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Volkswagen Jetta (2014) vs Volkswagen Passat (2014)

Volkswagen Jetta (2014)

Volkswagen Passat (2014)


29 facts in comparison

Volkswagen Jetta (2014)

Volkswagen Passat (2014)

Why is Volkswagen Jetta (2014) better than Volkswagen Passat (2014)?

  • 109mm more headroom (front)?
  • 11.11% larger engine size?
  • 0.2l/100 km better fuel economy (combined)?
    8.1l/100 kmvs8.3l/100 km
  • 2 more airbags?
  • 33mm shorter?
  • 91mm more headroom (rear)?
  • 239mm shorter length?

Why is Volkswagen Passat (2014) better than Volkswagen Jetta (2014)?

  • 55hp more horsepower?
  • 59Nm higher maximum torque?
  • 2.51% greater cargo volume?
  • Has Bluetooth?
  • 0.01Cd lower coefficient of drag?
  • Has a turbocharged engine?
  • 12 more valves?
  • 27.27% larger fuel tank?

General info

This allows all four wheels to move up and down independently, providing a smoother ride when, for example, going over bumps in the road.

A petrol (gasoline) engine offers several advantages over diesel. For example the engines tend to be lighter and cheaper than their diesel counterparts. Petrol engines also tend to have higher horsepower, and the fuel is more readily available.

The turn radius indicates the smallest circular turn a car can make. With a smaller turn radius it is easier to perform a U-turn in one attempt instead of having to reverse back and forth in order to turn around.

Front-wheel drive is the most common type of drivetrain and offers several advantages. It is cheaper to manufacture (reducing the cost of the vehicle) and also lighter which helps improve fuel economy. Due to having the weight of the engine over the drive wheels it also benefits from increased traction.


A larger cargo area is more practical as it allows you to transport more things.

More headroom in the front of the car makes for a more comfortable driving experience, and is especially important for taller people.

The height represents the vertical dimension of the product. We consider a smaller height better because it assures easy maneuverability.

A larger interior volume makes for a more comfortable driving experience, giving more space for you and your passengers.

More headroom in the rear of the car makes for a more comfortable passenger experience, and is especially important for taller people. It is also useful if you are transporting cargo in the rear of the vehicle.

The wheelbase is the distance between the center of the front and rear wheels. A longer wheelbase provides the car with more stability and a smoother ride (although a shorter wheelbase can provide more responsive handling).

We consider a shorter length better because a compact chassis is generally easier to maneuver.

The width represents the horizontal dimension of the product. We consider a smaller width better because it assures easy maneuverability.

The ground clearance is the distance between the lowest point of the car and the road surface. A shorter ground clearance lowers a vehicle’s center of gravity - increasing its handling ability and reducing the chance of a rollover. However, a higher ground clearance allows you to go over more uneven terrain.


The coefficient of drag is one measurement of how well air travels around a vehicle. A lower value means it is more aerodynamic and the engine doesn't have to work as hard. It can result in faster speeds and lower fuel consumption.


Fuel economy is a measurement of fuel efficiency, based on how far you can travel with a certain amount of petrol (gasoline). A lower fuel economy means the car will be cheaper to run.

Horsepower is the most common unit for measuring the power of an engine.

Fuel economy is a measurement of fuel efficiency, based on how far you can travel with a certain amount of petrol (gasoline). A lower fuel economy means the car will be cheaper to run.

Torque is a measurement of an engine’s power, closely related to horsepower. More torque indicates a more powerful vehicle and is also a good indication of its acceleration.

A turbocharger compresses the air entering the cylinders, allowing more air (and therefore more fuel) to be added - resulting in a more powerful explosion. This leads to an increase in horsepower without increasing the size and weight of the engine.

An intake valve allows the air/fuel mixture to enter the combustion chamber. An engine with more valves tends to increase performance.

This measurement is the total volume of all the engine's cylinders, also known as the engine displacement. This is one of many aspects of an engine that determine its horsepower, but generally speaking a greater size indicates more power.

Fuel economy is a measurement of fuel efficiency, based on how far you can travel with a certain amount of petrol (gasoline). A higher fuel economy means the car will be cheaper to run.

A larger fuel tank is an advantage because you have to stop to refill less often.


