Tested: 2020 Volkswagen Passat Is Still Chasing the Family Sedan Leaders

A mid-cycle refresh brings new sheetmetal and more standard gear to VW’s family sedan, but it doesn’t elevate the Passat any higher in its class.

There’s an anodyne unpretentiousness to the updated 2020 Volkswagen Passat. It looks more distinctive than before yet doesn’t call attention to itself or announce much of anything about the person who owns it. It’s a plainly wrapped family sedan with modest performance and generous interior and cargo space. While additional equipment that was previously available only on its higher trim levels is now standard across the range, the latest Passat’s mid-cycle improvements don’t bring it any closer to the leaders in its segment.

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