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Why the Volkswagen Atlas will Appeal to American Drivers

June 16, 2017 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , , ,

The Volkswagen Atlas was created specifically to appeal to the American market, which means that it has a whole bunch of features that Americans value. Below is a list of some of the main features that you’ll find in the new Atlas that were added specifically for American buyers.

2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Roomy Feature Rich Interior

Americans don’t like to be cramped while riding around inside their vehicles, which is why the Atlas is so spacious on the inside. It offers enough room for everyone to sit comfortably, and is loaded up with USB ports, infotainment systems, plugs and storage compartments for the whole family. Everyone can ride in the Atlas and they’ll swear it’s a minivan on the inside with how many comfort features are available.

The driver will also enjoy a roomy seating area with plenty of space and comfort features around him. The seats are large and highly adjustable throughout, which is another major benefit of going with the Atlas. Heck, even adults can sit comfortably in the second row of the Atlas, making it a capable vehicle for moving around a group of adults as well as children.

Spacious Three Row Seating

American families tend to be larger than European families and there is still a real need to be able to cart around more than 5 people at a time. That’s something the Atlas makes possible for Volkswagen and it’s the main reason the Atlas was produced at all. This will allow the automaker to compete with the other full-sized SUV options on the market, and is an American feature for sure.

All Wheel Drive

American buyers love all-wheel drive because it’s capable of handling the wide range of climate types throughout the country. With all-wheel drive issues on each of the Atlas vehicles, Volkswagen makes its SUV an easy choice for buyers that live in markets that deal with snow on an annual basis.

The Volkswagen Atlas might not show off the luxury trims that some other Volkswagen vehicles have in the past, but it comes outfitted with all the features that American buyers are most interested in, which makes it a top choice for large families looking for seating space today. Invest in the Atlas and you’ll have a decent looking, spacious, well outfitted SUV for up to seven people to ride in.

The Bigger and Better 2018 Tiguan

May 26, 2017 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , , ,

The old Volkswagen Tiguan is known for being a bit cramped and not all that capable in off-roading situations either. That’s very different from how the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan 4Motion is. It’s a bigger and better version of the SUV that can handle adverse driving conditions capably If you’re looking for an improved version of the SUV that gives you more space and better handling characteristics, the 2018 Tiguan 4Motion could be just the vehicle for you.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

Highly Capable Off Road Handling

The Tiguan 4Motion is clearly targeted toward drivers that like to travel on rougher roads, which is exactly why it comes with such a capable all-wheel drive setup. The all-wheel drive typically puts all the vehicle’s power to the front wheels, but can switch to full power at the rear and any mixture in between to create capable handling characteristics during slippery conditions.

While driving around, all you have to do to take full advantage of the stability systems on the SUV is switch settings over to off-road mode. Doing so gives you smoother acceleration, traction and stability controls that aren’t quite so sensitive, an improved locking ratio and an electronic differential lock and a more ready all-wheel drive system that can take on rougher situations. The change is significant from one drive mode to the other, and it’s immediate. As soon as you switch the dial you’ll feel safer and the vehicle will handle whatever conditions you throw at it a bit more effectively.

Designed for Comfortable Commuting More than Anything

Even though the Tiguan 4Motion is more than capable of heading out onto a dirt track and performing well, that’s not really what it’s key design focus was when it was put together. The vehicle is made for spacious comfortable seating more than anything else. That’s why Volkswagen added on over 10 inches of length to the vehicle, as well as 1.2 inches of width and 4.4 inches to the overall wheelbase. There’s ample room within with plush seats that are a real treat to sit on. The vehicle is also much more efficient than many off-roading vehicles, which is why it lacks some of the power that alternative options have. That just means that you can drive around town without burning through as much fuel, which is probably how most owners will use the Tiguan anyway.

The Tiguan 4-Motiion is an interesting in-betweener vehicle with three-row seating, capable handling characteristics and the interior features you would expect of a modern-day vehicle. It’s a serious upgrade from the old Tiguan and a fun vehicle to own for anyone that likes to get dirty from time to time.

Volkswagen Releases a Full Deactivation Engine

May 18, 2017 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , , ,

Volkswagen is working really hard to make its vehicles as efficient as possible, and one of the ways that it has long achieved fuel efficiency improvements is through cylinder activation in its engines. Many Volkswagen vehicles out on the road are capable of turning off half their cylinders while travelling down the road to cut fuel usage. That’s a pretty cool feature and it should be used on most vehicles today. Now Volkswagen is actually taking things a step further though, and releasing an engine that deactivates all its cylinders under certain conditions. This enables even greater fuel savings and should make for improved fuel economy figures in Volkswagen vehicles in the future.

