2020 Volkswagen Passat

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Volkswagen Passat highlights

Customer rating


  • Quiet and comfortable ride
  • Roomy back seat and spacious trunk
  • Optional Fender® sound system


  • Smaller touchscreen than competitors
  • Sluggish transmission hinders performance
  • Not the most engaging drive

Mileage (EPA estimate)

23 city, 34 highway, 27 combined

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An upscale sedan with legroom to spare

The Volkswagen Passat has had a longtime presence in the midsize sedan space, first being sold in the United States in the early 1990s. The 2020 Volkswagen Passat brings a fresh new look to this well-loved sedan. The exterior looks sleek, while the interior is filled with everything you'd expect from a modern vehicle. You'll also love the way the Passat drives. It's a smooth experience that's perfectly suited to the commute or longer trips with friends and family. The sole engine option for the 2020 Volkswagen Passat is a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 174 horsepower and 206 lb-ft of torque

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What is new for the 2020 Volkswagen Passat?

  • The Passat is available in a variety of new trims, including the R-Line, S, SE, and SEL.
  • The SE R-Line and Wolfsburg Edition trims have been discontinued for 2020.
  • Passat trims have been upgraded with Leather Seats, Memory Seat(s), Leatherette & Cloth, Cloth Seats, and Fender Audio as standard equipment this year.
  • Full Roof Rack features are now available as options on select trims.

2020 Volkswagen Passat trims

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Volkswagen Passat photos

5 reasons to buy the 2020 Volkswagen Passat

1. Generous driver aids

2020 Volkswagen Passat Review: Dashboard | CarMax

It used to be that features like cruise control were premium upgrades on most vehicles. Now, in addition to all the features you might expect as standard (like cruise control), the 2020 Volkswagen Passat includes driver aids such as forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and pedestrian detection. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are also standard.

2. Entertainment features

2020 Volkswagen Passat Review: Infotainment system | CarMax

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay® connectivity have become highly sought-after options on today's cars. These applications connect your phone to the infotainment system of the vehicle and give you access to everything from weather and podcasts to audiobooks and navigation. The 2020 Volkswagen Passat comes standard with both options, so regardless of whether you're an Android or Apple user, the Passat has you covered.

3. Available premium sound system

2020 Volkswagen Passat Review: Premium audio system | CarMax

If a good road trip or enjoyable commute means hearing your favorite tunes through a high-quality sound system, you'll love the 2020 Volkswagen Passat's available nine-speaker sound system by Fender®. The Fender sound system, found on the Passat's SEL trim, provides a premium audio experience for every drive. Combine that with smartphone connectivity, and you'll never run out of things to listen to.

4. Excellent cargo space

2020 Volkswagen Passat Review: Trunk cargo space | CarMax

Of all the great features of the 2020 Volkswagen Passat, cargo space is one of its best. With 15.9 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk, the Passat has plenty of room for luggage, groceries, or a combination of the two. Cargo hooks in the trunk are also standard, helping you keep fragile cargo in place.

5. Roomy cabin

2020 Volkswagen Passat Review: Spacious back passenger seats | CarMax

The cabin of your car is a place where you spend a lot of time, so space to move around or stretch out can really make or break the overall experience. With 42.4 inches of legroom for front passengers and 39.1 inches for the rear, there's plenty of room in all areas of the 2020 Passat. Shoulder room is also excellent, at 57 inches for both the front and rear passengers.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

Above Average

RepairPal gave the Volkswagen Passat an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Volkswagen Passat 20th out of 28 among Midsize Cars.

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Volkswagen Passat features and specs

SE 2WD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Sunroof(s)

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 42.4"/R 39.1"

Head room

F 38.3"/R 37.8"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

100/1000 lbs.



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Color options

2020 Volkswagen Passat Review: Color options | CarMax

Exterior colors:

  • Aurora Red Metallic

  • Deep Black Pearl

  • Platinum Gray Metallic

  • Pure White

  • Reflex Silver Metallic

  • Tourmaline Blue Metallic

Interior colors:

  • Mauro Brown

  • Shetland

  • Shetland and Black

  • Titan Black

Interior details

The 2020 Volkswagen Passat has seating for five passengers and comes standard with black cloth interior in the S trim. Leatherette seats are available in the SE and R-Line trims, and leather is standard in the SEL. The 6.3-inch touchscreen is glass, which is a nice premium touch, and the interior space is generous, with 57 inches of shoulder room (front and rear). You'll also get 42.4 inches of legroom in the front and 39.1 inches in the rear.

Child seat details

The 2020 Volkswagen Passat has room for three car seats in the back seat. LATCH seats (front- or rear-facing) can be used on the outboard seats. Booster seats can also be used in the rear of the Passat.


The 2020 Volkswagen Passat is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 174 hp and 206 lb-ft of torque, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Under full power from a stop, the Passat can achieve 60 mph in 7.8 seconds and will continue on to an electronically limited top speed of 115 mph (according to the manufacturer, when new). The 2020 Volkswagen Passat gets an EPA-estimated 27 mpg combined from its 2.0L engine.

Year comparison

2012-2022 Volkswagen Passat (eighth generation)

The eighth generation of the Volkswagen Passat was released in 2012 and was the first Passat designed specifically for the U.S. market. This generation of the Passat is still in production as of the 2022 model year, though it has seen a number of updates and changes over the years.

In 2012 the Passat had seven different trim levels and three different engine choices, including a 2.0L turbodiesel. In 2019 the trim levels dropped to two (Wolfsburg Edition and SE R-Line), and the current 2.0L four-cylinder engine became the only option. 2020 brought the most recent exterior refresh.

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