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2020 Volkswagen Passat

What’s new

  • 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

Pros & Cons

  • Ride quality is quiet, cushy and comfortable
  • Back seat and trunk are roomy
  • Touchscreens are smaller than those in competitors
  • Transmission's sluggish shifting hinders performance
  • Driving engagement is pretty dull
MSRP Range
$22,995 - $31,095
MSRP Starting at
$22,995
Edmunds Suggested Price as low as
$20,841
Edmunds Suggests You Pay
$20,841 - $27,560

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MSRP Range
$22,995 - $31,095
MSRP Starting at
$22,995
Edmunds Suggested Price as low as
$20,841
Edmunds Suggests You Pay
$20,841 - $27,560

Save as much as $3,758
Select your model:
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2020 Volkswagen Passat Review

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.

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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    Features & Specs

    R-Line 4dr Sedan features & specs
    R-Line 4dr Sedan
    2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A
    MSRP$28,645
    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
    MSRP$25,845
    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
    MSRP$31,095
    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
    MSRP$22,995
    MPG 23 city / 34 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower174 hp @ 5200 rpm
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    Safety

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

    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.

    Compare Volkswagen Passat & Hyundai Sonata features

    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.

    Compare Volkswagen Passat & Audi A4 features

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    FAQ
    Is the Volkswagen Passat a good car?
    The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 Passat both on the road and at the track. 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
    Learn more
    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. 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. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team 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
    Learn more
    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. 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 $32,335. The average price paid for a new 2020 Volkswagen Passat SEL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $3,687 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $3,687 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $28,648.

    The average savings for the 2020 Volkswagen Passat SEL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is 11.4% below the MSRP.

    Available Inventory:

    We are showing 36 2020 Volkswagen Passat SEL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

    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 $29,885. The average price paid for a new 2020 Volkswagen Passat R-Line 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $3,426 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $3,426 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $26,459.

    The average savings for the 2020 Volkswagen Passat R-Line 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is 11.5% below the MSRP.

    Available Inventory:

    We are showing 37 2020 Volkswagen Passat R-Line 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

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

    The 2020 Volkswagen Passat S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $24,235. The average price paid for a new 2020 Volkswagen Passat S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $3,393 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $3,393 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $20,842.

    The average savings for the 2020 Volkswagen Passat S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is 14% below the MSRP.

    Available Inventory:

    We are showing 17 2020 Volkswagen Passat S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

    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 $27,085. The average price paid for a new 2020 Volkswagen Passat SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $3,758 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $3,758 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $23,327.

    The average savings for the 2020 Volkswagen Passat SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is 13.9% below the MSRP.

    Available Inventory:

    We are showing 16 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?

    Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2020 Volkswagen Passat for sale near. There are currently 202 new 2020 Passats listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as $24,235 and mileage as low as 0 miles. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the AutoCheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2020 Volkswagen Passat. Then select Edmunds special offers, perks, deals, and incentives to contact the dealer of your choice and save up to $4,150 on a used or CPO 2020 Passat available from a dealership near you.

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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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