The 2018 Volkswagen Jetta is a compact car built to live large as a roomy and affordable sedan with practical dimensions and an array of choices. This year, the Jetta is available in six trims. The standard S trim returns, followed by the new Wolfsburg Edition; the SE returns with a new SE Sport trim providing an upgrade; the SEL adds a bit of luxury; and the sporty GLI tops the list. The model range is powered by one of three turbocharged 4-cylinder engines. There’s a base 1.4-liter that makes 150 horsepower, a 1.8-liter for the SE Sport and SEL trims that produces 170 horsepower, and a 2.0-liter rated at 210 horsepower in the GLI trim. Transmissions are plentiful. Jetta S, Wolfsburg and SE buyers choose between a 5-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic, while SE Sport and SEL get the 6-speed automatic. The GLI comes with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic. This year, the 2018 Jetta receives new Wolfsburg and SE Sport trims, some exterior … [Read more...] about 2018 Volkswagen Jetta Overview
A big-riding and quiet sedan, the 2018 Volkswagen Passat has built a reputation as a capable car with a spacious interior. Trims include the S, R-Line, SE, SE with Technology, GT, and SEL Premium. Standard safety features across all Passat models include automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning. For 2018, the Passat gets a new 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces 174 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque and gets an EPA-rated 25-city/36-highway mpg. This engine is connected to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The Passat SEL Premium and new GT trims get, as standard, the existing 3.6-liter V6 that makes 280 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. Fuel economy is EPA-rated at 19-city/28-highway mpg. The 3.6-liter engine is mated to a standard 6-speed dual-clutch transmission. This year, the Passat gets several changes to equipment, including the new engine and the new GT trim level. Changes to the 2018 Volkswagen Passat: The Passat has a new … [Read more...] about 2018 Volkswagen Passat Overview
Unlike their size, small cars are expected to do big things. Consumers want roominess, easy-on-the-eyes design, and a plethora of technology, high-quality materials, premium safety features, and good fuel economy—all for an entry-level price. FOLLOW DAILY NEWS AUTOS ON FACEBOOK. 'LIKE' US HERE. Luckily for car buyers, the 2017 Volkswagen Golf fits the bill. And it’s even fun to drive! Available as a hatchback or a wagon, the lack of variety stops there as the model lineup extends from entry-level errand runners to electric-powered hustlers to light off-roaders to performance envelope pushers. Needless to say, you’ll have to spend more to enjoy more. The Golf R runs more than 41 grand with every option box checked. At the other end of the spectrum, a base Golf starting at less than $20,000, and offers plenty of amenities to satisfy even the most discerning of shoppers. Regardless of which iteration you choose, every Golf is packaged with a premium touch. The … [Read more...] about What is the best small car? The 2017 Volkswagen Golf
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Volkswagen plans to build a new five-passenger SUV in Chattanooga. According to a person briefed on details, the company will invest $340 million to bring the vehicle to market. The person revealed this information on condition of anonymity to avoid pre-empting an official announcement Monday in Chattanooga, where Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Hinrich J. Woebcken, president and chief executive of Volkswagen Group of America Inc. are expected to attend. The German carmaker describes the vehicle as a variant of the seven-passenger Atlas, designed and engineered for the American market. The Chattanooga plant also manufactures the Passat and the Atlas. … [Read more...] about Volkswagen to build new SUV at Chattanooga plant
It’s just another Volkswagen, although, in this case a rather pricey Volkswagen – or, to be retro about it, a pricey Rabbit. Rabbit was the name VW gave these boxy hatchbacks when they came to the U.S. as a 1975 model. The Rabbit was a big hit, not least because it lived up to the image of its namesake, darting here and there. (Full disclosure: I once owned a 1976 Rabbit and getting into this Golf R brought a heady evocation of times past. Of course, that 1976 Rabbit was a bit more austere and, with an engine of less than 80 horses, a lot slower.) Now the Rabbit has evolved into the Golf (the name the Rabbit already had in Europe 40 years ago) and the basic version of the Golf, at less than $18,000, is what competes with other modestly priced hatchbacks. Right above the basic Golf is the GTI and that’s always been thought of as the popular VW hot hatch. (VW even uses that description on its website.) The Golf R is in a different league. The R – that’s the … [Read more...] about 2015 Volkswagen Golf R — the current (and hot) version of the old VW Rabbit.