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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: High quality interior with impressive amounts of space, comfortable on the move.
Bad: Cheapest model will cost £38k new.
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. Petrol engines now available.
Bad: A lot more expensive than other van-based MPVs. Interior feels a little crude. 7-seats are fixed not folding.
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: Quiet and refined seven-seater. Impressive road handling for its size. Strong range of efficient diesel engines.
Bad: Expensive to buy new. Ride can get bumpy on rough roads. Rear seats are heavy and cumbersome to remove.
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. 124-mile real life range. Regenerative braking makes town driving easier. Feels similar to a petrol Golf.
Bad: Range is still limited compared to a petrol or diesel.
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: More rugged off-road version of the Golf Estate. Has 4Motion four-wheel drive and raised ground clearance.
Bad: Considerably more expensive than standard Golf Estate.
Good: Surefooted all-wheel drive handling. Impressive performance. Subtle styling. Three body styles.
Bad: Less exciting than a Focus RS. Estate is DSG auto only and is annoyingly intrusive.
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: 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 to drive but too many faults to stay 5 star.
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 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 220PS GTI and GTI Performance with 230PS. 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: 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: Very comfortable and quiet on the motorway. Up to 2200kg braked towing limit. Huge boot and lots of rear leg room. Refined TDI engine is reasonably economical.
Bad: Quite a lot of body roll in the corners. More powerful 190PS engine is DSG only. Expensive list price when new.
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: 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: 30 mile electric range. Strong performance and good refinement. Low company car tax bracket.
Bad: Expensive at more than £37,000. Official economy figure is unrealistic.
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: More Golf-like than ever before, will carry four large adults in comfort, huge boot, excellent range of petrol engines.
Bad: Rivals provide better value, bumpy ride on larger wheels, some interior trims feels a little cheap.
Good: Good to drive, with strong performance and keen handling. Improved from 2014, with up-to-date equipment.
Bad: Poor rear visibility. Firm ride with large wheels. Rear seats aren't very practical.
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. 5 ISOFIX tethers.
Bad: Rear seats don't fold into the floor in rare six-seat versions.
Good: Comfortable, spacious and supremely practical. Refined diesel engines. Plenty of modern technology.
Bad: Expensive to buy. Other SUVs offer better value. Ride quality could be better.
Good: New larger Tiguan on stretched Skoda Kodiaq floorpan comes with seven seats.
Bad: Not exactly exciting to drive...
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: Lighter and more spacious than before. Lower running costs. Plug-in hybrid option. All wheel steering and active roll compensation make it easy to drive.
Bad: Brash and aggressive styling suits some; not others. Only marginally cheaper than an Audi Q7.
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: Comfortable and refined. Available with lots of personalisation.
Bad: Not as fun to drive as the SEAT Arona.
Good: Gets 1.0 TSI boosted to 115PS, priced from less than £14k.
Bad: Expensive to insure if you're a younger driver.
Good: Funky little city car. Cheap to run with low CO2. Lively and fun to drive. Large enough for four adults.
Bad: Automated manual is poor. Only a few models qualify for zero VED. High incidence of clutch failure on manuals. Timing belts need replacing at three years or 30k miles.
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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