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Review and Test Drive: 2019 Volkswagen Jetta SEL Premium

Review and Test Drive:  2019 Volkswagen Jetta SEL Premium

The all-new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is the latest generation in the Wolfsburg automaker’s 40-year run with the seemingly unbeatable compact. It’s also the most premium Jetta ever.
The Jetta – which depending on year and market has been branded as Atlantic, Vento, Bora, City Jetta,Jetta City, GLI, Clasico, and Sagiar – …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Volkswagen Golf SE

Review and Test Drive:  2018 Volkswagen Golf SE

Volkswagen’s sporty Golf is now in its 44th year and it’s as popular as ever. Introduced as the Rabbit in U.S. and Canadian markets because Rabbit sounded cute and Golf was a term only associated with the sport, it was Wolfsburg’s replacement for the Beetle (Käfer in German-speaking markets).
Indeed the …

2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen – First Look and Review

2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen – First Look and Review

OK, class, please pay attention now. The new Golf SportWagen, which is known as the Golf Variant in its home market and the Golf Estate in the United Kingdom – and was previously called the Jetta SportWagen in the States – is now available for your driving pleasure. Got that?
Given …

2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI – First Look and Review

2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI – First Look and Review

Technically speaking, this is a second look.  I spent a day with a Euro-spec Golf TDI eight months ago and, despite it being on sale in Europe since late 2012, it hasn’t yet arrived at U.S. dealerships.
It’s taken so long because it’s being built in Puebla, Mexico (alongside the new …

Volkswagen Debuts Golf SportWagen TDI at New York Show

Volkswagen Debuts Golf SportWagen TDI at New York Show

NEW YORK — Volkswagen debuted a concept version of what is destined to become the Golf SportWagen, which replaces the Jetta SportWagen in the automaker’s U.S. lineup.
The move follows Volkswagen’s U.S. introduction of the 2015 Golf.
The Jetta SportWagen was actually a previous-generation Golf variant and was sold as such in other …

VW Begins Golf Production in Mexico for North American Market

VW Begins Golf Production in Mexico for North American Market

Volkswagen announced that it began production on Tuesday of its 2015 Golf, including TDI models, at its plant in Puebla, Mexico.  The plant will be responsible for fulfilling all North American Golf orders.
The plant in Puebla has the capacity to manufacture 700 Golfs per day.  The new Golf will join the …

2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI – First Drive and Review

2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI – First Drive and Review

The seventh generation Volkswagen Golf TDI is a great car and no, you can’t have one – at least not until some time next year when it reaches these shores as a 2015 model.
Earlier in the week, I spent the better part of a day motoring around in a European-spec …

2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid – First Look and Review

2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid – First Look and Review

The current Volkswagen Jetta first made its appearance a little over two years ago with diesel and petrol variants.  Designed for the American buyer, who might consider a Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla, the Jetta has been very competitive in its market segment.
Volkswagen is the leader in the diesel passenger …

2012 Volkswagen Golf TDI – Review and Test Drive

2012 Volkswagen Golf TDI – Review and Test Drive

The Volkswagen Golf has been available for a good part of its 38 years in the U.S. as a diesel since the introduction of the original 1974 Golf.  In the U.S., it was introduced at that time as the Rabbit.
Volkswagen has named many of its cars after prominent winds (witness …

2011 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI – Review and Test Drive

2011 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI – Review and Test Drive

In 2010, the ratio of buyers who chose the Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI versus the gasoline-powered variant was more than four to one.  After spending a week with the JSW (as it’s often called), I quickly discovered why.
The Jetta SportWagen, known as the Golf Variant in its home market, Germany, …

2011 Volkswagen Jetta – First Review

2011 Volkswagen Jetta – First Review

For decades, American car makers have been trying – with varying degrees of success – to design and build cars that are European.  Now a German car maker, Volkswagen, has designed a German car, the 2011 Jetta, with a U.S. audience in mind.
In this case, the U.S. audience is one …

Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI Review

Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI Review

The Jetta SportWagen TDI is a clean, green money-saving machine, with plenty of cargo space, all in a sporty, stylish package. Featuring the award-winning 2.0 –liter clean diesel TDI engine—the same engine that snagged Volkswagen a Guinness World Record for Lowest Fuel Consumption—the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI SportWagen runs on …