Volkswagen Passat vs Audi A4

The Volkswagen Passat and the Audi A4: two iconic paragons of German automotive engineering.

While we already know that the 2017 Volkswagen Passat and the 2017 A4 are at the forefront of their class, how do we know which one is the better vehicle for your lifestyle?

That’s why our team at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore of Irvine wrote this comparison: to help drivers in Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, and Newport Beach answer that very question.

In this article, we’ll look at four major categories: engine performance, passenger room, cargo space, and warranty protection. Without further ado, let’s get started!

Category #1: Engine Performance

The 2017 Volkswagen Passat really packs a punch. You can equip it with an available 3.6L V6 engine that’ll have you roaring down the highway when you were only planning to meander around the city.

When you fill it with premium fuel, this upgraded engine will deliver up to 280 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Heiliger Strohsack! That means “holy smokes” in German, for you aspiring Teutophiles.

The 2017 Audi A4 isn’t nearly as sporty. Its standard 2.0L 4-cylinder engine only yields up to 190 horsepower and 237 lb-ft of torque.

Category #2: Passenger Room

The Volkswagen Passat gives your friends and family plenty of interior room, whether they’re sitting in the front or the back.

That’s because it offers 42.4 inches of front legroom, 56.9 inches of front shoulder room, 37.8 inches of rear headroom, 39.1 inches of rear legroom, and 57 inches of rear shoulder room.

Once again, the Audi A4 simply can’t measure up. It only provides 41.3 inches of front legroom, 55.9 inches of front shoulder room, 37.4 inches of rear headroom, 35.7 inches of rear legroom, and 54.5 inches of rear shoulder room.

Category #3: Cargo Space

Additionally, both sedans offer large cargo capacities. However, the 2017 Volkswagen Passat still inches ahead of the 2017 Audi A4 in this department.

The Volkswagen Passat has a trunk volume of 15.9 cubic feet; the Audi A4 has a trunk volume of 13 cubic feet.

Category #4: Warranty Protection

Let’s examine warranty information. After all, these are the policies that are going to protect your investment for years to come.

Here’s an overview of the warranties for the Volkswagen Passat:

  • Basic Warranty: three years/36,000 miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: five years/60,000 miles
  • Corrosion Protection Plan: 12 years/unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance Program: three years/36,000 miles

Although the Audi A4 features an impressive Basic Warranty, Roadside Assistance Program, and Corrosion Protection Plan, its Drivetrain Warranty is severely lacking. It only leaves you covered for four years!

Test Drive the 2017 Volkswagen Passat

We have great news for you. If you live in Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, or Newport Beach, and you’d like to test drive the 2017 Volkswagen Passat, we’re here to help.

Contact us at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore of Irvine to schedule your test drive today.


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