No, it doesn’t mean ‘People’s Car’, it means ‘Properly Built Alternatives To Contemporary Brit Tat’. VW has been responsible for raising the engineering, build and reliability standards of ordinary cars. It’s still up there, but now finds itself surrounded on the podium by more and more genius upstarts.
£12,509 - £17,949
This car is a vast improvement on its predecessor. Basing it on the current Golf platform is a good start. It's not as practical as a regular hatch, but much more fun to own and be seen in.
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The sort of car that's all about making some sort of indiscernible statement that only professes a broad disregard for the basic requirements of motoring in favour of looking like whatever you think you look like in the campest car on the market.
£22,419 - £32,669
Passat CC no more. It's now a model on its own: the Volkswagen CC. Well yes, but it's still a facelifted Passat CC, which means it's a Passat in a fancy frock.
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An odd leap
onto the tin-top cabrio bandwagon, hamstrung by an extended Golf chassis and a
boot so small you can take sandwiches to the picnic, but not crisps.
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built city-car unworthy of VW’s rock-solid quality reputation. Even if you
fervently believe Basil Brush is real, this is one fox you simply won’t find
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The Golf enters its seventh incarnation, and this time it's more revolution than evolution. Well, sort of. Still defines the sector.
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an over-used word, but you simply can’t consider buying a hatchback without
comparing it with the original. Still superb, but now being run mighty close.
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The Golf is one of the most, er, innocuous cars around, and the estate is the ultimate derivative.
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If the Astra
VXR is a hooligan, then the Golf GTI is a jewel thief played by Cary Grant –
sublime, effortless, powerful. You’d like not to be seduced, but dammit he’s
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Yes, it's a slightly bigger, taller VW Golf that slips into a niche that no one thought of, and we're not sure anyone wants.
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about this but they’ve asked me to design a booted version of the Golf. Yeah, I
know it’s half five – you start the car, it should only take a couple of secs.
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The US Air
Force has ordered Passats for stealth duties – they’re so uninteresting the
enemy will never notice them, yet they’re made of granite and never go wrong.
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chauffeur comes back with one of these, cuff him about the head, slightly
dislodging his peaked cap, and tell him to go away and find you a proper limo.
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Brand new but the concept remains the same - a solid, dependable hatch lacking the verve of rivals.
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Ignore anyone who tells you the Scirocco is just a Golf for people with very short friends. It’s far, far better than that. It’s for people with very short friends who want a fine hot hatch and a mild dose of cashing-in-on-brand-nostalgia.
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latecomer to the SUV party, relying on chunky looks to lure you into thinking
it can rough it. It can’t, but it doesn’t matter. And the ride is
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Complete overhaul and new hybrid version inject new life into Volkswagen's off-road behemoth.
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Not made of
cardboard, but a characterless box in every other sense. Don’t park it under
Waterloo Bridge – somebody’s bound to set up home in it.
This is VW, a serious car company, getting mighty serious about small cars. The Up, it believes, will be its biggest selling car across the globe. It's rather good, too...