Volkswagen Passat Boot Space, Size, Luggage Capacity & Cargo Volume

Volkswagen Passat Boot Space, Size, Luggage Capacity & Cargo Volume

2020 Volkswagen Passat Cargo Space

Is your sedan your family car? Is it your work car, perhaps? Do you tend to store a lot of stuff in it? Regardless of the reason, having easily accessible and generous storage space is a must for most. That being said, all the space in the world won’t matter if the car isn’t reliable.

Volkswagen vehicles are known for their pragmatism, but how well does the new 2020 Volkswagen Passat hold up? How big is the 2020 VW Passat trunk?

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2020 Volkswagen Passat Storage Space

The 2020 Volkswagen Passat has a 15.9 cu-ft trunk, one of the biggest in the segment. Not only that, but the trunk opening itself is wide and flat, making stowing and removal an easy process. In the case that you find yourself in need of even more room, the 2020 Passat has split-folding rear seats letting you store thing you otherwise couldn’t. The 2020 Passat has a maximum payload of 926 lbs.

2020 Passat Safety Tech

The 2020 Passat has an Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS) that, if a crash occurs and airbags deploy, then the ICRS turns off the fuel pump, unlocks the doors, and activates the hazard lights. It also features an Automatic Post-collision Braking System that automatically slows down the vehicle after a collision, helping to avoid additional impacts or collisions. Every Passat also has Blind-Spot Monitoring and Front Assist.

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VW Passat Cargo Storage

Another factor to consider when investing in a new midsize sedan is how much cargo space a given vehicle provides. If you choose the new Volkswagen Passat, you’ll have versatile cargo space that makes transporting equipment easy.

The trunk of the VW Passat offers 15.9 cubic feet of cargo space, providing you plenty of room to store your important items. If you need to transport longer items, such as skis, this sedan also offers a rear seat pass-through that connects the trunk to the cabin. The rear seats also offer 60/40 split folding functionality to give you even more storage options.


Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

Inside the Passat, clean, straight lines follow Volkswagen’s unassuming design language. The Passat’s interior is handsome in a German, utilitarian way, but it’s lacking true inspiration to earn our full praise. The Volkswagen’s cabin isn’t completely without merit, though; it’s among the most spacious and comfortable in its segment. With an open cabin and thin door pillars, outward visibility in the Passat is excellent. There is little variation in cargo capacity among family sedans. With the seats folded to their not-quite-flat resting position, we managed to fit 16 carry-on-sized boxes behind the front seats. The Passat fell to the bottom of the family-sedan pack for real-world carrying capacity, perhaps because Volkswagen sacrificed some trunk space to the Passat’s huge back seat.

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Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The Passat’s turbocharged four-cylinder was designed to be efficient, but its EPA estimates are worse than premier rivals with similar powertrains. Although the version we tested on our 200-mile South Florida Highway fuel economy test route matched its highway number, competitors such as the Camry and the Accord did even better. The 2019 model was rated for 25 mpg city and 36 highway, but the 2020 Passat’s ratings haven’t been published.

Volkswagen Passat Accessories

The Passat comes standard with alloy wheels from 17-inches up, LED headlights, a multimedia screen from 8.0-inches up with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a digital dash cluster, built-in navigation, and a reversing camera. Tri-zone climate control and keyless entry with push-start ignition are also standard, while higher-spec cars score leather seat trim, a panoramic sunroof, 19-inch alloys, a powered tailgate, 360-degree camera suite, interior ambient lighting, and a premium audio system.

The 162 TSI Premium gets a 9.2-inch multimedia system. The Passat has LED headlights. The Alltrack Premium 162 TSI has huge 19-inch alloys.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The Passat has a single powertrain option: a 174-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a six-speed automatic transmission. In our testing, the engine was smooth and refined throughout its rev range and helped move the sedan with ease. The automatic is mostly a smooth operator, but occasionally it stumbled during our testing when crawling along at low speeds in heavy traffic. Whether eating up highway miles or tooling down back roads, the Passat is up to the challenge. It combines a soft, almost luxurious ride with predictable handling, providing a vehicle that’s as comfortable as it is capable. Steering is accurate and well-weighted, but as with many others in the class, it doesn’t offer as much feedback as we want.

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Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

The 2019 Passat earned a five-star crash-test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and mostly good results from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), but the 2020 model hasn’t been tested. While even the base model has several standard driver assistance technologies, only the top model has the most advanced equipment such as adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist. Key safety features include:

  • Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Standard blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Available adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist
  • Collision Warning Systems


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