Good: Impressive off road and easy to drive off road. Refined, six-speed transmission with low range. Available with eight-speed automatic, feels solid and durable.
Bad: Standard 2.0 TDI has low CO2 and is reasonably economical but not ideal for towing work.
Good: Huge improvement on previous Beetle. Distinctive interior harks back to original Beetle. Enjoyable to drive. Engine line-up includes 1.2 TSI 105PS and economical 1.6 TDI.
Bad: Rear visibility isn't great.
Good: Retro Beetle looks with a modern soft-top. Fun to drive. Decent sized boot.
Bad: Expensive to buy. Interior is cramped and there's not a lot of room in the back either. Ride is hard. Rear spoiler tips rainwater into boot when lid is opened.
Good: High quality interior. Refined and comfortable making it ideal for both long and short work. Impressive TDI engines are punchy yet frugal. ESP as standard.
Bad: Entry-level 1.6 TDI model can feel underpowered when full laden. Narrow load area compared to rivals. Similar vans have a bigger payload.
Good: Sensibly priced seven-seater with enough space for seven and their luggage. Huge loadspace with seats removed.
Bad: Rearmost bench seat does not fold and has to be removed to free up space. Noisy on the motorway.
Good: Great use of space. High quality fit and finish. Relatively efficient diesel engines. Sleeps four adults in genuine comfort. Compact enough to use as a day-to-day vehicle.
Bad: Gruff engine. Dashboard is more ‘van’ than Volkswagen car as is driving position. Expensive and very much so with options.
Good: Very quiet and refined on the move. Luxury feel and masses of space for those in the back. Impressively strong performance from 2.0 TDI engine.
Bad: There are considerably cheaper (although not as luxurious) seven seat people carriers.
Good: Revamp of Passat CC for 2012 and now called simply the CC. Sharper looks than before. 2.0 TDI engine with 170PS is the pick of the range.
Bad: Prices up by about £2,000 across the range.
Good: Impressively refined and comfortable to drive. High quality interior. Excellent 2.0 TDI common rail diesel is one of the best van engines around.
Bad: Lower powered version of the TDI engine can struggle with a full load on board.
Good: Impressively swift and smooth performance. Maximum range is 118 miles. Regenerative braking makes town driving easier. Exempt from London congestion charge.
Bad: BMW i3 is cheaper.
Good: Goes and handles well with space for four adults. Decent luggage trunk top up and fresh air top down.
Bad: Multi section roof is proving almost impossible to seal against leaks which can wreck the hydraulic mechanism.
Good: Electric version of the Up with range of up to 100 miles. Surprisingly quick and enjoyable to drive. No compromise on boot space. Standard full charge in nine hours.
Bad: Renault Zoe is cheaper although you have to lease the battery.
Good: Seventh generation Golf sets perceived quality benchmark for class. More spacious than before. Better to drive. Refined and comfortable. Multiple award winner.
Bad: Looks similar to outgoing model. Owners reported worse fuel economy from 2.0 TDI than previous Golf. Still suffering problems with 7-speed dry clutch DSG.
Good: More rugged off-road version of the Golf Estate. Has 4Motion four-wheel drive and raised ground clearance. Surprise star of Golf VII range combining excellent performance and road manners with genuine off road ability.
Bad: Considerably more expensive than standard Golf Estate.
Good: Neatly styled drop-top version of the Golf. Quick-fold roof. Frugal BlueMotion models available plus impressive TSI petrols.
Bad: Legroom is tight in the back.
Good: Good looking and well thought out design. Probably the best compact estate car available. Volkswagen quality interior. Refined at speed.
Bad: Not cheap. Five year 90k mile warranty costs £550 extra.
Good: Refined hybrid set-up, with impressive economy. Comfortable and practical interior. Congestion Charge exempt.
Bad: No match for a petrol-powered hot hatch. Stodgy handling. Expensive, even after the £5000 government grant.
Good: Comes in two power outputs of 220 PS GTI and GTI Performance with 230 PS. Has larger brake discs and a front limited-slip differential. A great all round hot hatch.
Bad: Other hot hatches like the Focus ST are cheaper.
Good: 300PS four wheel drive 4MOTION Golf. 0-60mph in 5 seconds. Top speed 170mph, but limited to 155mph.
