2017 VW Jetta vs Passat Review

2017 VW Jetta
2017 VW Passat

2017 VW Jetta

Engine:

2.0 L

Horsepower:

210 hp @ 5300 rpm

Torque:

207 ft-lbs. @ 1700 rpm

Fuel Economy:

23/33 mpg *

Transmission:

6-speed manual

2017 VW Passat

Engine:

1.8 L

Horsepower:

170 hp @ 6200 rpm

Torque:

184 ft-lbs. @ 1500 rpm

Fuel Economy:

23/34 mpg *

Transmission:

6-speed shiftable automatic

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Volkswagen fans have two classic best-selling options when it comes to cars: the compact Jetta, and the midsize Passat sedan. If you're not sure which is right for you, read on to get a full comparison for the 2017 model year.

Performance

Both the 2017 Jetta and Passat are excellent options when it comes to performance. Those who choose the Jetta select between three separate turbocharged engines: the 1.4-liter option for those who prize fuel efficiency, the 2.0-liter equipped GLI for those who prefer speed, or the 1.8-liter in the midrange SEL for a little bit from column A and a little bit from column B. The first option provides drivers 150 horsepower and an estimated 28/40 city/highway miles per gallon; 210 and 24/33 mpg for the GLI; and 170 horsepower and 28/35 mpg for the latter.

The turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine producing 170 horsepower comes standard in the Passat, which gets an EPA-estimated 23/34 city/highway miles per gallon. Those who opt for a higher trim level will enjoy a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 280 horsepower and a slight drop to 20/28 mpg.

2017 VW Jetta and Passat Interior

Appearance

Although the 2017 Jetta is technically a compact, its spacious interior is almost indistinguishable from that of a midsize car, with plenty of cargo space. The 2017 Passat has a similar look but a more upscale, refined interior, naturally appealing to those of an older age group. Both come with an intuitive touchscreen entertainment system standard in all trim levels.

Between the two cars, the Jetta is the sleeker, sportier option, while the Passat benefits from sophisticated German styling. The Jetta has four trim levels to choose from and comes standard with 16-inch wheels, LED daytime running lights, fog lights, keyless entry, cruise control, and heated side mirrors. If you opt for the Passat, there are also four trims. The base model comes with all that plus dual-zone automatic climate control and power-adjustable seats.

Safety

Both the 2017 Jetta and Passat are stellar choices if safety is paramount when you're choosing a car. The Jetta fares slightly better with the Insurance Institute on Highway Safety, earning Top Safety Pick+ designation while the Passat is a Top Safety Pick. Both have a five-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. When it comes to these Volkswagens, though, safety goes beyond ratings. High-tech driver assist features now come standard in both the Jetta and the Passat this year: a rearview camera for the former, and forward collision warning and smart emergency braking in the latter (and available in the Jetta).


If you're not sure whether the 2017 Passat or Jetta is right for you, stop by Prestige Volkswagen, where our friendly sales staff can show you both. You can ask any questions you have and even take them for a test drive.

*MSRP does not include delivery, processing and handling fee. Excludes taxes, title, license and optional equipment. Dealer price will vary. Does not include accessory options installed by dealer.
**EPA estimated MPG may vary by transmission, trim and individual driving behavior.

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