2017 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2017 Volkswagen Passat

Comparing the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2017 Volkswagen Passat is probably not necessary for lifelong loyal VW drivers, but we’d be naïve to think that everyone who visits us here at Elgin Volkswagen fits into that category. When it’s time to get into a new car, you’re shopping around, and that makes plenty of sense. You want the right model for you, and you want to feel assured that you’ve found the one that will make you the happiest. So, if you don’t know what the difference is between vehicles in our lineup, we won’t be offended. What’s the difference between the Jetta and Passat? The easiest answer is their segments, as the Jetta is a compact car, while the Passat is a midsize.

To the layman, of course, the difference in size isn’t always that noticeable of a difference. Some midsize models have surprisingly cramped interiors, for example. When it comes to the Passat, this isn’t the case. Tall drivers or people looking for a family commuter car will love the Passat, as it earns high praise for its interior space.

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2017 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2017 Volkswagen Passat
$17,895 Starting MSRP $22,440
28 city/ 40 hwy Fuel Economy 23 city/34 hwy
150hp 1.4T
170hp 1.8T
210hp 2.0T
Engine Options 170hp 1.8T
280hp 3.6L V6
94.1 cu. ft. Passenger Space 102 cu. ft.
15.7 cu. ft. Cargo Space 15.9 cu. ft.

Is the Jetta or Passat better for your lifestyle?

Segment aside, why might you pick one model over the other? If all you want is interior space, the Passat is an easy winner. If all you want is an efficient commuter car, maybe the Jetta is the right choice for you. You’ll also note that its cargo space isn’t much different, so single drivers can appreciate the Jetta and its low starting price.

Things can get a bit trickier if you’re considering the driving style of each model. The Jetta starts off with less engine power, but it’s also a smaller vehicle so it still feels peppy. The 1.8T is standard in the Passat, but available in the Jetta, and then there’s the Jetta GLI for those who want something sportier. The Passat now has an R-Line for style, and the V6 will certainly bring out some thrills, but it isn’t as efficient as four-cylinder options.

Cleary, when it comes to picking between the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta and Passat, there’s plenty to consider. Both models have available driver assistance features and App-Connect with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, so your choice will likely come down to your space and fuel economy needs. Stop by Elgin Volkswagen to perform your own in-person comparison when you take a test drive of both models.

2017 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Steering Wheel
2017 Volkswagen Passat Interior
2017 Volkswagen Jetta Two-Tone Seating
2017 Volkswagen Passat V-Tex Leatherette

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