Volkswagen Atlas — Family friendly

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

As sales of crossover SUVs exploded, Volkswagen continued to fall behind with just two entries, the slow-selling compact Tiguan and the larger and expensive Touraeg. The two European-style crossovers are highly regarded as well-made vehicles, but have not resonated with the car-buying public. Enter the spacious mid-sized Atlas that gives the German company its first eight-passenger SUV in the U.S.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

INDIANAPOLIS — With a name conceived as some amalgamation of a tiger and iguana, the Tiguan was always part car, part SUV and styled like a Golf on heels.  It identified as a Volkswagen, but looked bland.  But, driving it was a spicy delight with that turbo engine propelling it down the left lane of fast freeways.  Well, it’s all new for 2018 and it’s gone from bland to a big spicy habanero.

Volkswagen Golf Alltrack — Go-anywhere wagon

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

If you desire a car-like driving experience, but need extra cargo capacity and desire the light-duty off-road capability necessary for traversing such things as snow-covered roads, then we have the ticket. It's the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack.

Volkswagen Golf — A pleasing hatchback

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

When advising people on what's available in the compact hatchback segment we rattle off several models deserving of consideration. Much to our chagrin we seldom include one of the most classy, refined, fuel efficient and performance-oriented compact hatchbacks on the market — the Volkswagen Golf.

2018 Volkswagen Atlas

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — A new SUV is coming to Volkswagen showrooms in May. And yes, the VW folks say, its an SUV, not one of the growing numbers of “crossovers” that basically put an SUV body over a sedan chassis. (Though Mark Gillies, senior manager for Product Communications, sees them as “interchangeable terms.”)

Volkswagen Golf Alltrack — Off-road capable

By David Finkelstein

Competing with the likes of the Subaru Outback, the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack for 2017 is a close derivative of the Golf SportWagen. Alltrack solidifies the vehicle’s overall practicality and fun-to-drive nature with the capabilities offered with their standard 4Motion all-wheel drive system.

2017 VW Golf Alltrack

SEATTLE — It may or may not come as a surprise to you but the popularity of the traditional family sedan is dying with demand at a five-year low. That’s even as we are in the midst of one of the U.S. auto industry’s best sales years ever following up on last year’s record pace. Vehicles in this segment include the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and others.

2016 VW Golf R

INDIANAPOLIS — My buddy and I were walking to my car for lunch while I was telling him about this really cool Volkswagen I was driving.  He saw it from the door and said, “Big deal, it’s just a Golf!”  Well, he’s half right.  It is a four-door Golf in all the familiar styling and practicality that implies.  But, it’s not just a Golf.  It’s a Golf R that kicks pants and stops hearts.

VW Beetle Dune — A real head-turner

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

It's been five years since the Volkswagen Beetle experienced a major redesign, so it's incumbent upon Volkswagen to issue special editions to keep the iconic Bug in the crosshairs of new-car shoppers. The latest special edition reaching showrooms this spring is called the Dune, inspired by the California desert Baja Bugs of the late 1960s. And based on the super-cute "Duned" out Beetles we drove, Volkswagen has hit a home run.

Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line — Exterior, interior enhancements

By David Finkelstein

Since Volkswagen first introduced the compact Tiguan SUV in 2009 it has gained traction with consumers seeking a reliable vehicle that competes with the likes of the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-5, Chevy Equinox, Hyundai Tucson and Nissan Rogue, among others in this popular cross-shopped segment.

Tiguan's already impressive list of standard equipment is enhanced by the premium R-Line top of the line model. The R-Line adds an all around sporty flair to the vehicle's inspiring exterior as well as enhancements including premium interior treatments throughout the cabin.