VW’s 2020 Passat Pricing Announced: $23,915 for Starters

Nov. 11, 2019:  VW says the revamped 2020 Passat looks bolder, offers upgraded technology and has an attractive price:  $23,915 including destination.

Standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, LED lighting, Front Assist with Pedestrian Monitoring, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Traffic Alert.  Options: 19-inch wheels, heated rear seats, Fender audio, Lane Assist, Park Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control.  There are four trims:  S, SE, R-Line and SEL.

The Passat’s 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine produces 174 horsepower.  Torque output is up:  206 lb-ft.   A six-speed automatic with new torque converter routes energy to the front wheels.

The American-made Passat rides on the old one’s underpinnings.  Reworked exterior panels and side-glass impart a faster roofline.  Inside, the rectilinear dashboard has horizontal vents and a glass-covered infotainment screen.  SE trim ($26,765) nets keyless access with pushbutton start, rain-sensing wipers, automatic climate control, heated front seats, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist and USB charging ports in the rear.  A sunroof is optional ($995).

R-Line ($29,565) adds standard sunroof and numerous sporting accents.  SEL ($32,015) gets leather seating surfaces, automatic high beams, heated rear seats, Fender audio, hands-free trunk opening and parking assist.

VW’s upgraded Car-Net with WiFi and smartphone integration arrives later next year on SE and higher trims.