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. 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 ID.Buzz Microbus. Until then, the ID.4 is the company's all-electric offering.
The Volkswagen ID.4 channels the spirit of the original Beetle but modernizes that vision for the 21st century with an electric powertrain and an SUV body.
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.
The Volkswagen Arteon is undeniably beautiful, and its hatchback body is uniquely practical, but its benign driving demeanor and bland cabin are question marks.
The three-row Volkswagen Atlas isn't flashy or fun to drive, but its abundance of interior space and above-average value help it compete with other mid-size SUVs.
Based on the boxy Atlas, the 2022 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport adopts a more rakish design but loses the third row of seats in the process.
VW has reinvented and reinvigorated the already exceptional Golf GTI for its eighth generation with evolutionary styling and upped its power levels.
The new Golf R returns as Volkswagen's ultimate hot hatch, now boasting 315 horsepower and other performance enhancements that have our full attention.
The all-electric Volkswagen ID.4 captures the spirit of the original Type 1 Beetle, but with a modern, emissions-free twist and up to 260 miles of range.
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.
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.
Apart from its notable refinement and popular features, the Volkswagen Passat mostly fails to stand out compared with other family sedans.
The 2022 Volkswagen Taos is the latest subcompact crossover to thrive off the public's insatiable appetite for SUVs of all shapes and sizes.
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.
The Arteon's stylish bodywork conceals a practical rear hatch, but its exciting exterior is diminished by a bland interior and benign driving demeanor.
Compared with the luxed-up sloped-back alternatives, the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas harkens back to SUVs of old with its spacious but spartan cabin.
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.
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.
Despite a new generation on the horizon, the Mk 7 Volkswagen Golf GTI is an exceedingly fun and accessible hatchback.
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.
The Volkswagen Jetta sedan is more economical and practical than its hatchback sibling, the Golf, but it's also less engaging to drive.
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.
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.
The Volkswagen Tiguan sets itself apart from other compact crossovers for its refined driving nature, practical interior, and optional third row of seats.
The Arteon is undeniably elegant and spacious, but at this price, we expect a little more excitement from behind the wheel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Volkswagen has melded stretched dimensions and fastback design into the sexy, spacious Arteon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just when you thought station wagons had all but disappeared, they have found a way to stay relevant: by mimicking crossovers.
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.
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.
We've been singing the praises of the Volkswagen Golf for a decade.
The 2019 VW Jetta is a sensible sedan that offers outstanding fuel economy and upscale features.
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.
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.
It can be hard to explain America and Americans to Europeans.
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.
Underneath the 2018 Volkswagen Golf's unassuming bodywork is a practical, fun-to-drive compact hatchback that charms pragmatists and driving enthusiasts alike.
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.
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.
Volkswagen's engineers raised the performance bar with the 2018 Golf R and created a sophisticated sport compact hatchback for the discerning driver.
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.
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.
The Jetta GLI doesn’t get the respect of its hatchback sibling, the Golf GTI, but this under-the-radar sports sedan is equally fun to drive.
The Passat is big, spacious, and comfy but it doesn't provide the same refinement and joyful driving demeanor of our favorite family sedans.
It's bigger, roomier, and more comfortable than the model it replaces, but the 2018 Tiguan has lost its perky powertrain and driving verve.
Volkswagen’s top-of-the-line CC is an appealing—albeit aging—family sedan.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
The 2017 Volkswagen Jetta fades into the background among other sensible compact sedans. Only the GLI trim has performance pep and non-invisible style.
The Passat offers straightforward, comfortable family transportation with a touch of playfulness in the twisties.
The Tiguan is a good choice for anyone who wants sedan-like reflexes in a small SUV, although poor fuel economy and limited cargo room may put off some buyers.
The Touareg is attractive, comfortable, and has good road manners, but competitors offer more for less money.
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.
The company that credits itself with inventing the minivan turns to Chrysler to stay in the game.
The Beetle’s roly-poly retro shape is built upon the bones of the previous-generation Golf.
The Rabbit replaced the aged Golf in 2007 and is basically a hatchback Jetta.