New Volkswagen ID.4 GTX 2021 review

VW ID.4 EV gets another electric motor and four-wheel drive in hot GTX form

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 memorable performance Golfs, for many, its three letters define the hot hatchback genre.

But now VW is embarking on a new era – an era for the electric generation. All future Volkswagen EVs will feature the ID. badge; we’ve already seen the ID.3, ID.4 and ID.5, and there are electric saloons, superminis, and even MPVs on the way. 

Of course, in addition to the various bodystyles, Volkswagen also has a range of GTI-inspired electric performance models in the works. Not to be confused with their petrol siblings, these EVs will all use the GTX name – starting with this, the ID.4 GTX.

Building on the standard ID.4 electric SUV, the GTX gets an extra motor on the front axle, boosting total power to a not inconsequential 295bhp. The result is 0-62mph in 6.2 seconds and a top speed pegged at 112mph.

That last figure is significantly down on the capabilities of the current Golf GTI. Not that it’ll matter to prospective buyers – spend much time hovering at or above the national speed limit and you’ll see the projected 301-mile range plummet. During our time with the car on a mixture of rural, motorway and urban roads, we were seeing 220-230 miles on a charge.

Yet the big question isn’t how far it’ll go before the batteries run flat – rather whether or not it captures any of the GTI magic that Volkswagen has become so famous for. 

The short answer is no. The GTX isn’t quite as agile as a Ford Mustang Mach-E, but that’s not to say it’s sloppy. The ID.4 offers adequate (if not spellbinding) performance, as well as decent-enough body control. The steering, if lacking a little in feel, appears weightier than on the standard car and is perfectly quick and direct. The brakes are up to the task of stopping this 2.2-tonne SUV, too – as you would hope.

Traction is also on point, allowing you to use that slug of torque to power out of tight corners with confidence. Our car was fitted with optional adaptive dampers, but we ended up leaving them in their default setting – in Comfort mode the GTX felt composed, whereas Sport gave the car an unsettled, bouncier ride. It’s still more comfortable than a Mach-E, though.

We may bemoan synthesised sound generators in diesel SUVs, but ultimately, with no soundtrack to enjoy in the ID.4, you’re left feeling somewhat detached from the driving experience. That’s ideal on the motorway, or indeed when you’re pootling from A to B without a schedule to keep or deadline to meet, but when you’re alone in the car and want to drive like the seat of your pants is on fire, the ID.4 GTX simply isn’t that engaging. 

There’s some work to be done on making the GTX badge fit in a driver’s car context, then, but the rest of the package is as complete as you’d expect. Practicality is excellent – the 543-litre boot is unchanged from the standard ID.4, and there’s space under the floor to store the charge cable. Note: a three-pin charger is a £180 option.

The cabin is roomy too, while quality takes a jump in the right direction thanks to new fabrics on the dashboard. The GTX-branded seats are supportive and comfortable; the only other tell-tale sign that this is the range flagship comes courtesy of the small badge and red flash at the base of the steering wheel.

Prices are high. The ID.4 GTX starts from £48,525 but for that you get 20-inch wheels, a 12-inch infotainment system with nav, plus wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a head-up display, keyless entry and Matrix LED lights. Above this sits the GTX Max, adding a panoramic glass roof, three-zone climate control, adaptive dampers and a heat pump for around £7,000 more.

That infotainment system is still a bit laggy, and it’s not the most intuitive set-up to use. The temperature sliders are fiddly too, and Volkswagen still refuses to light them at night – making them impossible to operate after dark. The instrument cluster on the other hand is simple but effective, de-cluttered by removing surplus information; the car’s speed sits front and centre, just as it should.

Model:  Volkswagen ID.4 GTX
Engine: 77kWh battery, two electric motors
Power/torque: 295bhp/310Nm
Transmission:  Single-speed auto, four-wheel drive
0-62mph:  6.2 seconds
Top speed:  112mph
Range/Efficiency:  301 miles, 3.7mi/kWh (WLTP)
On sale:  Now

2022 VW Jetta GLI Proves That VW Still Cares about Drivers

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.

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Updated for 2022, the Jetta GLI wears a newly styled grille and front bumper with red detailing. The rear bumper has been revised as well and sports a honeycomb-patterned lower valance and larger-diameter exhaust outlets. The GLI's cabin receives new red contrast stitching to accent the black leather upholstery and new touch-sensitive steering wheel controls.

The GLI remains a lovely driving partner. During our test drive through the hill country near Asheville, North Carolina, the GLI's eager steering and crisp-shifting six-speed manual made running through the area's narrow mountain passes a joyful exercise. Although it isn't as tied-down as the new Golf GTI, the GLI does its best impression of that performance icon. On the highway during normal cruising and commuting, the GLI settles into Jetta mode, meaning it's refined, comfortable, and easygoing.

The updated exhaust system sounds a bit ruder for 2022, particularly when driving in Sport mode, which allows more of the GLI's newly baritone voice to enter the cabin. This soundtrack may delight boy-racer types, but we found ourselves needing to activate the Normal driving mode to quiet the cabin when cruising. Ultimately, we're not convinced this does much to enhance the GLI's appeal.

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Same goes for the new touch-sensitive steering-wheel controls. Their glossy black finish gives an added pop of premium appearance, but on several occasions when driving the snaking roads west of Asheville, we managed to inadvertently change the radio station midcorner by accidentally bumping the tuning button. Moreover, the volume control slider is fussy and imprecise.

Back in 2019, we tested GLIs with both the six-speed manual and the optional dual-clutch automatic. Those cars managed to hit 60 mph in 5.8 and 5.6 seconds, respectively. The automatic was also slightly quicker than the manual through the quarter-mile, with a time of 14.1 seconds at 101 mph versus 14.3 seconds at 102 mph. Since Volkswagen has made no updates to the car's powertrain or chassis, we expect similar times from the 2022 model.

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The nicely tailored interior gives off strong Audi vibes, which is good because for 2022 Volkswagen has eliminated the entry-level GLI trim, leaving only the loaded $31,990 Autobahn model. Opt for the dual-clutch automatic, and the price climbs to $32,790. The GLI's nearest rival, the Honda Civic Si, is all new for 2022 and will start at just $28,315.

