2020 Volkswagen Passat Trim Comparison: S vs SE vs SEL

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Whether you’re trying to narrow down your choices or you’ve already decided on the 2020 Volkswagen Passat, it’s always helpful to have all the details so you can make an informed decision. Let us give you the rundown on the 2020 Volkswagen Passat and its features.

Here’s our in-depth comparison of what you can expect from the 2020 VW Passat at every trim level. Use it to figure out which Passat model is right for you.

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S Features

The Passat S (and every other trim) is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-four that produces 174 horsepower and 206 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with a six-speed automatic. FWD is standard. It also has numerous safety and driver assistive features, including forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and a rearview camera. Inside the cabin, you can expect Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Mirror Link, Bluetooth, a 6.3-inch touchscreen, HD and Satellite radio, and a USB charging and input port. Remote start is available.

SE Features

The SE trim of the 2020 Passat adds many convenience features. For instance, rain-sensing wipers, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an auto-dimming rearview are standard. Comfort also gets a boost, with V-Tex synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and two rear-row USB ports. Safety-wise, adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist are now standard. VW Car-Net and a Wi-Fi hotspot are also standard. A moonroof is available by itself or as part ofthe R-Line package, which adds styling elements, larger alloy wheels, and the previously mentioned moonroof.


The Passat SEL is the top-tier model. It has leather upholstery, an integrated navigation system, heated rear outboard seats, and a premium eight-speaker Fender sound system. Newly-added safety features include parallel parking assist, adaptive headlights, and front and rear parking sensors.

To learn more about the 2020 Volkswagen Passat, give Hall a call.