2016 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2016 Volkswagen Passat

While some automakers haven’t taken advantage of the new model year to update their vehicles, Volkswagen isn’t one to rest on its laurels when there’s always the potential for improvement. Across the lineup, models have the new MIB II infotainment system with available App-Connect, but two of the most popular vehicles have earned additional upgrades. When comparing the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2016 Volkswagen Passat, you get two models that are significantly better even just since last year. The Volkswagen Jetta now has a base 1.4-liter turbocharged engine, while the Passat has undergone a mid-cycle refresh to update both its interior and exterior design. This allows them to offer significant competition within their respective classes, but how do you choose between the two?

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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.

Differences between the 2016 VW Jetta vs 2016 VW Passat

When it comes to shopping for a new car, there are a few reasons why you might pick one vehicle over another. The 2016 Volkswagen Jetta is an affordable option that frequently is available with special lease pricing. The new engine is a significant improvement to the base model, but the Jetta is also available with a hybrid powertrain, a 1.8-liter engine in higher trims or the 2.0-liter Jetta GLI options. This means a significant variety of choices for a model that is small and easy to maneuver, but not so tiny it cramps your style.

The Volkswagen Passat offers just two engine options, the base 1.8-liter turbo four and the 3.6-liter V6, but it also has an R-Line trim for those seeking sportier looks. On the outside, it’s already a touch more aggressive looking that the standard Jetta, with slimmer headlights, a lower bumper and a chiseled hood. The interior also is a touch more luxurious, with a two-tone color scheme that won’t go unnoticed.

Standard features in both models are similar and include a 5-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth with audio streaming, a USB port, 60/40-split folding rear seats, cloth upholstery, a multi-function steering wheel, cruise control and power windows and locks. In addition to these features, the 2016 Volkswagen Passat also adds automatic headlights with the coming/leaving home function, dual-zone automatic climate control, integrated turn-signals in the side mirrors and a rearview camera system.

Both the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta and the 2016 Volkswagen Passat are excellent choices, but which you choose ultimately depends on your space needs and budget. Stop by Napleton Volkswagen Springfield to see which model best suits you.

2016 Volkswagen Jetta Style and Design
New 2016 Volkswagen Passat Design
60/40 seats in 2016 Volkswagen Jetta
Interior of the 2016 Volkswagen Passat

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