Bluetooth is a wireless technology that allows you to easily transfer data between different devices, such as smartphones, tablets and computers.

Airbags are designed to cushion occupants in the event of an impact. The standard number is around six, but some cars now incorporate additional ones, such as knee airbags, side airbags, and side curtain airbags.

ISOFIX (also known as LATCH) is a standard system of attachment points for child safety seats, allowing them to be fitted quickly and safely.

Height-adjustable seat belts permit passengers of different sizes to move the seat belt up or down for improved comfort. They are also especially useful for increasing the safety of children.

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Volkswagen Passat Expert Review

Christian Seabaugh


  • Our 2012 Car of the Year
  • Cavernous interior
  • Theoretical 795-mile range with the Passat TDI


  • Ultra-conservative styling doesn't appeal to all
  • The TDI/six-speed manual combination. The extra 3 mpg isn't worth it.
  • The outgoing 2.5-liter I-5 with the more efficient 1.8L I-4 on the way
  • Ford Fusion
  • Honda Accord
  • Mazda6
  • Nissan Altima
  • Toyota Camry

One of our favorite midsize sedans, and a member of the Motor Trend Car of the Year club, the Volkswagen Passat returns for 2014 with a few improvements designed to fight back against newcomers including the new Mazda6 and segment heavyweights such as the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. The Passat comes available in four different engines for 2014. The base 2.5-liter I-5 making 170 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque will be gradually phased out this year. Its replacement is a more modern (and efficient) 1.8-liter turbocharged I-4 making 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. For those who really want efficiency, the 2014 VW Passat TDI offers a 2.0-liter turbodiesel I-4 making 140 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. With its big fuel tank, and 43 mpg rating for Passat TDIs equipped with the six-speed manual (models with the six-speed dual-clutch auto get 40 mpg), Passat drivers can theoretically go almost 800 miles without having to refuel. Topping off the Passat lineup is a 3.6-liter V-6, which makes 280 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. A wide variety of transmissions are available for the front-drive Passat, including a five-speed manual, six-speed manual, six-speed automatic, and DSG six-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Our 2012 Car of the Year, the Volkswagen Passat brings a lot to the table. It's roomy, comfortable, fun to drive, and unlike its predecessor, priced competitively. After Car of the Year, the Passat was an entrant in our Battle of the Best-Sellers, where it came in first place, beating the Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, Nissan Altima, Toyota Camry, and Chevrolet Malibu.

Volkswagen has revised the 2014 Passat in an effort to make it even more competitive than before. The new 1.8-liter turbo-4 will likely be an enticing option to some buyers, as will last year's Passat Wolfsburg Edition, which includes a few premium features in an affordable package.

Like its smaller Jetta sibling, the 2014 Volkswagen Passat is getting a new engine this year. The base 170-hp 2.5-liter I-5 is getting phased out gradually in favor of a new 1.8-liter turbocharged I-4 that makes 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, with promises from Volkswagen that its more efficient than the five-pot it replaces. The 2014 VW Passat Sport is new this year, as is electric power steering. Volkswagen is also increasing the amount of interior color combinations on the Passat this year.

Key Competitors

Our 2013 Car of the Year looks to fight off a resurgent midsize class

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2014 Volkswagen Passat

Retail Price

$20,845 - $34,265MSRP / Window Sticker Price

Engine2.5L I-5
MPG22 City / 32 Hwy
Seating5 Passengers
Transmission5-spd man w/OD
Power170 @ 5700 rpm
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ASSOCIATE EDITOR GRAHAM KOZAK: What you see is pretty much what you get with this 2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL Premium, except where the engine -- a little 1.8-liter turbo four -- is concerned. Considering its humble 170-hp output, it's surprisingly capable of getting the car moving. It's not even a torque monster, though its 184 lb-ft are fully accessible from 1,500 rpm.

I liked the motor in the Jetta and I'm pleased to say it worked fairly well in the heavier (by about 200 pounds) Passat. Sport mode livened things up slightly, holding on to gears slightly longer, etc. Hooray.

Beyond that, I wish I had more to say. Despite the big to-do about a different Passats for the North American market and the rest of the world, the car we get doesn't exactly come off as gargantuan when compared to its global cousin. It is a few inches longer (great for rear passengers), but not much wider.

