2017 Volkswagen Passat

2017 Volkswagen Passat

2017 BMW 3 Series Sedan

2017 BMW 3 Series Sedan

The 2017 Volkswagen Passat vs the 2017 BMW 3 Series

Boasting the kind of sleek and stylish exterior that makes it perfect for the West Hollywood area, the 2017 Volkswagen Passat delivers an exciting and elegant performance. With its nuanced handling, comfortable ride, and sophisticated interior appointments, the Passat fulfills every need of a luxury sedan. Take a look at this side-by-side comparison with the 2017 BMW 3 series, and see for yourself how impressive the Passat is when you test drive it at Volkswagen Santa Monica.


The new Volkswagen Passat reaches 280 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of available torque with its athletic 3.6L VR6 engine. This ensures a comfortable ride with smooth accelerations, and that the Passat will hold speeds with ease. It also gives you enough power to play around with, tackling traffic with the kind of energy necessary to spice up those Los Angeles commutes. By comparison, the 2.0L Twinpower Turbo engine of the 2017 BMW 320i sedan only delivers 180 horsepower. While this allows the 320i to hit a top speed of 130 mies per hour, it is not enough to overcome the advantage of the Passat.

The two cars feature nearly identical wheelbases, but the slightly longer 320i is not able to turn quite as sharply as the the Passat. The significantly less powerful 320i does offer a competitive fuel economy, earning an EPA-estimated 35 mpg highway** to the 28 mpg highway** of the Passat, but that difference is not large enough to overcome the incredible deficits of the 320i. Both feature all-season tires, but the Passat offers 18-inch wheels to the 17-inches of the 320i.

Available Features

Now let us take a look at the features each vehicle has to offer. We’ll start with the 2017 Golf:

Now let us see what features the 2017 Passat has to offer drivers:

  • Leather seating surfaces
  • Heated front seats
  • 8-speaker Fender audio system
  • Volkswagen Car-Net
  • Touchscreen navigation
  • Forward collision warning with autonomous emergency braking
2017 Volkswagen Passat
2017 BMW 340i 3 Series sedan

We’ll compare those features to those offered by the 2017 BMW 3 series sedan:

  • SensaTec upholstery
  • 9-speaker standard audio system
  • Pre-wiring for Sirius XM radio
  • Impact sensors

Choosing the Winner

With more available power, nearly identical interior space, and sharper handling, the Passat promises the more dynamic, comfortable ride. What’s more, the Passat also comes with a higher-quality and more comprehensive selection of interior features.

Learn More About the 2017 Volkswagen Passat at Volkswagen Santa Monica

If you’re a driver in the Beverly Hills area, you can learn more about the 2017 Volkswagen Passat and how it compares to the 2017 BMW 3 series by contacting us online or by calling us at 855-975-9627. Then, you can visit us at 2440 Santa Monica Boulevard in Santa Monica, CA and see us for a test drive today!

*EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.