2016 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2016 Volkswagen Passat

There’s something about the bright and bold chrome VW logo that inspires the feeling of getting premium quality without a premium price tag, but while the choice of brand may be simple, picking between the various options in the lineup is not. Two of our top models compete for the attention of many shoppers, with area drivers frequently asking us what the differences are between the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2016 Volkswagen Passat. Obviously, the models fall into two different vehicle classes, as the Jetta is a compact car and the Passat falls into the midsize category, but things are more complicated than simply whether you’ll have enough legroom in one over the other. Both vehicles gained significant improvements for 2016, with the Jetta now featuring the 1.4-liter turbocharged base engine, and the Passat earning a mid-cycle refresh that gives it more style than ever.

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2016 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2016 Volkswagen Passat
$17,680 MSRP $22,440
28 city/40 hwy MPG 25 city/38 hwy
1.4-liter turbo, 150hp/184 lb-ft Base Engine Specs 1.8-liter turbo, 170hp/184 lb-ft
15.7 cu. ft. Cargo Space 15.9 cu. ft.
94.1 cu. ft. Passenger Volume 102 cu. ft.

Features of the 2016 Jetta vs 2016 Passat

Tall drivers will obviously be taking double takes at the 2016 Volkswagen Passat, as its exterior enhancements allow it to appear just a tad more aggressive than the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta, and the two-tone color scheme for the interior adds a feeling of prestige. Appearance, spaciousness and a few extra features are the highlights that cause some to opt for the Passat, but the Jetta also has plenty to offer.

There can be no denying price has its place in which model you’ll drive off in, and the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta typically beats out the Passat, especially when it comes to leasing specials. Despite heavy savings, the model doesn’t lack in the things that matter most. Though the base engine is new, the Passat has three more powertrain configurations: a 1.8-liter turbo four, a 2.0-liter turbo four and the 1.4-liter hybrid. There are also various appearance changes between the standard Jetta, the Jetta GLI, the Jetta Sport and the Jetta Hybrid, giving shoppers plenty from which to choose.

When it comes to the base models, however, the 2016 Volkswagen Passat does offer just a touch more. Both vehicles have the new 5-inch MIB II infotainment systems, which are upgraded to 6.33 inches and add App-Connect on all but the base trims. Safety features are enhanced with available driver assistance, and standard features include Bluetooth with audio, USB ports, cruise control, a multi-function steering wheel, and cloth seating Adding on to this, 2016 Passat has a standard rearview camera, dual-zone climate control, side mirrors with integrated turn signals and automatic headlights.

If you’re still not sure which model is right for you, we’d be happy to let you take both for a spin. Stop by Garnet Volkswagen today, or schedule a test drive online and we’ll be waiting for you.

2016 Volkswagen Jetta Style and Design
New 2016 Volkswagen Passat Design
60/40 seats in 2016 Volkswagen Jetta
Interior of the 2016 Volkswagen Passat

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