But VW may find that the GLI's biggest competition is inside its own showroom: The 2022 Golf GTI starts at $30,540—granted that's for a base model with less equipment. But the Golf's hatchback body style, its performance legacy, and its more modern styling may draw buyers away from its Jetta sibling. The 2022 model's updates help keep it fresh, though, and the GLI's fun-loving attitude is something every driver can appreciate.


New Volkswagen Multivan eHybrid 2022 review

We find out if the new Volkswagen Multivan eHybrid can breathe life into the sparse plug-in hybrid MPV segment


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 MPV (which will be sold alongside the newcomer for a while), but because it also brings in a new plug-in hybrid capability to VW’s van-based people carrier. 

The twist is that the new T7 Multivan isn’t really based on a van. Instead, it runs on the MQB platform which underpins a wide variety of VW Group products like the Cupra Formentor and Volkswagen Golf. In theory this should make the Multivan significantly more engaging to drive, improving upon the van-like driving characteristics of the old Caravelle. From launch, all powertrains have a petrol engine - a 134bhp 1.5-litre TSI kicks off the range, then a 201bhp 2.0-litre TSI and finally a plug-in hybrid with a 1.4-litre TSI paired with a 10kWh electric motor for a total of 215bhp. 

But the T7 Multivan is aimed at those transporting up to seven people, so it’ll need to impress passengers just as much as the driver. That’s where the new car’s party-piece rear seating comes into play. A rail system means the middle and back rows of seats can slide forwards and back or be turned 180 degrees independently of each other. To make the seat removal process easier, the seats are 25% lighter than the old Caravelle’s and on higher spec models the rail system is electrified, allowing for all seven seats to be heated. You can also spec the Multivan with just six seats and of course you can remove the rear and middle seats if you’d like to use the Multivan as a van. 

There’s more good news for passengers as the central table can slide the length of the cabin, giving front, middle or rear passengers cup holders and a handy height adjustable fold-out table. Four USB ports are also available for rear passengers, with two up front. 

On all models, the infotainment system is the same as you’d find on the new VW Golf and while there have been plenty of critics of VW’s menu layout, the 10-inch screen is crisp and the responsiveness of the touchscreen is among the best out there. With this central screen interface coupled with Volkswagen’s 10.25-inch ‘Digital Cockpit’ and head-up display, the Multivan does feel like a quality item from the driver’s seat. It’s also easy to switch between hybrid and EV-only modes with a dedicated button below the central screen. 

Crucially the Multivan offers more cabin space than the outgoing Caravelle, with 469-litres available in the boot with a seven-seat layout and 1,844-litres with the rear seats removed. Upgrade to the long-wheel base model and the total maximum with rows two and three removed rises to 4,005-litres from the 3,672-litres in the short-wheel base model. 

Plenty of storage bins throughout the cabin is always useful in a car designed to take seven, although don’t be surprised to see the creviced rail system quickly fill up with food and muck if there are children, or messy adults, regularly on board. Touch points like the steering wheel and the dash have a premium feel to them but you also don’t have to search for long in the rear cabin area to find some cheap scratchy plastics.

 You’d be forgiven in thinking the Multivan has taken a huge leap forward from the old Caravelle in terms of driving dynamics thanks to the MQB platform, in reality the Multivan still feels fundamentally like a van. There’s decent body control in the bends, despite the retention of the Caravelle’s old suspension set-up, but the steering is incredibly light and devoid of feedback. 

The range-topping eHybrid plug-in model comes with a 1.4-litre petrol TSI engine mated to a 10kWh battery. It’s the same unit found in the Golf and Passat GTE, so that means there’s a fairly hefty 215bhp offered through a bespoke six-speed automatic gearbox to the front wheels. 0-62mph takes 11.6 seconds and the Multivan eHybrid never feels as quick as the power figure suggests. The performance is adequate with this powertrain but never feels overly punchy. The power delivery is smooth but when the four-cylinder petrol engine decides to kick in you do get an audible clatter. 

 If you want to squeeze out the Multivan’s maximum fuel efficiency, then you’ll have to accept a 204-minute charging time from 0-100% using a 3.6kW charger. The 30-mile electric-only range is hardly groundbreaking for a modern plug-in hybrid either but in EV-only mode the Multivan is quiet, comfortable and the brake regeneration system is nicely weighted. 

Out of the three powertrains available from launch (a 148bhp diesel variant is coming in Spring 2022), the eHybrid is the best suited to the Multivan’s chassis. The slightly heavier plug-in hybrid set-up actually gives the Multivan a more composed feel on rougher roads. In the 134bhp 1.5 TSI, the reduction in power means the seven-speed DSG gearbox found in the both non-hybrid models is more prone to unwanted kickdowns and ultimately holds on to revs just a bit too long.

VW is still yet to release a price for the new Multivan but expect the range to start from £45,000 for the non-hybrid versions, topping out around £60,000. The eHybrid plug-in model will be the most expensive, costing from around £55,000 when it goes on sale in January 2022. Rivals like the Citroen Spacetourer and Mercedes V-Class offer similar practicality, but without the option for a plug-in hybrid. So if you want an electrified people carrier of this size and you don’t choose the Multivan eHybrid, you’ll have to go the fully-electric route. Volkswagen will also have a new entrant into that category next year with the funky electric ID.Buzz that could further dent the new plug-in hybrid Multivan’s prospects.

Price: £55,000 (est)

1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol + 10kwh e-motor plug-in hybrid




Six-speed DSG automatic transmission

0-62mph: 11.6 seconds
Top speed: 118mph
Economy/CO2: N/A
EV Range: 31 miles
On sale: January 2022


Volkswagen Taigo review

Stylish Coupe-SUV take on the T-Cross looks promising


  • Excellent engines shared with T-Cross
  • Wide model range promised
  • Standard digital cockpit across the range


  • Sloping roof means less practicality
  • It won't go on sale until 2022
 What's a Volkswagen Taigo? It's the result of more platform gaming from the VW Group as its latest small family car bridges the gap between the Polo and T-Cross models with a Coupe-SUV bodystyle. It's a growing indicator of how seriously the German firm is treating the crossover market – with a total of six individual SUVs from the T-Cross to the Touareg.

