First Drive: 2020 Volkswagen Passat Is New but Not That Improved
The biggest change is how many advanced safety features come standard
The roomy Volkswagen Passat got a few minor cosmetic updates for 2020, plus some new standard safety equipment. Although its design has evolved, the Passat is still a conservatively styled sedan inside and out. And there aren’t any changes under the hood; the new car has the same engine and transmission as the 2019 model.
Still, even mild year-to-year changes can affect how a car rides and drives, how much gas it uses, and how comfortable it is. That’s why we bought a new Passat SE—the best-selling Passat variant, according to Volkswagen—equipped with a few popular options, including a sunroof and heavy-duty floor mats.
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What we bought: 2020 Volkswagen Passat SE
Powertrain: 174-hp, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine, six-speed automatic transmission, front-wheel drive
Options: $1,230 (sunroof, heavy-duty floor and trunk mats, roadside assistance kit)
Destination fee: $920
Total cost: $28,080