Interior quality is merely adequate. The Passat deploys hard plastics -- and there are a lot of them -- better than, say, a Toyota Camry or a Honda Accord, and I do like the very clean interior layout and simple, button- and dial-heavy technology interface.

What can I say beyond that? It is well-equipped, with everything from heated side mirrors and a sunroof to remote start (especially welcome this time of year). Given our gripes about VW decontenting, you might think I'd be gushing about all this. But you're definitely paying for these luxuries, which are increasingly coming to be seen as inexpensive add-ons for even entry-level compacts. This Passat, a midsize, is hardly entry-level at nearly $32,000. And competition is fierce here, with a whole slew of capable, comparable cars with similar pricing structures.

The Ford Fusion Titanium offers similar interior space, cargo capacity, a more pleasant interior -- hell, everything except for daytime running lights, really -- for a tad more. At lower trims, the Passat might have a compelling case, but the argument may fall apart once you start demanding features.

EDITOR WES RAYNAL: This here is a fine winter car. It goes great in the snow, has a heck of a heater and terrific heated seats -- all the comforts one needs. When the weather is like this, that's about all I'm asking.

I prefer my Passats with the diesel, but this combo isn't bad. True, Passats are a bit dull to look at inside and out (kind of making the diesel the main selling point), but are well built, roomy as any other midsize car out there if not more so (materials could use a slight upgrade, but only slight), and the turbo four has plenty of oomph. The mpg indicator on the dash said I got 29 mpg commuting on surface streets. That's only 1 mpg less than the last time I drove the diesel.

Diesel or gas, the Passat flows down the road, quiet and smooth. I've read some other reports -- not ours -- that the engine isn't mated well to this gearbox, it doesn't shift smoothly and whatnot. I did not experience that. I thought it was fine. The engine/trans relationship and drivability are class competitive.

There are other virtues. The navigation/stereo screen works well. The seats are comfy. The trunk is huge.

As I said, I'd get my Passat with the diesel. But I wouldn't dismiss this little turbo four out of hand.

ASSOCIATE EDITOR JAKE LINGEMAN: I agree with the above editors in that the engine and transmission combination are perfectly adequate for this 3,200-pound midsizer. I was never looking for more power, but a set of winter tires would have been nice for my recent round in our Passat tester. Still, I didn't have any problems getting it out of, or into my unplowed driveway.

I just told a friend he should look at one of these to buy. He wanted something bigger than the Jetta, but didn't really care otherwise. I suggested the diesel model, which is our favorite of the bunch.

The Passat is pretty bland inside and out. I think a more interesting color would at least help the exterior look.

As boring as the interior is, it does have a nice clean look. There aren't too many colors or materials, beside the hard plastics on the doors and dash. And like Graham said, the standard buttons and dials are still way easier to use than the newfangled, touch-capacitor stuff for the radio and climate.

It is a little more fun to drive than the usual midsize sedan. VW does a good job with that. On the parts of the road that were dry, the Passat does a good job of going where you point it.

So, with a 34 mpg highway rating, there isn't much to complain about in this 2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL Premium. There just isn't much to be excited about either except for that diesel.

2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL Premium

Base Price: $31,715

As-Tested Price: $31,715

Drivetrain: 1.8-liter turbocharged I4; FWD, six-speed automatic

Output: 170 hp @ 4,800 rpm, 184 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm

Curb Weight: 3,230 lb

Fuel Economy (EPA City/Highway/Combined): 24/34/28 mpg

AW Observed Fuel Economy: 28.4 mpg

Options: None

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Volkswagen Passat saloon review - CarBuyer

Although Volkswagen’s U.S. CEO can boast that 75 percent of all diesel-powered cars sold in America wear the VW crest, the really big volume in the mid-size-sedan segment comes from four-cylinder gasoline engines—more than four out of five Camry, Accord, and Altima models, and all Sonatas and Fusions, pack gas-fired four-holers. Despite investing big in a new U.S. assembly plant and refocusing the Passat as a larger, value-oriented proposition, the VW mid-sizer hasn’t counted a mainstream gas four among its powertrain choices for a while. That changes for 2014.

