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Volkswagen Touran review: Peak practicality
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Volkswagen Touran review: Peak practicality

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The world might have gone SUV and crossover mad, but if you've a brood of three (or more) to cart around then a mid-sized crossover like the Nissan Qashqai doesn't actually cut it. That's why - despite their perceived lack of sexiness - MPVs like the... >>

Volkswagen Tiguan first drive: All grown up

Volkswagen Tiguan first drive: All grown up

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Volkswagen was early to market with the last-generation Tiguan. It sold so well (1.8 million since 2007), it's a bit confusing as to why VW has been shy at coming forward to join the SUV revolution. But hurrah, never fear, the new Tiguan is here. And... >>

Volkswagen Golf 1.0-litre TSi first drive: Fore!

Volkswagen Golf 1.0-litre TSi first drive: Fore!

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We already know that the Volkswagen Golf is an excellent family hatchback. In fact, we'd still rate it as best in class — and three years on, still deserving of the 5-star review we gave it back at launch in 2013. But just how much Golf do you need?... >>

Volkswagen Beetle Dune (2016) first drive: Rugged and ready

Volkswagen Beetle Dune (2016) first drive: Rugged and ready

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The Volkswagen Beetle is one of the world's most iconic cars. It might be available in various models these days, but there is no mistaking that bug shape, whether it's a 1940s model or one of the more recent variations. The latest model to join the Beetle... >>

Volkswagen Amarok (2016) first drive: A tough toiler in smart trousers

Volkswagen Amarok (2016) first drive: A tough toiler in smart trousers

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Amarok is the Inuit word for wolf. We don't speak Inuit, but you can see what Volkswagen is trying to achieve with its surprisingly luxurious pickup. The canis lupus is a hardy creature, living its life in the wilderness, traversing all sorts of challenging... >>

Volkswagen T-Prime GTE Concept preview: Prime cut SUV

Volkswagen T-Prime GTE Concept preview: Prime cut SUV

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Whoever is naming new VW concepts is going down an ever weirder rabbit hole. In the past couple of years we've had the T-Roc and the T-Cross Breeze — both from subsequent Geneva Show reveals — and now the T-Prime GTE Concept unveiled at the Beijing... >>

Best cars of the Detroit Auto Show 2016, in pictures

Best cars of the Detroit Auto Show 2016, in pictures

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The annual Detroit Auto Show is here for 2016 and with self-driving autonomous cars, intelligent smart car systems, and of course electric sports cars, gadget and motor lovers are about to get a glimpse of the awesome future.We've trawled the show floor... >>

Volkswagen e-Golf Touch preview: Hello Volkswagen

Volkswagen e-Golf Touch preview: Hello Volkswagen

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The VW e-Golf Touch isn't exactly a new car as much as a new interface. There was a brief leak of this system back in early December, so it wasn't a surprise to see Volkswagen equip a Golf (just the electric version for now) with its 12.3-inch TFT cluster... >>

Volkswagen Budd-e: Clean, green, apology machine

Volkswagen Budd-e: Clean, green, apology machine

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On the eve of CES 2016, Volkswagen unveiled the Budd-e concept. The latest modern take on its Microbus, Budd-e follows Bulli (2011) and Concept Microbus (2001) as a teaser for the company bringing back its flower power van that's so enchanted people across... >>

Self-driving cars: 14 automakers betting on driverless vehicles

Self-driving cars: 14 automakers betting on driverless vehicles

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Stop thinking about self-driving cars as something far-off or futuristic. They're here. They're now. They're being made and tested and shown off by companies like Google, BMW, and Tesla - the latter of which has already released self-driving features... >>

Frankfurt Motor Show 2015 in pictures: The best supercars, concepts, hybrids and more

Frankfurt Motor Show 2015 in pictures: The best supercars, concepts, hybrids and more

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The Frankfurt Auto Show (also known as IAA 2015 for those in the know) is one of the world's largest car shows, with 2015 delivering a mixture of fun concepts, SUVs galore, and plenty of other automotive awesomeness besides.Most notable in among the mix... >>

Volkswagen Polo GTI first drive: Fun meets maturity

Volkswagen Polo GTI first drive: Fun meets maturity

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A hot hatchback exists to provide excitement, performance and effervescence to the driving experience that regular, lesser power models lack. But Volkswagen's hot hatches mix this with a more mature, softly spoken approach than some of its rivals. For... >>

Volkswagen Golf GTE first drive: Hotting up the hybrid

Volkswagen Golf GTE first drive: Hotting up the hybrid

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You've heard of the Golf GTi. Now say hello to the Golf GTE. That's E for electric, in case you were curious. To readers of a certain age, GTE in the context of a performance car might be associated with another brand. When Pocket-lint was still in baby... >>

