2020 Volkswagen Passat Trim Levels

2020 Volkswagen Passat R-Line driving on city road with view of distant city in background

The Volkswagen Passat has been slightly refreshed from the year 2019 to the year 2020. The mid-sized sedan vies for attention in a market where there is a lot of competition. German engineering and sensibilities help to make the Passat stand out against the American and Asian sedans that have been far more popular for a much longer time. The updates to the Passat present on different trim levels may help change shoppers' minds so they take another look at the Volkswagen option.

Trim Levels of the 2020 Volkswagen Passat

To put it as simple as possible, the Volkswagen Passat has four trim levels. Each uses the same 2.0L Turbo engine. That engine will be familiar to owners of some of the most recent Passat models, and they will be glad to see its compact power return. The turbo doesn’t hurt the fuel economy, as the Passat maintains a decent 34 mpg highway and 23 mpg city. Below are some of the highlights that set each trim level of the Passat apart.

S: The lowest trim level has a starting MSRP of $22,995. For that price, owners get LED headlights, an app-connecting infotainment system, and the sensors for the blind spot monitoring system.

SE: One step up increases the starting MSRP by almost $2,000. The SE has a remote start, dual-zone climate control, and adaptive cruise control. For its price, this trim makes for an excellent commuter vehicle.

R-Line: Volkswagen buffs know that R-Line means a sportier trim. Large 19-inch wheels literally elevate the Passat, making it easier for people to see the prestigious R-Line badging. The roof includes a power tilting and sliding sunroof for a greater luxury feel.

SEL: This is the highest trim level of the Passat. It has a starting MSRP of $31,095 and the luxury look and feel you would expect from the highest trim level. If you get the chance to hear its Fender® sound system, nothing will ever sound the same. Leather-trimmed seats and additional safety features and sensors make this the most well-equipped Passat for the 2020 model year.