Volkswagen T-Roc

Volkswagen T-Roc.

If you think there are a lot of Volkswagen SUVs to choose already, wait till you see what’s coming in 2018. First there will be a new seven-seat version Tiguan Allspace, then a next-generation Touareg which, despite its considerable size, will be based on an extended version of the MQB platform also found in the Polo, and finally a Polo-sized convertible called the T-Cross. Before all that, here’s the T-Roc, which will be available to order in the spring. Slightly smaller than the Tiguan in all dimensions, it’s built in…

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Volkswagen Arteon

Frontal view of a Volkswagen Arteon R-Line coming out of a dip on a country road.

For a company more accustomed to building hatchbacks, estates and SUVs, Volkswagen is straying into unfamiliar ground by doubling the number of large coupes¬† (meaning ones significantly heftier than the Scirocco or Beetle) in its portfolio. Like the CC, the new Arteon is never going to sell in great numbers – “don’t expect us to announce that it has become one of our top five models,” a VW spokesman told me – but that doesn’t mean it should be dismissed. As I hope to demonstrate here, it’s a very good…

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Volkswagen Golf

Dark blue Volkswagen Golf R in mid corner.

Volkswagen’s UK operation is careful to describe the latest Golf as an updated Mk7 rather than a Mk8 or even a Mk7.5. It’s undoubtedly very similar in a lot of ways to the version you could have bought up to the early months of this year. The bodyshell is exactly the same as before, the suspension has not been altered on any model, and there are no new engines. From an engineering point of view, very little has changed. But it’s, you know, complicated. Although the structure remains as before,…

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Volkswagen Tiguan

Volkswagen Tiguan with Outdoor pack splashing through water on an off-road course.

The launch of the second Tiguan is of far more significance to Volkswagen than the launch of the first. When the original model made its debut back in 2008, the market for mid-sized SUVs was significant but not especially large. Since then, it has grown so much that 2015, that Tiguan’s final complete year of production, was also the one in which it sold in greatest numbers, losing out in popularity only to the Golf and Polo. No longer anything like state-of-the-art, it was becoming increasingly successful simply because of…

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