2017 VW Passat vs. 2017 VW Jetta in Schaumburg, IL

Your daily drive is a big part of your routine, so it’s important to be comfortable, confident, and engaged when you slide behind the wheel. Two admirable sedan options for drivers in and around Schaumburg, IL, the new Volkswagen Jetta and Passat each have the latest performance and interior options to take your daily drive to a level you didn’t even know existed. The most difficult part? Choosing between the all-new VW Jetta and the VW Passat.

Learn more by reading our VW Jetta comparison to the Passat below, then explore our new vehicle inventory, which is full of trim package options to suit your exact wants and needs. Contact a Fox Valley Volkswagen Schaumburg product specialist at (877) 544-6524 for more details.

2017 VW Jetta vs. 2017 VW Passat: Size 

The 2017 Volkswagen Jetta is a compact sedan, while the 2017 Volkswagen Passat is a mid-sized sedan. What does this mean for your commute? Both sedans offer a spacious trunk for cargo storage, but passengers inside the Passat will be able to stretch out more, with greater head, shoulder, and legroom. Family-minded drivers may prefer the larger size of the Passat, while drivers who are more focused on getting to work efficiently may prefer the more compact Jetta.

2017 Volkswagen Jetta


2017 Volkswagen Passat

109.8 cu. ft.

Interior Volume

117.9 cu. ft.

15.7 cu. ft.

Cargo Capacity (all seats in place)

15.9 cu. ft.

55.2 in.

Front Shoulder Room

56.9 in.

53.6 in.

Rear Shoulder Room

57.0 in.

2017 VW Jetta vs. 2017 VW Passat: Performance 

The new Jetta offers a stellar lineup of three engine options, and even shares the 1.8L turbocharged engine with the Passat. Drivers looking for additional power may favor the Passat with a 3.6L V6 engine under the hood, while drivers will love the fuel efficiency of the Jetta with its 1.4L turbocharged engine. 

The 2017 VW Passat offers available paddle shifters, to make your drive hands-on, and the 2017 VW Jetta offers an available six-speed DSG® performance transmission for a sporty feel.

 2017 Jetta


 2017 Passat

1.4L Turbo

1.8L Turbo

2.0L Turbo


1.8L Turbo

3.6L V6

150 HP

170 HP

210 HP


170 HP

280 HP

184 lb.-ft.

184 lb.-ft.

207 lb.-ft.


184 lb.-ft.

258 lb.-ft.

28/40 MPG

25/35 MPG

23/33 MPG

Fuel Economy (city/highway)

23/34 MPG

20/28 MPG

2017 VW Jetta vs. 2017 VW Passat: Price 

The 2017 Volkswagen Jetta compact sedan starts at $17,895 MSRP, while the 2017 Volkswagen Passat mid-sized sedan starts at $22,400 MSRP. Visit our auto finance center to learn about convenient payment options, and check out our current vehicle incentives to find out how you can save.

Test-Drive the 2017 VW Jetta or Passat in Schaumburg, IL Today! 

The best way to find the perfect sedan for your lifestyle is to schedule a test drive at Fox Valley Volkswagen Schaumburg! To speak with a product specialist, fill out our online contact form!