Latest Volkswagen car reviews

Volkswagen Up GTi review: Old school fun
4.5 stars Volkswagen Up GTi review: Old school fun By Mike Lowe

The Up GTI - Volkswagen's youngest, newest and smallest member of the GTi family proves that being tiny and not having much power can have advantages... Read more

Volkswagen Polo review: The small car without holes
4.5 stars Volkswagen Polo review: The small car without holes By Joe Simpson

The Volkswagen Polo is a small hatch champ. VW's 7th generation is now almost Golf-sized and comes with good tech. Fiesta, Ibiza are stiff competition... Read more

Volkswagen Arteon review: A four-door coupe with added spice
4.0 stars Volkswagen Arteon review: A four-door coupe with added spice By Joe Simpson

The Arteon is Volkswagen's replacement for the Passat CC and a much better car, with a genuine style of its own, high equipment levels and strong tech... Read more

Volkswagen e-Golf review: The easiest way to go electric
4.5 stars Volkswagen e-Golf review: The easiest way to go electric By Joe Simpson

The 2018 VW EV plug-in e-Golf provides a bigger battery with more range. Is the electric Golf the perfect, emission-free Volkswagen?... Read more

Volkswagen Passat GTE review: The best plug-in hybrid estate to buy?
4.0 stars Volkswagen Passat GTE review: The best plug-in hybrid estate to buy? By Joe Simpson

Are you ready to plug-in yet? In an environment where many are shunning diesel, yet where many petrol models still don't deliver stellar fuel economy (and... Read more

Volkswagen Golf review: Staying on top of the game
4.5 stars Volkswagen Golf review: Staying on top of the game By Joe Simpson

The Volkswagen Golf is Europe's best-selling car. When we reviewed the MK 7 back in 2013 it gained a coveted full-marks score. But five years is a long... Read more

Volkswagen T-Roc review: Solid as a rock?
4.0 stars Volkswagen T-Roc review: Solid as a rock? By Alistair Charlton

As the growth of the sharing and on-demand economies lure us away from ownership and into a future where someone else's car arrives with the prod of a... Read more

Volkswagen Tiguan review: All grown-up
4.0 stars Volkswagen Tiguan review: All grown-up By Joe Simpson

You've decided you want a mid-sized SUV. You'd like something from a reputable brand, that the neighbours won't question. But you just can't get your head... Read more

Volkswagen Golf GTI first drive: The hot hatch that transcends boundaries
Volkswagen Golf GTI first drive: The hot hatch that transcends boundaries By Joe Simpson

Some cars are considered as class benchmarks. The Volkswagen Golf GTI is one such car. And with the German firm having just refreshed its best-selling... Read more

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

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.... Read more

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 By Leon Poultney

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... Read more

Volkswagen ID Concept preview: Electric atonement?
Volkswagen ID Concept preview: Electric atonement? By Joe Simpson

"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... Read more

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 By Joe Simpson

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... Read more

Volkswagen Touran review: Peak practicality
4.0 stars Volkswagen Touran review: Peak practicality By Joe Simpson

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... Read more

Volkswagen Golf 1.0-litre TSi first drive: Fore!
Volkswagen Golf 1.0-litre TSi first drive: Fore! By Joe Simpson

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... Read more

Volkswagen Beetle Dune (2016) first drive: Rugged and ready
Volkswagen Beetle Dune (2016) first drive: Rugged and ready By Britta O'Boyle

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,... Read more

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

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... Read more

Volkswagen T-Prime GTE Concept preview: Prime cut SUV
Volkswagen T-Prime GTE Concept preview: Prime cut SUV By Joe Simpson

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 —... Read more

Volkswagen e-Golf Touch preview: Hello Volkswagen
Volkswagen e-Golf Touch preview: Hello Volkswagen By Joe Simpson

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... Read more

Volkswagen Budd-e: Clean, green, apology machine
Volkswagen Budd-e: Clean, green, apology machine By Joe Simpson

