Both the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta vs. the 2022 Volkswagen Passat are phenomenal vehicles. There's no doubt that you'll be driving a stylish and reliable car when you hop in either. That's why we're taking a closer look at them.

Our team at Maguire Volkswagen is here to tell you what Ithaca, Corning, and Binghamton, New York, drivers can expect from these models. While you'll certainly have fun in either vehicle, it's time to figure out which one is best for your lifestyle.

Technology: VW Jetta vs. VW Passat

Staying connected is easy in both the VW Jetta and the VW Passat thanks to a host of standard features. With Bluetooth® technology, Apple CarPlay®, and Android Auto™, you'll have plenty of options when it comes to sharing your music.

Ready to do more than just streaming audio? Both vehicles have App-Connect, which will let you connect your smartphone and use your apps on the infotainment system. This will make it easy to check your maps or phone calls without having to look down at your phone.

One stand-out feature of the VW Jetta is the available Volkswagen Digital Cockpit. This modernized display replaces a traditional cockpit and can even be customized to show specific information, such as route guidance or assistance systems.

Although the VW Passat doesn't offer a digital cockpit, you can enjoy the available touchscreen navigation system with dynamic route guidance.

Performance Specs

Despite their small sizes, the VW Jetta and VW Passat pack a lot of power under the hood. Whether you're planning a road trip or commuting to work, you'll love the performance specs. So, how powerful are these sedans? Let's check out the stats both rides have to offer:

2021 VW Jetta


2022 VW Passat

1.4L 4-Cylinder Turbocharged Engine


2.0L 4-Cylinder Turbocharged Engine

147 HP


174 HP

184 lb-ft


206 lb-ft

The VW Jetta and VW Passat also come with front wheel drive, so you'll be able to have good traction with either choice. They also both come with a 6-speed transmission. However, the VW Jetta has a manual transmission compared to the automatic transmission of the VW Passat.

VW Jetta vs. VW Passat: Interior

One of the most significant differences between these two models is the sizing. The Volkswagen Jetta is a compact sedan, while the VW Passat is considered a midsize sedan. This means that you'll find a little more room to stretch out in the VW Passat due to its slightly bigger size.

However, with both sedans having a seating capacity of five passengers, you'll still be able to stretch out. Let's check out how comfortable those five seats are:

2021 VW Jetta


2022 VW Passat

94.7 cu. ft.

Passenger Volume

101 cu. ft.

37.9 in./37.2 in.

Headroom with sunroof (front/rear)

37.4 in./37.8 in.

41.1 in./37.4 in.

Legroom (front/rear)

42.4 in./39.1 in.

Although there's a little more space to stretch your legs in the VW Passat, the VW Jetta has some interior benefits, too. For example, you'll be able to utilize more of the passenger space for your cargo with the Volkswagen Jetta. That's because it comes with 60/40-split folding rear seats.

Our Final Verdict

Are you ready to find your next Volkswagen? If so, we hope this closer look at the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta vs. the 2022 Volkswagen Passat has helped you find the ideal car for your commutes in Ithaca, Corning, or Binghamton, NY. With amazing performance and a host of high-tech features, both vehicles are great options.

If you'd like to find out even more about these impressive vehicles, visit us at Maguire Volkswagen to schedule a test drive today.

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