
MPG 23 city / 34 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower174 hp @ 5200 rpm
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SEL 4dr Sedan features & specs
SEL 4dr Sedan
2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A
MPG 23 city / 34 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower174 hp @ 5200 rpm
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S 4dr Sedan features & specs
S 4dr Sedan
2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A
MPG 23 city / 34 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower174 hp @ 5200 rpm
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Our experts’ favorite Passat safety features:

Forward Collision Warning
Warns the driver if a front collision with a pedestrian or vehicle seems imminent and, if necessary, applies automatic emergency braking.
Blind-Spot Monitor
Uses rear radar sensors to warn the driver of vehicles in adjacent lanes. Also illuminates an icon on the side mirror when a vehicle enters the blind spot.
Lane Keeping Assist
Applies countersteering to nudge the vehicle back into its lane if the car drifts over lane markers without a turn signal being activated.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
DriverNot Rated
PassengerNot Rated
Side Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Side Barrier RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
DriverNot Rated
PassengerNot Rated
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front SeatNot Rated
Back SeatNot Rated
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover10.7%

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Roof Strength Test
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test

Volkswagen Passat vs. the competition

Volkswagen Passat vs. Honda Accord

The Honda Accord is our top-rated midsize sedan because of its incredibly well-rounded character. No other sedan in this class offers the Accord's combination of competent handling, comfortable and roomy interior, build quality, safety features and powertrain options. The aging Passat will not replace the Accord at the top, but it has enough positive qualities to keep it competitive. Read our long-term test of the current-generation Accord here.

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Volkswagen Passat vs. Hyundai Sonata

The Hyundai Sonata is all-new for 2020 and is one of the most distinctively styled sedans out right now. Unlike the Passat, it's on the cutting edge of technology in the class, including features such as a remote parking assistant and the ability to use your smartphone in place of a key. From a driving refinement standpoint, the Sonata is a little nicer too.

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Volkswagen Passat vs. Audi A4

The A4 is quicker, handles better, and is more luxurious than the Passat. You also get superior technology features. But its interior provides less space for passengers and its trunk is smaller. Of course, you'll pay more to get an A4, but it's worth it.

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Is the Volkswagen Passat a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 Passat both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.6 out of 10. You probably care about Volkswagen Passat fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Passat gets an EPA-estimated 27 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Passat has 15.9 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Volkswagen Passat. Learn more

What's new in the 2020 Volkswagen Passat?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Volkswagen Passat:

  • Refreshed exterior styling and updated interior
  • More torque from turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Added driving assistants and luxury features
  • A refreshed version of the fourth Passat generation that debuted in 2012
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Is the Volkswagen Passat reliable?

To determine whether the Volkswagen Passat is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Passat. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Passat's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2020 Volkswagen Passat a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Volkswagen Passat is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 Passat and gave it a 7.6 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 Passat is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2020 Volkswagen Passat?

The least-expensive 2020 Volkswagen Passat is the 2020 Volkswagen Passat S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $22,995.

Other versions include:

  • R-Line 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $28,645
  • SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $25,845
  • SEL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $31,095
  • S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $22,995
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What are the different models of Volkswagen Passat?

If you're interested in the Volkswagen Passat, the next question is, which Passat model is right for you? Passat variants include R-Line 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), SEL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), and S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A). For a full list of Passat models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2020 Volkswagen Passat

2020 Volkswagen Passat Overview

The 2020 Volkswagen Passat is offered in the following submodels: Passat Sedan. Available styles include R-Line 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), SEL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), and S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A).

What do people think of the 2020 Volkswagen Passat?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Volkswagen Passat and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 Passat 3.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 Passat.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Volkswagen Passat and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 Passat featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2020 Volkswagen Passat?

2020 Volkswagen Passat SEL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2020 Volkswagen Passat SEL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $32,015. The average price paid for a new 2020 Volkswagen Passat SEL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $6,915 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $6,915 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $25,100.

The average savings for the 2020 Volkswagen Passat SEL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is 21.6% below the MSRP.

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2020 Volkswagen Passat R-Line 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2020 Volkswagen Passat R-Line 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $29,565. The average price paid for a new 2020 Volkswagen Passat R-Line 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $5,632 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,632 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $23,933.

The average savings for the 2020 Volkswagen Passat R-Line 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is 19% below the MSRP.

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2020 Volkswagen Passat SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2020 Volkswagen Passat SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $26,765. The average price paid for a new 2020 Volkswagen Passat SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $6,022 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $6,022 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $20,743.

The average savings for the 2020 Volkswagen Passat SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is 22.5% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 3 2020 Volkswagen Passat SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

Which 2020 Volkswagen Passats are available in my area?

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Should I lease or buy a 2020 Volkswagen Passat?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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