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VW News: New Passat Comes In Cheaper Than Outgoing Model

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Volkswagen has release the pricing on the redesigned 2020 Passat and now it is roughly $2300 cheaper than the 2019 model.  It also becomes one of the least expensive midsize sedans you can buy, clocking in just $250 more expensive than the least expensive 2020 Subaru Legacy. 

Some of that cost savings comes from carrying over a bunch of the bones of the car from 2019.  The platform is the same, not updated to the new MQB platform like China is getting with their version.  The 2.0-liter Turbo carries over as well, albeit with some improvement to the torque. Horsepower remains the same at 174 hp, while torque jumps 22 lb.-ft to 206.  The transmission remains a 6-speed automatic driving only the front wheels. 

The 2020 Passat gets and exterior and interior refresh with new materials in the cabin and an updated instrument cluster. 

2020_Passat-Large-9262.jpgThe trims will be S, SE, R-Line, and SEL.  The cheapest S model still comes with forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. The SE, which starts at $26,765, gets additional chrome trim, keyless entry, push-button ignition, leather wrapped steering wheel, leatherette over the headed front seats, dual zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers, adaptive cruise, and lane keep assist.  The R-Line, which starts at $29,565, comes with all of the above, plus a standard sunroof, alarm, 19-inch alloy wheels, a body kit, and paddle shifter.  The top of the line SEL, at $32,015, comes with high beam assist, leather seats, heated rear seats, navigation, parking sensors, and a Fender audio system. 

The 2020 Passat will continue to be manufactured in Chattanooga, TN and arrives in dealers in the next few weeks. 


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1 hour ago, smk4565 said:

Seems like a good deal.

yeah, it's always been a reasonably competent car. And it's probably the largest interior you can get without going to a full-size, so if you're shopping on square footage, it's the best deal you're gonna get. 

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Sweet Packages, so much better than anything GM has ever offered. For the R-Line, sad that it has Chrome, to me the R-Line should be monochromatic.

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Maybe GM and Ford can do the same thing and cut sedan prices across the board.  CUVs are the hot things now.

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8 minutes ago, riviera74 said:

Maybe GM and Ford can do the same thing and cut sedan prices across the board.  CUVs are the hot things now.

GM won't do it. They think they're special and price things high only to have to rebate them later. 

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Very good idea. Why pour money heavy into a newer sedan, when a well updated one will do. People will be looking for cost savings, and offering some value will get folks in the door and start earning the public’s trust again.

Don’t see why this can’t be done at GM or Ford.....

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7 hours ago, daves87rs said:

Very good idea. Why pour money heavy into a newer sedan, when a well updated one will do. People will be looking for cost savings, and offering some value will get folks in the door and start earning the public’s trust again.

Don’t see why this can’t be done at GM or Ford.....

If Drew is right, GM and Ford should but they won't.

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