Ratings: 2020 Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TSI Elegance - Good score in fuel consumption, 186 pts overall

Shaun · Oct 26, 2020 09:43 AM

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This week, we're moving on to D-segment sedans in the WapCar Ratings. Starting with the 2020 Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TSI Elegance, we'll evaluate all aspects from driving performance to purchase and cost.

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Driving Performance – 37/50 pts, torquey engine and agile handling

2020 Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TSI Elegance - Facts and Figures
Engine 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo
Transmission 7-speed dual-clutch automatic
Power 190 PS @ 4,180 - 6,000 rpm
Torque 320 Nm @ 1,500 - 4,180 rpm
Weight 1,455 kg
0-100 km/h 8.1 seconds
100-0 km/h 40.1 metres

There’s a reluctancy for the powertrain to get up and go upon throttle depression. It’s evidently calibrated with efficiency in mind. But once sport mode is engaged, it responds reasonably quick with commendable acceleration.

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Highway as well as daily driving are effortless; the steering is light, brakes are easy to modulate, throttle response is gradual, even the dual-clutch transmission (DSG) is reasonably smooth in traffic. On the move, the DSG is seamless in operation.

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It handles competently; steering is sharp, body control is good and it's rather agile considering its size.

2020 Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TSI Elegance - Driving Performance Breakdown
Engine Acceleration 4 / 5
In-gear Acceleration 4 / 5
Throttle Response 4 / 5
Transmission Shift Logic 2 / 3
             Smoothness 4 / 5
      Sport/Manual Mode 3 / 3
Steering   Accuracy 2.5 / 3
Response 2 / 3
 Weight & Feel 2 / 3
Braking Distance 1.5 / 3
 Feel 2 / 3
Handling  Chassis Balance 2 / 3
 Grip 2 / 3
 Load Reaction 2.5 / 3
Total   37 / 50 pts

Ride Comfort – 36/40 pts, intrusive tyre noise

The suspension balances comfort and sportiness well. It soaks up rotted tarmac pliantly but there’s a nuggety feeling in its ride, a hint of firmness to remind you that you’re in a German car.

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Finding the ideal settings on the 12-way driver seat adjustment for lumbar support proved to be tricky. But side and thigh are good. Rear seats have good thigh support as well from the properly sized seat base.

2020 Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TSI Elegance - Noise Level
60 km/h 60 dB
90 km/h 64 dB
110 km/h 69 dB

While mechanical noises are well suppressed, there’s a surprising amount of tyre noise for a car of this stature. At 110 km/h, the sound level meter recorded an average of 69 dB. In comparison, the Camry averaged 67 dB at the same speed over the same stretch of road.

2020 Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TSI Elegance - Ride Comfort Breakdown
Sound Proofing 6 / 10
Suspension 7 / 10
Passenger Comfort 7 / 10
Seat Support 3 / 5
Ergonomics 4 / 5
Engine Refinement 9 / 10
Total points 36 / 50 pts

Quality and Features – 36.5/50 pts, lacks ADAS

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2020 Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TSI Elegance - Exterior Material Use
Bonnet Soundproofing Material Thin
Struts Gas
Front Fenders Soundproofing Material Yes
Doors Front Windows Single Glazed
Rear Windows Single Glazed
Construction One-piece
Tailgate/Boot Opening Powered

Panel gaps deviated by no more than 1.0 mm from opposite sides, which indicates average build quality. Paint thickness consistency however, was remarkably consistent at 120s of µm.

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2020 Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TSI Elegance - Panel Gaps
Location Driver Side Passenger Side Difference
Bonnet 2.5 2.0 0.5
Front Fender 3.5 3.5 0
Front to Rear Door 3.0 4.0 1
Rear Door to C-Pillar 2.5 2.5 0
Tailgate 3.5 3.0 0.5
2020 Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TSI Elegance - Paint thickness (µm)
Location Driver Side Passenger Side
Front Bonnet 125
Front Fender 123 120
Front Door 114 114
Rear Door 124 127
C-Pillar 123 131
Tailgate 125
Roof 119
Average paint thickness: 122

Build and material quality is as expected from a Volkswagen, which is to say good but nothing jaw-dropping. Soft plastics are found on the top half of the cabin and trim quality feels par for the course.