New Base Engine

This year, a 1.8-liter turbo four replaces the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-five as the new base engine (the TDI and V-6 Passats will still be offered). The transformation begins with the line-topping SEL Premium and will eventually expand to cover the S, SE, and Wolfsburg Edition trims later in the year. The force-fed 1.8-liter is the same Mexican-built gen-three EA888 four-cylinder that finds its way into Golfs and Jettas for 2014. The engine features a thin-wall crankcase and fewer counterweights for reduced mass, as well as smaller main bearings and reduced oil pressure to minimize friction. The exhaust manifold is integral to the cylinder head to allow the engine to warm up more quickly, and the turbo is smaller and spools up faster.

We drove a well-equipped, $31,715 SEL Premium automatic. Even though the Passat is several hundred pounds heavier than the Jetta, the 1.8-liter turbo’s 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque move the mid-size sedan smartly enough, with something near half-throttle summoning the turbine for duty. Telling is the torque curve of the 1.8T, which rises quickly to mesa from 1500 rpm to near the 6200-rpm horsepower peak. Contrast that to the peaks and valleys of the outgoing 2.5L five-cylinder, which proffers its 177 lb-ft of max torque at a relatively rev-happy 4250 and its 170 horsepower peak at 5700, making for a narrow sweet spot.

Ready to Rumble

The fuel-economy-optimized calibration of the six-speed torque-converter automatic keeps the Passat at low revs in the upper gears when cruising, during which there’s much less rumbly powertrain noise than in the Jetta 1.8T we recently drove. We’ll attribute that to more soundproofing and the fact that the engine doesn’t stay at 1200 rpm very long if road load increases. Climb even a slight grade or barely breathe on the throttle, and the automatic transmission downshifts, banishing the rumbling sound. Of course, you can use your own gearbox programming by tipping through the gears manually or by simply opting for a Passat with a five-speed manual—yes, the car will still be available with a stick even after the 1.8T completes its creep across the lineup.

One side benefit of the switch from inline-five to turbo inline-four is less weight on the nose. The current Passat is a former comparison-test champ; although it subsequently fell to three newer cars, it remains excellent to drive. Hustle the big, roomy sedan down a twisty back road, and you’ll appreciate its balanced handling, good body control, and capable brakes. Segueing to 1.8T also means shifting from hydraulic to electrically boosted power steering, a fuel-economy move that usually means some loss in feedback, but VW has maintained most of the previous system’s low friction and linear feel.

Midyear, VW will introduce a Passat Sport model with a long list of cosmetic baubles. The full rundown: a black roof, black mirror caps, a special Urano Gray color, front fog lamps, a rear spoiler, aluminum pedal caps, sport seats, stainless-steel kick plates, paddle shifters, and 19-inch aluminum wheels. No word yet if a sport suspension or other performance upgrades are also a part of Sport content.

Casting a Wider Car-Net

VW is also introducing an OnStar-like connectivity system dubbed Car-Net. After a six-month free trial, the Verizon-based system will be available across all 2014 model lines at $199 a year for the full suite of services. Accessed via overhead buttons, Car-Net’s skill set includes automatic crash notification, roadside assistance, manual emergency calling, and live destination assist. Additionally, a number of other services such as remote door unlocking, service appointment scheduling, family guardian speed alert, and others can be selected via an iOS app (an Android-based app will debut later).

The most significant item of note for most shoppers, however, is likely to be the improvement in EPA fuel-economy ratings—the 1.8T is up 2 mpg city and 3 mpg highway over those of last year’s base 2.5-liter engine. At 34–35 mpg highway, the Passat 1.8T still doesn’t match highway-label leaders such as the Nissan Altima, Mazda 6, and Ford Fusion 1.6 EcoBoost, but it’s in the hunt. Taken with its improved manners and drivability, the volume Passat now finds itself in a position to snag more mid-size market share.


VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

ESTIMATED BASE PRICE: $22,000 (SEL [launch trim]; $31,715)

ENGINE TYPE: turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, iron block and aluminum head, direct fuel injection

Displacement: 110 cu in, 1797 cc
Power: 170 hp @ 6200 rpm
Torque: 184 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

TRANSMISSIONS: 5-speed manual, 6-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

Wheelbase: 110.4 in
Length: 191.6 in
Width: 72.2 in Height: 58.5 in
Curb weight (C/D est): 3300 lb

Zero to 60 mph: 8.4-8.6 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 16.2-16.4 sec
Top speed: 115 mph

EPA city/highway driving: 24/34-35 mpg


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The 2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL was equipped with a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 170 horsepower and makes up to 34 mpg on highways.
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One of my most enjoyable drives was spent ushering an Audi A8 from Memphis, Tenn., to Little Rock, Ark., and back — to have a catfish dinner. Settled into that big German sedan, I felt safe and comfy while gliding past cotton fields. The car felt like it could run any speed and do it with four pampered passengers aboard.

I feel the same way about the Volkswagen Passat.

Three friends and I recently drove to Cincinnati in one for a mid-century modern furniture show.

I've driven Passats with the available 43 mpg TDI diesel and 280-horsepower 3.6-liter VR6, but for this run, we summoned VW's turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine connected to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission.

The engine delivers 170 horsepower, 184 lb.-ft. of torque, and 24/34 mpg city/highway. That may not seem like a mound of power, but when combined with the turbo's ever-ready torque, triple-digits are a snooze. Even then, click down the throttle and the transmission grabs a cog to pull swiftly away.

A long, unadorned, streamlined body gives little clue to the powertrain within. The Passat looks like a big Jetta or small Audi A8, depending on your station in life. Either way, it plays like an expensive German sedan (as long as the VW logos go unnoticed).

Look closer, and you see a lot of detail in the chiseled flanks, angled grille and kicked up windowline. If you liked the old VW Phaeton, the Passat will bring smiles. It's not terribly exciting, but looks substantially expensive.

The interior is upright, but not uptight. As in old Mercedes, big analog gauges, near-vertical center stack and large, flat center console look serious. Hidden under the armrest is a large storage compartment with USB and AUX inputs. A chrome button on the center console wakes the engine keylessly. Dual-zone automatic climate control, power moonroof and satellite radio also were nice.

While the trunk is enormous, it fortunately was not large enough to haul the exquisite (but pricey) Danish modern chair and ottoman I coveted at the show.

The 2014 Passat dashboard offers big analog gauges and a large, flat center console.

Padded dashboards, leather-wrapped steering wheels and supportive seats feel equally expensive. There's a lot of plastic elsewhere, but you have keep in mind the Passat starts just over $20,000. VW's heated leather and suede seats are supportive and long-lasting.

Check the rear cabin. My passengers stretched out with room to spare in seats designed for long-distance comfort. I don't love faux wood on the dash, but I'll get over it for the divinely crisp Fender audio system.

Although the Passat is built in a gleaming new plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., and is sized for American girth, it feels like it was born to swallow vast amounts of Autobahn. Wisp up behind drivers in the left lane, and they quickly move their sheetmetal out of the way. The Passat has that kind of big German, I'll-push-you-aside presence. Step on it to pass and triple digits quickly appear.

The chassis provides a compliant ride on rough streets, but settles down as the speedometer sweeps to encourage ever-higher velocities. Steering is light, but precise. While the Passat's size conjures visions of Buick, its perceived dimensions from the helm are much trimmer.

Like the mid-century furniture at the Cincinnati show, the Passat is uncomplicated, but timeless. It feels like it will always be enjoyable, whether stretching out for a long ride or just scooting down backroads for a quick drive.

I would probably choose the diesel and manual transmission for my personal use, but the combination of turbo torque and smooth-shifting transmission do their best impersonation of a sweet Audi A8 I remember so well.

A base price of $20,995, or $31,715 as tested, is a bargain against other German luxury liners.

Send your car questions to Indianapolis-based automotive journalist Casey Williams at [email protected]

The Passat is manufactured in Chattanooga, Tenn.

2014 VW Passat SEL

Basics: Five-passenger, FWD sedan.

Powertrain: 170 hp 1.8-liter Turbo-4, six-speed automatic transmission.

Suspension f/r: Ind/Ind.

Wheels: 18-inch/18-inch alloy f/r.

Brakes: Disc/disc fr/rr with ABS.

Must-have features: Smooth power, big interior.

Fuel economy: 24/34 mpg city/hwy.

Assembly: Chattanooga, Tenn.

Base/As-tested price: $20,995/$31,715.

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