2018 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2018 Volkswagen Passat

Split screen images of the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta and the 2018 Volkswagen Passat

While some segments of the Volkswagen lineup, like crossovers and SUVs, have been recently updated to include new models, the Volkswagen sedan lineup has stayed largely the same over the years. But, we think that says a lot about what the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta and the 2018 Volkswagen Passat have to offer.

The Jetta and Passat offer classic styling inside and out that can stand the test of time. Inside, both models have seen updates to their materials and feature offerings over time to keep them competitive with other sedans in the marketplace. Which model car shoppers go for will likely depend on if they are using their vehicle to do any significant hauling. Find passenger and cargo space specs below that will help you decide which model is your perfect fit.

2018 Volkswagen Jetta


2018 Volkswagen Passat

$18,645 Starting MSRP $22,995
28/40  Fuel Economy 25/36
1.4-liter four-cylinder  Base Engine 2.0-liter four-cylinder
94.1 cubic feet  Base Passenger Volume 102 cubic feet

VW Sedan Passenger and Cargo Space Specs

Car shoppers will likely find many similarities between the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta and the 2018 Volkswagen Passat. However, aside from feature availability (the Passat has more!), what sets these Volkswagen sedans apart most is the interior space. The 2018 Volkswagen Jetta has a smaller passenger volume and cargo space which makes it a great choice for a commuter vehicle or a first-time car. The 2018 Volkswagen Passat offers a little more passenger and cargo space making it a great option for a family vehicle.

Let's compare some specs to see just how much of a difference there is between the two. The 2018 VW Jetta has a total passenger volume of 94.1 cubic feet and a cargo space of 15.7 cubic feet. The 2018 Volkswagen Passat has a total passenger volume of 102.0 cubic feet and a cargo volume of 15.9 cubic feet.

Drivers may not notice a large difference in cargo space between the two vehicles, but passengers will most certainly appreciate the extra space afforded in the 2018 Passat, especially if you regularly have adults sitting in the rear seats.

Still not sure which Volkswagen sedan is the right fit for you? Compare both models in person at the Schworer Volkswagen dealership in Lincoln, Nebraska. Our sales staff would be happy to show you the ins and outs of each vehicle and can also set you up with some test drives, so you can see what they offer from behind the wheel.