Direct rivals aren't that numerous. Popular Coupe-SUVs such as the Toyota C-HR, Renault Arkana and (arguably) the Citroen C4 are generally in the class above. But the sleek Ford Puma is definitely going to appear on many of the same shopping lists, as is the larger Kia XCeed and Mazda CX-30.

What’s new about the Volkswagen Taigo?

The concept of the coupe-shaped SUV has largely been the preserve of more expensive models in manufacturer model ranges, but the new Taigo is Volkswagen’s first foray into this increasingly popular market segment.

It’s flatter and longer than the T-Cross it so closely based on, but has the same ground clearance. This means it’s obviously higher and roomier than a Polo, yet despite the swooping rear roofline, this five-seater is said to be able to swallow even the tallest rear-seat passengers.

The front-wheel-drive Taigo also includes IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist, which is VW's less-than-snappily name for its partially automated driving system or adaptive cruise control. There’s predictive distance control and lane merging assistance.

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What’s it like inside?

Volkswagen have made a big play about how emotional the Taigo’s design is. It describes the Taigo as ‘fully digital and always on’, which means you can access online streaming services in the car, in addition to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There’s also wireless charging for smartphones and a multitude of online apps to manage your Taigo online.

There’s a choice of four different infotainment systems: Composition with a 6.5-inch display, Ready2Discover with an 8.0-inch display (comes as standard in Style and R-Line), Discover Media with an 8.0-inch display, and Discover Pro, offered in 9.2-inch format.

In addition, VW also makes a big play of the Taigo’s Digital Cockpit. The Digital Cockpit Pro allows you to fine-tune this to your heart’s content. Keeping things digital, climate control is performed via a touchscreen too. Once you’ve stopped playing with all the screens, the fundamentals are good. Though the coupe-style roof means that the Taigo can’t quite match the T-Cross for storage space (455 litres), it’ll still swallow 438 litres. 

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What engines are available?

There are three petrol engines, two three cylinders (95 and 110hp) and one four cylinder (150hp), which marshalled via either five- or six-speed manual gearboxes or a seven-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox. We’ve yet to see fuel economy and CO2 figures for the Taigo’s engines.

What models and trims are available?

Volkswagen has rationalised its trim lines across the range for clarity, and describes the Taigo’s lineage as having a Y shape.

The aforementioned Digital Cockpit is standard to all Taigos, and the next rung up the trim level ladder, the Life, adds a front armrest with a USB-C interface, multifunction steering wheel in leather and electric foldable exterior mirrors. From here the trims diverge, with the R-Line offering a more sporty look inside and out than the more luxury-focused Style. The XDS electronic differential lock is an option on the R-Line and Style, and a towing bracket is an option on all Taigos.

For those looking to get busy with the options list, you can choose from a panoramic sliding/tilting sunroof, Digital Cockpit Pro with 10.25-inch display, ArtVelour seat covers, voice control, Black Style design package for the R-Line and the ‘beats’ sound system with 300 watts and six speakers.

When does it go on sale?

The car was scheduled for late 2021 when it was unveiled in late July, but we’ve not heard a firm date for its arrival.


Volkswagen Beetle GT by JP Performance & Prior Design

JP Performance and Prior Design have promised to create a body kit for a real Volkswagen Beetle GT car like the one seen in the Gran Turismo Sport game, and now that promise has been fulfilled.

The body kit makes the "Beetle" look like a true successor to the Beetle RSi, the rarest model Volkswagen has ever made, more precisely just 250 units, and even better than Volkswagen's own 2011 Beetle R concept. The most striking feature are the fender extensions that are connected to the aerodynamic wings on the front and rear bumpers, thus obtaining the "DTM effect". Interestingly, two exhaust pipes come out of the front fenders.

The Beetle GT would not be complete without the yellow LED lights on the modified front bumper, which also features a wide lower intake and a prominent splitter. On the side there are black extensions of the sills that correspond to the increased width of the car, and there is also a set of five-spoke alloy wheels with ultra low-profile tires. The rear end is equally impressive thanks to the huge spoiler and diffuser in the standard bumper.

The body kit is available separately, but JP Performance also offers some mechanical changes. Audi’s 2.5-liter TFSI five-cylinder engine seems perfect for this project. The last "Buba" was based on the MQB platform of the Volkswagen Group, which means that it is compatible with numerous performance parts borrowed from Volkswagen's Golf GTI and Golf R and Audi's TT RS and RS3.

Since the engine is tuned, it probably develops more than the standard 394hp and 500 Nm of torque.

The creators of the body kit claim that Volkswagen and Polyphony Digital have given their approval, and a total of 53 sets are available to customers. The body kit fits all the latest generation "Bugs" models that were produced between 2011 and 2019. The body kit costs 5,990 euros, and the price of the performance improvement is still unknown.

Tested: 2022 Volkswagen Taos Plays Big Among Subcompact SUVs

Nearly as large as the compact Tiguan, the Taos is an attractive new entry point for VW's crossover lineup.

The all-new 2022 Volkswagen Taos is the product of a familiar pattern in the car business. As a particular vehicle segment grows in popularity (in this case, crossovers), manufacturers tend to enlarge and differentiate their entries to make room for new models that fill the newly created gaps in their lineup. With VW's range of SUVs in the United States swelling to include the compact Tiguan, mid-size Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport, and the electric ID.4 (sort of an SUV, we guess), a vacancy opened up in the increasingly popular subcompact space, among the likes of the Jeep Compass, Kia Seltos, and Subaru Crosstrek. It also helps that VW won't be offering Americans a regular TSI version of its latest Golf hatchback, which we're still sore about. At least the Taos is a compelling little crossover on most fronts.

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"Little" is sort of misleading, though, as the Taos is one of the larger players in its class. Its MQB-based architecture rests atop a wheelbase of either 105.6 inches for the all-wheel-drive variant or 105.9 inches for the front-driver. It has a huge back seat for a subcompact SUV, and its capacious and easily accessible cargo hold can swallow 25 cubic feet of stuff behind the rear seats (28 cubes if you forgo all-wheel drive). On the road, if you don't know to look for its distinguishing design cues—a broad LED lightbar that connects the standard LED headlights plus chrome TAOS lettering on the rear liftgate—you can easily mistake it for a (slightly) larger Tiguan. VW says the name Taos refers to the rugged, picturesque town in New Mexico. We didn't go there for our drive, but we did traverse our local Michigan haunts in both of the vehicle's primary configurations.