Bad: Consensus is that the manual is much better than the 6-speed DSG that can be frustrating to drive. ECS interferes even on Sport setting.
Good: Sharp exterior styling. Relaxed and comfortable to drive. More practical and spacious than the Golf hatchback.
Bad: Rival small people carriers are cheaper.
Good: Bigger than previous Jetta with more rear passenger room. BlueMotion models deliver good economy. Easy to drive and comfortable.
Bad: Golf will always hold its value better. Smaller boot than previous Jetta. Soft springing doesn't provide thrilling handling.
Good: Spacious and quiet cabin. Impressive new manifold in head diesel engines. Plug-in hybrid offered for the first time.
Bad: Expensive. No petrol engines. Doesn't have the badge appeal of its premium rivals. Vastly better with a manual box than with a DSG.
Good: More rugged off-road version of the Passat Estate. Higher ride height. 4MOTION four-wheel drive as standard.
Bad: Expensive for a Passat.
Good: Alltrack version of 2014 Passat estate. Up to 2,200kg braked towing limit.
Bad: Not immediately available in UK.
Good: Relaxing and quiet to drive. Packed with the latest technology. Manifold in head diesel engines. Trailer assist works brilliantly. Spacious boot.
Bad: Expensive to buy new. No petrol engines. Vastly better with a manual gearbox than with a DSG.
Good: Sharper styled than previous Phaeton. Available in standard and long wheelbase. 3.0 TDI offers good combination of performance and economy for such a big car.
Bad: Still lacks the status of other luxury saloons. Soft in corners. Depreciation is big.
Good: Neatly styled and easy to drive. Room for five. Most come with full size spare. High quality interior. Double folding rear seats give flat load area. Frugal 1.2 TDI BlueMotion.
Bad: Lacks the sparkle of other small hatches. High gearing of 1.6 TDI may lead to DPF problems. 1.6 TDI and 1.4 petrol still belt cam.
Good: Four stars for 2015 Polo GTI 1.8 because it's quick and huge fun even if not as sweet a drive as a Fiesta ST.
Bad: Two stars for the 2010 Polo TSI 1.4 Twincharger because it wasn't a great drive and both the engine and transmission proved to be disasters.
Good: Good looks. Good performance from chain cam 2.0 TSI engine. Also available with frugal TDI diesel. Very enjoyable and rewarding to drive. Can happily accommodate four.
Bad: Poor rear visibility. Very firm ride especially with larger wheels.
Good: Strong yet frugal diesel engines. Clever use of space inside with integrated child seats. Standard DAB digital radio. Practical and large sliding rear side door.
Bad: Rear seats don't fold into the floor in six-seat versions.
Good: Decent SUV with diesel automatic option. Comfortable seats. Escape version capable off-road. Optional Park Assist works well. Much better from September 2011 facelift.
Bad: Originally had hard ride. 2.0 TDI PD no longer the best. Fuel economy not brilliant.
Good: Refined and sophisticated cabin. Strong but economical 3.0 TDI engine. Feels well built and robust. Handles impressively well for a large 4x4.
Bad: Not available with seven seats. Hybrid version refined but not as punchy as the diesels.
Good: Sharper styling and revamped interior. Range of frugal engines including turbocharged chain cam 1.2 TSI. Seven seats as standard and a versatile interior.
Bad: Not the smart new model that was expected.
Good: Hugely practical with large boot. Seven-seater versions are well-suited for family life. Flexible seating system is easy to use.
Bad: Expensive. Bland exterior styling. Uninspiring to drive.
Good: Very refined and car-like to drive. Upmarket cabin. Durable and well built. Smooth common-rail TDI engine. Available as a Shuttle which seats up to nine. ESP stability control as standard.
Bad: Not quite as many variations available as there are with the Ford Transit.
Good: Funky little city car. Prices start at £8265. Cheap to run with low CO2. Lively and fun to drive. World Car of the Year 2012.
Bad: Only the Move Up BlueMotion is under 100g/km. Automated manual terrible. High incidence of clutch failure on manuals.
Good: Incredible 313 mpg on the combined cycle while emitting 24 g/km of CO2.
Bad: Jaw dropping price of £98,515.
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