Is now the time to buy an electric or hybrid car? Best cars explored

Is now the time to buy an electric or hybrid car? Best cars explored

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The future of driving appears to be electric, with Formula E in full effect, supercars adopting hybrid drive systems and range getting further all the time. Fuel powered engines may have their days numbered. But is it time to make the change to electric?... >>

Volkswagen e-Up! review: Up against it
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Volkswagen e-Up! review: Up against it

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Say it quickly: "ee-up". That Volkswagen feels happy to call its smallest electric car after the Yorkshire phrase for "hello" shows that Germans do truly have a sense of humour. We jest, of course – Yorkshiremen and women don't say "ee up", they say... >>

Volkswagen Passat (2015) first drive: Shedding its dull image

Volkswagen Passat (2015) first drive: Shedding its dull image

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Ask any automotive enthusiast to name a dull car, and there's a fair chance they might name the Passat. But Volkswagen has sold 22 million of the things since 1973, so clearly the gear-heads are missing something. For 2015, there's a new Passat to tempt... >>

Detroit 2015 motorshow in pictures: Ford, Mercedes, Porsche and more show off their new cars and concepts

Detroit 2015 motorshow in pictures: Ford, Mercedes, Porsche and more show off their new cars and concepts

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The North American International Auto Show – known locally by its acronym of “NAIAS”  or to you and I as the Detroit motorshow – sweeps the entire car industry off to frozen Detroit each January. Increasingly Detroit feels like a sideshow to... >>

Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE concept: The Tiguan from the future (hands-on)

Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE concept: The Tiguan from the future (hands-on)

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This is VW's latest crossover concept, the Cross Coupe GTE. Shown at the Detroit Auto Show as a proof of concept vision, it hints at the next generation of Volkswagen's crossovers and SUVs. The GTE label – which is the new moniker for high-performance,... >>

Future car tech: Sci-fi cars are closer than you think

Future car tech: Sci-fi cars are closer than you think

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Cars have been featured at consumer electronic shows with increasing frequency in recent years, causing some to comment that those shows are becoming car shows. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, it's the motor car that's becoming gadgetised.... >>

Germany's top car companies don't want Google in the driving seat

Germany's top car companies don't want Google in the driving seat

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Android Auto is a focus of Google, with recent news that Android M might be a more robust Android Auto offering, designed specifically for car integration. The report from Reuters, citing unnamed sources, says that Google's plan is to step beyond integration... >>

Hydrogen fuel cell powered VW Golf SportWagen HyMotion unveiled with 310-mile range

Hydrogen fuel cell powered VW Golf SportWagen HyMotion unveiled with 310-mile range

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Volkswagen has unveiled an innovative new car, the Golf SportWagen HyMotion that uses hydrogen fuel cells, making it eco-friendly but super high tech. Hydrogen powered cars only produce water as a byproduct making them environmentally friendly. They can... >>

Volkswagen Polo (2014) first drive: The sensible small car gets an internal tech boost

Volkswagen Polo (2014) first drive: The sensible small car gets an internal tech boost

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Spare a thought for the Volkswagen Polo. While big brother Golf gets all the headlines and gold stars in the VW family pecking order, Polo sits there quietly, getting on with its job of being an entirely decent little car. In the world of supermini cars,... >>

Volkswagen Golf R first drive: The best fast Golf ever

Volkswagen Golf R first drive: The best fast Golf ever

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Just how much would you be happy to spend on a Golf? It's an interesting question posed by this, the new hottest (ever) Golf ­- the R - which starts at a few quid under 30-grand in the UK. It's the latest in a long line of uber-fast Golfs, designed to... >>

VW delivers XL1, world’s most fuel-efficient diesel-electric hybrid car with 313mpg range

VW delivers XL1, world’s most fuel-efficient diesel-electric hybrid car with 313mpg range

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The VW XL1 has been sold to a buyer in Germany as the world's most fuel efficient car begins to roll out of production to the roads. Roads where it will be able to manage 313 miles per gallon. The VW XL1 was first unveiled at The Geneva Motor Show this... >>

Volkswagen Made for real life, not the movies shows off safety features of its cars

Volkswagen Made for real life, not the movies shows off safety features of its cars

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Volkswagen UK has launched a new campaign in the UK that aims to show just how safe its vehicles are. Dubbed “Made for real life, not the movies”, the new campaign shows make-believe situations that would be possible if the stars of the movies had... >>