2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune Review

Mar 28th
The Volkswagen Beetle is the car most likely to achieve immortality. More than 21 million air-cooled Type 1 versions were sold during a production run spanning seven decades. Neither the Rabbit, nor the Golf, nor the conversion to front-drive for the Bug’s revival has knocked Dr. Porsche’s gift to humanity off the charts. The car with the rainbow-shaped roof, now…
2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

Mar 28th
Comparing the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack with the reigning king of the slightly-lifted-station-wagon segment is an easy way to open a can of worms you’ll wish you hadn’t. And yet, it’s unavoidable: Subaru’s venerable Outback is even the chosen target of Volkswagen’s marketing department. But things aren’t so simple on paper.The base Outback is $1250 cheaper than the $27,770 base…
2016 Volkswagen Touareg Review

Mar 20th
When the Touareg joined Volkswagen’s U.S. lineup in 2004, it was positioned as a tech-filled, subtly luxurious SUV more closely aligned with pedigreed offerings from BMW and Mercedes-Benz than with pedestrian entries from Jeep, Ford, Chevrolet, and Honda. More than a decade later—a period during which the Touareg has seen only one full redesign (for 2011) and a light cosmetic…
2018 Volkswagen Arteon

Mar 17th
Phonetically, Volkswagen’s new flagship is AR-tee-on; philosophically, it’s ART plus three letters tagging along for the ride. Think of it as the arty one and you’ll mispronounce it but nail the idea.Does a market crazy for crossovers and pickups need a high-style hatchback sedan on a rescue mission? No, but this Passat-plus storm trooper should be an effective means of…
2017 Volkswagen Golf 5-door Hatchback

Mar 16th
In just a few weeks, Volkswagen will launch a facelifted version of its seventh-generation Golf—but the makeover will be so modest that you may not notice it at first glance. Big aesthetic changes or not, anyone in the market for a fun-to-drive economy car should still consider this one.The Golf has performed consistently well in our testing and has made…
2016 Volkswagen Passat

Mar 15th
The Passat has been part of Volkswagen’s U.S. product program since the early 1970s. It started life here as the Dasher in 1974, back when the company began to wean itself from its Beetle-only roots, before evolving into the Quantum in the mid-1980s and then the Passat in 1990.Over six generations, there have been sedan and wagon body styles, but…
2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Mar 12th
Volkswagen has been touting its late-to-the-party mid-size three-row SUV, to be built alongside the Passat in Chattanooga, for years now. A concept version called the CrossBlue first appeared three and a half years ago. But now, it’s finally real, and we’ve just driven a preproduction prototype of the company’s answer to the Ford Explorer and the Toyota Highlander. One reason…
2017 Volkswagen Passat

Mar 6th
As Volkswagen was preparing to launch its current top-of-the-line sedan for the U.S. market, it created a big mystery around its name. Slated to replace the Passat but designed specifically for Americans, the model was cryptically referred to as the NMS, which stood for “new mid-size sedan.” Just when the suspense had become almost unbearable, the name of the new…
2016 Volkswagen Passat

Mar 5th
Change is the universal constant in the car biz, the pace is accelerating, and those who can’t keep up are likely to find themselves marginalized. Which brings us to the 2016 Volkswagen Passat, which is not—as it might appear at first glance—just a carbon copy of the sedan that has been in VW showrooms since 2012. From the windshield forward,…
2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI 5-door

Mar 4th
What can we say about the Volkswagen GTI that we haven’t said before? After subjecting the perennial 10Best winner to innumerable reviews, it’s hard to come up with any praise or criticism that hasn’t already been heard. But just as the new seventh-generation Golf exists in many forms, there are many flavors of GTI, too, all of which are worth…
2017 Volkswagen Tiguan

Feb 25th
Driving new vehicles before they officially go on sale often requires asterisks. Option packages and pricing typically aren’t finalized, EPA fuel-economy numbers may not have been released. The disclaimers for our first experience with the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan, on the other hand, read like those for reality court TV, where everything’s true, except the names, places, and events have been…
2016 Volkswagen Passat

Feb 24th
In the wake of the TDI emissions scandal—or are we still in the build-up phase?—Volkswagen is in need of some good news. The launch of a new model can provide just that, and the 2016 Passat is sufficiently different from the 2012­–15 models to justify a modicum of enthusiasm.It’s true that the U.S.-built Passat has failed to give competitors like…