Top Rated Volkswagen Models of 2018
Volkswagen has been trying to keep up with the times, equipping their cars with the latest technology and sporty upgrades while maintaining reasonable affordability. They’ve met or exceeded the mark with some models but, unfortunately, fallen a bit short with others. Find out which 2018 Volkswagen models made it to the top of the list and which models didn’t quite get there.
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The Atlas is Volkswagen's top SUV. It has a base price of $30,500 and gets 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, making it quite affordable for a nice SUV. It comes with Volkswagen's 2.0L turbo engine, although you can upgrade to the 3.6L V6. This SUV can tow up to 5,000 pounds and seats up to seven people with three rows of seats. It comes standard with Volkswagen's usual infotainment system that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and you can get the 12-speaker Fender audio system added on for a little more money.
The Tiguan is a little cheaper, with a base price of $25,345. It gets better mileage, with 22 mpg in the city and 27 on the highway, but it simply isn't as nice. The third-row seat isn't as roomy as the Atlas, ' and it's just not as powerful. The Atlas is well worth the additional $5,000. The Touareg is Volkswagen's luxury SUV. It's nice, but it isn't nice enough to justify the extra almost $20,000 over the Atlas.
The Volkswagen Golf is the top Volkswagen compact. Yes, it is even better than the Jetta. The Golf does only come in a four-door hatchback model, but it is still the best. It is powered by the DOHC 16-valve inline-4, turbocharged, intercooled, fuel injection engine. This engine puts out 170 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque. The transmission is a six-speed automatic, but it has a manual shift mode. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto integration, and a 6.5" touchscreen come standard with this model. It is very affordable, with a price tag ranging from $20,715 to $28,815. It also gets 25 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.
The Beetle and Jetta are still decent, compact cars. They are very affordable, with starting price tags of $19,995 and $17,895, respectively. The Jetta gets the same gas mileage as the Golf, and the Beetle is almost as efficient with 24 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. They both even come with the same infotainment features, but they just aren't as good as the Golf.
The top Volkswagen station wagon is the Golf SportWagen. Base price for this Volkswagen ranges from $22,400 to $30,790. It comes standard with a 1.8-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder, 170-hp engine. The base model is front-wheel drive with a five-speed manual transmission. You can get an all-wheel-drive model, though, with a six-speed automatic transmission. It also comes standard with a decent infotainment system that includes Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and a touchscreen that makes it easier to use. The SportWagen also gets good mileage, with 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
The Golf Alltrack station wagon comes in at a close second; however, it has a much higher price tag that only gets you a little more ground clearance, a six-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive. The base price for this wagon is $26,670 to $33,710.
Golf GTI is Volkswagen's top sport compact. It is affordable, with a base price of $25,595, and gets 24mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. It has a 2.0-L turbo engine that gets 210-hp and comes with a six-speed manual transmission. The 2017 GTI comes standard with Volkswagen's usual infotainment system components. It also comes standard with heated, plaid-upholstered seats, a rearview camera system, and sporty-looking 18" Austin alloy wheels. You can get it with a six-speed automatic as an add-on.
Golf R comes in at a close second best, but it is more expensive. It starts out at $39,375 and only gets 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. The e-Golf is Volkswagen's ultra-fuel-efficient model. It gets 126 mpg in the city and 105 mpg on the highway and goes for up to 83 miles per charge. It has a reasonable starting price of $28,995. You can also get a $7,500 Federal Tax Credit for buying the eGolf, by the way, which brings the price down to a very reasonable $21,495. It's just not as nice as the GTI, though.
Volkswagen offers two family sedans, neither of which are exactly top-rated. The Volkswagen CC is the better of the two. It is a decent-looking sedan that is actually considered an entry-level luxury sedan. The base MSRP is $34,475, and it gets 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. It comes with a 2.0L turbo engine that produces 200 hp. This Volkswagen is a front-wheel-drive sedan with a six-speed automatic transmission. Its standard infotainment system includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto connectivity and a 6.3" touchscreen. If you spring for the higher R-Line Executive CC trim package, which starts at $37,820, you'll get adaptive cruise control, forward collision and lane departure warning system and automated emergency braking.
The Passat is the other Volkswagen sedan, which is not as nice as the CC but is cheaper with a base price of $23,260.