2017 Jetta vs. 2017 Passat

The JettaJetta and Passat are the two most popular models in the Volkswagen lineup. They have similar aesthetics, which probably has a lot to do with why we receive so many questions asking "what's the difference?" In this blog post, we'll provide you with a brief comparison rundown to make it easier to decide which is right for you.

  • Size: The Jetta is a compact car while the Passat is a mid-size car. The Passat almost 10-inches longer, two inches wider, and two inches higher. The Passat has about an inch more room for all dimensions of occupant seating and about eight more cubic-feet of interior volume.
  • Performance: The Passat comes standard with a turbocharged 1.8-liter engine 170-horsepower engine while the Jetta finds standard motivation in a 1.4-liter 150-horsepower power plant. The Jetta has two extra engine options to the Passat's one, but if you're looking for lots of power, the Passat's 3.6-liter 280-horsepower V-6 option is the winner.
  • Fuel Economy: The Jetta's base engine achieves an EPA-estimated rating of 33 mpg combined. The more powerful engine of the Passat comes in at 27 mpg combined.
  • Standard Features: Both models come well-equipped at the base level, but the Passat adds a few features that cost extra on the Jetta. These include alloy wheels, automatic headlights, and perhaps most notably, a forward collision mitigation system with automatic braking.

One more major difference is the cost. Both models offer great ownership experiences, but the Passat delivers some extra features, a stronger engine, and larger size typical of its segment. As such, the Jetta starts at about $4,500 less than Passat. If you'd like to experience either of these outstanding models for yourself, we would be happy to set you up with a test drive. Come visit Riverhead Bay Volkswagen, today. It will be our pleasure to assist you.

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