2021 Volkswagen Passat vs Jetta

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Two of the most popular Volkswagen sedans are the Passat and the Jetta. Both of these VW cars are comfortable, reliable, and well-designed. While these two cars have a lot in common thanks to their German engineering, the differences in their features, style, and performance can help you decide which car is right for you. Volkswagen of Streetsboro carries a wide inventory of both VW sedans and offers a 7 day return guarantee so you feel comfortable in your purchase. Compare each Volkswagen model below and contact our team to schedule a test drive today.



2021 Volkswagen Passat


2021 Volkswagen Jetta


Starting Price

24 mpg city 36 mpg highway¹

EPA-Estimated MPG

29 mpg city 37 mpg highway¹
14 cubic feet

Cargo Space

15.9 cubic feet
2.0L TSI turbocharged


1.4L TSI turbocharged

Passat vs Jetta: Interior Features

The Passat and the Jetta have comfortable, stylish designs with interior ambient lighting. Both cars come standard with heated front seats and dual-zone automatic temperature control to provide maximum passenger comfort. Both vehicles seat up to 5 people comfortably, with the Passat being slightly larger inside.

The VW Passat’s upscale interior has front comfort seats including an 8-way manual driver’s seat with lumbar support and a 6-way manual front passenger seat. The Passat has a choice of cloth or durable V-Tex leatherette seating trims, while the Jetta offers cloth, leatherette, or a perforated leather option.

In addition to heated front seats, the 2921 VW Jetta has ventilated front seats for summer cooling and is available with heated rear seats as well. The Jetta may be a better option for families with multiple drivers, as it has a driver memory feature that saves driver preferences and makes resetting the seating options effortless.

Passat vs Jetta: Interior Dimensions

The Passat is a midsize sedan and provides 102 cubic feet of passenger room and is 194 inches in length. It provides 42.4 inches of legroom in the front and 39.1 inches of legroom in the backseat, enough to allow comfort even for taller passengers in the rear seat. The Passat has 15.9 cubic feet of cargo storage in the trunk.

The Jetta is a compact sedan and has slightly less passenger space, 94 cubic feet. Although the Jetta is slightly smaller, it is surprisingly roomy for its appearance and seats five people comfortably. It has 41.1 inches of legroom in the front and 37.4 inches in the back. The Jetta has slightly less trunk space than the Passat with 14 cubic feet of trunk storage, but it has 60/40-split folding rear seats which provide for a significant amount of storage space when the seats are folded down. The Jetta is 185.1 inches long.

Passat vs Jetta: Trim Levels & Configurations

There are three trim levels for the 2021 Passat: S, SE, and R-Line. There are five Jetta trim levels for the 2021 vehicles: S, SE, R-Line, SEL, and SEL Premium. Front-wheel drive is standard, and the S and R-Line have six-speed manuals while the rest have eight-speed automatic transmissions. The Jetta baseline model comes with a larger 6-inch infotainment touchscreen system which fully integrates with a smartphone and has built-in Bluetooth connectivity.

Passat vs Jetta: Engines & MPG

Both Volkswagen cars have high-performance, reliable engines which make them favorite sedan choices for many people. The 2021 Passat has a 2.0L TSI turbocharged engine with 174 horsepower and a six-speed automatic transmission w/Tiptronic. This compares to the Jetta’s 1.4L TSI turbocharged engine with 147 horsepower. Although the Jetta has a little less power during acceleration, it has an eight-speed automatic transmission which allows for better fuel economy. 

The Passat miles per gallon, based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings, is 24 in the city and 36 on the highway.¹ The Jetta rates an impressive 29 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.¹

Passat vs Jetta: Safety Features

Both the Passat and the Jetta offer many standard safety driver-assisted technologies including adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitors, forward collision warning, and lane assist. The Passat also includes a back-up camera as a standard safety feature while the Jetta standard trim doesn’t include some of the Passat’s extra safety features.

Test Drive A Volkswagen Passat or Jetta In Streetsboro

Choosing between the Passat and the Jetta isn’t easy, since both are affordable, reliable, and stylish cars with many features and options. Your personal preferences and expectations regarding your automobile will be the determining factors. If you have a larger family, you may decide to go with the VW Passat because of the extra passenger space, horsepower, and storage space. However, if you commute a significant distance to work or put a lot of mileage on your vehicle, you may prefer the VW Jetta due to its more efficient gas mileage, friendly infotainment features, and great value.

Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong with either car. When you’re ready to find your next vehicle, whether it’s the Passat or the Jetta or any other quality Volkswagen, contact us at Volkswagen of Streetsboro and we will help get you behind the wheel of your next VW.


* Prices exclude destination, taxes, title, other options, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.
¹2021 EPA-Fuel Economy Estimates. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions. Use for comparison only.

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