Which Sedan Is Right For You? 2019 VW Jetta vs. 2019 VW Passat

February 28th, 2019 by

Volkswagen has built a legacy upon its iconic cars, and no two are more popular right now than the Volkswagen Jetta and the Volkswagen Passat. These sedans share some of VW’s proprietary features, but they also have some that are entirely their own.

Keep reading to see how they stack up side by side.

Comparing the Jetta and the Passat


Both the compact Jetta and the midsize Passat are sleek, modern-looking sedans that cater to the tastes of today’s driver. Each offers its own available version of a power panoramic sunroof, heated seats, and V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces.

The Jetta has the advantage of a redesign. The makeover for the 2019 model year includes a more sculpted hood and aerodynamic body. But that doesn’t mean the award-winning Passat is a slouch. This sedan’s highest trim gets the Wolfsburg treatment, which means more purposeful, sophisticated lines and exclusive badging.

Road Manners

As a bigger sedan, the Passat packs more of a punch. It generates 174 horsepower while posting a still-impressive estimated 36 mpg in fuel economy on the highway. And with track-inspired paddle shifters, it may seem like the Passat is a clear-cut choice in the performance department.

But not so fast. The Jetta produces a respectable 147 horsepower while achieving a superior estimated 40 mpg on the highway. And with the available Cross Differential System (XDS®), the Jetta is more than capable of holding its own.


There’s a lot of overlap between the Jetta and Passat when it comes to smart features. Both offer forward-thinking available safety features like Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitor, and Pedestrian Monitoring.

The Jetta is a trendsetter, though. It’s the first Volkswagen to make BeatsAudio™ an available option. But don’t fret. The Passat brings its own immersive sound system experience to the table. Fender® Premium Audio is available across select trims.

Test Drive Your Favorite VW Sedan in West Palm Beach

This one is a toss-up. Both the Jetta and Passat are exceptional choices for their respective segments. Both are available at Schumacher Volkswagen of West Palm Beach. There’s only one way to make a definitive decision: Test drive each of them at our Volkswagen dealership in West Palm Beach, Florida.