A mild update in 2020 helped the midsized Passat keep pace with the competition in terms of infotainment and a full complement of standard active safety features.
The Passat also retains its generous interior space and responsive handling.
The ride is on the firm side but absorbs bumps decently.
The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission deliver power effortlessly, but initial acceleration from a stop feels a bit abrupt and fuel economy trails the competition.
The front seats are comfortable, and rear-seat occupants benefit from limousine-like spaciousness.
The trunk is large.
Controls are very easy to use, and so is the infotainment system.
Active safety features, including FCW, AEB, and BSW, are standard.