Volkswagen Atlas — Spacious SUV updated for 2024

By Jim Prueter

(March 5, 2024) Three-row SUVs answer the needs and desires of families looking for comfortable room to transport the kids, dogs, purchases from Costco and IKEA and even when called upon for modest towing duty. One of the largest and generally affordable vehicles to fit the bill is the atlas-sized, Atlas with its massive interior that rivals a minivan for spacious interior volume.

Volkswagen Jetta — A family friendly affordable compact sedan

By Jim Meachen

(February 4, 2024) Volkswagen hit on a "just right" compact sedan in 2019 with its current generation Jetta and it carries on with incremental changes in 2024. The Jetta is the last sedan standing in Volkswagen's U.S. lineup, and lucky for value-seeking cash-strapped families with a couple of children, it's still being sold as a viable alternative for the more expensive crossover vehicles that now populate the automotive landscape.

Volkswagen Tiguan — Family transportation from Germany

By Jim Meachen

(July 9, 2023) The spacious near-midsize Volkswagen Tiguan has an European flair with an engaging driving demeanor, rewarding handling, and conservative, but attractive styling inside and out. The dashboard design might seem rather austere compared to some of its Japanese and Korean competition, but Volkswagen has taken it up a notch with the '23 Tiguan and it comes off very pleasingly especially with the compelling10-inch digital gauge cluster.

Volkswagen Golf R — Long live the internal combustion engine

By Jim Meachen Editor

(May 28, 2023) While the Golf GTI is Volkswagen's long-running hot hatch, the Golf R is the brand's over-the-top hotter version equipped with a 315-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an all-wheel-drive system that can distribute power in a number of different ways. The 2023 Volkswagen Golf R is a four-door hatchback and may be the last of a dying breed.

Volkswagen Jetta — A lot of car for the money

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(December 11, 2022) As the cost of living continues to spiral out of control, the dreams of a new car with any level of driving amenities appears out of reach for the struggling family of four. And as interest rates shoot up and dealers insist on collecting more than the Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price, a new car is simply too much for the battered budget. But take heart, there are some surprisingly good alternatives.

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.