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Volkswagen Golf R-Line first drive: Leader of the pack

Volkswagen Golf R-Line first drive: Leader of the pack

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Given its status as the best-selling car in Europe and its leadership of the compact hatchback class, when Volkswagen updates the Golf, you take note. When we reviewed the then new Golf 7 back in 2013 it gained a coveted full-marks score."So why are... >>

Future electric cars: The battery-powered tech cars that will be on the roads within the next 5 years

Future electric cars: The battery-powered tech cars that will be on the roads within the next 5 years

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Electric cars are already a mainstay on Britain's roads, with several all-electric models being available to buy right now. A lot of them are simply electric versions of fuel-powered cars, but in the not-too-distant future, we'll see new designs around... >>

Meet Sedric: Volkswagen's self-driving lounge car of tomorrow

Meet Sedric: Volkswagen's self-driving lounge car of tomorrow

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Volkswagen has introduced a new car concept that models its vision for autonomous driving.Called Sedric (as in "self-driving car"), the vehicle is fully autonomous and has no steering wheel or pedals. Volkswagen Group AG, the parent group of Volkswagen,... >>

Best of CES 2017 - Cars: All the major automotive announcements from the show

Best of CES 2017 - Cars: All the major automotive announcements from the show

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Considering CES is a consumer electronics show, you may wonder what business cars have turning up at the show.Nowadays cars can have more technology in them than your average home. Whether it be electric power, in-car entertainment or self-driving/autonomous... >>

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport Edition 40 review: The retro-inspired hot hatch
4.5 stars

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport Edition 40 review: The retro-inspired hot hatch

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The fact that the GTI Clubsport even exists is a miracle in itself. Volkswagen already offers the brilliantly capable GTI and the Golf R for those needing extra spice, while the fallout from an emissions scandal has seen the entire Volkswagen group withdraw... >>

Volkswagen ID Concept preview: Electric atonement?

Volkswagen ID Concept preview: Electric atonement?

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"What does the ID stand for?" "Isn't Diesel'?!" shouted one lark across the Volkswagen stand at the Paris Motor Show.Follow the auto industry and you'll know the score by now about the pickle VW is in related to diesel emissions fixing. Yes, Volkswagen... >>

Volkswagen Golf R Estate review: The ultimate fast, all-weather estate
4.5 stars

Volkswagen Golf R Estate review: The ultimate fast, all-weather estate

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It is sometimes said that a Volkswagen Golf is the car for everyone. But who is everyone? There's now an electric Golf and a hybrid Golf in among the regular diesel and petrol Golfs, plus a powerful diesel one and a powerful petrol one.But which powerful... >>

Volkswagen Touran review: Peak practicality
4.0 stars

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 it... >>

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 of the Detroit Auto Show 2016 in pictures

Best 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 to... >>

Best of the Frankfurt Motor Show 2015: The best supercars, concepts, hybrids and more

Best of the Frankfurt Motor Show 2015: 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... >>

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

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 the... >>

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... >>

Volkswagen Golf GTD review
4.5 stars

Volkswagen Golf GTD review

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If logic is followed and the status quo is upheld, then the Volkswagen Golf GTD is a shoo-in for a five star review. When we saw the regular Golf Mk7 last year, we called it "all the car you'll ever need - no more and no less". So you'd expect a diesel... >>

Volkswagen T-Roc pictures and eyes-on: The open-top SUV concept

Volkswagen T-Roc pictures and eyes-on: The open-top SUV concept

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Now here's a concept: an open-top SUV. And at the Geneva Motor Show that's exactly what Volkswagen had to show in the shape of the VW T-Roc. It's a crossover car concept that almost out-Jeeps Jeep.Despite what "convertible SUV" might conjure in the mind... >>

Volkswagen Golf GTE pictures and eyes-on: Mean meets green

Volkswagen Golf GTE pictures and eyes-on: Mean meets green

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We first wrote about the VW Golf GTE in late February when the hybrid car was announced. But after seeing it at the Geneva Motor Show it's impressed our retinas enough to feel the need to feature it once again.It's not the first electric car we've seen... >>

Volkswagen announces plug-in hybrid Golf GTE, capable of 188mpg

Volkswagen announces plug-in hybrid Golf GTE, capable of 188mpg

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Volkswagen has revealed a sneak peek at the next generation of its Golf GTI line-up, and it's a plug-in hybrid called Golf GTE.Plug-in hybrids use a normal engine plus an electric one which can be charged from an external power source. That means short... >>

Hands-On: Volkswagen XL1 review

Hands-On: Volkswagen XL1 review

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As a kid, if someone had asked you what cars were going to look like when you grew up, we’re betting you wouldn’t have imagined them looking like the Volkswagen XL1.If you were a child of the 60s - the era of Concorde and the space race - perhaps... >>