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HIGHS: Cavernous interior for a small SUV, impressive fuel economy, attractive base price.

Powering the Taos is a new 1.5-liter version of the EA211 turbocharged inline-four—a 1.4-liter EA211 is found in the Jetta sedan. Aided by the boost of a variable-geometry turbocharger, the engine purrs willingly to its 6400-rpm redline and produces a respectable-if-not-quite-spirited 158 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, the latter from just 1750 rpm. That's less grunt than you'll get from a top-spec 175-hp Seltos 1.6T or a 250-hp Mazda CX-30 Turbo, but it's perfectly adequate for casually merging onto highways. Standard front-wheel-drive models pair the turbo-four with a conventional eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel-drive versions get a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, which VW calls a direct-shift gearbox (DSG). The company says this split allowed it to focus both on greater fuel efficiency with the eight-speed and a sportier driving character with the dual clutch.

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Our test car was a front-wheel-drive SEL model, which ambled to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds and covered the quarter-mile in 15.8 seconds at 87 mph, making it slightly quicker than the latest Subaru Crosstrek with a 2.5-liter flat-four and significantly fleeter than a Jeep Compass. The more-powerful turbocharged Kia Seltos, however, is roughly a half-second quicker both to 60 and through the quarter-mile.

That said, the front-drive Taos is the fuel miser's choice, earning an EPA combined estimate of 31 mpg, versus 28 mpg for all-wheel-drive models. Our example fared well in the real world with a 30-mpg average, and it posted an impressive 40 mpg on our 75-mph highway test, beating its federal rating by 4 mpg. Both the aforementioned Subaru and Kia managed only 30 mpg on our highway run. But the all-wheel-drive model's DSG isn't as convincing in its role as a sporty transmission. While its shifts are generally quick and well-coordinated at speed, it lacks the eight-speed's unobtrusive smoothness, being relatively clumsy around town and under quick on-off-on throttle applications. Only all-wheel-drive variants get a drive-mode selector with Normal, Eco, Sport, and Individual settings, but even in its most aggressive mode the dual clutch hesitates between upshifts when accelerating briskly. There are no steering-wheel paddle shifters, so we mostly let the DSG pick its own gears rather than use the shifter's sluggish manual gate.

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LOWS: Modest performance, some cheap-looking interior plastics, clumsy optional dual-clutch transmission.

The other significant difference between the two drivelines is the rear suspension. The front-wheel-drive Taos features a torsion beam at the rear, while the all-wheel-drive model employs a multilink setup. This is why there are two wheelbase lengths. The multilink's greater composure and more substantial feel make the all-wheel-drive Taos our clear choice. Though the all-wheel-drive Taos adds a claimed 255 pounds of additional mass, its more sophisticated suspension fosters greater driver confidence by bringing better body control. We'll have to wait for a second test car to see if this more-refined character translates to better grip than the modest 0.83 g that the front-driver exhibited on the skidpad.

Braking ability is adequate and is controlled via an easy-to-modulate pedal, despite some mushiness in the first inch or so or travel. We recorded a so-so 176-foot stop from 70 mph. All of the examples we've driven have rolled on 18-inch wheels (17s are standard, 19s are optional), with our test car's wrapped with Bridgestone Turanza LS100 all-season tires. With decent ride comfort and reasonably low levels of interior noise—68 decibels at a 70-mph cruise; 73 at full throttle—road isolation is good for a vehicle that starts at $24,190. Just don't expect Golf levels of agility from the Taos's extra girth and higher center of gravity.

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From the low liftover height of its cargo floor to its rear climate-control vents to its ability to easily accommodate six-plus-footers front and rear, the Taos's interior is highlighted by its functionality. This subcompact feels solidly built, and material quality is mostly commensurate with its price, although the hard, shiny plastic dashtop panel looks chintzy, especially in the top-spec SEL models that go for more than $30,000. While not boldly inspired, the Tao's cabin does benefit from contoured trim pieces and contrasting colors that lend it some character. Soft-touch materials are soft enough and well placed, and there's VW's familiar and nicely thick-rimmed steering wheel. Seating choices include cloth upholstery for base models, leather at the top of the range, and a leatherette/cloth combo with grippy inserts for mid-level SE trims. All offer good comfort and excellent visibility.

At 72.5 inches, the Taos is actually a hair wider than the one-size-up Tiguan and feels similarly spacious in terms of elbow space. Unlike the Tiguan, there's no available third row of seats. Base models get an 8.0-inch digital instrument cluster and a 6.5-inch center touchscreen, with the displays in higher trims increasing to 10.3 and 8.0 inches, respectively. We like that the Taos sticks with VW's more familiar infotainment system rather than adopting the newer, less-intuitive version in the ID.4 that we're still warming up to. Ambient lighting, automatic headlights, and VW's App Connect smartphone integration system all are standard.


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Additional microprocessors control the IQ.Drive bundle of active-safety features: stop-and-go adaptive cruise control with semi-automated assistance, active blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, automatic forward-collision warning, and emergency braking. IQ.Drive is a $895 to $995 option on lesser S and SE trims and standard on the top SEL. Notable extras include a heated steering wheel, a panoramic sunroof, and a yet-to-be-released Basecamp appearance package that will add a touch of off-road flair.

Coincidentally, the starter S model's competitive $24,190 base price is the same as that of the outgoing Golf hatchback that the Taos more or less replaces. Budget $28,440 for the SE trim and a somewhat substantial $32,685 for an SEL model like our test car, plus another $1450 to $2045 if you want all-wheel drive. Depending on the configuration, those prices position the Taos awfully close to certain versions of the grander Tiguan, which starts at $26,440. Yet, considering the Taos's generous packaging and strong roster of equipment, potential Tiguan buyers won't have to sacrifice much if they step down to this new lower rung in the brand's model range. The Taos isn't the fun-to-drive substitute for the Golf that we'd prefer, but it does make a solid anchor for VW's SUV lineup.


