2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Diesel

Jan 20th
Family sedans from Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, and Toyota have all earned their places in our culture, but Volkswagen’s Passat has always struggled to assimilate. Between its arrival in 1974 as the Dasher and its sixth-generation redesign in 2012, the Passat was at times too small, too unreliable, and too expensive. Sales remained relatively microscopic. Just 12,497 Passats moved in 2010;…
2015 Volkswagen Golf 3-door Hatchback

Jan 16th
It’s odd for us to call out the manual transmission as our primary issue with a car—we are the Save the Manuals people, after all—but that’s the case here. To be clear, our grumbling isn’t really aimed at the gearbox or the clutch, which are light and precise and rewarding to use, but rather VW’s product planning for its American…
2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

Jan 13th
It’s finally here. Two Geneva shows ago, VW first revealed the Golf SportWagen. That summer, we ran our first-drive report on the European model and started counting the days until we could get one here. Well, this much-anticipated Jetta SportWagen replacement arrives in U.S. dealerships by early April. As with the 10Best-winning Golf hatchback and GTI, the long delay was…
2016 Volkswagen Golf R 5-door

Jan 11th
Fanboy types are always clamoring for somebody to build a Subaru that Subaru doesn’t build. And we get it. Fuji Heavy Industries is not known for its styling prowess or for its finely crafted interiors. And while Mercedes-Benz—of all companies—makes a credible WRX STI hatchback substitute in the form of the loopy-loon GLA45 AMG, you’ll pay all the money and…
2016 Volkswagen E-Golf

Jan 8th
Like people, cars benefit from good genetics. Fortunately for the Volkswagen e-Golf electric car, starting with a Golf as the foundation gives it excellent DNA. The whole Golf range, including the GTI, has been a perennial 10Best Cars winner for the past decade. If a Golf two-door, four-door, or SportWagen can’t meet your automotive needs, then you either have a…
2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

Jan 5th
All we really want from any vehicle is for it to do its job well. It’s a deceptively simple criterion that guides our reviews of everything from burly off-roaders to thrifty subcompacts to ludicrously capable exotics. We’re hard-pressed to think of a vehicle that fulfills its mission better than VW’s Golf SportWagen—maybe the lunar rover.The VW is comfortable, looks good,…
2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

Jan 4th
It really doesn’t matter which form of Volkswagen’s current-generation, 10Best-award-winning Golf compact you choose—you can’t go wrong with any of them. And so it goes with the 2015 Golf SportWagen TDI diesel tested here. It’s just a damn good car. Need a small family runabout with fun handling, outstanding build quality, and exceptional fuel economy? Grab yourself a diesel-powered Golf.…
2015 Volkswagen Passat

Jan 1st
When Volkswagen decided it needed to drastically increase sales in the U.S. market, a different Passat was born. Engineered for and built in America, that Passat arrived for the 2012 model year larger than ever before and at a drastically reduced price—but also on a less sophisticated architecture and with fewer available luxury and tech options. At the same time,…
2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune Review

Dec 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

Dec 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

Dec 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

Dec 18th
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…