Volkswagen

Volkswagen has come a long way from being the manufacturer of spartan Beetles of the 1960s to today's set of sporty hatchbacks, sensible sedans, and useful SUVs. The Tiguan is one of our favorite compact crossovers, while many of the Golf models are regularly on our annual 10Best list, especially the thrilling Golf GTI and the Jetta GLI. The Atlas is a great three-row crossover with room for seven and ample cargo room. In addition, a set of all-electric VW crossovers are right around the corner—including the VW Microbus due out in 2022.

volkswagen microbus
Starting at
$40,000 est

The ID.Buzz represents the modern revival of the beloved Microbus and will be one of the first electric vans on the market.

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2023 ID.8
Starting at
$45,000 est

If the ID.4 is too small for your family, VW's three-row ID.8 SUV will provide extra space as well as an all-electric powertrain with decent driving range.

8 / 10
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2022 Arteon
Starting at
$41,190

The Volkswagen Arteon is undeniably beautiful, and its hatchback body is uniquely practical, but its benign driving demeanor and bland cabin are question marks.


9.5 / 10
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2022 Golf GTI
Starting at
$30,540

VW has reinvented and reinvigorated the already exceptional Golf GTI for its eighth generation with evolutionary styling and upped its power levels.


9.5 / 10
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2022 Golf R
Starting at
$44,640

The new Golf R returns as Volkswagen's ultimate hot hatch, now boasting 315 horsepower and other performance enhancements that have our full attention.


8.5 / 10
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2022 Jetta
Starting at
$20,000 est

The 2022 Volkswagen Jetta isn't the snazziest or most exciting compact car, but it's very refined for its class and enjoys a roomy cabin and a big trunk.

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2022 Jetta GLI
Starting at
$32,000 est

There's no other sedan at this price point that's as practical, as refined, and—most importantly—as fun to drive as the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.



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2022 Passat
Starting at
$28,290

Apart from its notable refinement and popular features, the Volkswagen Passat mostly fails to stand out compared with other family sedans.

8 / 10
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2022 Taos
Starting at
$24,190

The 2022 Volkswagen Taos is the latest subcompact crossover to thrive off the public's insatiable appetite for SUVs of all shapes and sizes.


9.5 / 10
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2022 Tiguan
Starting at
$27,190

The 2022 VW Tiguan is the compact SUV with a distinctly European accent, spry handling, and an available third row, but don't expect GTI-level friskiness.


8 / 10
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2021 Arteon
Starting at
$38,190

The Arteon's stylish bodywork conceals a practical rear hatch, but its exciting exterior is diminished by a bland interior and benign driving demeanor.


7 / 10
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2021 Atlas
Starting at
$32,565

Compared with the luxed-up sloped-back alternatives, the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas harkens back to SUVs of old with its spacious but spartan cabin.

6.5 / 10
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Starting at
$32,050

If Volkswagen's three-row Atlas seems a little too boxy, take a look at the swoopier 2021 Atlas Cross Sport, which trades a third row for more style.



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2021 Golf
Starting at
$24,190

With capacious cargo space and splendid driving manners, the Volkswagen Golf is a great compact hatchback, but it lives in the shadow of the hot GTI.

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2021 Golf GTI
Starting at
$29,690

Despite a new generation on the horizon, the Mk 7 Volkswagen Golf GTI is an exceedingly fun and accessible hatchback.


8 / 10
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2021 ID.4
Starting at
$41,190

Volkswagen's first foray into all-electric motoring is the ID.4 compact SUV, which offers up to 250 miles of driving range and a minimalistic interior design.


8 / 10
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2021 Jetta
Starting at
$19,990

The Volkswagen Jetta sedan is more economical and practical than its hatchback sibling, the Golf, but it's also less engaging to drive.


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2021 Jetta GLI
Starting at
$27,340

The Jetta GLI sedan is graced with a potent engine, a pair of terrific transmissions, and an athletic chassis that make it the perfect analog to the Golf GTI.

7 / 10
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2021 Passat
Starting at
$24,990

The Volkswagen Passat is a generic family sedan, but it provides the price points and roster of features that will make it popular with some shoppers' needs.



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9.5 / 10
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2021 Tiguan
Starting at
$26,440

The Volkswagen Tiguan sets itself apart from other compact crossovers for its refined driving nature, practical interior, and optional third row of seats.

