Price Range (MSRP): $16,215 (Jetta) to $44,570 (Touareg)
Volkswagen’s extensive lineup returns for 2015, with a redesign to the popular Golf and GTI leading the way.
The pair gets a complete redesign for 2015; Volkswagen has given them new squared off styling, updated engines, and roomier interiors. Both are once again offered in two- and four-door hatchback body styles. The Golf’s engine choices include an ultra-efficient diesel engine that Volkswagen offers up and down its lineup, which pushes highway mpg all the way to 42. The performance oriented GTI adds a few unique styling cues and under the hood is a 210-hp, turbocharged four-cylinder. And Volkswagen also uses the Golf as a platform for its first all-electric car, the e-Golf.
The Beetle has been back long enough to be recognizable now, with the latest iteration of the four-seater has sharper lines and a flattened front hood which gives it a more aggressive look. There is room for four-passengers and diesel power is optional.
The Jetta returns along with the high performance GLI trim. There are now three versions of the Jetta for sale: Jetta, Jetta Sportwagen, and the efficient Jetta Hybrid. This compact boasts impressive flexibility thanks to its variety of powertrain choices, including a turbo-diesel and the aforementioned hybrid. For 2015 it gets some slight tweaks to the exterior styling which improves aerodynamics.
The midsize Passat is a family friendly sedan with great safety ratings; it received a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS for its performance in crash testing.
Volkswagen also produces another pair of passenger cars that are more upscale and don’t really fit into traditional categories. One is the Eos hardtop convertible coupe which is great for cruising on sunny days. Second is the CC which features a coupe-like design but still has four doors. Its upscale interior and sporty ride give the CC a unique niche in the marketplace.
The Tiguan compact crossover SUV carries over, offering plenty of high-quality materials around which give the tiger/iguana (combine the two words to get the name Tiguan) a leg up on the competition when it comes to interior refinement.
Lastly, the larger Touareg is designed to compete with many of the luxury crossover SUVs on the market and gets a refresh for 2015 that includes updated exterior styling, added interior refinement, and new driving aides which help keep occupants even safer, such as lane keeping assist and autonomous emergency braking.