Future Cars: VW’s Project Trinity EV Kicks Things Up a Notch

The ID Buzz retro bus edges closer, making us almost forget about “Voltswagen.” Almost.


WHAT IT IS: Project Trinity is a new initiative by Volkswagen to create an electric sedan with "high range, extremely short charging times, and revolutionary production." The ambiguously named project is still at least five years away, but another electric vehicle from VW is much closer to reality: the production version of the ID Buzz concept. The 21st-century van's imminent arrival is almost enough to make us forget about VW's disastrous "Voltswagen" April Fool's gaffe from earlier this year.

WHY IT MATTERS: EVs still have a way to go before the mainstream buying public finds these vehicles as appealing as their gasoline- and diesel-powered counterparts. Certainly, electric vehicles need to be easy to charge quickly, not to mention offer ample driving range. VW's Project Trinity, along with its ID-badged cars, aims to deliver all of this in a package that's both user-friendly and reasonably priced.

PLATFORMS AND POWERTRAIN: Although Project Trinity might rely on a new platform, VW's present EVs all ride on a modular architecture known as Modularer E-Antriebs-Baukasten, or MEB. It's a modular (i.e. stretchable or shrinkable) architecture that underpins the likes of the ID4. MEB will also serve as the basis for the brand's upcoming van based on the ID Buzz concept.

The production ID Buzz won't look dissimilar from the concept that first made an appearance in 2017. There will likely be more seating, the front will get real headlights, and the steering wheel won't resemble a video game controller. The rest of the concept van's features, however, should largely carry over to the production model. This is a good thing, given the concept's excellent execution.


Because MEB will underpin the brand's new electric van, it's probably safe to assume the vehicle's specs will closely mirror those of VW's other ID products, such as the ID4. That means buyers of this retro-inspired van can expect at least 250 miles of range on a single charge, as well as a powertrain consisting of a single electric motor mounted at the rear axle that produces 201 hp and 228 lb-ft of torque. Additional variants with more motors, more power, and slightly less range will likely come after the vehicle initially launches.


EXPECTED ON-SALE DATE: The ID Buzz should hit dealers in early 2023, with Project Trinity EVs landing closer to 2025.

New Volkswagen T-Roc Active 2021 review

The new Volkswagen T-Roc Active trim adds extra kit to the small SUV for not much more money


Active trim adds worthwhile extra kit and boosts the level of value on offer in the T-Roc range. It’s an attractive small SUV that’s complemented by enough tech, comfort and fundamentally sound driving dynamics, but we’d save even more money and go for the more efficient 1.0 TSImanual model, which will still offer enough power for most users.

Special editions sometimes mean that sales are slow. After all, why would you risk tweaking something that is making money? However, the application of a new Active trim level has occurred right across the Volkswagen range, and the manufacturer’s T-Roc compact SUV has definitely benefited from these alterations – or more to the point, customers have.

That’s because at £27,490 for this 1.5-litre TSI 150 EVO car equipped with VW’s seven-speed dual-clutch automatic DSG gearbox, the Active model is only £300 more expensive than SE trim, yet it comes with extra kit to the value of £2,160 if you were going to add it as optional extras.

This includes a winter pack, featuring heated seats, a powered tailgate, foglights, tinted windows and standard-fit sat-nav as part of the eight-inch touchscreen infotainment set-up. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included on SE trim as well as with Active, which might be many people’s preferred choice for navigation.

Other standard items include adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, autonomous braking and lane assist, plus two-zone climate control.

It is worth mentioning that, while Active trim does add plenty of features, one option that’s still worth specifying is the £445 10.3-inch digital dashboard.

This new trim also brings some cosmetic upgrades, including lots of Active badging outside, Active sill plates and puddle lighting, and 17-inch wheels. They’re small tweaks that you might not notice, but with a contrast roof our car looked smart.

From behind the wheel the Active is no different to any other T-Roc, which means that the 148bhp 1.5-litre TSI turbo engine is smooth and pulls well from low down. Sometimes the DSG gearbox is a bit too eager to kick down if you go beyond around 50 per cent throttle, but at a relaxed pace it shifts smoothly and early. It’s an equally easy-going partner to the engine, which delivers easily accessible performance in a sustained surge and with not too much in the way of engine noise either.

The ride is fine on 17-inch alloys. The T-Roc is based on the same MQB A0 platform as VW’s Polo supermini, and while the ride is sometimes a little bobbly, it’s mostly good. Some tyre roar at higher speed impacts refinement, but comfort is a commodity the T-Roc offers in large enough quantities for an everyday SUV.

It’s also relatively precise when it comes to handling. Cars like the Ford Puma or MINI Countryman will be more fun from behind the wheel, yet the T-Roc’s light but precise steering and good level of grip mean it delivers enough dynamically. As a result,while it rarely feels inspiring or encourages you to drive it a little more enthusiastically, it also rarely feels out of its depth.

On that subject, we know most people looking at SUVs in this sector will buy on finance anyway, so with a monthly cost of £274 based on a three-year PCP deal limited to 10,000 miles per year and a 20-per-cent deposit, the T-Roc Active is an affordable model, even if the lesser 1.0-litre TSI 110 manual car would be more than adequate in performance terms,  more efficient and cheaper still to buy.

 The powertrain doesn’t affect the practicality on offer though. So, with a rear cabin that can accommodate two adults but is better suited to children, plus a fair 445-litre boot that eclipses a VW Golf’s (it’s understandable why people buy SUVs when you analyse the info), the T-Roc is a fairly versatile machine. It should cover most bases, including if you’re after a small lifestyle SUV, as the Active name suggests.
Model: Volkswagen T-Roc 1.5 TSI EVO DSG Active
Price: £27,490
Engine: 1.5-litre 4cyl turbo petrol
Power/torque: 148bhp/250Nm
Transmission: Seven-speed dual-clutch auto, front-wheel drive
0-62mph: 8.6 seconds
Top speed: 127mph
Economy: 44.1mpg
CO2: 148g/km
On sale: Now


Volkswagen T-Cross - One of the class leaders in the small SUV sector

Volkswagen offers a wider choice of SUVs than most manufacturers, with six different models and more in the pipeline. The T-Cross is the smallest and cheapest, sitting below the T-Roc, Tiguan, Tiguan Allspace, the electric ID.4 and the flagship Touareg. It aims to capitalise on the current demand for compact yet practical SUVs, and joins a class saturated with excellent rivals, including the Ford Puma, Skoda Kamiq, Renault Captur, Nissan Juke, Hyundai Bayon and Citroen C3 Aircross.

