VW’s 2020 Lineup Eschews Wagons And Cuts The Golf Down To A Single Trim

Volkswagen of America recently announced the Golf Alltrack and Golf SportWagen were going away for 2020, but now the company has revealed the rest of the changes for the upcoming model year.

Starting with the Atlas, all trims now feature a next-generation Car-Net telematics system and Wi-Fi connectivity. Additional changes are limited, but the Atlas SE w/ Technology R-Line gains an easy open liftgate and front / rear park distance control. Furthermore, SE w/ Technology and above models gain standard 20-inch alloy wheels while the SEL Premium boasts 21-inch wheels.

The Arteon is a relatively new addition to the lineup, but it receives Wi-Fi connectivity and a next-generation Car-Net telematics system. The mid-level SEL also gains 19-inch alloy wheels, while the SEL Premium now comes equipped with 20-inch wheels and R-Line content.


With a brand new Golf right around the corner, the US will only receive one trim called the Golf Value Edition. It comes nicely equipped with heated front seats, leatherette upholstery and a panoramic sunroof. The car also has 16-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and a push button ignition. There’s also a new Car-Net telematics system and Wi-Fi connectivity.

The e-Golf largely carries over, but it now comes standard with the previously optional Driver Assistance Package. It includes adaptive cruise control, a blind spot monitor, rear traffic alert and front assist.

The changes to the 2020 Golf GTI are more extensive as the range-topping SE variant can now be equipped with an optional Autobahn Package. It adds a dual-zone automatic climate control system, a Fender premium audio system and a Discover Media infotainment system with GPS navigation. The package also includes adaptive cruise control, lane assist and light assist.

Buyers will smaller budgets can opt for the entry-level Golf GTI S. It features additional equipment including a new Car-Net system and Wi-Fi connectivity. The model also has newly standard driver assistance systems such as a blind spot monitor, front assist and rear traffic alert.

2019 VW Jetta GLI Autobahn 6

Likewise, the 2020 Jetta gains a new Car-Net telematics system and Wi-Fi connectivity. The Jetta SEL and SEL Premium now come equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, a wireless smartphone charger and a Cold Weather Package that includes a heated steering wheel, heated seats and a remote starter – among other things.

The Jetta GLI also gains Wi-Fi and a new Car-Net telematics system, but the higher end Autobahn variant now comes equipped with adaptive damping and a wireless smartphone charger.

The 2020 Tiguan gains additional standard equipment as all trims now have front assist, side assist and rear traffic alert. The crossover also features a next-generation Car-Net telematics system and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Other updates include a newly optional wireless smartphone charger and an updated Tiguan SEL that now features a heated steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Likewise, the Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line gains 20-inch wheels.

There’s also a new Tiguan SE R-Line Black which has black-accented R-Line bumpers, a panoramic sunroof and 20-inch wheels with a black finish. The model also has fog lights, front / rear parking sensors and a black headliner.

Also Read: 2020 Volkswagen Passat Polishes Up Its Looks, But Keeps Aging Underpinnings For America

Lastly, the 2020 Passat has been extensively updated as it features revised styling inside and out. It’s powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 174 hp (130 kW / 176 PS) and 207 lb-ft (281 Nm) of torque.

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  • Asmash

    VW. Boring……

    • SetNick

      Not really. Look at all their brands together. They fit a certain type of buyers needs. You can go to VW, Audi, Porsche, and even Lamborghini (US based reader) and they line up well. VW is their entry point on “fun.” But as the markets swell up will all kinds of abominations we call vehicles, we are going to lose the finer detailing.

      Auto pilot this, auto pilot that. Y’all want to stop driving yourselves so why call VW boring? Just a question.

      • Ryan

        I think some people just dont like FWD economy cars. I don’t get the appeal other than cheap and German.

        • javier

          gti really is a good car

    • McFly

      I think people who are looking for “fun” cars in these segments are doing it wrong.
      If you want chocolate, don’t complain that potatoes don’t taste like chocolate. Get chocolate. 🙂

  • Six_Tymes

    All models and trim levels are Overpriced.

    • SetNick

      Yes the prices for VWs and for any manufacturer has gone up. Let’s hear it for economics…but as Spock would say, “that is highly illogical.”

  • Craig

    Getting rid of the Alltrack is an incredibly stupid move. It’s the only thing they have that is cross-shopped with the Subaru Crosstek. [Which is extremely popular]

    • George Beier

      I love my AllTrack! And I had a 325XI wagon. The VW compares very favorably to a car that’s more than twice the price.

      • javier

        exactly, they don’t make enough money on it

  • vincent cascino

    No Golf R?

  • Alexandro Pietro

    The first look of this photo,I think I was seeing a Cadillac!What a disapoint!

  • MikeyOrange

    Stupid to get rid of the wagons… Hopefully VW Canada does not follow suit

    • performante

      Probably will. Reason being, Golf production will cease in Mexico and will move back to Wolfsburg exclusively – for the MK8.

  • Romain AA

    Not ONE single attractive model here. the whole VW lineup is so bland, it is hard to believe

    • Aaron Schmitz

      Maybe, but at least they don’t look as stupid as the Toyota’s and Honda’s. Fake air intakes, sharp edges everywhere and big dumb grills.

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      • Lemuel Taylor

        I see fake air intakes here as well. It’s standard all across the industry not just the Japanese.

  • charlotteharry57

    The changes are mosttly irrelevant, following the decision to downgrade the warranty (which was probably the main reason sales had been rising). Sales will tank; just you watch.

  • WalthamDan

    Let’s see. A smaller lineup of available vehicles. Reduced value of their warranty program. A ‘meh’ upgrade to the Passat which has lost most of the small market share that it had. A Jetta that never caused much of a stir when it was redesigned. They’ll have to hope they can really push Atlas and Tiguan sales in 2020. Fire up the incentives Jorgen

  • Aaron Schmitz

    “Cuts The Golf Down To A Single Trim”

    So Golf Value Edition, Golf GTI and Golf GTI S are a single trim? Hmmmmmm………..interesting.

  • KidRed

    The Passat bumper is a WTF were they thinking design decision.

    • Bo Hanan

      Cadillac designers were consulted on it.

  • KidRed

    The Tiguan is almost perfect, but its the FRS of SUVs and needs more power.

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