2020 Volkswagen Passat: US model is just a reskin, misses out on MQB

The 2020 Volkswagen Passat in the US model is just a reskin of the old (NMS) model, and has the old PQ46 platform not MQB used in every other VW.


Yes, it does look better than the dull older car, but it’s not exciting, is it? Every exterior panel has been redesigned, except the roof, and the Passat has a new interior too.

Like the European Passat, the updated American model has a chrome bar across the dashboard linking the air vents with the door panels.

And because it’s based on the old PQ46 platform, it misses out on features available via the MQB platform, like digital instruments and the latest infotainment systems.

The revised Passat has a standard 2L turbo I4 with 174hp (130kW) and 207 lb-ft (280Nm), and a 6-speed automatic. The old 3.6L V6 option is no longer available.

Standard features include 17″ wheels, full LED lighting, blind spot alerts, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, autonomous emergency braking, cloth seats, rear cross traffic alert, and a 6-year 72,000 mile warranty.

Available features include adaptive cruise control, park assist, lane assist, leather seats, 18″ or 19″ wheels, heated front and rear seats, a Fender audio system, climate control, and adaptive lighting.



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Joshua Thompson

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2020 Volkswagen Passat: US model is just a reskin, misses out on MQB