Comparing the 2017 Volkswagen Passat vs. Volkswagen Jetta

2017 Volkswagen Passat
2017 Volkswagen Jetta

2017 Volkswagen Passat

Engine:

1.8L inline four cylinder

Horsepower:

170 @ 6200rpm

Torque:

184 lb-ft @ 1500rpm

Fuel Economy:

23 city / 34 hwy mpg *

Transmission:

6-speed automatic transmission

2017 Volkswagen Jetta

Engine:

1.4L inline four cylinder

Horsepower:

150 @ 5000rpm

Torque:

184 lb-ft @ 1400 rpm

Fuel Economy:

28 city / 40 hwy mpg *

Transmission:

5-speed manual transmission

2017 Volkswagen Passat vs 2017 Volkswagen Jetta

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Sedans are undoubtedly one of the most popular categories of vehicle. Not only are they generally spacious enough and safe enough to make them an outstanding choice for families, but many of them also have the style and performance you crave. In this sense, both the 2017 Volkswagen Passat and the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta are fantastic options.

Although there are a number of differences between the two models, both offer excellent performance, safety and reliability as well as a range of other features and amenities that guarantee a truly first-class driving experience. That being said, choosing between the two models isn’t always an easy decision. For this reason, it’s important to compare the vehicles side-by-side to make it easier to choose the model that matches your specific wants and needs.

Performance

Both the 2017 Passat and 2017 Jetta feature inline 4-cylinder engines and both benefit from turbochargers and intercoolers to provide improved performance and fuel efficiency. In terms of overall power, the Passat wins out thanks to its slightly larger 1.8-liter, 170-horsepower engine. Nonetheless, the Jetta’s smaller 1.4-liter, 150-hp engine isn’t all that far behind.

Although the Passat’s engine is slightly more powerful, both it and the 2017 Jetta have more than enough power under the hood to get you wherever you need to be in a hurry. If total power is one of your primary concerns, the Passat is definitely the winner. However, what the Jetta lacks in power it more than makes up for in fuel efficiency. This is evidenced by 40-miles-per-gallon highway rating, which makes it a great choice for those longer trips.

Appearance

As a compact sedan, the smaller Jetta offers a slightly more stylish and streamlined look compared to its midsize sedan counterpart. However, both the Jetta and the Passat offer a sleek, handsome look that’s complemented by the addition of chrome rims and chrome window trim.

In fact, other than the overall size of the two cars—the 191.9-inch long, 72.2-inch wide Passat is about 10 inches longer and 2 inches wider than the Jetta—there’s actually very little to separate the two in terms of overall style. This means that size and performance are generally the two biggest factors in determining which of the two is a better fit.

Safety

Volkswagen continually ranks as one of the safest car manufacturers in the world, so it shouldn’t be too surprising to learn that both the 2017 Passat and 2017 Jetta feature a wide range of features designed to make your driving experience as safe and as enjoyable as possible. This includes Blind Spot Monitors, Rear Traffic Alerts, Adaptive Cruise Control, Rearview Cameras, Tire-Pressure Monitoring and much more. Both vehicles are built with a high-strength steel alloy cage and feature front- and rear-crumple zones to help protect you and your family in case of an accident.

Due to all of their innovative safety features, both the 2017 Passat and 2017 Jetta received extremely high safety ratings. In fact, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named the 2017 Passat a Top Safety Pick, while the 2017 Jetta performed even better and was named an IIHS Top Safety Pick+.


The fact that there is so little to separate the 2017 Passat from the 2017 Jetta in terms of style, safety and performance means that the only way to know which is best is to actually get behind the wheel and see which you prefer. Therefore, why not come down to our dealership to take one or both of them for a test drive and see just how much fun driving a VW can be.

* Based on EPA estimates. See www.fueleconomy.gov for details. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.