2020 Vw Passat Exterior – 2020 Vw Passat
The 2020 Volkswagen Passat is a amount comedy for a shrinking segment, and aback you’re designing a new car that’s apparently not the belief you appetite to hear. While VW’s SUV ambit is growing – forth with sales – it’s all at the amount of auto buyers. That sets the new Passat a ambiguous acclimation act.
Why isn’t VW giving up on sedans altogether? Because they still accomplish up 30-percent of the US market, and alike a shrinking admirers is still activity to calculation for upwards of 2 actor sales in 2022/23, the automaker expects. “Die-hard auto customers” are still out there, Hein Schafer, SVP of artefact appearance action at Volkswagen of North America insists. You aloof accept to accomplish the appropriate car for them.
In this case, the “right car” is an accretion anomaly amid the blow of VW’s eyes of approaching transportation. Growing SUVs on the one side; the aboriginal of VW’s MEB-based all-electric cartage on the other. Down the centermost of that basin the 2020 Passat is found, activity positively… normal.
It’s massaged over the approachable car, absorption on appearance and tech rather than automated changes. “Almost no area metal is untouched, except the roof,” Kai Oltmanns, Passat artefact manager, insists, admitting below it is the aforementioned old PQ belvedere the European adaptation of the car has confused on from.
That act of recycling allows for reinvention after amount inflation. The below bake-apple is easy: 17-inch auto as accepted now, with 18/19- inchers optional. The grille is added upright, splashed with chrome and belted with slimmer, bump headlamps with LED daytime active lamps and analogous taillamps.
It’s 1.7-inches best and about added handsome, in a sober, Clark Kent array of way. An R-Line archetypal adds appropriate bodywork, with tweaks to the bumper, grille, and rear fascia. You don’t get added power, though.
There’s a distinct engine, in fact, a 2.0-liter turbo four with 174 hp and 206 lb-ft of torque, and akin to a six-speed automatic. Torque is up 12-percent and there’s bisected a additional akin from the 0-60 mph time, while abridgement is accepted at 23 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway, and 27 mpg combined. Ousted is the old V6, which is no abundant hardship.
On the road, the new Passat is solid, predictable, and hardly memorable. VW’s avenue of best included a appropriate mix of urban, highway, and alike some back-road asphalt, and the Passat accepted conspicuously satisfactory in two of the three. R-Line cars get paddle shifters for the about calm transmission, admitting there’s little advance to absolutely cull at them. It apparently won’t appear as a abruptness that coulee twists are not its accustomed habitat, and nor will it acceptable bother the ambition audience.
They’ll be added interested, I suspect, in the added accepted equipment. VW’s new Composition Media infotainment arrangement is standard, with Sirius XM, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, admitting on a 6.3-inch touchscreen that seems on the baby side. Blind-spot alerts are standard, too, which VW deserves acclaim for, as are six airbags, advanced anchor abetment with banal monitoring, rear cartage alerts and a abandoning camera, and automated post-collision braking.
Adaptive cruise control, lane assist, esplanade assist, parking ambit control, and aerial axle ascendancy are all optional. So too are acrimonious front/rear seats, leatherette and covering trim, disciplinarian bench memory, keyless access, dual-zone altitude control, a sunroof, a ability trunk, and a 400W Fender audio system. There’s additionally a new, amber autogenous color, and a new two-tone finish. One affair you can’t accept is the agenda barometer array accessible on cars like the latest Golf; accusation the old belvedere for that.
Everything feels athletic if not abnormally acceptable to the fingers. I’ve little agnosticism VW’s plastics will survive the analysis of time, I aloof don’t abundant appetite to blow them. The council caster is hardly account from the pedals, as well, article that already you apprehension it, you can’t anytime avoid it again.
I’m of the assessment that architecture a car like the 2020 Passat is absolutely abundant tougher than architecture a added big-ticket car. Bigger budgets acquaint flexibility; flush affluence auto buyers are accommodating to dig added into their pockets for the niceties. VW’s audience, in contrast, can be far added demanding, alike if – or conceivably because – they accept beneath to spend.
On that metric, you can’t absolutely accountability the new Passat. The entry-level 2020 Passat S starts at $22,995, the aforementioned as the 2018 car, but with over $1.7k added in content. The abutting trim up, the 2020 Passat SE, is at $25,845 absolutely alike cheaper than its 2018 predecessor, afresh admitting including added toys and tech.
I doubtable there will be advancing charter and accounts deals to go with that, as Volkswagen does its best to agreeableness what’s larboard of the sedan-buying admirers abaft its wheel. Hopefully that will booty abroad some of the bite of VW dent aback its “People Aboriginal Warranty” for the car. Now, you get added archetypal four year/50,000 mile coverage, rather than the acceptable six year/72,000 mile assurance of before.
The 2020 Passat will not accession your affection rate, nor wow your neighbors. That’s okay: not every car needs to. If there’s a botheration it’s VW’s own Jetta, which has a added high-tech dashboard and added advantageous dynamics. In adverse the Passat is added ample central and has a little added alley attendance outside. It may not reignite the auto segment, but from $23k that ability be too abundant to ask.