Volkswagen Jetta vs Passat in Garden Grove

A Volkswagen Comparison: The Jetta VS The Passat

We have all heard the saying don't judge a book by its covers because the story could be very different than what things appear to be. And the same goes for cars. Like the Volkswagen Jetta and Passat appear to be almost identical in shape and size but when you take a closer look they are pretty different. So we want to help our customers in the Anaheim area decide which Volkswagen vehicle is best for them by breaking down the Jetta and Passat in a head to head comparison.

Size & Specs

Yes, the Volkswagen Jetta and Passat look a lot alike and sometimes drivers in the Orange area thing they are the same car sometimes because they are roughly the same size. While both vehicles offer comfortable seating for five passengers the Volkswagen Passat is slightly larger and roomier than the Volkswagen Jetta.


  • Front Legroom: 42.4 inches
  • Rear Legroom: 37.8 inches
  • Cargo Space: 15.9 cubic feet
  • Passenger Volume: 102 cubic feet
  • Length: 191.9 inches
  • Width: 72.2 inches
  • Height: 58.5 inches
  • Ground Clearance: 5.4
  • Fuel Tank: 18.5 gallons

  • Jetta:

  • Front Legroom: 41.2 inches
  • Rear Legroom: 38.1 inches
  • Cargo Space: 15.7 cubic feet
  • Passenger Volume: 94.1 cubic feet
  • Length: 182.2 inches
  • Width: 70 inches
  • Height: 56.6 inches
  • Ground Clearance: 5.2 inches
  • Fuel Tank: 15.7 gallons

  • Powertrain & Performance

    Whether you end up choosing the Passat over the Jetta or vis versa, both Volkswagen sedans are fun to drive with several turbocharged engine options. The Volkswagen Passat has two powertrain options while the Volkswagen Jetta has three. The Volkswagen Jetta's base engine is a peppy 1.4-liter turbocharged four cylinder with 150 horsepower. The Jetta SEL is powered by a turbocharged 1.8-liter four cylinder engine with 170 horsepower and the Jetta GLI utilizes a 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder engine with 210 horsepower. The Volkswagen Passat also features the same 1.8-liter turbocharged four cylinder engine as well as a 3.6-liter V6 that delivers 280 horsepower. One major difference between the Jetta and Passat when it comes to their respective powertrain is that the Jetta offers a six-speed manual transmission and the Passat only offers a six-speed automatic transmission.

    Trim Levels & Features

    Scanning through different trim levels for one vehicle can be time-consuming to find the specific feature you are looking for. The Passat offers seven trim levels and the Jetta has five trim levels available. Both the Jetta and Passat are equipped with standard rear view camera, Bluetooth, and Intelligent Crash Response System. In addition to the shared standard features, the Volkswagen Passat is also equipped with Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking and automatic headlights.


    One of the most important deciding factors for many drivers in the Irvine when shopping for their next car is price. And this may be the biggest difference between the Volkswagen Jetta and Passat. The Volkswagen Jetta has a starting MSRP of $17,895 and the Passat starts at $22,440. But no matter which Volkswagen you end up driving home in you will get a safe, fun, and reliable vehicle. And an amazing team of Volkswagen experts here at Volkswagen of Garden Grove to keep your Jetta or Passat running like new for many miles to come.

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    The best way to see if the Volkswagen Jetta or Passat is for is to come down to Volkswagen of Garden Grove at 10800 Trask Ave for a test drive. For more information about the Volkswagen Jetta and Passat we also have head to head comparisons so you can see where the competition stands to the Jetta and Passat.