2016 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2016 Volkswagen Passat

Those unfamiliar with the VW lineup may not notice the difference between our two most popular sedans just with a passing glance, so it could be difficult to determine what the differences are between the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2016 Volkswagen Passat. The most obvious factor is the segment each model falls into, with the Jetta sized down to the compact car class and the Passat offering a bit more space to slot in with midsized options, but there are a few other differences that might help you choose one over the other. The first thing you’ll likely consider is price, and the Passat is obviously the more expensive of the two. This is partially due to size, but the engine also plays a large role. The 2016 VW Jetta earned a new base engine, a 1.4-liter turbo four, but the 1.8-liter turbo is standard in the Passat and available in the Jetta, and opting for this engine brings the pricing of the vehicles much closer.

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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.

Should you get the 2016 Jetta or Passat?

Ultimately, which model you choose is up to personal preference. Taller drivers and small families will appreciate the extra passenger room found in the 2016 Volkswagen Passat, though cargo numbers aren't dramatically different between the two models. Fuel economy is also surprisingly similar between the Jetta and Passat, so though the former option is a traditional favorite for commuters, the Passat won’t pull much from the wallet when it’s time to fuel up.

Aside from the change in engine options for the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta, both this model and the Passat have received the second-generation modular infotainment platform, which is comes standard with a 5-inch resistive touchscreen in base trim, but upgrades to a 6.33-inch capacitive screen and adds on VW App-Connect. This means optional Android Auto, MirrorLink and Apple CarPlay for better smartphone connectivity. In addition to this upgrade, the 2016 Volkswagen Passat has received a mid-cycle refresh to its design, bringing with it a chiseled dome hood, slimmer headlights and a more substantial chrome grille. Style changes continue on the inside, bringing a sense of improved quality over the Jetta.

Standard features both vehicles share include cruise control, a multi-function steering wheel, cloth seating and Bluetooth with audio, and the Passat adds on a rearview camera, automatic headlights, dual-zone climate control and integrated turn signals in the side mirrors.

The best way to find out which model is right for you is to stop by New Century Volkswagen and test drive them for yourself. We have both vehicles in stock and we’d be happy to show them off.

2016 Volkswagen Jetta in Silver
New 2016 Volkswagen Passat in Silver
60/40 seats in 2016 Volkswagen Jetta
Interior of the 2016 Volkswagen Passat

2016 Volkswagen Passat Glendale CA
2016 Volkswagen Jetta Glendale CA