Specs at a Glance

2018 Volkswagen Passat

2018 Volkswagen Passat

  • Standard Engine2.0L I4
  • Horsepower174
  • MPG (city/hwy) *25 / 36
  • Transmission6-speed automatic

2018 Volkswagen Jetta

2018 Volkswagen Jetta

  • Standard Engine1.4L I4
  • Horsepower150
  • MPG (city/hwy) *28 / 40
  • Transmission5-speed manual

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The 2018 Volkswagen Passat and the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta stand out on the road for their fashionable styling and sleek interiors, which make them two of the top-selling sedans in the auto industry. Both cars have similar styles but differ in size and a few other notable features. If you want to decide which option is the best for your driving needs when spending time on the road, there are a few relevant facts to evaluate.


The exterior of the 2018 Volkswagen Passat is classy and sophisticated with its large grille and sharp headlines, which allows it to resemble a luxury vehicle. The chrome detailing around the windows add a luxurious touch with a minimal design that isn't overly flashy.

The body of the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta looks more feminine compared to the 2018 Volkswagen Passat and may not be as masculine for some male drivers. The vehicle feels more conservative than the 2018 Volkswagen Passat, but has clean styling and is aging as well as the sixth-generation vehicle. The crisp lines and minimal detailing make it a car that can be driven by all ages.


There's an indisputable sporty side to the 2018 Volkswagen Passat with a car that is still plenty playful. The vehicle introduces an upgraded four-cylinder engine and has plenty of pickup and acceleration when you're in a rush or want to have a joy ride on the way to work. The vehicle gets an estimated EPA-estimated 25 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. Although it's considered to be a family sedan, it still feels sporty even with its precise steering and firm suspension.

The 2018 Volkswagen Jetta is less nimble compared to the 2018 Volkswagen Passat but has above-average fuel economy with the base engine. It's a sedan that is fun to drive and is compliant on highways. The car rides comfortably and can hold its own on curvy roads.

Interior Features

Although the 2018 Volkswagen Passat is sporty and athletic, it doesn't compromise on the amount of comfort that is provided inside of the vehicle. The vehicle is quiet on the highway due to the insulated cabin that is also smooth on bumpy roads. The car seats five people and includes leatherette or leather upholstery with an exceptional amount of roominess. Tall adults can even sit in the backseat without feeling cramped and can take advantage of the ample amount of head- and legroom that is available. There's also a long list of standard features that include a 5-inch touchscreen, a USB port, an Intelligent Crash Response System, and Bluetooth. Optional features include an additional USB port, a Fender premium audio system, keyless entry, remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink.

The 2018 Volkswagen Jetta is built with a roomy cabin but has lower-rent cabin materials compared to the 2018 Volkswagen Passat. The front seats are comfortable and roomy, but the back row is not as spacious compared to the Passat. Drivers can take advantage of features that include four speakers, a five-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, and a USB port. Optional features include a power sunroof, a nine-speaker Fender premium audio system, navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a cooled glove box.

If you want to learn more about how the 2018 Volkswagen Passat compares to the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta contact us today to speak with an expert at Suburban Volkswagen of Farmington Hills. We can schedule a test drive and discuss financing options that are available at our dealership.

* EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.