Review and Test Drive: 2020 Volkswagen Passat 2.0T SEL

By Paul Riegler on 9 July 2020
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Introducing the redesigned 2020 Volkswagen Passat.  If you liked the recent editions of the Passat (and there was a lot to like), you will undoubtedly like the new one as well.

We last looked at the Passat in GT form two years ago, a vehicle that offered tighter handling and a sporty and more powerful V6 powerplant. The 2020 redesign focuses on updating the exterior design, bringing it a bit more upscale and we soon found a Platinum Grey Metallic Passat in our short-term press fleet.

Since it was introduced in 1974 as the Dasher, I’ve always liked the Passat.  It was mechanically identical to the Audi 80, while the five-door Passat wagon was sold in America as the Audi Fox.

Perhaps what attracted me to the Passat was rooted in its identity crisis. The sedan version of the second-generation Passat was sold as the Santana in Europe and as the Quantum in the United States. It was also sold as the Corsar in Mexico and the Carat in Argentina.

Today, the Passat sold in the United States is a U.S.-specific model introduced in 2011 and built in the United States; the only other market it’s sold in is China. The rest of the world has a smaller model that was introduced in 2015.

Volkswagen says that almost all of the sheet metal below the roof has been reshaped for 2020.  Doing a walkaround reveals the new front and rear bumper designs and the now-standard use of LEDS in the very cool projector headlamps, multi-segment daytime running lights, and taillights.

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