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2015 Volkswagen Jetta vs. 2015 Volkswagen Passat Review

Comparison Review

Introduction
While both the Volkswagen Passat and the Volkswagen Jetta are built by the same automaker, there are some key differences. Namely, the midsize Passat is bigger, more powerful, and more expensive than the compact Jetta.

Performance/Fuel Economy
The Jetta's strongest engine makes 170-hp, while Passat buyers can get a 280-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 that trumps anything found in the Jetta, thus giving the Passat a leg up on performance. The Jetta is available with two gasoline engines: a 2.0-L four-cylinder that makes 115-hp and a turbocharged 1.8-L four-cylinder that makes 170-hp. Both cars are available with a 2.0-liter turbodiesel that makes 150-hp and greatly enhances fuel economy.
In general, the Jetta achieves better fuel economy that the Passat, even with the same engines, likely due to its smaller size and lighter weight. But with the diesel, the Passat actually slightly outpaces the Jetta. For outright acceleration, we'd choose the Passat, but for fuel savings, we'd go with the Jetta.

Interior/Utility
Both the Passat and Jetta come standard with features like Bluetooth, air conditioning, and a multi-function steering wheel. Moving up through the trim levels of each model adds features like navigation, satellite radio, and a moonroof/sunroof, along with a rearview camera. The Passat does offer a few more premium features, such as a remote start. The Jetta is smaller and that shows inside, as passenger volume is six to eight cubic feet less than the Passat. Both cars seat five, but the Passat offers more front legroom. The Passat also offers more trunk space, but the gap is close (just 0.2 cubic feet). We'd give the Passat the edge on interior space, but features are pretty much a wash.

Safety
The safety ratings are almost identical, except the Jetta falls one star short of the Passat in the frontal crash test, earning four of five stars in NHTSA crash testing. The Jetta has added safety features like blind-spot monitoring and forward-collision monitoring for 2015, and the Passat offers a similar level of safety equipment. Neither model stands out over the other here.

Conclusion
The Jetta and Passat offer similar fuel economy, safety, and convenience, but the Passat offers more space, more available power, and a few more available features. Those things do come at a higher cost, but they also give the Passat a slight nod over its smaller Jetta stablemate.

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2015 Volkswagen
Jetta

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MSRP*: $16,215 - $29,280

2015 Volkswagen
Passat

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MSRP*: $21,120 - $35,660
Cash Back Rebate: Up to $500 Up to $500
Low APR Loan: As low as 0.90% As low as 0.90%
Lease Incentive: -- --
City MPG: 23 - 31 20 - 30
Highway MPG: 33 - 46 28 - 44
Engine(s): Inline-4 Inline-4, V-6
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
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NHTSA Safety Information

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Frontal Crash Rating
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Side Crash Rating
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Invoice*: $15,567 - $28,109 $20,253 - $34,198

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