Which Volkswagen is Right for Me: 2019 Jetta or 2018 Passat? New Car Research from Carter VW
Here, you have two brilliant options from Volkswagen: the 2019 Jetta is all new for 2019 with tons of innovative and exciting features and a brilliant powertrain; the 2018 Passat is a tried and true design that has been refined over and over again since 2011. But which one suits your needs best? We compiled some key differences between these cars below. Explore this information, then visit our showroom to take a new sedan from VW for a test drive! No matter which one you choose, you’ll be glad you chose the quality and craftsmanship that comes from German engineering.
Size and Storage: 2019 Volkswagen Jetta VS 2018 Volkswagen Passat
The compact 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is lighter and smaller than the mid-size 2018 Volkswagen Passat. If interior space and trunk volume are important, you’ll be well served by the 2018 VW Passat, which provides 102 cubic feet of passenger cabin volume, compared to the 2019 VW Jetta which has a still impressive 94.7 cubic feet. You’ll find more leg- and shoulder room in all seats of the Passat compared to their counterpart in the 2019 Jetta. The trunk of the 2018 VW Passat is also a little bigger.
Style and Features: 2019 Volkswagen Jetta VS 2018 Volkswagen Passat
The all-new 2019 VW Jetta features an exciting new exterior look, including full LED lighting with daytime running lights. Its sleek, sculpted hood, deck lid and side panels suggest nimble performance. Meanwhile, the style of the 2018 VW Passat is subtle and refined. It gets a special, hands-free trunk lid, making stowing multiple armfulls of groceries much easier in the Passat. Inside, both vehicles are available with VW Car-Net® App-Connect smartphone integration. Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto® are totally standard on the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta; they’re included with every trim level except the base model on the 2018 Volkswagen Passat.
Safety: 2019 Volkswagen Jetta VS 2018 Volkswagen Passat
While the 2019 VW Jetta hasn’t yet been tested by American automotive safety organizations, the 2018 VW Passat received a perfect 5-star overall safety rating in government crash tests. And when it comes to active driver assistance features, both vehicles are available with all the modern systems you expect. Equip your VW Jetta or Passat with Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitor and Autonomous Emergency Braking. However, if you want the Park Assist automatic parking steering feature, that’s only available on the 2018 Volkswagen Passat.
Performance: 2019 Volkswagen Jetta VS 2018 Volkswagen Passat
The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta offers great fuel economy and plenty of zip. Its turbocharged engine creates 147 horsepower while achieving up to an impressive 40 highway MPG! The 2018 Volkswagen Passat gets more standard horsepower, but less fuel efficiency — the base Passat generates 174 horses at up to 36 highway MPG. Looking for the rumble of a V6 engine in your VW? The 2018 Passat has an available V6 engine upgrade, putting 280 horsepower at your disposal. The 2018 Passat V6 GT is only available in limited numbers, and is equipped with that upgraded engine as well as Volkswagen R-Line performance front and rear bumpers for a sporty exterior style that matches its acceleration.
Volkswagen: Still a Car for the People | Find yours at Carter Volkswagen in Seattle
For more than 80 years, Volkswagen has proudly delivered quality, affordable German engineering to the world. Groundbreaking vehicles like the Beetle and the iconic Volkswagen vans have endeared the brand to millions of customers in the US and around the world. Today, that same dedication to quality engineering and striking design informs every vehicle we sell at Carter Volkswagen. Visit us for a test drive today! We'll help you decide which Volkswagen is best for your needs, and work hard to get you the best possible price. Don’t forget to check out our monthly specials! Our sparkling showroom is located at 5202 Leary Avenue Northwest, Seattle, WA 98107.