Facelifted Volkswagen Passat Launched In Britain, Gets Semi-Autonomous Driving

The 2020 Volkswagen Passat is up for grabs in the United Kingdom in three trim levels labelled SE, SEL and R-Line, as well as the exclusive Passat Estate R-Line Edition that’s limited to 150 units.

Prices for the sedan begin at £27,630 ($34,472/€30,755) for the base SE, which packs 17-inch alloy wheels, 6.5-inch infotainment system with DAB radio and Bluetooth, wireless App Connect and others. Power comes from a 1.6-liter diesel rated at 120 PS (118 hp / 88 kW) that’s hooked up to a 7-speed DSG.

In a few weeks, the car will launch with the 150 PS (148 hp / 110 kW) 1.5-liter petrol unit, available with either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DSG, and will become the new entry-level spec.

The SEL can be had with the same 1.6-liter TDI, from £29,430 ($36,718/€32,758), the 190 PS (187 hp / 140 kW) 2.0-liter TSI, from £30,270 ($37,766/€33,693), or the 190 PS (187 hp / 140 kW) 2.0-liter TDI, which carries a £32,270 ($40,261/€35,920) MSRP. Standard gear includes 17-inch wheels with a different pattern, a larger, 8.0-inch infotainment screen, Voice Control, tinted rear windows and Vienna leather seats.

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The Passat R-Line adds sports suspension, special exterior styling, 18-inch wheels, Nappa leather, R-Line logos and decorative inserts, stainless steel pedals, three-zone climate control, keyless entry and easy-open boot. The R-Line is powered by the same 2.0-liter TSI and 2.0-liter TDI engines, and can be ordered from £33,070 ($41,259/€36,810). It’s also available with the brand’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system, from £37,350 ($46,599/€41,574).

Powering the R-Line Edition Estate are the 272 PS (268 hp / 200 kW) 2.0-liter TSI or the 240 PS (237 hp / 177 kW) 2.0-liter TDI, both with all-wheel drive and a 7-speed DSG as standard. Equipment includes 19-inch alloys, Dynamic Chassis Control, LED headlights and 9.2-inch infotainment system, while pricing starts at £43,350 ($54,085/€48,253).

You can also specify extras such as the panoramic sunroof, head-up display, Dynaudio premium sound system or Trailer Assist. The latter is a semi-autonomous driving system that combines the adaptive cruise control with road sign recognition, GPS and lane assist, allowing the car to drive on its own up to 130 mph (209 km/h), where legal.

The Passat Alltrack has also gone on sale, with a £39,185 ($48,888/€43,617) price tag and is available solely with the 190 PS (187 hp / 140 kW) 2.0-liter TDI, whereas the Passat GTE plug-in hybrid will launch soon.


  • dumblikeyou2

    VW’s frontend designs look droopy. Like the grille and headlights are ready to slide off the front.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      For me, that back end on the sedan suggests they just gave up trying to style it.
      Strangely I think the estate/wagon looks great at the back.

      • dumblikeyou2

        I guess. It’s no Volvo V90 R though.

        • Loquacious Borborygmus

          They on a roll with their cars but I simply do not like one screen to do everything like Tesla.
          Each to their own.

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