Petrol family saloons have been out of favour for more than a decade, thanks to taxation and company car rules designed to fevour diesel models. But recent events have forced a rethink and have made products such as the latest petrol-powered Volkswagen Passat more relevant again. This isn’t just a regular turbo petrol engine, either. … [Read more…]
Understatement is a hallmark of the Golf R which from day one has been the true embodiment of the inadvisability of judging a book by its cover. Now comes the latest iteration of the most potent of Wolfsburg’s hot hatches and the basic formula hasn’t changed a jot. Sure, there are detail changes to bumper … [Read more…]
TEN BRAKE HORSEPOWER Ten. Doesn’t sound a lot, does it? And, truth be told, I’m not sure I can tell the difference on the road – not without driving old and new Golf Rs back-to-back. But that 310hp headline power figure subtly but assuredly elevates the latest R above the recently revised SEAT competition. It’s … [Read more…]
Volkswagen’s latest bid to be more than a niche player in the US begins with the Atlas, a three-row SUV intended to rival established players such as the Honda Pilot and Ford Explorer. VW hasn’t had a seven-seater in the US since the unloved Routan- a thinly disguised Dodge Grand Caravan -was dropped a few … [Read more…]
Volkswagen will complete a quartet of ID electric concepts later this year with the unveiling of a saloon, possibly at the Frankfurt show in September. It will join an ID SUV, set to be unveiled at the Shanghai show next month, alongside the already revealed ID Buzz MPV and ID hatchback. VW design chief Klaus … [Read more…]
FOR YEARS IT seemed Volkswagen had perfected the family hatchback recipe, as the Golf saw off rival after rival. The current model has been squeezed by the more practical Skoda Octavia and the classier Audi A3, though, so this update is timely. Exterior visual changes are limited to restyled bumpers, new LED head and tail-lights, … [Read more…]
AS THERE EVER BEEN a more exciting time for hot hatches? There’s a Leon Cupra with what feels like in excess of 300hp, a four-wheel-drive Focus RS with a drift mode, a turbocharged Civic Type R with a fabulously unnecessary complement of aero add-ons, and, of course, the Renault Sport Megane, recently retired but still … [Read more…]
What it is: VW’s new three-row crossover, challenged with lifting the smoggy skies that have been shrouding the brand since the diesel cheat broke. This Honda Pilot–sized SUV packages seating for six or seven along with ample cargo space. For the time being, the pricier, two-row Touareg will continue to sell alongside the Atlas.