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Volkswagen Road Tests

The new Amarok pick-up from Volkswagen is now available with a new eight-speed automatic gearbox and a 2.0 BiTDI engine producing 180PS.
Mon, 26 Mar 2012
The design-led Arteon replaces the Volkswagen CC, but is this more than just a Skoda Superb with a posh suit on?
Thu, 08 Jun 2017
The Beetle Cabriolet is a big improvement on its predecessor as it majors on the retro theme with a great interior and some stylish 50s, 60s and 70s special editions.
Thu, 21 Feb 2013
In the VW Caddy Maxi Life, VW presents an answer to everyone who needs to carry seven people and their luggage as well. It’s diesel. It costs just £15,995. And it’s from the same people who would otherwise offer you the colossal Caravelle at upwards of £28,405.
Thu, 24 Apr 2008
The Passat CC has been revamped and is now simply called the CC as Volkswagen attempts to take it a bit more upmarket.
Fri, 20 Jan 2012
If you want an electric car without standing out from the crowd then the e-Golf is exactly what you're looking for.
Thu, 07 Aug 2014
I’m delighted to report that with the Eos VW seems to have cracked it.
Fri, 14 Jul 2006
The new Volkswagen Golf 1.5 TSI Evo gets big car performance with city car fuel costs. So should you buy one?
Fri, 03 Feb 2017
New Golf Alltrack is excellent on the road, capable off the road, beautifully built and a capacious estate all in one.
Sat, 18 Apr 2015
We drive the most fuel-efficient model in the Golf range - but does the extra economy mean compromise elsewhere?
Tue, 03 Dec 2013
Hot on the heels of the latest Golf GTI, Volkswagen has launched the diesel-powered GTD - but is it a real hot hatch?
Fri, 07 Jun 2013
The unfamiliar ‘E’ part in Volkswagen Golf GTE stands for ‘electric’, but it could just as easily stand for ‘evolutionary’.
Fri, 05 Sep 2014
The revised GTE gets subtle styling updates and new equipment. So does it cut the mustard as a performance focussed hybrid?
Fri, 21 Apr 2017
The Golf GTI is back and this time there's a Performance version with 230PS, uprated brakes and a front limited slip differential.
Mon, 20 May 2013
After almost 20 years, the Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet is back. But is it good enough to justify the £30,000 price tag?
Tue, 05 Jun 2012
The VW Golf GTI TCR is a collectible run-out version of the Golf VII GTI, based on the Golf TCR race car with 290HP, 380Nm and the DQ500 7-speed wet clutch VAG DSG.
Fri, 25 Jan 2019
The Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion TSI is powered by a 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine and will return an official 65.7mpg and 99g/km of CO2.
Tue, 03 May 2016
Triple Test of the 2001 VW Golf PD130, 2001 VW Lupo GTi and 2001 Beetle V5.
Wed, 26 Sep 2001
The new 170bhp Golf V5 for 2001 makes a lovely thrummy noise, rising to a muted F1-like banshee howl once the revs pass 6,000.
Mon, 22 Jan 2001
No car is as important to any car maker as the new 2004 Golf Mk V is to Volkswagen.
Thu, 22 Jan 2004
Honest John tests the 2009 VW Golf Mk VI 1.4TSI 122, in the snow.
Sat, 07 Feb 2009
Guest Test by Martin Gurdon of the 2009 VW Golf Mk VI GTI.
Wed, 06 May 2009
The seventh generation Golf faces more competition than ever but once again it sets the quality benchmark for other hatchbacks and now it's even better to drive.
Mon, 15 Oct 2012
Honest John appraises the 2005 VW Golf Plus, VW's answer to the Ford Focus C-Max.
Thu, 16 Jun 2005
The Volkswagen Golf SV is five inches taller than a Golf, with all the added practicality that implies. Yet it hides its extra height extremely well.
Fri, 09 May 2014
The Volkswagen Golf Mk VII is a more versatile Golf VII for just £930 more than the 5-door hatch and is set to become more popular than Golf estates of the past.
Tue, 02 Jul 2013
Traders used to say that that the only good Jetta was a sold Jetta. That made them cheap, and I have the dubious distinction of not only having owned two Atlas Grey Jettas, but of having owned them both at the same time.
Sat, 25 Feb 2006
Honest John compares the VW Lupo with the almost identical SEAT Arosa.
Tue, 19 Dec 2000
There is no doubt that VW has improved its 2001 model-year Passat over the Passat it replaces. The body structure is 10% stiffer. Equipment levels are higher. Prices are down 10-15%.
Tue, 16 Jan 2001
VW engineers can’t make up their minds what to do with the engine of the Passat. At first it was longitudinal, slung ahead of the front wheels like an Audi’s.
Sat, 28 May 2005
If a full-blown 4x4 seems too big then the off-road version of the Passat Estate with four-wheel drive and raised ground clearance could be the answer.
Fri, 24 Feb 2012
We get behind the wheel of the latest all-wheel drive lifestyle estate from Volkswagen. Is it worth more than £30,000?
Mon, 07 Sep 2015
To reduce CO2 within the EC we have to have electric cars and plug-in hybrids. The 39g/km VW Passat GTE represents the state of this particular art.
Fri, 17 Jul 2015
The plug-in hybrid Volkswagen Passat GTE can now cover 34 miles on a charge. Is it good enough to convert diesel buyers?