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... Read more

Volkswagen Polo GTI first drive: Fun meets maturity
Volkswagen Polo GTI first drive: Fun meets maturity By Joe Simpson

A hot hatchback exists to provide excitement, performance and effervescence to the driving experience that regular, lesser power models lack. But Volkswagen's... Read more

Volkswagen Golf GTE first drive: Hotting up the hybrid
Volkswagen Golf GTE first drive: Hotting up the hybrid By Joe Simpson

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... Read more

Volkswagen e-Up! review: Up against it
3.5 stars Volkswagen e-Up! review: Up against it By Joe Simpson

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... Read more

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

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... Read more

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

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... Read more

VW Golf R Touch hands-on: Forget knobs, VW sees gestures and touchscreen as the future
VW Golf R Touch hands-on: Forget knobs, VW sees gestures and touchscreen as the future By Stuart Miles

There are no knobs or dials. Yes that's right, the latest Golf concept from Volkswagen has done away with physical things to touch and turn and instead... Read more

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 By Joe Simpson

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,... Read more

Volkswagen Golf R first drive: The best fast Golf ever
Volkswagen Golf R first drive: The best fast Golf ever By Joe Simpson

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... Read more

Volkswagen Golf GTD review
4.5 stars Volkswagen Golf GTD review By Joe Simpson

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... Read more

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

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... Read more

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

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... Read more

Hands-On: Volkswagen XL1 review
Hands-On: Volkswagen XL1 review By Joe Simpson

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... Read more

Hands-on: Volkswagen Golf GTi (Mk7) review
Hands-on: Volkswagen Golf GTi (Mk7) review By Joe Simpson

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.... Read more

Volkswagen Golf GT 1.4 TSi
5.0 stars Volkswagen Golf GT 1.4 TSi By Joe Simpson

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... Read more

Volkswagen XL1 pictures and hands-on
Volkswagen XL1 pictures and hands-on By Joe Simpson

And now for something completely different. Having brought you the skinny on the supercar wars going on between Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren - with... Read more

VW Touareg 3.0 TDI with Dynaudio sound system
4.0 stars VW Touareg 3.0 TDI with Dynaudio sound system By Ian Morris

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... Read more

Volkswagen Golf VII pictures and hands-on
Volkswagen Golf VII pictures and hands-on By Joe Simpson

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... Read more

Volkswagen CC GT TDi 170 DSG pictures and hands-on
Volkswagen CC GT TDi 170 DSG pictures and hands-on By Joe Simpson

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... Read more

Volkswagen Golf GTi cabriolet first drive pictures and hands-on
Volkswagen Golf GTi cabriolet first drive pictures and hands-on By Joe Simpson

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... Read more

VW Scirocco 2.0 TSi GT
4.5 stars VW Scirocco 2.0 TSi GT By Joe Simpson

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... Read more

Volkswagen Beetle Design 1.2TSi DSG
3.0 stars Volkswagen Beetle Design 1.2TSi DSG By Joe Simpson

Remember the Nineties? Car Design went through a retro phase, car-makers creating modern versions of icons from the Fifties and Sixties. Ford redid the... Read more

VW up! pictures and hands-on
VW up! pictures and hands-on By Joe Simpson

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... Read more

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet TSI DSG
4.5 stars Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet TSI DSG By Joe Simpson

November might seem an odd month to review a convertible. But having served up one of the dullest summers ever, the good old British weather decided it... Read more

VW Nils Concept pictures and hands-on
VW Nils Concept pictures and hands-on By Joe Simpson

The 2011 Frankfurt motor show's theme was clear to see: urban mobility. And while Audi and Opel brought very cool and interesting sub-car concepts, the... Read more

Volkswagen Eos
4.0 stars Volkswagen Eos By Stuart Miles

No, it's not a collaboration between Canon and the car manufacturer. It seems Volkswagen just has a liking for the name of the popular SLR camera brand.... Read more