7.5 / 10
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2020 Arteon
Starting at
$37,015

The Arteon is undeniably elegant and spacious, but at this price, we expect a little more excitement from behind the wheel.


8 / 10
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2020 Atlas
Starting at
$32,565

With three rows of seating and plenty of room for its occupants, the 2020 VW Atlas offers practicality and a comfortable ride without even a hint of minivan-ness.


6.5 / 10
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Starting at
$31,565

Spunky styling, myriad features, and a roomy interior make the Atlas Cross Sport a stylish mid-size two-row SUV, but it's too similar to its three-row namesake.


9 / 10
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2020 Golf
Starting at
$24,115

With a sub-$25,000 starting price and large cargo area for its class, the Golf is affordable and practical, but it's the least fun in the VW family.

10 / 10
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2020 Golf GTI
Starting at
$29,515

More fun than many cars twice the price, the VW Golf GTI is a practical car with a sports-car soul. It's also graced with refinement beyond its price range.



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8 / 10
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2020 Jetta
Starting at
$19,815

With a fuel-efficient powertrain and big cargo capacity, the 2020 Jetta will satisfy pragmatists while its hatchback counterpart, the Golf, is more oriented towards enthusiasts.

10 / 10
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2020 Jetta GLI
Starting at
$27,165

With a lower price tag and a larger back seat and trunk, the 2020 VW Jetta GLI is actually more practical than its hatchback sibling and equally fun to drive.


7 / 10
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2020 Passat
Starting at
$23,915

The Passat is a German-engineered sedan that delivers exactly what families need—a low price, huge back seat space, and a comfortable ride—and nothing more.


9.5 / 10
2020 Volkswagen Tiguan
2020 Tiguan
Starting at
$25,965

Offering a refined driving experience, excellent fuel economy, and an optional third row, the Tiguan stands out from the compact-SUV crowd—in a good way.


8 / 10
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2019 Arteon
Starting at
$36,840

Volkswagen has melded stretched dimensions and fastback design into the sexy, spacious Arteon.

9 / 10
2018 Volkswagen Atlas
2019 Atlas
Starting at
$31,890

With a boxy shape and chunkily angled styling, the 2019 VW Atlas provides family-friendly passenger and cargo space without so much as a hint of a mom-mobile image.



6 / 10
2018 Volkswagen Beetle
2019 Beetle
Starting at
$21,790

Its shape is among the most distinctive on the road; happily, the Beetle, offered as a coupe or a convertible, is as fun to drive as it looks.

9 / 10
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2019 e-Golf
Starting at
$32,790

With all the sprightliness and most of the practicality of the regular Golf, the 2019 VW e-Golf is Volkswagen's electric car, and provides all-electric motoring in a handsome little package.


10 / 10
2019 Volkswagen Golf
2019 Golf
Starting at
$22,740

The 2019 VW Golf may look unassuming with its jellybean body and small stature, but it's one of our very favorite cars to drive.


9 / 10
2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
2019 Golf Alltrack
Starting at
$27,790

Just when you thought station wagons had all but disappeared, they have found a way to stay relevant: by mimicking crossovers.


10 / 10
2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2019 Golf GTI
Starting at
$28,490

The VW Golf GTI is a perennial feature on our 10Best Cars list—along with the rest of its Golf family—and it's as good as ever.

8 / 10
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2019 Golf R
Starting at
$41,290

The Golf R is the understated and underrated antithesis of its red-hot hatchback rivals such as the Ford Focus RS, Subaru WRX STI, and Honda Civic Type R.



9 / 10
2017 volkswagen golf sportwagen
Starting at
$22,790

We've been singing the praises of the Volkswagen Golf for a decade.

7 / 10
2019 Volkswagen Jetta
2019 Jetta
Starting at
$19,640

The 2019 VW Jetta is a sensible sedan that offers outstanding fuel economy and upscale features.


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2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
2019 Jetta GLI
Starting at
$26,890

The 2019 VW Jetta GLI is the tuned-up, high-performance version of the Jetta sedan, just as the GTI is to the Golf hatchback.


7 / 10
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2019 Passat
Starting at
$26,190

Despite its German brand name and heritage, the 2019 VW Passat is a thoroughly American-style family sedan, from its limo-like rear seat to its supple ride.