Thu, 20 Jun 2019
Press offices like to give you something simple and memorable about a new car. In the case of the VW Phaeton W12, it's 300kph.
Thu, 15 May 2003
Volkswagen's revised Polo may not look too different from before but the big changes are under the bonnet with a new 1.0-litre engine taken from the Up.
Fri, 25 Apr 2014
The Polo 1.2TSI 105 is finally here, with 175Nm torque from just 1,550rpm. It promises diesel economy from a petrol engine, but can it match its claimed 53.3mpg combined?
Tue, 15 Jun 2010
I wondered why the VW PR team were so quietly confident about the 2002 Polo facelift. The Honda Jazz has revolutionised what buyers can expect from a small car. The Peugeot 206 has the chic chick market sewn up. Ford is putting all its weight behind the new Fiesta.
Wed, 30 Jan 2002
Martin Gurdon Guest Tests the 2009 VW Polo range, as available at launch.
Fri, 05 Jun 2009
You're looking at the best small hatchback money can buy, if not the most exciting. Classic Volkswagen, then.
Mon, 04 Sep 2017
74.3mpg combined is a bold claim for the VW Polo Bluemotion 1.4 diesel. 83.1 at 56mph is even more remarkable. As, of course, is 99g/km C02 which
Wed, 19 Sep 2007
With a bigger 1.8-litre engine and a six-speed manual transmission, has the Polo GTI got what it takes to take on the Fiesta ST?
Wed, 03 Dec 2014
The latest hot Volkswagen Polo blends practicality and comfort with entertaining, easily accessed performance.
Wed, 02 May 2018
The VW Scirocco represents a reversal of thinking. Not long ago it seemed that every manufacturer was giving up on coupes. GM killed the Calibra. It was curtains for Ford’s Cougar and Puma. Toyota terminated the Celica. VW gave its Corrado the coupe de grace.
Wed, 20 Aug 2008
Volkswagen has given the Scirocco a subtle makeover and improved its engine range - is it as good as ever?
Fri, 25 Jul 2014
With crossovers making ground and the new Ford Galaxy just around the corner, Volkswagen has decided to give its grown-up seven-seater a mid-life facelift.
Thu, 18 Jun 2015
VW's famous T2 'Bay Window' camper revived using a Brazilian built T2 van with 1.4 litre inline water cooled rear mounted VW engine.
Sat, 29 May 2010
VW's latest California camper, like its T5 predecessor, is built in house by VW itself.
Sat, 29 May 2010
Remember the old Audi straight five TDI? It appeared in the Audi 100, the 100 A6, the Volvo 850TD and early V70 TD, and, of course, in the VW...
Sat, 06 Dec 2003
The Volkswagen T-Cross is a small, Polo based SUV that’s set to win the hearts of everyone who wants to sit up high, but doesn’t want to drive around in too much car.
Fri, 08 Mar 2019
Volkswagen's sensible Tiguan gets new engines and lower running costs and a bigger boot. Will the updates be enough to keep it competitive against its SUV rivals?
Tue, 12 Apr 2016
Volkswagen has given its Tiguan compact SUV an overhaul, with improved engines and styling.
Mon, 05 Sep 2011
Oh, no, not another 4x4. Are the roads really that bad? What next: an Audi Hiawatha? By my count the VW Tiguan numbers the 63rd SUV on the UK market. Should you be even remotely interested?
Thu, 31 Jan 2008
(This begins as the original March 2003 Road Test, then moves on to cover the 2.5TDI 6-speed Tiptronic.)
Mon, 05 Jul 2004
Honest John on and off road tests the 2003 VW Touareg V10 and the rest of the 2003 Touareg range.
Tue, 25 Mar 2003
Since its launch in 2002, the Volkswagen Touareg has always been the choice of the more conservative SUV buyers. While it’s had its own discrete style, it’s never been as brash as the likes of the Porsche Cayenne or Range Rover Sport. The third-generation model - on sale in the UK in June - takes a slightly different approach. Sure, it’s not as in-your-face as the Lamborghini Urus or Bentley Bentayga (both of which it shares a platform with). But it’s bigger and wider than before, with a huge chrome grille intended to signify the Touareg’s place at the top of Volkswagen’s model hierarchy.
Mon, 14 May 2018
Volkswagen has brought the Touareg up-to-date with tweaked styling, cleaner engines and new technology.
Fri, 19 Sep 2014
I didn’t notice the problem with the VW Touran until my second drive. It wasn’t until the dark, wet night trip through the suburbs to a supermarket I became aware of the blind spots.
Sat, 22 Nov 2003
Visitors who read my original road test of the VW Touran 2.0 TDI (which follows), will have got the impression I wasn’t exactly impressed. So why did I step out of the same car with a Direct Shift Gearbox smiling from ear to ear?
Tue, 06 Jul 2004
This is a small Volkswagen that appeals more to the heart than many of its siblings and stands comparison with the class best.
Mon, 23 Oct 2017
The little Volkswagen Up gets mid-life updates, with a revamped interior and a new turbocharged 1.0 TSI engine.
Fri, 01 Jul 2016
Packed with personality, VW's well thought out, super economical city car is also a delight to drive.
Sat, 17 Mar 2012
 

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