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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. Rear spoiler tips rainwater into boot when lid is opened.
Good: Refreshed Caddy gets 2.0 TDI engine with improve economy.
Bad: A thorough revamp rather than an all-new van. Cargo area is still limited compared to the competition.
Good: Easy to drive. Lots of van-like practicality. Suitable for wheelchair conversion. Available with seven-seats.
Bad: A lot more expensive than other van-based MPVs. Interior feels a little crude. Lacks a flexible seating system.
Good: Much more refined than before. Higher quality dashboard. Improved economy. Still the coolest way to camp.
Bad: Very little improvement behind the front seats. Looks similar to predecessor. High list price. Beach models don't have ‘premium’ dashboard.
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: 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: Owners report 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. 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. Runs out of battery after about 35 miles then uses more fuel than a conventional car.
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. Passat GTE plug-in hybrid offers best petrol/hybrid range.
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: 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. Timing chain problems of 1.2 TSI increasingly common.
Good: Vastly improved from 2015. Snappy manual gearbox. Fun handling. Easy to live with. Three or five-door.
Bad: Old 1.4 twin-charged model is poor. Suspension a little too firm for poorly surfaced roads.
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: 2016 Tiguan offers more power, lower CO2, greater economy and greater variety of powertrains for all conditions. Can tow up to 2,500kg.
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: Hugely practical with large boot. Seven-seater versions are well-suited for family life. Flexible seating system is easy to use. Five star Euro NCAP rating.
Bad: Expensive. Bland exterior styling.
Good: Even more refined and car-like to drive. Most economical 102PS 2.0 TDI is also the best. Large range of body configurations. Lots of standard equipment.
Bad: Not an all-new Transporter rather a revamp of the T5. Lacking legroom up front which hampers the driving position.
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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