2016 Volkswagen Passat vs 2016 Volkswagen Jetta

 Meet Volkswagen’s two most popular and best-selling sedans in the United States, the Passat and the Jetta. What’s the difference and which one would better suite your driving preferences and everyday life? The two sedans do share some similarities, including a family traits, but there are defining individual physical traits as well as a number of behind-the-scenes contrasts that become more clear as we take the 2016 Volkswagen Passat vs 2016 Volkswagen Jetta.

The predominant difference between the Volkswagen and Jetta is segment size. The 2016 Passat is the larger vehicle of the two, classified as midsize it's approximately 4-inches longer and wider. The 2016 Jetta is a compact car, but what is interesting about this particular car is that it dwarfs any compact car’s rear passenger and trunk space; it instead contends with what a midsize car would offer. Seats can split and fold 60/40 in both sedans, but even with all seats in place, the Jetta is still able to create 15.7 cu.ft. of cargo space.

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2016 Volkswagen Passat vs 2016 Volkswagen Jetta
Midsize Class Compact
25 city/ 38 hwy mpg Fuel Efficiency Rating 28 city/ 40 hwy mpg
Yes VW Car-Net App-Connect Available Yes
$22,440 MSRP $17,780

2016 Volkswagen Passat and Jetta Sayville, NY

As you may have noticed from the chart above, there is a slightly noticeable difference between the two Volkswagen sedans' fuel efficiency ratings and this is because each houses a different base engine.  Beneath the hood of the 2016 Passat is a 1.8L turbo 4-cylinder paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that fires up 170 HP. There also is the option of a 3.6L V6 for the top-of-the-line SEL Premium trim.

The 2016 Volkswagen Jetta is slightly less powerful with its smaller 1.4L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that still guns out 150 HP. This slight dip in power helps the Jetta to pull away with a few extra miles per gallon on its city and highway driving efficiency rating. The 2016 Jetta’s tank is rather large, able to hold up to 14.5 gal. while the 2016 Passat is 18.5 gal.

One of the most exciting common interests shared between the two Volkswagen sedans is the introduction of the second generation of Volkswagen’s infotainment system, MIB II. VW drivers will now be able to access VW Car-Net App-Connect once their smartphone has been synced to their Passat or Jetta. From this point, all of the messaging, music, and map apps will be displayed on the touchscreen centrally located on the dash through one of three platforms: Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, or MirrorLink.

Sayville-area drivers interested in learning more about the 2016 Volkswagen Passat or Jetta are welcomed to come by Donaldson VW where we can show you the differences in person. Take either one or both for a test drive and see for yourself which sedan you prefer.

front view of 2016 volkswagen passat
rearview of 2016 volkswagen passat
front view and grille volkswagen jetta
interior volkswagen jetta dash