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

2017 Volkswagen Passat, 2017 Volkswagen Jetta
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Winner: 2017 Volkswagen Jetta (Details Below)

Whether you should pony up the extra $5,000 it will cost you to buy a Passat over a Jetta will partly depend on your expectations.

When it comes to money, the smaller Jetta and the larger Passat overlap and run parallel. You can get a basic Passat for a lot less than a loaded Jetta. But you can’t get a Passat for less than $20,000, and it would take a load of dealer add-ons to spend more than $30,000 on a Jetta – even for the sporty GLI version.

You could buy a base Jetta for less than $18,000; the most basic Passat costs a little over $22,000. A top-of-the-line Jetta GLI will run you just shy of $30,000, while a high-end Passat will whack you for almost $35,000. 

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