2020 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2020 Volkswagen Passat Sedan Comparison Cerritos, CA

The decision to get a Volkswagen sedan is an easy choice. After all, these cars are made with precision German engineering and a dedication to quality that's rarely seen elsewhere. The more difficult decision? Choosing which VW is best for you. That's where we come in. At McKenna Volkswagen Cerritos, we're proud to offer head-to-head model comparison pages like this one. Below, you'll see just how the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta and the 2020 Volkswagen Passat compare to each other.

2020 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2020 Volkswagen Passat Exterior

VW Jetta vs VW Passat: Size & Comfort Comparison

The 2020 Volkswagen Jetta is a compact car, with all the benefits of the segment. Its small footprint means that squeezing into those narrow parking spots is easier, and that you'll have a little more room to work with during rush hour traffic. With 94.7 cubic feet of passenger volume and a 14.1-cubic-foot trunk, the Jetta shares similar dimensions to other compact cars. As a midsize sedan, the 2020 VW Passat is only about eight and a half inches longer and one and a half inches wider than the Volkswagen Jetta. Yet its interior is decidedly roomier, with 102 cubic feet of passenger volume and a 15.9-cubic-foot trunk.

Of course, there's more to comfort than just space, and both of these sedans provide impressively comfortable features. While both offer available features like Climatronic dual-zone automatic climate control and heated front seats, only the 2020 Volkswagen Passat lets you also get heated rear seats.

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2020 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2020 Volkswagen Passat Interior

VW Jetta vs VW Passat: Compare Amenities

Infotainment has become a hugely important part of any automotive experience, and these sedans both deliver with capacitive touchscreens (6.5 inches in the Jetta and 6.3 inches in the Passat) and App-Connect. Nevertheless, there are some differences. Take the audio system, for example. The 2020 VW Jetta starts out with a four-speaker system, and it has an available BeatsAudio 8-speaker upgrade. When you choose the 2020 Volkswagen Passat, you'll start off with a six-speaker system. For even greater sound quality, there's an available eight-speaker Fender Premium Audio system. The 2020 Volkswagen Jetta also offers an impressive feature that the 2020 Passat lacks entirely: a Volkswagen Digital Cockpit with 10.25-inch display. This display replaces the traditional gauge cluster with a reconfigurable instrument panel screen, and it lets you choose between five driver-selectable modes.

VW Jetta vs VW Passat: Driver Assistance Comparison

To give you greater peace of mind, even the entry-level 2020 VW Jetta offers available Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Traffic Alert, and Front Assist (which includes Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking). These are standard features in the 2020 Volkswagen Passat. Both sedans also offer available features at higher trim levels, including Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Assist, and Light Assist. The 2020 VW Passat offers two further features that aren't in any 2020 Jetta: Park Assist and Park Distance Control.

2020 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2020 Volkswagen Passat Features

VW Jetta vs VW Passat: Performance

The 2020 Volkswagen Jetta is powered by a turbocharged I4 engine that generates 147 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque for a ride that's both spirited and fuel-efficient. It comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, or you can instead choose an eight-speed automatic transmission. Regardless of which you choose, the strut-type front suspension and torsion beam rear suspension provide a great balance of responsive handling and comfortable driving.

Choose the 2020 VW Passat and you'll get a turbocharged I4 with 174 horsepower and 206 pound-feet of torque. This engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Want to grab the gears and take control for yourself? This transmission also includes Tiptronic® shifting, and R-Line trim levels have steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The strut-type front suspension is joined by four-link independent rear suspension with telescopic dampers, providing a remarkable driving experience.

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VW Jetta vs VW Passat: Value

The 2020 Volkswagen Jetta has a starting MSRP that's more than $4,000 less than that of the 2020 Volkswagen Passat. Of course, the Passat is still impressively affordable, especially when you consider all that it offers--and there are some features that you can get in the VW Passat that simply aren't available in the VW Jetta. Furthermore, a Volkswagen Jetta equipped with some of the most impressive features, like the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, will cost several thousand dollars more than an entry-level Passat. The best way to get a feel for which one is the better choice for your needs is to head to the dealership for a test drive. Our huge inventory has a number of Jetta and Passat models.

2020 Volkswagen Jetta 2020 Volkswagen Passat
$18,895 Starting MSRP* $22,995
147 Horsepower 174
184 lb-ft Torque 206 lb-ft
6-Speed Manual Transmission 6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive Drivetrain Front-Wheel Drive
14.1 Cubic Feet Trunk Space 15.9 Cubic Feet
4 Speakers Audio System 6 Speakers
Available Upgrade Forward Collision Warning Standard
Available Upgrade Blind Spot Monitor Standard
Available Parking Steering Assistant Not Available

*Prices exclude destination, taxes, title, other options, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.