The Volkswagen T-Cross is an all-new model, but under the skin it's very similar to the SEAT Arona, Volkswagen Polo and Skoda Fabia. It borrows some of its styling cues from the T-Roc, and looks to imitate the Touareg with its wide grille. Whichever angle you approach it from, the T-Cross is clearly from the VW stable, and does just enough to stand out in a sea of similarly sized rivals. Volkswagen concentrates on making smart-looking, well built, practical cars, and the T-Cross is simply the latest product of that approach.

For its first foray into the hotly contested small SUV class, VW has given the T-Cross some bold details. Its rear lights are surrounded by a thick, black swathe of trim, while the headlights are joined by a chrome strip that goes straight across the middle of the grille. Underneath, there are fog lights and daytime running lights, which look similar to those on the T-Roc, while T-Cross lettering stretches across the bootlid. Roof rails and black plastic wheel arch extensions give the T-Cross a rugged look.

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Small SUVs have already been available for a few years now, but the T-Cross is looking to take top honours - thanks in part to the badge on the front. That alone will sell the car to many buyers, although it’s clear throughout that the T-Cross is aimed at the premium end of the class.

It combines VW’s typical sturdiness and planted feel with light steering that’s perfect in tight city streets. The T-Cross continues to drive well at speed without feeling too twitchy, which can be a side effect of light steering. It’s refined even up to motorway speeds, and keeps its composure over most bumps and small potholes. VW has certainly prioritised comfort over sportiness, which is what most small SUV buyers will prefer.

The 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine can occasionally feel sluggish below 2,500rpm, which means you’ll have to rev it hard sometimes - when joining a motorway, for example. Volkswagen introduced a punchier 148bhp 1.5-litre petrol engine at the start of 2020 but in truth, the 108bhp 1.0-litre engine will suit most buyers. The T-Cross has the option of a smooth DSG automatic gearbox - it’s a bit more expensive, but could be a great choice if you do most of your journeys in stop-start traffic.

The 1.0-litre petrol engine is offered with either 94 or 108bhp but whichever you pick it will return around 49mpg. This is pretty similar to most of its rivals but the DSG automatic does increase fuel consumption to around 45mpg. You’ll get a similar figure from the 148bhp petrol engine. A diesel engine was briefly available but it was expensive and wasn’t much more economical than the smaller petrol options.

Despite its size, the T-Cross offers space for five, and adults should be comfy in the outer rear seats thanks to lots more headroom than in the Polo. The rear seats slide forwards and backwards, so you can choose whether you want more space for passengers or luggage. It has a big boot, regardless of where you have the back seats, while those in the front will enjoy a classy dashboard with a standard eight-inch infotainment touchscreen.

The Volkswagen T-Cross certainly isn’t the first small SUV, but it’s now one of the ones to beat. It offers an impressive blend of style, comfort and peppy engines.

Volkswagen T-Cross SUV - MPG, running costs & CO2

The T-Cross is economical and should have excellent residual values

There was a time when SUVs were typified as being ‘gas guzzlers’, but the latest wave are often almost as economical as their hatchback counterparts. The Volkswagen T-Cross, which shares its engines with the Polo hatchback, should be very economical to run, even though it only comes with petrol power. It’s not a heavy car, despite its SUV bodystyle, and only comes with two-wheel-drive.

Many buyers are tempted by the VW badge on the front, and this means the T-Cross is set to offer great residual values - it should lose less of its value than some other cars in the same class.

Volkswagen T-Cross MPG & CO2

It's no longer possible to spec the Volkswagen T-Cross with a diesel engine, but the 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine is cheaper and should be economical enough for most people. Available on four of the six current trim levels, the entry-level 94bhp version returns up to 49.6mpg, the same as the 108bhp version (offered on all but S trims). Petrol versions of the Renault Captur manage around 45mpg, so you’ll struggle to notice a difference between the two cars at the pumps.

Volkswagen now sells the T-Cross with a more powerful 1.5-litre EVO TSI petrol engine. It has cylinder deactivation (under light throttle it’ll run on just two cylinders) to save fuel, but is only available with the DSG automatic gearbox. You can expect 47mpg from this engine, which is still pretty reasonable and even a little better than the claimed 44.8mpg figure of the 1.0-litre engine with an automatic gearbox.

A 94bhp diesel engine has previously been available but it made up a tiny proportion of sales. That’s not surprising when you consider it only offered around 5mpg more than the frugal petrols but cost a lot more to buy.


The T-Cross should be affordable to fill up and all variants are subject to the standard rate in VED (road tax) from the second year of ownership - the first year’s tax is usually rolled into the on-the-road price of the car.

Insurance groups

The T-Cross should be affordable to run, with insurance starting in group 8 for S and SE models with the 94bhp petrol engine. Top-spec R-Line models occupy 11-13, but the 1.5-litre petrol engine increases this to groups 16-17.

Considering the desirable badge, it’s impressive that the T-Cross is no more expensive to insure than the SEAT Arona, which also starts in insurance group 8E for 94bhp versions.


Like all new VW cars, the T-Cross benefits from a three-year/60,000 mile warranty, which is transferable to the next owner if you sell or return the car before the warranty expires. This warranty is fairly standard, although far from class-leading. Rivals such as the Hyundai Kona and Kia Stonic have five and seven-year warranties respectively, which is something to bear in mind if you plan to keep your car for a long time. You can buy extended warranties from VW, which work out at about £140 per year.

The T-Cross’ paint will be covered for three years, while the car also comes with a 12-year anti-corrosion guarantee.


Servicing the T-Cross should be relatively pain-free. Volkswagen has the third-largest dealership network in the UK. Service intervals should be the same as the Polo, so you’ll have to book it in for a service every year or 10,000 miles, whichever comes first.

As with all VW models, you’ll be able to take out a service plan, which’ll spread the cost of your next two services over 18 monthly payments of between £15-20. You can either pay this separately, or add it to your monthly finance payments if you’re not buying the car outright.

