The Passat is quite a classic with about 47 years of engineering under its hood, no doubt there is an expected level this vehicle should attain and in this post I would be reviewing the 2020 model to see if the Passat lives up to expectation
The 2020 passat has a very roomy and comfortable cabin, that would give you value for your money, but there are many ways the sedan lags behind from lack of modern technology features to the lack of design, making a “more of the same” type of Passat that debuted back in 2012.
The Passat continues in the spirit of its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that gives 174 horsepower and 206 pound-feet of torque.
Although Volkswagen did alter some power ouput, this change makes the Passat feel more alive when accelerating which is welcome, but then the V6 engine that gave the passat more power is no longer available, and the fuel economy does not add a plus to its ratings.
The engine is paired off with an automatic six gear transmission, This powertrain feels nice enough when driving around the city, and the torque upgrade for 2020 helps it feel more energetic when starting from the ground up
The Front wheel Drive in this vehicle is good, but the brake pedals and steering does not provide haptic feedback.
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Exterior and Safety Features
Passat Crash Test Results
The 2020 Passat performed quite well according to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety earning a top rating of Good in all six tests.
The 2020 Passat got a reasonable four stars out of five in the rollover evaluation, the only test which was performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Though The NHTSA did not assign the Passat an overall safety rating.
Passat Safety Features
Standard safety features in this Volkswagen include a rearview camera, forward collision warning. Automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and pedestrian detection.
Lane keep assist is available, as are rain-sensing windshield wipers, adaptive headlights, front and rear parking sensors. You also get parallel park assist, and adaptive cruise control in the base trim
Although the Passat cannot be mistaken for a sport sedan, the car still maintains good looks, thanks to its reworked and restyled front and rear bumpers, 19″ alloy wheels and performance design cues and a flashing pair of headlights.
Infotainment and Interior
The Passat really excels in interior due to its roomy and comfortable cabin, but misses the mark in technological features that some say distracts the driver.
This is because the driver has to take his eyes off the road to use the buttons at the side of the touchscreen.
The Passat comes with a 6.3-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto. Mirror Link, satellite radio, HD Radio, a USB port, and Bluetooth.
The touch screen is quite small, and the infotainment system feels outdated compared to other cars in its category.
Several more features are available, including navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot, an eight-speaker premium stereo, two additional rear-seat USB ports.
You also get remote start, push-button start, proximity keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a sunroof.
Standard safety features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert and forward collision warning. It also features an automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and a rearview camera.
Available driver aids include lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control. Combined with front and rear parking sensors, and a parallel park assist system.
Summary and Specs.
In summary the Passat is okay as it fits as a basic “get the job done” kind of sedan. However it lacks performance and tech features. The cabin material is less stylish compared to those in other cars of its category.
|Engine||Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 2.0 Liter|
|Transmission||Transmission, Tiptronic® 6 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode|