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Volkswagen Reviews


Originally conceived in 1937 as an affordable car for the average German citizen, Volkswagen (which literally translates to "people's car") remains a beloved badge with a fiercely loyal fan base due to its high-quality, low-maintenance vehicles. Once known for quirky cult cars like the Beetle, the Microbus and the Rabbit, today VW remains a frontrunner in design and innovation with its forward-thinking line of stylish rides that now gravitate toward cool rather than kitsch. And although Das Auto may no longer be the exclusive property of the German people, Volkswagen's acclaimed engineering and uniquely European ethos have allowed it to assume its place as a worldwide leader in the global car market.


JANUARY 2014

Volkswagen Touareg TDI R-Line
This clean diesel SUV offers sporty performance and stylish looks with the premium R-Line package. A 3.0-liter V6 with Volkswagen's TDI technology achieves up to 29 mpg highway while churning out 406 lb-ft of torque.
A front view of the 2014 Volkswagen Touareg TDI R-Line


JULY 2013

A three-quarter rear view of a 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan SE

Volkswagen Tiguan SE
Built on the same chassis as the Jetta and Golf, and powered by a turbocharged inline-4, the Volkswagen Tiguan offers a small car feel in a roomier, more versatile package that is perfect for families.


JULY 2013

Volkswagen GTI 4-Door
Volkswagen's classic hot hatch continues to set the standard in its segment with its winning combination of efficient performance, smart amenities and value-oriented price.
A side view of a 2014 Volkswagen GTI 4-Door


MARCH 2013

A three-quarter front view of a 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI

Volkswagen Passat TDI
Engineered with Volkswagen's TDI clean diesel technology, this eco-conscious sedan gets great gas mileage without sacrificing performance or passenger comfort.


MARCH 2013

Volkswagen Beetle TDI Convertible
As one of few diesel drop-tops available in the States, the Volkswagen Beetle TDI Convertible is both fun to drive and fuel-efficient, earning up to 41 mpg highway.
A three-quarter rear view of a yellow 2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI Convertible


FEBRUARY 2013

A three-quarter front view of a 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid SE

Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid SE
This smart and stylish hybrid sedan balances practicality with performance, earning up to 48 mpg highway while still offering 170 horsepower and a driver-friendly ride.


SEPTEMBER 2012

Volkswagen Golf R 2-Door
Four years after the last R32 hit showrooms, Volkswagen is back with another R-branded Golf — and has even further improved upon its classic hot hatch formula.
A three-quarter rear view of a 2012 Volkswagen Golf R 2-Door


JANUARY 2012

A three-quarter front view of a 2012 Volkswagen Routan

Volkswagen Routan SEL
This German-made minivan offers enviable amenities along with attractive Teutonic touches for a uniquely European spin on the family vehicle. Offering a cavernous interior with room for seven, the Routan is perfect for cruising with the kids — although full-sized adults should have no qualms with the spacious seating, either.


DECEMBER 2011

Volkswagen Passat 3.6L SEL
This no-nonsense, large family sedan is reminiscent of American cruisers with its drivability and ease of use. Fitted with an athletic 280-horsepower VR6 engine, the Volkswagen Passat 3.6L SEL also offers plenty of pep for parents in a rush.
A three-quarter rear view of a 2012 Volkswagen Passat 3.6L SEL


DECEMBER 2011

A three-quarter front view of a 2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI

Volkswagen Jetta
SportWagen TDI

Perfect for the soccer mom who never slows down, this smart and sporty wagon is sure to keep up with the hectic pace of your day-to-day life. Fitted with an athletic and efficient 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine, the SportWagen TDI boasts peppy acceleration while still earning an impressive 39 mpg highway.


NOVEMBER 2011

Volkswagen Beetle Turbo
With the Beetle Turbo, the iconic coupe's stock 2.5-liter inline 5-cylinder is replaced by an athletic yet efficient 200-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4 with direct injection that boosts the well-priced coupe from 0-60 in under 7 seconds.
A three-quarter front view of a silver 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo


NOVEMBER 2011

A side view of a 2012 Volkswagen Eos Executive

Volkswagen Eos Executive
Named after the Greek goddess of dawn, the Volkswagen Eos is an ideal vehicle for soaking in the sun during a summertime cruise. Featuring a peppy direct-injected 2.0-liter inline 4 that's good for 200 horsepower, this sprightly two-door convertible strikes a smart balance between sports coupe and fuel sipping economy car.


OCTOBER 2011

Volkswagen CC Lux Limited
This luxurious 4-door sports car from Volkswagen is a departure from the German automaker's other offerings; however, while the CC Lux Limited may exude the kind of opulence not normally seen in a VW, it is still made with value in mind.
A three-quarter rear view of a silver 2012 Volkswagen CC Lux Limited


SEPTEMBER 2011

A three-quarter rear view of a red 2011 Volkswagen Beetle

Volkswagen Beetle 2.5L
Returning after a two-year hiatus, the revamped VW Beetle offers the same retro-chic outlook as its predecessor in a sleeker, slimmed down package. Looking less bubbly and more business than the New Beetle, this cool city coupe provides decent power from its 2.5-liter inline-5, topping out at 170 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque.


APRIL 2011

Volkswagen Touareg TDI
VW has been trying for decades to make diesel converts of us all, and with the 2011 Touareg TDI, the German brand makes a strong case for its favorite alternative fuel. Getting up to 28 mpg highway out of its peppy V6, this capable clean diesel bests the fuel economy of many hybrid SUVs and offers plenty of great amenities, to boot.
A three-quarter front view of a 2011 Volkswagen Touareg TDI


DECEMBER 2010

A three-quarter rear view of a 2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid
As Volkswagen's first foray into hybrid technology, the 2011 Touareg Hybrid points to great things for the European automaker's electricity-fueled future. Marrying German engineering with the latest green technology, this hybrid SUV offers acceptable MPG figures while still delivering solid performance.


JULY 2010

Volkswagen Jetta
With the unveiling of the all-new 2011 Jetta, Volkswagen's cute compact sedan just got a whole lot more attractive. Starting at around $16,000, this roomier, revamped VW is priced to compete with the likes of the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord while still providing Volkswagen's famed precision German engineering.

A three-quarter rear view of a silver 2011 Volkswagen Jetta


JANUARY 2010

A three-quarter front view of a 2010 Volkswagen GTI

Volkswagen GTI
VW's latest edition of their iconic hot hatch features the same elements that made the GTI a hit when it first arrived on American shores nearly 30 years ago—cool looks, lively handling, and fine-tuned German engineering.


DECEMBER 2009

Volkswagen Golf TDI
Coupling clean-burning diesel technology with a surprisingly powerful turbocharged engine, the Volkswagen Golf TDI is not only a sporty and fun new take on the 5-door hatchback, it's also an extremely fuel-efficient option for those looking to save money at the pump as they help to save the environment.

A three-quarter rear view of a 2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI


JUNE 2009

A three-quarter rear view of a Volkswagen Passat Lingyu

Volkswagen Passat Lingyu
What will run the car of the future? Perhaps it’ll be hydrogen fuel cells, which powers this concept sedan that gives off only water-vapor for emissions. While still rough around the edges, the Lingyu may someday be refined enough to make it to U.S. highways.


MARCH 2009

Volkswagen Rabbit S
This sporty and value-oriented two-door hatchback features a 170-horsepower five-cylinder engine, providing a fun and zippy feeling on the road. The Rabbit makes for a reliable urban daily driver and comes standard with amenities such as all-wheel disc brakes and an electronic stabilization program.

A side view of a white 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit S


JANUARY 2009

A three-quarter rear view of a 2009 Volkswagen CC VR6 4Motion

Volkswagen CC VR6 4Motion
While not easily defined, this four-passenger sedan is certainly comfortable, showing an athletic exterior, an upscale demeanor and a range of value-oriented features.


DECEMBER 2008

Volkswagen Jetta TDI
This elegant compact sedan contains an efficient 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine, which is compliant in all 50 states and able to reach 41 mpg on the highway. The fun-to-drive TDI’s value also includes a comfortable interior, quality standard features and a relatively low starting price.

A three-quarter front view of a white 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI


NOVEMBER 2008

A three-quarter front view of a 2008 Volkswagen Touareg 2 V10 TDI

Volkswagen Touareg 2 V10 TDI
This powerful sport utility vehicle contains a formidable 5.0-liter V10 diesel engine and easily handles treks off paved roads with its four-corner air suspension, electronic stabilization program and permanent four-wheel drive. While capable of leaving civilization behind, this VW pampers its inhabitants with numerous features.


OCTOBER 2008

Volkswagen Routan SE
As the offspring of Volkswagen’s partnership with Chrysler, the Routan is a seven-passenger minivan capable of hauling the entire family for a day at the beach. Its features include a formidable 3.8-liter V6 engine, heatable (and powered) side mirrors, and a spacious 83 cubic feet of available cargo space.

A three-quarter front view of a white 2009 Volkswagen Routan SE


SEPTEMBER 2008

A three-quarter rear view of a Volkswagen Passat Turbo

Volkswagen Passat Turbo
Well-rounded with fuel-efficient and reliable performance, this roomy five-passenger sedan features a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, an all-wheel independent suspension and an assortment of extras, such as a multifunction trip computer, heatable front seats and manual sunshades for the side and rear windows.


JULY 2008

Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen SE
Although it's a compact, this five-passenger station wagon provides a spacious interior and a well-rounded experience. The Jetta SportWagen SE has quick handling and features a 2.8-liter 5-cylinder engine capable of propelling the car to a top speed of 127 mph.

A side view of a silver 2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen SE


JULY 2008

A three-quarter rear view of a white 2009 Volkswagen GTI

Volkswagen GTI
Now in its fifth generation, this aerodynamic five-passenger compact sports a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and can reach a fuel economy of 29 mpg on the highway. Along with its reliable performance, the GTI’s interior offers accessories like an in-dash, six-CD changer and SIRIUS satellite radio.


JUNE 2008

Volkswagen Tiguan
As people leave oversized SUVs behind, they are flocking to compact sport utilities like the Tiguan. This V-Dub features decent acceleration from its 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine, agile handling and a load of options.

A three-quarter front view of a 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan


DECEMBER 2007

Volkswagen Jetta GLI Fahrenheit

Volkswagen Jetta GLI Fahrenheit
This special edition GLI delivers a pick-me-up on the open road, delivering a burst of speed with its 2.0L turbocharged direct injection engine and a punch of color with its sporty yellow interior and exterior.


AUGUST 2007

Volkswagen Triple White Beetle
This Limited Edition take on the Beetle cleans things up with its white exterior, white interior and white cover. Buyers can be sure that the goods under the hood will still allow them to get down and dirty while cruising on the open road.

VW Triple White Beetle


FEBRUARY 2007

Volkswagen Rabbit
The practical yet racy VW Rabbit has burst back on the scene, with a 205-liter, 150 horsepower in-line 5 cylinder engine. With a price that is as appealing as its perks, it is ready for family life as well as a night on the town.


DECEMBER 2006

Volkswagen Eos
This new entry in the hot coupe-convertible market will make waves as it undercuts the price of other luxury convertibles by thousands. Powered by the GTI's 2.0-liter turbo-4, this nifty hardtop convertible provides plenty of fun come rain or shine.



JUNE 2006

Volkswagen Phaeton W12
Some may say the company who brought the world "the people's car" may have gone astray with this $100,000 luxury car, and perhaps they're right. Nevertheless, this is one super-luxurious 12-cylinder Autobahn cruiser worth a look for those looking for a decadent wolf in humble sheep's clothing.


JUNE 2006

Volkswagen Passat Wagon 2.0
If only there was a type of vehicle that had the storage space of an SUV, but the driving characteristics and fuel economy of a sedan. Wait a second, there is—a wagon! This offering from VW sports the GTI's turbocharged 200-horsepower inline-4 and a thorough list of luxury features.



MAY 2006

Volkswagen GTI
The high-performance fifth-generation GTI digs deep into its roots for some "fast" inspiration. The turbocharged 200-horsepower engine, lightning-quick DSG transmission, 18-inch wheels and classic styling cues highlight this nostalgic hot hatch.


FEBRUARY 2006

Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible 2.5
Along with a few styling tweaks and new 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine, the New Beetle offers a generous amount of features, decent space and an unprecedented amount of cuteness.



JUNE 2005

Volkswagen Jetta 2.5
Despite a new grown-up look and a larger sedan feel, the new Jetta is disappointing in its performance and features.


OCTOBER 2004

Volkswagen Jetta TDI
Today's diesels are a far cry from the old smoky and noisy versions of the past. Extremely high tech, they are much cleaner, efficient and employ Volkswagen's advanced "Pumpe Düse" technology, i.e. "unit injectors."



JULY 2004

Volkswagen Phaeton
Ready for a new car? Here's a really new set of wheels, both for you and the manufacturer. VW joins the ranks of the sport luxury sedan market with this big, ultra comfortable, very cool and totally new automobile. We had the chance to ride in silk for a week and drove a car that answered all of our demands.


FEBRUARY 2004

Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible GLS 1.8 T
Really, how many automobiles come with an integrated flower vase? Would that qualify the New Beetle Convertible GLS 1.8 T as the most romantic car? Anyway, it's a good start and we certainly fell in love with this convertible.



JANUARY 2004

Volkswagen Touareg
We like the look, the overall size of the car and its manufacturing. It is, simply put, well made. The design, choice of components and attention to details made us appreciate this new offering. Beyond the first look, you've got an agile car with a good turning radius, a smart car loaded with electronics.


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