Volkswagen T-Cross SUV - Engines, drive & performance

The T-Cross is good to drive and impressively refined

Small SUVs are unlikely to be the dream vehicle for keen drivers, but the T-Cross easily competes with the current class leaders in this regard. It drives well, with pleasingly light steering and a comfortable ride. Over most bumps and bad surfaces it’s composed, and body roll is kept to a minimum through the majority of corners.

Like many other VW Group cars, the T-Cross isn’t built primarily to excite; its handling and driving experience is composed and careful, which inspires confidence in the car. The higher driving position compared to the Polo helps with seeing further ahead, and is one of the main reasons to buy an SUV over a standard hatchback. If you're after more fun behind the wheel, consider the Ford Puma.

Volkswagen T-Cross petrol engines

A 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine is the most popular option, with outputs of either 94 or 108bhp. While the latter is essentially the engine from the Volkswagen up! GTI, the T-Cross doesn’t provide mini-hot hatch performance. However, it manages 0-62mph in a smidge over 10 seconds, or 11.5 for the 94bhp version - the 108bhp engine is our pick.

Refinement is very impressive for such a small car. In fact, it feels very mature and capable. The higher-powered version offers a six-speed manual gearbox over a five-speed in the entry version, and the 108bhp engine is available with a slick DSG automatic gearbox at extra cost.


In January 2020, Volkswagen introduced a 148bhp 1.5-litre petrol engine to the range. It’s almost as efficient as the 1.0-litre, thanks to the ability to shut down half its cylinders when you’re not pressing the throttle hard, but the 0-62mph time improves to 8.5 seconds. Its top speed is 124mph.

Diesel engines

A diesel engine was available for a short time but, unsurprisingly, slow sales saw it withdrawn. The 94bhp 1.6-litre engine has been removed from the Polo range too. It prioritises efficiency over performance, and 0-62mph takes almost 12 seconds. No hybrid version is currently available to rival the Hyundai Kona or Renault Captur E-Tech, which is a shame. However, Volkswagen is planning to electrify most of its range, so a hybrid or pure electric version could be in the pipeline.

Volkswagen T-Cross SUV - Interior & comfort

The interior is a strength of the T-Cross, with plenty of tech on all versions

The VW T-Cross is one of the most expensive small SUVs available - for the price of the top-spec model, you could get a bigger and still well-equipped Volkswagen T-Roc - but the interior feels far more premium than rivals such as the Kia Stonic, Ford Puma and SEAT Arona. For buyers who don’t need a larger SUV but value premium materials, the T-Cross makes sense.

In terms of comfort, the T-Cross surpasses rivals too. It’s incredibly quiet on the move, making the cabin feel serene and relaxing. The T-Cross is well damped, ironing out most bumps - only large potholes will send a jolt through the cabin. There are many larger, more expensive SUVs that don’t manage to be so comfortable.

Volkswagen T-Cross dashboard

Volkswagen is known for its upmarket interiors, which is why many customers don’t mind paying a bit extra for a car with a VW badge. The T-Cross is no different, as it feels more plush and expensive inside than many small SUVs. While there are some scratchy, hard plastics on show, the main dashboard fascia lifts the cabin. If this silver trim doesn’t appeal, you’ll be able to choose a range of different options and even match the dashboard to the exterior paint colour.

Just like in the Volkswagen Polo, the build quality in the T-Cross is impressive. Even though this car will be one of VW’s least expensive models, it feels solid and well built, and the controls feel reassuringly chunky. There are stylish silver inserts on the steering wheel and a gloss black surround for the lower centre console, which adds to the feeling of quality. VW has also chosen to stick with a manual handbrake, instead of switching to an electric version.


The T-Cross does well for standard equipment, with an eight-inch full-colour infotainment system fitted across the range. The car offers a full suite of connectivity including Bluetooth, USB and Apple CarPlay (this is standard on all but the base model), plus DAB radio.

The kit list doesn’t stop there. Air-conditioning and a variety of safety systems are included on all models, while top versions come with VW’s crisp configurable digital instrument cluster (shown in these pictures). In this R-Line model, customers benefit from dual-zone air conditioning, sat nav and parking sensors at both ends. SEL and R-Line models get automatically adjusting LED headlights, plus LED tail-lights and daytime running lights.


There aren’t too many optional extras to choose from in the T-Cross brochure, perhaps because it’s rather well-equipped in the first place. However, you can choose from a variety of different alloy wheels (on the mid-spec trim levels) and paint colours to personalise the car to your tastes. Design packs are available across most of the range should you wish to add further splashes of colour and different interior upholstery.

VW T-Cross R-Line seats22
Once you’ve chosen these, you can pick options like a reversing camera, park assist and keyless entry. Electric folding door mirrors and high-beam assist can also be picked on VW’s smallest SUV, while packs include a Beats audio pack and a winter pack consisting of heated seats, heated windscreen washer nozzles and a washer fluid level indicator.


The options list is slightly different if you choose the entry-level ‘S’ model, however. Here, you can opt for front and rear parking sensors, front fog lights, tinted rear windows, sat nav, app connectivity and an extra security system.


As well as the entertainment technology listed above, the T-Cross gets a lot of safety features as standard. All models feature extended pedestrian and cyclist protection, front assist, auto emergency braking, tyre pressure monitoring and automatic emergency services contact in the event of a collision.

On SE models and above, you’ll also get blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, a driver alert system, adaptive cruise control and hill start assist.

Volkswagen T-Cross SUV - Practicality & boot space

The T-Cross is more spacious and flexible than the VW Polo

You might look at the T-Cross and think that it’ll barely be big enough to accommodate the weekly shop, but its small-looking proportions disguise practical interior space. The boot, while not the biggest in class, is a pleasant surprise, as is the thoughtful touch of rear seats that slide forwards and backwards.

The extra headroom afforded by the taller body will be a big draw to many customers, as it makes the T-Cross that bit more practical than the Polo. There’s also a similar amount of headroom as you get in the Ford Puma and more than in the Renault Captur.

