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Volkswagen Jetta vs. Volkswagen Passat

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Volkswagen Jetta

2015 Volkswagen Jetta
$630
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Volkswagen Passat

2015 Volkswagen Passat
$649
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Overall Reliability Rating

Above Average

The Volkswagen Jetta Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 24th out of 36 for compact cars. The average annual repair cost is $630 which means it has average ownership costs. The severity of repairs is low while frequency of those issues is average, so major issues are uncommon for the Jetta.

Above Average

The Volkswagen Passat Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 18th out of 24 for midsize cars. The average annual repair cost is $649 which means it has average ownership costs. The severity of repairs is low while frequency of those issues is average, so major issues are uncommon for the Passat.

Reliability Rating Breakdown

Cost
Average annual repairs total
$630
inexpensive
very expensive
$649
inexpensive
very expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.4
not often
way too often
0.5
not often
way too often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
8%
minor issues
major issues
7%
minor issues
major issues

Overall Car Ratings & Details

(127 Reviews)
(57 Reviews)
Rating Details
5 star
(6)
4 star
(39)
3 star
(43)
2 star
(28)
1 star
(7)

The Volkswagen Jetta ranks highest in suspension and ranks lowest in electrical.

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“I bought my car from a private owner and my car has many problems like it ac fans or need new front fan both of them, needs a transmission,need passenger Door handle, needs abs ligth repair, brake ...”

Rating Details
5 star
(6)
4 star
(21)
3 star
(20)
2 star
(8)
1 star
(1)

The Volkswagen Passat ranks highest in body and ranks lowest in electrical.

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“This is my second V6 Passat Sedan. It is by far the best handling, best engine with all the performance one could want, superior braking, quietest to drive and most overall outstanding car I've eve...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Volkswagen Jetta and the Volkswagen Passat are two different sedans from the same carmaker. The Jetta is a compact four-door sedan, while the Passat is a midsize four-door sedan. Both come with front-wheel drive.

The smaller Jetta’s standard engine has 150 horsepower, with a maximum upgrade to 210 horsepower in the performance GLI version. The larger Passat comes standard with 174 horsepower, and has an optional 280-horsepower engine.

When comparing these two cars, roominess could be a deciding factor. The Jetta has 94.1 cubic feet of interior volume and 15.7 cubic feet of space in the trunk. The Passat has 102 cubic feet of interior volume and 15.9 cubic feet of space in the trunk. 

Choosing between the Volkswagen Jetta and the Volkswagen Passat is largely a matter of how much car you need and what you’re willing to pay. If you need maximum interior space in your next sedan, the Passat definitely delivers. If the smaller, easier-to-park, less expensive Jetta will satisfy you, then that’s really all you need.


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