The updated 2020 Volkswagen Passat is significantly cheaper than the 2019 model, starting at $23,915 for the base S model. That’s a $2275 drop in base price, and the R-Line trim level also goes down $1325.
Volkswagen broke down the 2020 Passat lineup into four trim levels named S, SE, R-Line and SEL. The S model comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED lightning all around, automatic headlights, a 6.3-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system, Bluetooth connectivity, manual climate control, a multi-function steering wheel and cloth upholstery. In spite of its entry-level positioning, it also features forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and emergency braking, a blind spot monitoring system, and rear-cross traffic alert. It ticks all of the basic boxes.
This new 2020 Passat may look similar to the model it replaces but this is an all-new model. And with VW announcing that pricing will start at $22,995 ( plus a $920 destination charge), the German sedan undercuts most of its rivals from Japan and Korea.
The Passat loses the VR6 for the 2020 model year, and it might not get it back. The only engine offered regardless of trim level is a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder that delivers 174 horsepower and 206 pound-feet of torque. It spins the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. Official fuel economy figures won’t be released until a little bit closer to the model’s on-sale date.