2016 VW Jetta and Passat: What’s the Difference Between the Two Sedans?

By Product Expert | Posted in Comparisons, Volkswagen Jetta, Volkswagen Passat on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 at 5:29 pm
2016 VW Jetta vs VW Passat

Difference Between 2016 Volkswagen Jetta and 2016 Passat

The Volkswagen Jetta and Passat are two of the most popular sedans on the road. Both models offer affordability, efficiency, and Volkswagen reliability. However, the two sedans each have their own design, style, and amenities, so Schworer Volkswagen put together a comparison between the two models. The biggest difference between the two sedans is their classifications: the Jetta is considered a compact sedan, while the Passat is considered a midsize sedan. Continue reading for the Difference Between 2016 Volkswagen Jetta and 2016 Passat.

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2016 VW Jetta S vs Passat S

For a fair comparison, our chart looks at the base level trim for both vehicles, the S trim. Higher trim levels on both vehicles offer more standard features and upgraded amenities. The key differences between the 2016 Jetta and Passat base level trims are compared below.

2016 Volkswagen Jetta S
2016 Volkswagen Passat S
1.4T 4-cylinder / 150 hp
Engine / Horsepower
1.8T 4-cylinder / 170 hp
28 city / 40 highway
Fuel Economy
25 city / 38 highway
5 systems available w/ upgrade
Driver Assistance Features
7 systems available w/ upgrade
Upgrade Required
Rearview Camera System
Manual Air Conditioning
Climate Control
Dual-zone Climate Control

Price Differences

The Jetta starts out at a more affordable price, costing less than $20,000. However, this price difference indicates that the Passat comes equipped with more standard features. Drivers looking for an affordable vehicle that covers all of the bases will find a good fit with the Jetta. Drivers with a little more room in their budget and a desire for more advanced features will find the Passat a better option.

Jetta steering wheel and dash
Jetta in Blue
Jetta seating

Performance Differences

The Jetta and Passat also differ in performance—the Jetta offers more efficiency, while the Passat offers more power. The Passat sports a larger engine capable of more horsepower, and the Jetta promises less trips to the gas station. Drivers who are looking for more “vroom” power in their sedan should opt for the Passat. Drivers who love to save money on gas should choose the Jetta.

Passat steering and dashboard
2016 Volkswagen Passat
Passat seating

Amenity/Feature Differences

The Passat offers more features and amenities across trim levels, including the base trim. The Passat S comes standard with a rear-view camera system, while the Jetta requires an upgrade. The Jetta S comes standard with manual air conditioning, while the Passat S offers dual-zone climate control. Both vehicles require an upgrade for Driver Assistance Features—the Jetta has five systems available while the Passat has seven systems available.

2016 Jetta in Silver

2016 Jetta
2016 Passat in White

2016 Passat

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