8 / 10
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2019 Tiguan
Starting at
$25,290

It can be hard to explain America and Americans to Europeans.

9 / 10
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2018 Atlas
Starting at
$31,745

While it's not the Golf GTI of the SUV world, the 2018 VW Atlas is a practical, spacious, and well-equipped mid-size crossover that's great for family duty.



10 / 10
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2018 Golf
Starting at
$21,805

Underneath the 2018 Volkswagen Golf's unassuming bodywork is a practical, fun-to-drive compact hatchback that charms pragmatists and driving enthusiasts alike.

9 / 10
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2018 Golf Alltrack
Starting at
$26,850

It's slightly taller and slightly roomier than the standard Golf hatchback, so for the right buyer the 2018 Golf Alltrack could strike just the right chord.


10 / 10
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2018 Golf GTI
Starting at
$27,310

All of the practicality of a normal Golf hatchback with some added spiciness makes the 2018 Golf GTI one of our favorite sport compact cars.


9 / 10
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2018 Golf R
Starting at
$40,680

Volkswagen's engineers raised the performance bar with the 2018 Golf R and created a sophisticated sport compact hatchback for the discerning driver.


9 / 10
2018 volkswagen golf sportwagen
Starting at
$22,580

If the regular Golf isn't practical enough for you, the 2018 Golf SportWagen offers all the same lovable attributes but comes with a much larger cargo bay.

7 / 10
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2018 Jetta
Starting at
$19,540

The 2018 Volkswagen Jetta may wear sleepy styling and offer a fairly spartan interior, but it's a practical compact sedan that's also fun to drive.



7 / 10
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2018 Passat
Starting at
$23,890

The Passat is big, spacious, and comfy but it doesn't provide the same refinement and joyful driving demeanor of our favorite family sedans.

8 / 10
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2018 Tiguan
Starting at
$23,150

It's bigger, roomier, and more comfortable than the model it replaces, but the 2018 Tiguan has lost its perky powertrain and driving verve.


7 / 10
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2017 CC
Starting at
$35,340

Volkswagen’s top-of-the-line CC is an appealing—albeit aging—family sedan.


9 / 10
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2017 e-Golf
Starting at
$31,345

The 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf is an incognito way to go about owning an EV. More driving range would be welcome, but it's hard to beat the e-Golf's refinement.


10 / 10
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2017 Golf
Starting at
$20,715

The 2017 Golf hatchback is agile and delivers a roomy cabin and large cargo area. While it's pricier than some rivals, the Golf is a stand-out small car.

10 / 10
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2017 Golf GTI
Starting at
$25,815

The 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI proves a sporty car and be practical. With its boxy shape, cabin room is in abundance. Most importantly, so is driving fun!



9 / 10
2017 volkswagen golf r
2017 Golf R
Starting at
$36,475

The 2017 Volkswagen Golf R has a potent turbo four-cylinder, all-wheel drive, and a shape that doesn't scream 'sports car.' Yes, being an adult can be fun!

10 / 10
2017 volkswagen golf sportwagen
Starting at
$22,400

Do you want all-wheel drive and SUV-levels of cargo room, but not SUV size, handling, and fuel economy? The 2017 Golf SportWagen is here to help.


7 / 10
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2017 Jetta
Starting at
$18,715

The 2017 Volkswagen Jetta fades into the background among other sensible compact sedans. Only the GLI trim has performance pep and non-invisible style.


6 / 10
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2017 Passat
Starting at
$23,260

The Passat offers straightforward, comfortable family transportation with a touch of playfulness in the twisties.


6 / 10
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2017 Touareg
Starting at
$50,405

The Touareg is attractive, comfortable, and has good road manners, but competitors offer more for less money.

5 / 10
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2016 Eos
Starting at
$32,860

The Eos is a clever little combo: Its folding hardtop makes it a closed coupe, an open-air convertible, and the roof has a sliding sunroof, too.



5 / 10
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2012 Routan
Starting at
$27,840

The company that credits itself with inventing the minivan turns to Chrysler to stay in the game.

4 / 10
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2010 New Beetle
Starting at
$19,440

The Beetle’s roly-poly retro shape is built upon the bones of the previous-generation Golf.


8 / 10
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2009 Rabbit
Starting at
$17,000

The Rabbit replaced the aged Golf in 2007 and is basically a hatchback Jetta.