2020 VW Jetta vs 2020 VW Passat Comparison in Huntington Beach, CA

Volkswagen is known for building affordable vehicles that perform well above their price point. And with two different sedan models to choose from in our inventory at McKenna Volkswagen in Huntington Beach, we're comparing these dynamic performers side by side! The VW Jetta and VW Passat have both been around for some time, but their latest models feature so much equipment, comfort, technology and value. So, how do you decide which one is right for you? Take a look below at this side-by-side comparison, then come take one for a test drive. Still can't decide? Why not take them both for a spin! We want to make it easy to find the perfect new vehicle for you and your family.

2020 VW Jetta vs 2020 VW Passat Exterior

2020 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2020 Volkswagen Passat: Size & Exterior

While they're both sedans, the 2020 VW Jetta is a compact sedan while the 2020 VW Passat is a midsize sedan. Naturally, that means the Passat has a bigger trunk and more room in the interior compared to its little brother the Jetta. Specifically, the 2020 Volkswagen Passat offers an additional 1.5" of legroom in both rows of seats compared to the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta. Measured from the front to the rear bumper, the Passat is also about 8" longer.

That said, these sibling sedans do share a lot in common, including full-LED exterior lighting and standard alloy wheels. The 2020 Volkswagen Jetta features 16" wheels as standard while the 2020 Volkswagen Passat gets 17" rims.

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2020 VW Jetta vs 2020 VW Passat Interior

2020 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2020 Volkswagen Passat: Technology & Interior

At the entry level, both these cars offer a premium interior with lots of standard technology. They both provide a touchscreen multimedia system with smartphone features through Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. They also feature much of the same features and equipment. But only the 2020 Volkswagen Passat comes standard with an HD radio receiver and SiriusXM® All Access. Those features are also available on the 2020 Jetta when you upgrade to a higher trim level.

It's when you upgrade to more premium trim levels that you begin to find some differences. The 2020 Volkswagen Jetta offers 10-color ambient interior lighting for a youthful vibe. It can also be had with ventilated seats, perfect for those sweltering summer days. Those features aren't available on the 2020 Volkswagen Passat. However, the VW Passat offers features like a hands-free, easy-open trunk that you won't find on the VW Jetta.

2020 VW Jetta vs 2020 VW Passat Features

2020 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2020 Volkswagen Passat: Safety & Driver Assistance

In the event of a crash, both these cars have the durable frames and intelligent safety features that provide class-leading protection. The 2020 Volkswagen Jetta earned a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The 2020 Volkswagen Passat is also virtually identical to the 2019 model, which also earned a five-star overall NHTSA safety rating. That means both models provide outstanding safety.

Best of all, on the 2020 Volkswagen Passat, Front Assist with autonomous emergency braking and forward collision alert as well as Rear Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Monitor come standard. If traffic ahead of you slows down suddenly, or traffic passes behind you while backing up, you'll get an audible alert so you can take action. If you can't take action in time yourself, the system can even engage the brakes on its own. These features are available on the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta, but only on higher trim levels.

Furthermore, both models offer optional driver assistance upgrades like Adaptive Cruise Control, Light Assist automatic high beams and Lane Assist lane keeping functions.

2020 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2020 Volkswagen Passat: Performance & Drive

While the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta doesn't deliver quite as much horsepower as the 2020 Volkswagen Passat, the figure with which it's most concerned is MPG. From its 1.4L turbocharged engine, the 2020 VW Jetta offers fuel economy that outperforms even some hybrid vehicles -- up to 40 MPG! Meanwhile, the 2020 VW Passat gives you 27 more horsepower and 22 additional lb-ft of torque compared to the Jetta, for a more spirited drive.

At the rear, The 2020 Volkswagen Jetta features a simple torsion bar rear suspension that's ideal for the daily drive. The 2020 Volkswagen Passat gets a more sophisticated, fully independent rear suspension that soaks up road imperfections and gives you an even smoother ride for those long highway journeys.

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With a starting MSRP of just $18,895, the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta is a smart way to upgrade to a brand-new car with German engineered performance, durability and safety. Not only is it more affordable than rivals from other brands, it provides the kind of driving engagement that VW small cars are known for.

By contrast, the slightly bigger and more comfortable 2020 Volkswagen Passat starts at an MSRP of $22,995. When you want a more comfortable car for up to five passengers with a little bit more power for passing and merging, stepping up to the 2020 Volkswagen Passat is a smart choice.

If you've got room in the budget for a Passat, but prefer the smaller footprint and sporty style of the Jetta, be sure to consider the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta R-Line. At a starting MSRP of $22,695, this trim level adds such desirable features as V-Tex leatherette upholstery, Climatronic® dual-zone automatic climate control, two-tone upholstery and more.

2020 Volkswagen Jetta2020 Volkswagen Passat
$18,895Starting MSRP*$22,995
184 lb-ftTorque206 lb-ft
6-Speed ManualTransmission6-Speed Automatic
30 MPG City / 40 MPG HighwayFuel Economy23 MPG City / 34 MPG Highway
14.1 Cubic FeetTrunk Space15.9 Cubic Feet
4 SpeakersAudio System6 Speakers
Available UpgradeForward Collision WarningStandard
Available UpgradeBlind Spot MonitorStandard
AvailableParking Steering AssistantNot Available

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