Slotted between the entry-level “S” model and mid-level “SE” trim, Volkswagen just announced that it will begin selling a Wolfburg Edition of the North American Passat.
Expect to see the value-oriented package start appearing in dealers in mid-way through the year with pricing starting at $24,290 including delivery. That’s a $2,650 prince increase over the base model, so what do you get?
VW is tossing in special 16-inch alloy wheels, perforated leatherette seat upholstery, heated front seats and power controls for the driver’s bucket. There’s also a media device interface with an iPod cable and satellite radio. The Wolfsburg Edition also only comes with an automatic transmission, which accounts for much of the price gap over the base Passat.
But the price difference between the Wolfsburg and SE trims is much smaller. In fact, you’ll only end up paying a $450 premium for the nicer package, which among many other options comes with 17-inch wheels.
Then again, that’s also with the manual SE. Choose the comparable automatic and things even out to make the Wolfsburg a much more reasonable bargain.
UPDATE: Volkswagen confirmed after this story was published that the package is only available with the automatic. The copy has been updated to reflect that.