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

After the Golf, the smaller Polo is Volkswagen's best-selling car in the UK. It's easy to overlook, but the Polo is everywhere. To our minds, however, it's always had a bit of an odd image. It just doesn't manage the same 'royalty' status in small car... 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 a new name in the Volkswagen range, and – in an indirect way – a replacement for the old Passat CC. Based loosely on the Passat saloon, the Arteon is the sort of car you might buy if you fancy a slightly bigger and better value alternative... 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

Take one perfectly normal 5-door Volkswagen Golf. Ditch the engine and regular transmission. Install a 36kWh electric battery and single axle electric motor. Et voila. You've got the recipe for the e-Golf, pronounced 'ee-Golf'. It's the fully electric... Read more

VW will install fast chargers for EVs at 100 US Walmart stores by 2019
VW will install fast chargers for EVs at 100 US Walmart stores by 2019 By Elyse Betters

Next year, when you need to charge your EV, go to Walmart.The big-box retailer probably wouldn't be your first choice, but VW's subsidiary, Electrify America, has announced it is installing (PDF) electric vehicle chargers at more than 100 Walmart stores... 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 have a tax bill to go with them), plug-in hybrids look like the ideal option for the discerning... 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 time in the car world, and with the forthcoming Golf MK 8 (as it will be called) still a couple of... 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 smartphone app, it may seem counterintuitive for car makers to place a growing focus on personalisation... Read more

VW revives the iconic camper van design with I.D. Buzz, goes on sale in 2022
VW revives the iconic camper van design with I.D. Buzz, goes on sale in 2022 By Max Langridge

Volkswagen has confirmed it will put its I.D. Buzz bus concept electric vehicle into full commercial production. The eight-seater vehicle will go on sale in the US, Europe and China in 2022. Future electric cars: The battery-powered tech cars that will... 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 small hatchback (see our regular, Mk 7.5 Golf TDi first drive) we took the opportunity to jump into... 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. When we reviewed the then new Golf 7 back in 2013 it gained a coveted full-marks score."So why are... Read more

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

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,... 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 extra spice, while the fallout from an emissions scandal has seen the entire Volkswagen group withdraw... 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 around the prices charged by Audi, BMW and Mercedes. Sounds like you? Then Volkswagen hopes it has... 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 know the score by now about the pickle VW is in related to diesel emissions fixing. Yes, Volkswagen... 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 diesel and petrol Golfs, plus a powerful diesel one and a powerful petrol one.But which powerful... 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 doesn't actually cut it. That's why - despite their perceived lack of sexiness - MPVs like the... 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 of the 5-star review we gave it back at launch in 2013.But just how much Golf do you need?... 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, whether it's a 1940s model or one of the more recent variations.The latest model to join the Beetle... 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 canis lupus is a hardy creature, living its life in the wilderness, traversing all sorts of challenging... 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 — both from subsequent Geneva Show reveals — and now the T-Prime GTE Concept unveiled at the Beijing... 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 to see Volkswagen equip a Golf (just the electric version for now) with its 12.3-inch TFT cluster... 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 (2001) as a teaser for the company bringing back its flower power van that's so enchanted people across... 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 hot hatches mix this with a more mature, softly spoken approach than some of its rivals.For... 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 of a performance car might be associated with another brand. When Pocket-lint was still in baby... 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 have a sense of humour. We jest, of course – Yorkshiremen and women don't say "ee up", they say... 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 since 1973, so clearly the gear-heads are missing something.For 2015, there's a new Passat to tempt... 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 of Volkswagen's crossovers and SUVs.The GTE label – which is the new moniker for high-performance,... 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 replaced them with touchscreens and gesture controls.We caught up with the new car at CES in Las Vegas... Read more

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 By Luke Edwards

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... 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, getting on with its job of being an entirely decent little car.In the world of supermini cars,... 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 a few quid under 30-grand in the UK. It's the latest in a long line of uber-fast Golfs, designed to... 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 last year, we called it "all the car you'll ever need - no more and no less". So you'd expect a diesel... 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 car concept that almost out-Jeeps Jeep.Despite what "convertible SUV" might conjure in the mind... 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 retinas enough to feel the need to feature it once again.It's not the first electric car we've seen... Read more

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

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... 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 Volkswagen XL1.If you were a child of the 60s - the era of Concorde and the space race - perhaps... 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. A smash hit? Yes, but rather like Top of the Pops, the game's moved on since the GTi first arrived... Read more

VW unveils electric e-Golf and e-up! cars with 190 km range and £2.76 / 100 km running cost
VW unveils electric e-Golf and e-up! cars with 190 km range and £2.76 / 100 km running cost By Luke Edwards

Electric cars are well and truly here to stay now that mega manufacturer VW has unveiled its first full electric machines, the e-Golf and e-up! zero-emission four-door motors.Other than the usual things like auto climate control, remote-controlled parking,... Read more

New VW iBeetle unveiled, ultimate iPhone-compatible car
New VW iBeetle unveiled, ultimate iPhone-compatible car By Hunter Skipworth

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... 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 need.But some people have a different view. Seeing this new Golf for the first time at the Paris motor... 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 a not exactly attainable Rolls Royce thrown in for good measure - we’ve saved the best thing from... 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 can see the charm of a big lump of power under the bonnet - sorry, hood - with fuel now rivalling... 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 but compare the new, seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf to a certain phone recently unveiled by the... 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 a nice-looking coupe, something like an Audi A5 or BMW 3-Series. Unfortunately, they’re off limits... 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 thrills, but few can match the all-round talents and general classlessness of the GTi. It’s still... 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 in the habit of reviewing cars that have been on the market for four years, but – as our recent... 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 Thunderbird, there was the new Mini, of course, but the car which started the craze was the Beetle.... 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 small car in your line up.Remember the Lupo the company made in the Nineties? Well, chop the... 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 was time for one of the warmest Octobers on record. As we write, this shows little sign of changing.So,... 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 one that deserves your greatest attention is the VW Nils.Why? Because this isn't concept car hocus-pocus.... Read more