2011 Volkswagen
Jetta TDI
vs. 2012 Volkswagen
Passat TDI SEL Premium

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium

10.0

starting from

$32,965

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium

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Fantastic range on the highway
796 miles
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Fantastic range in the city
574 miles
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Average-sized front seats
53.5 ft3
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Entertainment system
Standard
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

8.9

starting from

$24,865

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Jetta TDI

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Premium radio
Standard
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CD changer
Standard
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Very inexpensive
$24,865
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Less sporty performance
22.9 lb/hp
Luxury Features 7.8 vs 10.0
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium Winner: Passat TDI SEL Premium
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
Cost 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Winner: Jetta TDI
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  • The best price we've seen is $8,100 cheaper (more than 20% less), $24,865 vs $32,965
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have an air compressor, quite rare for this class of vehicle
  • Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Fantastic highway range
  • The {better}'s standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the {worse}
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 8.9 vs 10.0

Luxury Features

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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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power seats Not Available vs Standard Conveniently adjust your seat with the Passat TDI SEL Premium's power seats; not available on the Jetta TDI
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Standard Leather comes standard on the Passat TDI SEL Premium; the Jetta TDI only offers cloth seats

Cost

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MSRP $24,865 vs $32,965 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 30 mpg vs 31 mpg Both very efficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Unknown vs Disc
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Crash Test Ratings

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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 4 stars vs Unknown

Performance

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Horsepower 140 HP @ 4,000 RPM vs 140 HP @ 4,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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Air compressor Turbocharger vs Turbocharger Both have an air compressor, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 22.9 lb/hp vs 24.3 lb/hp Both {better} and {worse} are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.4 ft vs 36.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 609 miles vs 796 miles Fantastic highway range
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Cargo space 15.5 ft3 vs 15.9 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 48.7 ft3 vs 53.5 ft3 The Passat TDI SEL Premium has average-sized front seats, while the Jetta TDI is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Standard The {better}'s standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the {worse}
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Cupholders 4 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Number of speakers 6 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the Jetta TDI's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Standard If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the Passat TDI SEL Premium; no amount of money can buy it on the Jetta TDI

Road Tests

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0-60 mph 8.3 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 113 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 16.2 s s @ 86.7 mph mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.82 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 130 mph vs Unknown

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2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium 2011 Volkswagen Golf Passat TDI SEL Premium vs Golf
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Passat TDI SEL Premium vs Tiguan SE 4Motion

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