2017 Volkswagen Golf vs. 2018 Volkswagen Passat


2017 Volkswagen Golf

Engine: 1.8L TSI engine
Horsepower: 170 hp
MPG: EPA-estimated 36 mpg highway/25 mpg city
Passenger Space: 93.5 cubic feet
Cargo space: 52.7 cubic feet of cargo room with seats folded

2018 Volkswagen Passat

Engine: Available 3.6L V6 engine
Horsepower: 280 hp
MPG: EPA-estimated 34 mpg highway/23 mpg city
Passenger Space: 102 cubic feet
Cargo space: 15.9 cubic feet trunk space

Both the Volkswagen Golf and Volkswagen Passat are award-winning vehicle; the Volkswagen Golf made last year’s “10 Best Cars” from Car and Driver, and the Volkswagen Passat was named last year’s “Best Midsize Sedan” from Cars.com. So, which one is right for you? With fuel economy that exceeds average and advanced touchscreen entertainment, both make great choices.


Both vehicles utilize turbocharged engines, but which one suits your driving style better? The Golf lends itself better to long commutes, while the Passat makes more robust power available.

  • Volkswagen Golf: A 1.8L TSI engine produces 170 hp while earning an EPA-estimated 36 mpg highway/25 mpg city. The automatic transmission is more versatile with available Tiptronic with Sport Mode.
  • Volkswagen Passat: The same engine comes standard on the new Passat, and earns an EPA-estimated 34 mpg highway/23 mpg city. You can also upgrade to a 3.6L V6 engine that generates 280 hp.


The new Golf may appeal to younger drivers or adventurers, due to more cargo space than passenger volume. Meanwhile, the Passat offers a more spacious cabin for small families to take advantage of. Both vehicles offer a Composition Media touchscreen display, Bluetooth technology, and European style.

  • Volkswagen Golf: The cabin offers 93.5 cubic feet of passenger space, and up to 52.7 cubic feet of cargo room with seats folded.
  • Volkswagen Passat: There’s a little more breathing room inside the Volkswagen Passat interior with 102 cubic feet of passenger space. The trunk gives you 15.9 cubic feet.

Volkswagen Delivers Quality Vehicles

As you can see, both the VW Golf and the VW Passat offer an excellent array of features that suit a variety of driving needs. Whichever one you choose, you can trust that you’ll be riding in a quality, well-designed vehicle from a trusted manufacturer.