The updated 2020 Volkswagen Passat is now on sale in Australia, arriving this month in solitary 140TSI Business form – after delays kept it from reaching us sooner.
That's a new variant name, and a new engine designation for the Passat, too. The familiar 132kW/250Nm 1.8-litre turbo petrol 132TSI has been replaced, as expected, by a new 2.0-litre turbo petrol unit offering 140kW (hence the name) and a big hop up to 320Nm.
Front-wheel drive is all that's on offer, matched to a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission.
The new model launches from $45,990 for the sedan and $47,990 for the wagon, both before on-road costs.
Standard equipment for the 140TSI Business includes 18-inch wheels (up from 17-inch on the entry 132TSI), new LED headlights, redesigned tail-lamp internals and new-look bumpers at both ends.
Inside there's Vienna leather upholstery, power adjustable front seats with memory settings for multiple drivers, and tri-zone climate control.
Excitingly for those looking at BMW owners with envy, the refreshed Passat is the first Volkswagen to launch with wireless Apple CarPlay as standard. The wider VW range will follow in the next 12 to 18 months. (Android Auto remains available, and wired, despite Google long-ago confirming the existence of wireless connectivity).
Wired connectivity is also upgraded from the traditional USB-A port to the new USB-C format (the new iPhone 11 models come with a Lightning to USB-C cable in the box, and many new Android phones have switched to USB-C).
Despite being a standalone model (for the timebeing), the 140TSI Business goes without Volkswagen's Active Info digital driver display, leaving only the standard conventional dials behind the steering wheel and a smaller centre display.
The updated Passat also launches with Volkswagen's new IQ.Drive safety brand, bundling together a new Travel Assist pack that includes adaptive cruise control, active lane-keep assist, and speed sign recognition.
Beyond that is autonomous emergency braking (AEB), blind-spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, assisted parking, 360° Proactive Occupant Protection (a range of measures that kick in if a potential incident is detected), and driver fatigue alert.
2020 Volkswagen Passat prices
The 140TSI arrives on its own for now, and maybe even for the remainder of the current generation, but we're told we might yet see the 162TSI and 206TSI models return late in 2020.
- 140TSI Business petrol 7-spd auto FWD sedan – $45,990
- 140TSI Business petrol 7-spd auto FWD wagon – $47,990
Prices exclude on-road costs