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2020 Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TSI Elegance - Cabin Material Use
Seat Seat Cover Leather
Armrest Armrest Cover Leather
Dashboard Upper Section Soft Plastic
  Lower Section Soft Plastic
Front Doors Upper Section Soft Plastic
  Middle Section Leather
  Lower Section Hard Plastic

Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity is available, with wireless capability for Apple CarPlay. The infotainment display is crisp and operation is responsive.

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The biggest complaint is the lack of ADAS such as AEB. It only has Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear-cross Traffic Alert.

2020 Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TSI Elegance - Quality & Features Breakdown
Exterior Paint Finish 5 / 5
Panel Gaps 3 / 5
Interior Build Quality 3.5 / 5
Materials Used 4 / 5
Features Safety 9 / 10
ADAS 1 / 5
Luxury 3 / 5
Convenience 3 / 5
Infotainment 5 / 5
Total   36.5 / 50 pts

Space and Practicality – 36/50 pts, largest boot in its class

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Interior space is rather impressive with 3 tennis balls of kneeroom and one tennis ball of headroom for a 177 cm tall adult.

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Practicality is impressive as well. Side door bins are large, able to fit large 1.5-litre water bottles. And there's a drawer on the driver side dashboard to store miscellaneous items.

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Boot space is rated at 586 litres.
2020 Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TSI Elegance - Interior Space Breakdown
Front Row 8 / 10
Middle/Back Row 8 / 10
Third Row 0 / 5
Boot Space 5 / 5
Practicality 4 / 5
Storage Space 4 / 5
Visibility 4 / 5
Storage Flexibility 3 / 5
Total 36 / 50 pts

Fuel consumption – 15.5/30 pts, exactly as rated by Volkswagen

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After completing a 78 km journey broken down to 70% highway and 30% city driving, the amount of fuel required to fill brim the tank is 5.1 litres.

Which gives a calculated figure of 6.5-litre/100 km. However, the trip computer showed 7.5-litre/100 km. In comparison, the Toyota Camry achieved 10.5-litre/100 km while the Honda Accord returned 8.8-litre/100 km.

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2020 Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TSI Elegance - Fuel Consumption Test Breakdown
Fuel Consumption 14 / 15
Eco Mode 0 / 2
Indicator Accuracy 1.5 / 3
Total points 15.5 / 20 pts

Purchase and Cost – 25/30 pts, relatively low usage cost

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The locally-assembled Volkswagen Passat Elegance is priced at RM 189,012 (with SST). Price without SST is RM 182,878, valid until 31 December 2020. It is slightly less expensive than the range-topping Honda Accord and Toyota Camry but isn't as well equipped.

The Passat claws back some brownie points with its 3-year free maintenance program and low fuel cost. 

2020 Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TSI Elegance - Purchase & Cost
Purchase Car Price 11 / 15
Warranty 4 / 5
Cost Maintenance 5 / 5
Fuel Cost 5 / 5
Total   25 / 30 pts

Conclusion – 186/250 pts overall

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The 2020 Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TSI Elegance offers a well-rounded package in terms of driving performance, ride comfort, space and practicality and fuel consumption. Usage cost is also relatively low from the 3-year free maintenance program and low fuel consumption.

The Passat would've had an excellent score in comfort if it weren't for the intrusive tyre noise and the not-so-ergonomic driver seat. But the biggest complaint has to be the lack of ADAS such as AEB.

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If you're willing to accept the aforementioned shortcomings, then the Volkswagen Passat is a fine choice for a D-segment sedan.

Shaun

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The quest for automotive knowledge began as soon as the earliest memories. Various sources information, even questionable ones, have been explored including video games, television, magazines, or even internet forums. Still stuck in that rabbit hole.

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