Volkswagen T-Cross interior space & storage

The T-Cross is quite a practical car generally, not just in the context of its compact size. It’s slightly longer than the Polo and 107mm taller, which makes it feel considerably more spacious inside than VW’s supermini hatch. Large windows allow the cabin to feel light and airy.

Cleverly, the rear seats can slide backwards or forwards, depending on how you want to divvy up cargo and passenger space. This trick is usually offered on much more expensive cars, or people carriers that prioritise substance over style. As a result, the T-Cross is very versatile, despite the distance between its wheels (the wheelbase) being identical to the Polo.


You’ll want to keep the rear seats pushed as far back as they’ll go if you regularly carry passengers, as legroom vanishes with the seats fully forward.

Boot space

Creating an SUV based on a Volkswagen Polo may divide opinion, but it certainly benefits boot space. The T-Cross offers between 385 and 455 litres with the rear seats up, depending on where you have them, but even the smaller number is five litres bigger than the boot in the Volkswagen Golf. With the rear seats pushed forwards as far as they’ll go, the boot is no longer flat - there’s a large channel where the seats were, which your possessions will fall into if they aren’t secured.

Flip those seats down and you’ll have 1,281 litres to fill - plus, you can fold the front passenger seat flat to accommodate longer items. In this configuration, the T-Cross offers almost as much space as a small van, which means it’s perfect if you occasionally need lots of luggage space but only have a small parking bay.

In terms of boot space, the T-Cross leaves many of its rivals behind. The Hyundai Kona offers up to 361 litres seats up and 1,143 litres seats down, the SEAT Arona offers 400 litres in five-seat mode, while the larger Renault Captur matches it almost exactly. In fact, with the seats pushed forward, the T-Cross offers slightly more space than the larger T-Roc.


It’s unlikely that many T-Cross owners will use their car for towing, and Volkswagen says that the 1.0-litre petrol models, and the 1.6-litre diesel models will safely tow a braked trailer weighing up to 1,100kg. The more powerful 1.5-litre petrol engine is the most capable model of the range, with the ability to tow a braked trailer up to 1,200kg in weight.

Volkswagen T-Cross SUV - Reliability & safety

Reliability untested but the T-Cross received a five-star Euro NCAP rating

Volkswagen has a good reputation in the UK, which is another reason why buyers flock to the brand. Its position as a premium mainstream manufacturer is appealing, and is backed up by reliable cars, a big dealership network and mostly satisfied customers. Even high-mileage cars hold their value much better than rivals in the classifieds. VW tends to post reasonable results in Driver Power surveys but this slipped somewhat in 2020. Nevertheless, the T-Cross could occupy one of the higher spots in the next couple of years.

The brand is also perceived as a builder of safe cars. All models come with a five-star Euro NCAP rating, and there is plenty of standard safety technology that would be optional extras on some other SUVs.

Volkswagen T-Cross reliability

It’s too early for any specific reliability feedback for the T-Cross but VW fell to 19th out of 30 manufacturers in our 2020 Driver Power survey (still ahead of BMW and Mercedes) while the Golf and Tiguan finished 50th and 51st out of the UK's top 75 models respectively.


Euro NCAP has given the T-Cross a full five-star score. It scored 97% for adult occupant safety, 86% for child safety, 81% in the pedestrians and other vulnerable road users category and 80% for on-board safety tech. The T-Cross features a range of passive and active safety systems to protect its occupants and pedestrians.

These include pedestrian and cyclist protection, automatic emergency braking, front assist and a speed limiter. More expensive trim levels add features like adaptive cruise control, hill start assist and blind-spot monitoring, which help the T-Cross achieve a maximum rating.


2022 Volkswagen Amarok

They will share certain platforms and co - develop other new ones, Ford and VW announced in January 2019. Part of that agreement included having the 2022 Ranger and Amarok share not only architecture but assembly plants, as well. When VW Chief Operating Officer Ralf Branstatter recently stated the new Amarok was on track to debut in 2022, that means the new Ranger will also be.

Ford and VW Collaboration

The collaboration is to be commercial vans and for midsize pickup trucks. The aim for these vehicles was for 2022, and that looks like they will be hitting that date. None of these vehicles will be electric-powered, supposedly. They will use the 2.7-liter EcoBoost six-cylinder engine or 3.0-liter diesel currently found in F-150 pickup trucks, instead. The Ranger has been around in its current form in other countries since 2011, though new to the US. By Ford of Australia, the current T6 Ranger has its origins in Australia having been designed, engineered and developed. The Ranger will have been produced for 12 years in one form or another with only minor updates, by 2022. While it may seem too soon to replace the current Ranger, looking at the larger picture it makes more sense. So, when you add that the new truck will be shared reducing costs, then it should be a great arrangement for getting both VW and Ford into new midsize pickup trucks.

It and its Ford Ranger twin could get turbo petrol and diesel V6 engines, but no plans for hybrid or battery power for next-gen Volkswagen Amarok ute.

The German car-maker has revealed, the next-generation Volkswagen Amarok due in 2022 will not feature a pure-electric power train or even hybrid petrol or diesel engines. At the Frankfurt motor show overnight, VW's chief operating officer, Ralf Branstatter, said the new Amarok pick-up would miss out on electrification altogether despite plans to introduce 20 cars based on platforms like the pure-EV MEB architecture, speaking to Australian journalists at the launch of the Volkswagen ID.3.

The replacement for the Amarok, co-developed alongside the Ford Ranger, will not get a mild-hybrid, plug-in hybrid or pure-electric powertrain, instead favoring traditional internal combustion engines.

The decision, at odds with not only Volkswagen's push for mass electrification but also the Amarok's rivals, seems.

Toyota plans to launch a hybrid Toyota HiLux by 2025, and Mitsubishi is reportedly readying a plug-in hybrid version of the Triton within three years.

If the Ranger will rely just on fossil fuels or if the global alliance formed between Ford and Volkswagen to create the next-generation pick-up will allow the use of individual power trains, it's not known.

So, the Blue Oval has already bought a reasonable chunk of pure-electric start-up Rivian and confirmed it is in the final stages of development of a battery-powered version of its full-size F-150 truck.

The 2022 Amarok success could be limited in some parts of Europe that are planning to levy high taxes on vehicles with high CO2 emissions, without electrification. Australia's positioning on such legislation remains unclear.

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