2017 Volkswagen Jetta vs. 2017 Passat: Worth It to Upgrade?

2017 Volkswagen Passat, 2017 Volkswagen Jetta
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2017 Volkswagen Jetta vs. 2017 Volkswagen Passat

The compact Jetta and the midsized Passat are Volkswagen’s two sedan mainstays. Both are on the big side for their respective classes, but the Passat is even bigger than some large sedans. (It’s designed to serve as a chauffeur-driven limousine in China.)

Each trails its class in U.S. News Rankings, in part because they’re older designs and in part because they lack some of the latest automatic driver safety aid features. The 2017 Jetta ranks No. 18 out of 21 compact cars, while the 2017 Passat ranks No. 15 out of 19 midsize sedans. It’s not that either is a bad car, but there is a lot of competition in both classes, and the Volkswagens can’t match the latest designs.

If you’re looking for a Volkswagen sedan, either because you’re a fan, or because you can get a great deal following the company’s diesel emissions crisis, both the Jetta and the Passat will fit the bill.

The Passat will take a bigger bite from your bank account, so the question is: Is it worth the extra dough? 

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