Somewhere along the line it became unfashionable to drive a sedan. Maybe it was something about four doors and the look of those stocky, wheeled boats that packed the highways sometime around 1984. For whatever reason, the idea that sleek lines and a practical setup could not be found in the same package has been floating around ever since. And that’s really a shame, because it’s just not true. To prove it, you really don’t have to look any further than the new 2020 Volkswagen Passat.
What makes the 2020 Passat a real find is how well it combines the two concepts of practicality and luxury into a single package. Instead of being at odds with one another, they dovetail wonderfully – improving the look, performance and comfort of the sedan.
For the driver, the easy-to-use technology of Volkswagen legend is right there front and center, making the Passat a comfortable and capable drive. LED projector headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights help illuminate your drive and add a sense of sophistication. LED taillights look great, but are also efficient and long-lasting. Rain-sensing wipers also help to keep the view clear up front, while an auto-dimming rearview mirror helps lessen the glaring lights from those traveling behind you. And as always with the Passat, it will get up and go with some zip – turbo comes standard.
For the passengers, the VW engineers have put together a setup that ensures they enjoy being in the 2020 Passat almost as much as the driver enjoys being behind the wheel. And for those smaller passengers, there are even some treats that will please the parents up front. The V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces look and feel like leather, but it’s really V-Tex: an available surface that’s comfortable, stylish, and easy to maintain. There is also the Climatronic® dual-zone climate control that allows passengers to control both heat and cool in a specialized area.
The Passat provides more than three feet of rear legroom, so friends of all sizes can stretch out and enjoy. Because your friends in the backseat matter too, the 2020 Passat is equipped with two available rear USB ports so everyone can keep their batteries full and the rear air vents allow friends in the backseat to redirect their own airflow. These extra touches make for an extra-memorable (and comfortable) ride.
For everyone who gets into and out of the new 2020 Passat, the available Passat R-Line steps up the bold and sporty attitude for which the car is known. With a sporty front end and rear bumper, 19-inch wheels, and performance design cues, everyone looks good getting into and out of this car.
Though the driver may be in control, everyone will love that an eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (along with SiriusXM satellite radio) is now standard. Plus, VW has included some top-notch safety gear – even on the base models – like forward-collision warning, automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. There is also available adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and upgrades on the menu such as 18- or 19-inch wheels, a Fender audio system, keyless entry with push-button start, and Nappa leather seating surfaces.
The Volkswagen Passat is a solid vehicle offering a wide range of options and a functional setup. It’s also a blast to drive, looks sensational, and is packed with luxurious bells and whistles. It’s a tremendous mix of what drivers want and what they need. But more than anything, it’s just a really cool car.