In this vehicle comparison, someone on Baxter’s Marketing team took both the 2017 Jetta and 2017 Passat for a couple days too see what she liked most about each vehicle. The 2017 Jetta vs Passat comparison takes a look at two of Volkswagen’s sedans; a compact and a midsize vehicle.

2017 Jetta v Passat
2017 Volkswagen Jetta shown in front in green vs 2017 Volkswagen Passat behind, in black.
2017 Jetta vs Passat
2017 Volkswagen Jetta
2017 Jetta vs Passat
2017 Volkswagen Passat

2017 Jetta vs Passat Safety Features

Volkswagen designed the Jetta and the Passat to keep the whole family both safe and comfortable. Both vehicles received 5 star overall safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Some of the standard features you’ll find in the two cars include backup cameras and stability control. There are plenty of additional and optional safety features available; adaptive driver assist, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring and forward collision warning.

Our test-driver loved having the blind-spot monitors in both the Jetta and the Passat. “The best safety feature and the one I liked the most is the blind spot monitors on the side mirrors.” The Passat had a few extra safety features our test-driver enjoyed, “in addition to those, it had a front alert system too, which is helpful if you want to avoid the curb when parking.”

2017 Jetta vs Passat
2017 Volkswagen Jetta
2017 Jetta vs Passat
2017 Volkswagen Passat

2017 Jetta vs Passat Interior

In a head to head matchup, 2017 Jetta vs Passat, the Passat obviously wins. It’s the bigger vehicle, the midsize sedan while the Jetta is considered a compact car. The Passat offers 102 cu. ft. of passenger space and is 191.9 in. long. While the Jetta offers 94.1 cu. ft. of passenger space and is 182.2 in. long.

Our Marketing test-driver said, “Although I’m not a large car person, if you need a vehicle that can haul around kids or lots of luggage and do not want an SUV, the Passat really does have tons of space and would be a perfect fit.”

Our driver felt more at-home behind the wheel of the Jetta. She said, “The Passat had a few more bells and whistles, but I felt more comfortable driving the Jetta because of its size. The Passat is a full size sedan and I’m just not used to driving a big vehicle like that.”

2017 Jetta vs Passat
2017 Volkswagen Jetta
2017 Jetta vs Passat
2017 Volkswagen Jetta
2017 Jetta vs Passat
2017 Volkswagen Passat
2017 Jetta vs Passat
2017 Volkswagen Passat

2017 Jetta vs Passat Comfort and Tech

Volkswagen technology is fun and intuitive. It doesn’t really matter which vehicle you’re looking at; they both offer similar features as you step through the trim levels. The Baxter Marketing test-driver absolutely loved VW’s infotainment system, “The infotainment center was pretty much the same in both vehicles and it was fantastic. Super intuitive and easy to use. Sometimes I think infotainment centers can be overwhelming, but VW has a very easy-to-use setup.”

Comfort features in each vehicle are also comparable. 2017 Jetta vs Passat each offer plenty of standard and available comfort features to keep the driver and passengers enjoying their ride. The vehicles offer amenities like heated seats and sun roofs, but our test driver fell in love with the keyless entry system. “The biggest extra comfort for me, is the keyless access. I could lock, unlock and drive both the Jetta and Passat without ever having to take the key out of my purse, which for someone who carries around a large, slight messy purse — this is a necessity.”

2017 Jetta vs Passat
2017 Volkswagen Jetta
2017 Jetta vs Passat
2017 Volkswagen Passat

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