2015 Volkswagen Passat Review


"Three model years after winning Cars.com's Best of 2012 Award, the 2015 Volkswagen Passat remains a compelling family sedan, offering above-average space, mileage, drivability and quality," says reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder. Check out his review for more, and click here to see how the sedan fared in Cars.com's $27,000 Midsize Sedan Challenge.

2015 Volkswagen Passat Expert Review

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By William Jackson | December 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2013-15 Volkswagen Beetle


Vehicles Affected: Approximately 7,000 model-year 2013-15 versions of the Volkswagen Beetle manufactured between June 13, 2013, and July 3, 2014

The Problem: When the affected vehicles are driven over hard surfaces or strike a pothole, the glass sunroof may break, possibly causing injury to the vehicle's occupants or a crash.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the sunroof for free.

What Owners Should Do: Volkswagen will notify owners starting Dec. 19. Owners can call Volkswagen at 800-822-8987 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 8, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Volkswagen Touareg: First Drive


Luxury SUVs continue to be popular, and as fuel prices continue to drop throughout the year, their popularity is likely to increase. Volkswagen's timing is good with its update of the Touareg SUV for 2015.

Related: Research the Volkswagen Touareg

The Touareg (properly pronounced "TWAH-regg," and named after a large nomadic Saharan desert tribe) was last redesigned for the 2012 model year. For 2015, VW freshened its expensive five-seat off-roader with some mild appearance updates; you're not likely to notice them in passing, but the minor changes add up to a more attractive package.

By Aaron Bragman | December 4, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Volkswagen Golf Real-World Cargo Space


Volkswagen's redesigned 2015 Golf is perhaps one of the best surprises of the year thanks to its luxury-car-like refinement and increased versatility. The Vee-dub's new shape is an important part of its great usability for 2015 with cargo capacity up by approximately 8 percent compared to the outgoing Golf. Plus, the load floor is 0.7 inches lower and the cargo opening is 1.9 inches wider.

Related: 2015 Volkswagen Golf, Golf TDI: First Drive

"It's sometimes easy to forget that the Golf is one of the longest-running hatchbacks in the industry, and it remains extremely practical. The cargo area is 22.8 cubic feet with the seats in place to the top of the seats and has 52.7 cubic feet of maximum cargo space. The seats fold down with a pull of a lever near the headrest in a 60/40-split configuration and lie flat without any other adjustments," Cars.com reviewer David Thomas says in his First Drive.

See how well common cargo items fit inside the new Golf's cargo area, below.

By Joe Bruzek | December 4, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Volkswagen Golf, GTI: Car Seat Check


Both the Volkswagen Golf and its performance variant, the GTI, entered their seventh generation with 2015 redesigns. The cars haven't exactly set sales records ablaze in the past, though a reduced starting price for the Golf, a win for the GTI in Cars.com's $30,000 Cheap Speed Challenge and a Top Safety Pick Plus award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety should at least spark some interest among car shoppers not already carrying a torch for the five-seat hatchbacks. Another selling point — for families with small children — should be the Golf's and GTI's accommodation of child-safety seats. Much like in 2012, when we tested the Golf R, the cars earned high marks in our tests. Check out the Car Seat Check below for more.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Matt Schmitz | November 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept Photo Gallery (21 Photos)


The Volkswagen Golf R 400 concept debuting this week at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show is part track toy, part tribute to the German automaker's racing history. As such, the hot hatch's exterior design drives the point home quickly. The body is widened, and bumper and rear fenders flared for maximum aggressiveness. Further flourishes include 19-inch wheels, a wraparound carbon-fiber splitter on the lower side, a rear roof spoiler and abounding glossy black carbon and faux-carbon-fiber trim along with LED accents.

Related: More 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage

The track theme extends to the interior, with sport bucket seats embroidered with "R" badging, glossy carbon and yellow contrast stitching, and white ambient lighting around the door accents and stainless-steel doorsill plates. Oh, and lest you think it's all for show, under the hood is a 394-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that rockets the R 400 from zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

Volkswagen Debuts Fuel-Cell Concept Car at 2014 L.A. Auto Show


Fuel-cell vehicles have recaptured the alternative-fuel spotlight from electric and plug-in hybrids of late, and Volkswagen is the latest automaker to show its vision for a fuel-cell car with the debut of the Golf SportWagen HyMotion concept at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Related: More 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage

It's a vision that may look very familiar to you, as the Golf SportWagen HyMotion is based on the new Golf SportWagen production car and has very few styling differences. It's a significantly different approach than Toyota is taking with its futuristic-looking Mirai fuel-cell car, which goes on sale in California late next year, but Volkswagen says its strategy is to put alternative-fuel drivetrains in high-volume models like the Golf family.

In this case, the alternative-fuel drivetrain is a fuel-cell system engineered by Volkswagen. The fuel cell combines hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity that drives an electric motor. The electric motor is related to the one in Volkswagen's all-electric e-Golf production car, and four carbon-fiber hydrogen tanks located in the floor of the car give the Golf SportWagen HyMotion an estimated range of 310 miles and a refueling time of about three minutes.

By Mike Hanley | November 19, 2014 | Comments (0)

Volkswagen Prices 2015 Golf R


Volkswagen today announced pricing for the latest addition to its sporty hatchback lineup, the 2015 Golf R. The Golf R will arrive in dealerships early next year, initially available only as a four-door and with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Prices start at $37,415 for the base Golf R and $39,910 for the technology-loaded DCC and Nav trim; both prices include an $820 destination charge.

Related: Volkswagen Golf R: Up Close

VW says the all-wheel-drive Golf R is the fastest and most powerful Golf ever to hit the U.S. market. The 292 horsepower from the R's 2.0-liter turbocharged, direct-injected four-cylinder represents a 14 percent power boost over the previous version, while torque is up 15 percent from the outgoing car's 243 pounds-feet. But those gains don't come at the expense of fuel economy; VW says the new R gets 30 mpg with the dual-clutch automatic compared with its manual predecessor's 27 mpg. Meanwhile, its zero-to-60 mph sprint improves by nearly 1.7 seconds to 4.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 155 mph.

By Matt Schmitz | November 19, 2014 | Comments (3)

Volkswagen Golf R Variant: First Look


Competes with: Ford Fiesta ST, Nissan Juke, Hyundai Veloster
Looks like: An amped up grocery-getter
Drivetrain: A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with direct injection mated to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission making 296 horsepower and 280 pounds-feet of torque
Hits dealerships: Spring 2015 for Europe; U.S.-market release is unspecified

We recently said goodbye to Volkswagen's Jetta SportWagen and hello to the 2015 Golf SportWagen; Volkswagen unveiled a sporty variant of the compact wagon at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Don't be fooled by its mild-mannered appearance. The Volkswagen Golf R Variant compact wagon may look all Clark Kent on the outside, but it's wearing its red-and-blue Underoos beneath.

Related: More 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage

Volkswagen is positioning the Golf R Variant as "one of the sportiest compact all-arounders," able to accommodate a family of five one moment and then take a few turns around the track the next.

By Matt Schmitz | November 18, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Volkswagen Passat Photo Gallery

2015 Volkswagen Passat

The 2015 Volkswagen Passat finished third in our $27,000 Midsize Sedan Challenge. "The oldest design in this group is still a leader in space and handling," said one of our judges. Check out our Passat photo gallery below.

Click on any image for a larger version.

Cars.com photos by Evan Sears

By Matt Schmitz | November 16, 2014 | Comments (1)

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