"The Volkswagen Golf R Estate is an incredible all-rounder, offering plenty of performance and practicality in one package" Pros Good to drive Very fast and powerful Practical and easy to drive Cons Engine is a bit dull Interior quality could be better Expensive to buy The Volkswagen Golf R Estate is one of the most impressive all-round petrol cars on the market, as it has just about everything you could want in one place. If you’re interested in driving, and don’t mind paying a little bit more for a fun car, it’s a fantastic option - albeit one that isn’t quite as impressive as it once was. The Golf R Estate that you can buy new is the Mk8 version,…
Pros Pleasingly smooth ride Ample storage in the cabin Customizable digital instrument cluster lends a techy vibe Cons Brakes feel grabby at low speeds Steering wheel controls take some getting used to Cabin is more plasticky than others in the class What's new New, more powerful engine Updated styling Volkswagen Digital Cockpit instrument cluster is now standard New standard safety features Part of the seventh Jetta generation introduced for 2019 The 2022 Volkswagen Jetta receives a multitude of upgrades that should help it be a more compelling pick among other top small sedans including the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte and Mazda 3. Highlights for the 2022 Volkswagen Jetta include revised exterior styling (courtesy of new bumpers and a…
This is as electrified as a Golf will get now. There's no e-Golf anymore, as that job has been taken over by the ID.3, so a plug-in hybrid will have to do. Of course, there's still the GTE. But, to cater to more folks who are chomping at the bit for an electrified car there's this more sensible one now, too. How is this different to the GTE, then? Well, for starters, it doesn't have the body kit or sporty details inside. It looks like a Golf. Nothing more, nothing less. The only markers outside are a cap for the plug socket on the front left wheelarch and a teeny-weeny 'eHybrid' badge on the tailgate. So it's a Golf. Same…
The verdict: The redesigned 2022 Volkswagen Golf R hatchback is a refined, entertaining and versatile performance car. Its well-roundedness doesn’t come cheap, however, and some shoppers might not appreciate VW’s newfound love of touch-sensitive controls. Versus the competition: Competitors like the Honda Civic Type R, Hyundai Veloster N and Subaru WRX STI have racier styling, but none offer the blend of refinement and performance you get with the Golf R. Last offered in the U.S. for the 2019 model year, the 2022 Golf R is based on the redesigned, eighth-generation Golf platform, which also underpins the 2022 Golf GTI. The regular Golf hatchback is no longer offered in the U.S. The Golf R is offered in one well-equipped trim level…
At a glance New price £38,230 - £54,435 Lease from new From £427 p/mView lease deals Used price £23,615 - £43,560 Used monthly cost From £589 per month Fuel Economy 30.4 - 235.4 mpg Road tax cost £155 - £490 Insurance group 21 - 29How much is it to insure? New 4.5 - 35.2 Miles per pound (mpp) What is mpp? PROS Strong engines Absolutely brilliant on the motorway Comfortable high-speed ride CONS If you want practical, buy a Passat It doesn't feel as special as some premium rivals Fiddly touch-sensitive controls Whatever you do, don’t call the Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake an estate. Although it has a longer, taller roofline than its coupe sibling to give more load space,…
The next step on Volkswagen’s journey to electrify all the things comes in the form of the Tiguan eHybrid, a plug-in version of one of Europe’s best-selling SUVs. It’s been a while coming, especially since the VW Group has had a suitable hybrid drivetrain running in its Golf and Passat GTE for years – not to mention the more recent Skoda Superb and Octavia, too. But here we are, at last, with the first plug-in hybrid Tiguan. Rather than being a standalone GTE model, the hybrid drivetrain is an engine choice available across the range. That should make cheaper models absolute darlings of company car fleet managers nationwide, though private buyers who fancy reducing their running costs (and have somewhere…
More power, precision, and refinement come to VW's redesigned 315-hp hot hatchback. The hot-hatch genre has, at times, made us feel very old. Our younger selves would have happily tolerated a bouncy ride, a laggy engine, or a raucous cabin if it kept the price low and the fun-to-drive quotient high, but our backs, our patience, and our eardrums aren't as forgiving as they once were. Volkswagen seems to understand. We recently drove a Europe-spec VW Golf R around our Michigan stomping ground and concluded that it stays true to the franchise. The new Drift mode may be the star in the highlight reels, but the Golf R's distinguishing trait is that it's so much more well rounded than your…
VW ID.4 EV gets another electric motor and four-wheel drive in hot GTX form Verdict It wouldn’t have been right for Volkswagen to use the illustrious GTI badge on its new range of electric performance cars. That’s not to say the ID.4 GTX isn’t fun in its own right, it just lacks the character of its petrol-powered forebears. It’s expensive, too; while a rear-wheel drive Ford Mustang Mach-E is better to drive and almost as fast. There is some work to be done on making the GTX nameplate as iconic as GTI, then – but if anyone can do it, VW can. Volkswagen's world-famous GTI badge turned 45 this year. Celebrated since 1976 and having featured on a string of…
Although it drops the previous base trim, the GLI still can be had with a six-speed manual.Despite Volkswagen's push toward electric vehicles, the company is providing assurances that it's still dedicated to the sport compact car. Want evidence? The new-generation Golf GTI and Golf R have clearly been developed with driving enthusiasts in mind. VW's American arm pushed for six-speed manuals in both of those cars and convinced its corporate overlords in Germany that such a move would be rational and wise. Consider that a love letter to the American driver, because our counterparts in Europe won't find that option available when they place their orders. The performance variant of the humble Jetta sedan—the Jetta GLI—also will not show up…
We find out if the new Volkswagen Multivan eHybrid can breathe life into the sparse plug-in hybrid MPV segmentVerdict There’s no doubt that the new Volkswagen Multivan is better than the old Caravelle in a number of key areas. There’s more space inside, the styling is up to date and the addition of a plug-in hybrid adds an extra layer of appeal for company car buyers and businesses. High pricing could be its downfall, however, and the launch range isn’t very strong. There’s also the eagerly-anticipated, similarly sized VW ID.Buzz, which might steal some thunder when it’s released next year. The new Volkswagen Multivan is under plenty of pressure to succeed, not just because it replaces the popular T6.1 Caravelle…
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