2017 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2017 Volkswagen Passat

One of the difficult parts about buying a new car is finding exactly what you need, and that’s complicated by the fact that most shoppers aren’t experts when it comes to knowing every single option on the market. Just looking at what Volkswagen has to offer, you might find yourself scratching your head when it comes to the differences between the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2017 Volkswagen Passat. Do you need all the bells and whistles of the larger, midsize Passat, or will the compact Jetta satisfy your every automotive need?

Looking at the two models for 2017, the resemblances between the design for each vehicle is striking. Slatted grilles, similarly shaped headlines and bumpers all show these models have the same DNA, but the Passat has a chiseled hood and other subtle design cues to show its status as the bigger and more refined sedan.

2017 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2017 Volkswagen Passat

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 2017 VW Jetta a good choice for families?

As you can see, the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta and 2017 Volkswagen Passat are different in a number of key ways. If you’re looking for a family-friendly option and you’re on a tight budget, you may be wondering if the Jetta will suffice, since it will save you money both on the initial cost and every time you have to fill up the gas tank. The answer really depends on the size of your family. Both models have seating for five, but taller parents and older children or teens might find the Jetta a bit cramped for frequent family road trips.

The 2017 Volkswagen Passat is a smart choice for those who need more space, and it does have more potent engine options for a peppier feel at highway speeds, but it also loses out on fuel economy as a bit of a sacrifice. It should also be noted that the Passat offers more trim levels, and isn’t quite as bare-bones from the start, offering standard features like automatic headlights, dual-zone climate control and autonomous emergency braking, which aren’t available on the base Jetta trim. Then again, upgrades are available for the Jetta that provide premium features while still keeping it priced below the Passat.

At the end of the day, you’ll likely base your decision on how much space you need. Find out which model is more comfortable for you when you stop by Vic Bailey Volkswagen for a test drive.

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

2017 Volkswagen Jetta Spartanburg, SC
2017 Volkswagen Passat in Spartanburg, SC