We got up close to the 2020 Volkswagen Passat at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, where it makes its debut. The mid-size sedan gets a subtle refresh for 2020, and you could be forgiven for thinking it’s still a 2019 because they pretty much look the same. However, there are a few key styling differences.
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The differences start with the wheels: The new 19-inch alloy wheels on the R-Line version of the Passat are, we think, a big improvement over last year’s wheels. Up front, further design changes are hard to discern, but if you look closely, you can see there’s an extra bar in the grille, and the lower valence has also been opened up a bit to make the Passat look slightly more aggressive.