2017 Volkswagen Jetta vs. 2017 Volkswagen Passat

September 18th, 2017 by

2017 Volkswagen Jetta and Passat

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When it comes to tech like VW Car-Net® smartphone app integration and high-quality interior materials, the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta and 2017 Volkswagen Passat both deliver in droves. So no matter which sedan you choose for your next family car in La Grange or Downers Grove, it’s tough to go wrong. Still, you can make sure you get the car that best suits your lifestyle and budget by comparing the two with the help of the team from the Autobarn VW of Countryside.

Powertrain Options

The base engine on the new VW Jetta is a turbocharged 1.4L inline-four that makes 150 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque.  Efficiency-minded shoppers are likely to be drawn to this engine, which can get up to an EPA-estimated 40 mpg highway and 28 mpg city. There’s also a turbocharged 1.8L inline-four that makes 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, as well as a turbocharged 2.0L inline-four that makes 210 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque.

The standard engine on the Passat is the turbocharged 1.8L inline-four, which makes an identical 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. Optional on the top two trims is a 3.6L V6 that makes 280 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Top EPA estimates on the Passat come from the base engine at 34 mpg highway and 23 mpg city.

Interior and Cargo Space

The VW Jetta is a compact sedan with a seating capacity of five and a total interior volume of 109.8 cubic feet, which is quite spacious for a vehicle in this segment. The VW Passat, by contrast, has a total interior volume of 117.9 cubic feet. Inside the trunk of the Jetta, there’s a total of 15.7 cubic feet for storage, while the Passat provides 15.9 cubic feet of cargo space in its trunk.


While the 2017 VW Jetta satisfies a wide range of needs and desires, the 2017 VW Passat is a larger vehicle with bigger engine options, and it comes with more standard features. Naturally, then, it comes a bit more costly:

  • 2017 Volkswagen Jetta – MSRP from $17,895
  • 2017 Volkswagen Passat – MSRP from $22,440

Find Your New VW Sedan at the Autobarn VW of Countryside

Before you make a decision on your next VW sedan near Downers Grove, make the trip to the Autobarn VW of Countryside to tour and test drive the new Jetta and Passat. We’re located just a short drive south of La Grange at 6161 Joliet Rd. Countryside, IL, and you can contact us anytime!