Volkswagen Golf R — The pinnacle of driving enjoyment

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(March 16, 2022) There's bad news for long-time fans of the family friendly Volkswagen Golf — it will no longer be sold in North America. But there's good news for fans of the sporty side of the Golf brand — it's still available in the newly redesigned eighth-generation GTI and ultimate hot hatch, Golf R. With the Golf R, the subject of this review, Volkswagen is now well positioned to take on such mainstream rivals as the Honda Civic Type R and the Hyundai Veloster N.

VW Tiguan — Competent, spacious compact SUV

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(November 7, 2021) The Volkswagen Tiguan, which started life in 2009 as a compact crossover, was well received by the critics as a solid value, but it never resonated with buyers in North America because of its small cargo and passenger space compared to competing vehicles in the segment.

Volkswagen Taos — Extraordinarily spacious photo

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(August 15, 2021) After years of being uncompetitive in the SUV segment, Volkswagen has finally caught up with the competition filling out what is now a four-vehicle lineup with the sub-compact Taos. Volkswagen has entered the fray with a very compelling vehicle in a segment that features such nameplates as the Jeep Compass, Subaru Crosstrek, Honda HR-V, and Mazda CX-30.

Volkswagen ID.4 — Mainstream EV photo

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(July 25, 2021) Volkswagen's first built-from-the-ground-up all-electric car to reach North America is the mainstream affordable ID.4 crossover, direct competition to the Nissan Leaf, which has owned the most affordable market since 2011, and the Chevrolet Bolt, which joined the ranks in 2017.

Volkswagen Arteon — A stylish hatchback

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(June 6, 2021) Perhaps the biggest problem Volkswagen faces with its flagship near-luxury mid-sized hatchback Arteon, which has undergone a freshening for 2021, is that few people even know what it is. Over our time behind the wheel of a top trim SEL Premium R-Line we asked a half dozen people what they thought of the Arteon, and not one was familiar with the car.

VW Atlas Cross Sport — Stylish and cargo friendly

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(October 11, 2020) For those pope who like the size of a mid-sized three-row crossover SUV, but have no need for the cramped third-row and would rather have extra cargo space and second-row legroom, there's a new breed of two-row variants now available including the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport. The Cross Sport is the mechanical cousin of the three-row Atlas, but slightly shorter and a bit lighter — and with more room for cargo.

VW Golf GTI — A modern 'hot hatch'

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The Volkswagen Golf hatchback for years has offered drivers the opportunity to get behind the wheel of an affordable compact car that dispenses a high level of performance measured by its confidence-inspiring handling and quick steering response — qualities lacking in many family compacts.  At the same time the Golf's ride is surprisingly comfortable and composed, and its useable storage capacity is just right.

VW Atlas Cross Sport — Just right for small family

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(June 14, 2020) The subcompact crossover segment is not the only red-hot portion of the SUV market these days, the two-row mid-sized crossover has also become hugely popular with new and innovative products such as the Honda Passport, Ford Edge and Chevrolet Blazer. Now, add another stylish vehicle to the mix — the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.

2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport

PHOENIX — The mid-sized Atlas Cross Sport is an all-new addition to the Volkswagen lineup for 2020, and a more stylish derivative of the boxier Atlas on which it’s based. For comparison, the Cross Sport is to the Atlas what the Honda Passport is to the Honda Pilot. Other competitors for the Cross Sport are the Ford Edge, Chevrolet Blazer, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Kia Sorento, and Nissan Murano. Outside, while there’s a lot of Atlas in the Cross Sport’s design language, front and rear fascia are different, as are side and rear windows and other small flourishes to the sheetmetal.