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2020 Volkswagen Model Year Changes



2020 Volkswagen Arteon

The top-of-the-line SEL Premium now features R-Line trim and 20-inch wheels.


2020 Volkswagen Atlas

Car-Net telematics with emergency dispatching in case of accident is now standard, as is in-car Wi-Fi.

Atlas Cross Sport

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Sport Cross Concept

The shorter (by less than three inches), sportier Atlas Cross Sport is here. It loses the third seat row of the standard Atlas and about 19 cubic feet of maximum cargo space (77.8 cubic feet with the rear seat folded). The Cross Sport weighs about 230 pounds less.

The same two engines as the Atlas will appear here, only the 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder will be offered in all-wheel drive; in the 3-row Atlas only the 3.6 V6 offers 4Motion AWD.


After a limited special edition for 2019, discontinued.


This little electron burner was cancelled at the last minute (it even had an EPA rating), so the next pure electric avaiable from Volkswagen will stard with "ID" instead of "e."


2020 Volkswagen Golf

Sixteen-inch wheels are now the standard; the 15-inch wheels are discontinued. Trims S, SE, etc. are gone, leaving only the Golf TSI.

Car-Net, a telematics system that can report an accident even if the driver is disabled, is now standard. Wi-Fi, Keyless Access, Push-Button Start, heated front seats, heated washer nozzles and a panoramic sunroof are now standard.

Adaptive cruise control, Park Distance Control, Parking Steering Assistant, 17-inch wheels and rear automatic braking are no longer offered.

Golf Sportwagen/Alltrack


Golf R



2020 Volkswagen GTI

Rabbit special edition is gone, leaving the S and SE and SE with the Autobahn Package. Next-generation Car-Net, in-car WiFi, Front Assist (frontal collision warning and automatic braking), Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Traffic Alert are all standard. All versions now get the larger brakes from the SE/Autobahn.


2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI at 2019 CAS

Next-generation Car-Net and in-car WiFi are now standard. Wireless charging for compatible phones is now available, standard on GLI Autobahn, SEL and SEL Premium.

Jetta R-Line now has a manual transmission as standard. It is still also standard on GLI and Jetta S. As the 35th Anniversary GLI goes away, the DCC (automatic, electronically adjustable suspension) is now standard on the Autobahn trim.

Jetta GLI offers an optional Black Package ($595), part of an industry-wide fad, including black wheels, a black roof, black mirror tops and a black spoiler.


2020 Volkswagen Passat at 2019 CAS

The Passat gets a refresh for 2020, including a larger grille with agressive chrome accents. The 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder gets more torque (206 pound-feet) for better acceleration. Suprisingly, it keeps its 6-speed automatic when competitors have 8, 9 or 10 gears.

An inch-and-a-half additional overall length and a half inch lowering in height are the only changed dimensions, the former due to the different styling of the front bumper. Curb weight is up 40 pounds, inevitable during a refresh.

LED headlights and heated side mirrors are now standard on all models. Keyless Access, a power driver's seat and heated front seats are not standard on the new entry-level Passat S. Automatic high beams are now offered: standard on SEL.

Entry-level pricing is down more than $2000.


2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

Next-generation Car-Net, in-car WiFi, Front Assist (frontal collision warning and automatic braking), Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Traffic Alert are all standard. Wireless phone charging is available.

SEL Premium is gone and SEL R-Line is replaced by SE R-Line.


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