The updated 2020 Volkswagen Passat first appeared at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, but now we have more information on the upcoming model. Right off the bat, it comes in cheaper than its predecessor, although it’s worth noting Volkswagen pared the Passat down to two more expensive, better-equipped trims for 2019. Before that, Volkswagen’s flagship sedan had a $22,995 MSRP before destination, and that is once again true for the 2020 model.
As before, the 2020 Volkswagen Passat still uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. It makes 174 horsepower and 206 lb-ft of torque, and still mates up to a six-speed automatic transmission.
2020 Volkswagen Passat trims
Four trims are available in this refreshed version, from the base S trim up to the SEL. New Passat S models start from $23,915 come with standard 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and taillights, manually adjustable cloth seats, and a 6.3-inch glass-covered touchscreen infotainment system. Certain safety features like autonomous emergency braking, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert come standard on all Passat models, including the S trim. A sunroof is available as a $995 option.
Step up to the $26,765 SE model, and you get chrome window surrounds, keyless entry and push-button start for a more upscale feel. The SE also has leatherette seats with a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats and dual-zone climate control. Rain-sensing wipers, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, two more USB ports and lane keep assist round off the upgrades. Volkswagen’s next-geenration Car-Net system with WiFi capability will be available on later 2020 models.
The 2020 Volkswagen Passat R-Line is the sportiest looking of the models. For $29,565, the R-Line adds 19-inch wheels along with a different front bumper and black window surrounds. You also get a spoiler, rear diffuser, chrome exhaust pipes, stainless steel door sills and shift paddles for the car’s six-speed automatic.
Finally, there’s the top-end $32,015 SEL model. This adds all the features up through the R-Line (besides the R-Line’s bespoke aesthetic upgrades), and adds on more tech. In the SEL, you get features like Volkswagen’s Advanced Front-lighting system, high-beam assist, and leather seats. The passenger seat is also power-adjustable this time, and you get heated rear seats. You still get a 6.3-inch touchscreen system — small by new car standards — but this time that system is attached to a Fender premium audio setup. Park Assist and Park Distance Control also come standard on the SEL.
Pricing includes a $920 destination charge.