Hands-on: Volkswagen Golf GTi (Mk7) review

Hands-on: Volkswagen Golf GTi (Mk7) review

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The VW Golf GTi has been an ever present in the automotive world since 1975. Six generations of the car have sold over 200,000 units for VW in the UK alone. A smash hit? Yes, but rather like Top of the Pops, the game's moved on since the GTi first arrived... >>

New VW iBeetle unveiled, ultimate iPhone-compatible car

New VW iBeetle unveiled, ultimate iPhone-compatible car

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Volkswagen has unveiled the iBeetle at the Shanghai motor show. The car, which features a built-in dock for the iPhone 5, will go on sale in 2014. It marks the first true collaboration between Apple and an automotive manufacturer, with the entirety of... >>

Volkswagen Golf GT 1.4 TSi
5.0 stars

Volkswagen Golf GT 1.4 TSi

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There is no car quite like the VW Golf. The default European choice of motoring appliance, it is possibly no more and no less a car than you’ll ever need.But some people have a different view. Seeing this new Golf for the first time at the Paris motor... >>

Volkswagen XL1 pictures and hands-on

Volkswagen XL1 pictures and hands-on

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And now for something completely different. Having brought you the skinny on the supercar wars going on between Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren - with a not exactly attainable Rolls Royce thrown in for good measure - we’ve saved the best thing from... >>

Super Bowl 2013 ads: BlackBerry, Samsung, Go Pro, Audi, Taco Bell, and more

Super Bowl 2013 ads: BlackBerry, Samsung, Go Pro, Audi, Taco Bell, and more

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Everyone knows the best bit about the Super Bowl is the adverts. Big commercial players often use the Super Bowl - or the Big Game, as it is also known - as a launch platform for their new products.Big budget adverts are usually commonplace and often... >>

VW Touareg 3.0 TDI with Dynaudio sound system
4.0 stars

VW Touareg 3.0 TDI with Dynaudio sound system

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The Americans have always been obsessed with big cars. They have big roads, and the inexplicable need to own cars with big, 5-litre V8 engines. While we can see the charm of a big lump of power under the bonnet - sorry, hood - with fuel now rivalling... >>

Volkswagen Golf VII pictures and hands-on

Volkswagen Golf VII pictures and hands-on

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Let’s cut to the chase. This is the iPhone 5 of the car world if there ever was one. Longer, "lower", wider and - crucially - lighter, one can’t help but compare the new, seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf to a certain phone recently unveiled by the... >>

Volkswagen CC GT TDi 170 DSG pictures and hands-on

Volkswagen CC GT TDi 170 DSG pictures and hands-on

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Your company car policy says you need four seats and four doors. Which is a pesky pain, because you’ve just got a promotion and you’ve always fancied a nice-looking coupe, something like an Audi A5 or BMW 3-Series. Unfortunately, they’re off limits... >>

Which car works best with your iPhone?

Which car works best with your iPhone?

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Nearly every new car on the market now has some method of connecting with the iPhone. Some come as standard, others are expensive systems that add all sorts of clevel bells and whistles.No drive is complete without a decent selection of music and most... >>

Volkswagen Golf GTi cabriolet first drive pictures and hands-on

Volkswagen Golf GTi cabriolet first drive pictures and hands-on

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It’s a bit of a perennial favourite, the Golf GTi. Right now, pretty much every one of its competitors offers more power and the promise of greater road thrills, but few can match the all-round talents and general classlessness of the GTi. It’s still... >>

VW Scirocco 2.0 TSi GT
4.5 stars

VW Scirocco 2.0 TSi GT

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It’s been around for quite a while now, the VW Scirocco. After a 16-year hiatus, the Scirocco came storming back into the VW Range in 2008. We’re not in the habit of reviewing cars that have been on the market for four years, but – as our recent... >>

VW up! pictures and hands-on

VW up! pictures and hands-on

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The VW group is on a mission to become the biggest car company in the world. And key to world domination (insert evil laugh noise here) is having a competitive small car in your line up.Remember the Lupo the company made in the Nineties? Well, chop the... >>

Super Bowl 2012 tech ads: Seinfeld, Star Wars Bark Side, Go Daddy girls, Chevrolet apps and more

Super Bowl 2012 tech ads: Seinfeld, Star Wars Bark Side, Go Daddy girls, Chevrolet apps and more

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The Super Bowl has become a tester platform for all the big-budget adverts set to hit the US. Dominated by technology and consumer electronics advertising, it draws audience numbers quite unlike any other television show in the US, bar the Moon landings.This... >>

Volkswagen turns to The Bark Side for new Star Wars Super Bowl XLVI spot (video)

Volkswagen turns to The Bark Side for new Star Wars Super Bowl XLVI spot (video)

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Last year's Super Bowl was memorable for one thing more than any other: not that it was played with the roof closed, which gave it an eerie atmosphere (in our opinion); nor that it marked a great victory for the Green Bay Packers, in their first Super... >>