Price Range (MSRP): $17,680 (Jetta) to $49,705 (Touareg)
Volkswagen is a German car manufacturer known for its extensive lineup of affordable, yet premium vehicles. For 2016, Volkswagen brings its newly available MIB II multimedia system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto to its cars.
The Beetle is available as a compact hatchback or convertible. This year, it has revised trim levels. The R-Line trims have a 210-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The Golf has several variants, which includes the e-Golf, Golf GTI, Golf R, and Golf Sportwagen. The regular Golf comes as a two- or four-door hatchback. The SE and SEL trim levels get a Driver Assistance Package that includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert, and automated parallel and perpendicular parking.
For an even more fun driving experience, the Golf GTI is available. For 2016, it received the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award.
Those looking for an adrenaline rush should look at the Golf R, which comes with a 292-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a new 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic.
The Golf Sportwagen is a versatile, 5-door compact wagon. It also gets the Driver Assistance Package found in the regular Golf. It received the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award.
The Jetta gets a new engine option, enhanced smartphone connectivity, and new styling on the sporty GLI trim. The new base engine is a 150-hp, turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder mated to a 6-speed automatic. It improves fuel economy to 28/39 mpg city/highway. The GLI comes with a new front fascia, honeycomb front grille, and restyled fog lights. A Jetta Hybrid version is also available.
The Passat has been restyled with a thinner front grille and headlights. LED headlights and taillights are also newly available.
The CC sedan has a new 2.0T base model that comes with a 200-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The 2.0T Sport and 2.0T R-Line trim levels gain remote keyless entry, push-button start, and a post-collision braking system that reduces the chance of a second collision.
Last year, the Tiguan had new standard features, which included a backup camera, satellite radio, and touchscreen audio system, but its price increased by $3,000. Fortunately, the Tiguan has been lowered by $1,400 for this year.
The Touareg is a luxury crossover that seats up to 5 passengers. It has two powertrains: a V-6 and a turbodiesel V-6.
The Touareg Hybrid has been discontinued.