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The EVO Engine Disengages Fully During Coasting

The new version of Volkswagen’s EVO engine that is capable of cutting off all its cylinders only does so during periods of coasting. When the driver is going down the road without using the gas or the brake pedal, the engine will disengage itself and allow the vehicle to coast entirely. Since the engine fully decouples, it will not slow driving down at all even though it’s not operating, which should make for a very efficient system, especially when driving in hilly environments or other areas where coasting is common over long distances.

Heading to the Golf First

As one of the most efficient vehicles that Volkswagen offers, it makes a lot of sense that the Golf would be one of the first to receive the revolutionary engine. The engine should help make the Golf lineup more efficient and desirable. Volkswagen plans to install the engine in its Golf lineup first, and then move on to other models in the future as long as it’s successful in the Golf.

Volkswagen is working hard to make more efficient vehicles while building out its electric lineup, and it’s likely to innovate further in its quest for the highly efficient vehicle. This latest engine enhancement seems revolutionary, but buyers should wait for efficiency figures before getting too excited. It’s certainly a technology worth implementing, but without testing figures it’s hard to say exactly how much more efficient such a vehicle would be.

Big Changes are Coming to Volkswagen Including a Full Jetta Remodel

May 11, 2017 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , , ,

Volkswagen is one of the biggest automakers in the world, and at the moment it’s one of the most active and it’s headed toward some of the biggest transformations that we’ve ever seen from an auto company. While moving away from diesel Volkswagen is working hard toward a future based around electricity, with a goal of becoming the industry leader for hybrids and full electric vehicles. Volkswagen is also working hard to expand its lineup of SUVs and get the bulk of the SUV market. Finally Volkswagen is releasing a fully-redesigned Jetta for the 2018 model year, which promises a whole host of enhancements.

2017 Volkswagen Jetta

An Electric Future

Volkswagen has pretty much abandoned diesel technology and isn’t working nearly as hard to improve on its diesel platform as it once was. Instead the automaker is looking toward the future and it sees electric vehicles as the best option for future offerings. The company is focusing on offering hybrid vehicles and full electric models to the public and wants to be the market leader for those types of vehicles by 2025, with an average of 1 million models sold around the world by that time. That’s a pretty lofty goal, but it’s just one of the many goals that Volkswagen is currently pushing for.

More SUVs than Other Automakers

Volkswagen has been leaving behind a major portion of the market with its scant SUV offerings. That’s mostly why the automaker just released the Atlas and Arteon SUVs. Those aren’t the only new models to come though. Volkswagen wants to have a total of 19 different SUV offerings by 2020. That means that Volkswagen will have to put out a few more SUV models over the next few years, and the automaker may have to offer some additional variations on its existing SUVS as well.

The 2018 Jetta Should be a Major Improvement

The Volkswagen Jetta has only been receiving minor upgrades and enhancements since it’s full redesign back in 2011. The 2018 model year promises to be a special one though, since it’s when the Jetta is going to be fully redesigned. That means dramatic changes are coming. VW fans will likely see a bunch of cosmetic changes inside and out, including some major alterations to the body panels of the vehicle itself. The Jetta is likely to be altered from within as well, and will likely come with more tech features than before and a new layout for the center console. There’s no information about potential powertrain changes, or changes to the dimensions of the vehicle itself, but anything is possible on a full redesign, so Jetta fans should pay close attention to what is to come.

Volkswagen is focused on a lot of different areas and the massive automotive company is working really hard to innovate and offer more than the competition. That’s why it’s worth watching, and VW fans may have a lot to be happy about in the coming years.

Why the e-Golf is the Practical Man’s EV

May 5, 2017 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , , ,

With so many high-end electric vehicles being released onto the market by the likes of Tesla, Porsche, and quite a few others, it can be easy to overlook the smaller guys, or in this case the less exciting and more practical guys like the e-Golf from Volkswagen. That could be a big mistake to make though. Sure the e-Golf isn’t flashy, it doesn’t offer sports car performance and it won’t take you around the country on a single charge, but it is practical and relatively affordable as well.

2017 VW e-golf

Decent Range and Recharge Times

One of the most important considerations to make when shopping for an EV is how long it takes to charge, and how far it will take you once it is charged. These are two areas that the latest e-Golf does pretty well in. The range of the vehicle on a full charge is over 100 miles, and a standard 240V charger will refill the car in about 6 hours, while the more powerful charging system that costs extra can get the car 80% full in just an hour offering around 100 miles on that single fast charge. For the everyday commuter or town driver the e-Golf makes good sense, and according to Volkswagen, when paying $0.13 per Kilowatt of electricity, the average user will only spend about $550 to drive for the year. That works out to around  $46 a month, which is pretty darned good for the everyday commuter.

It’s Surprisingly Affordable

The e-Golf can be had for as little as $29,000 not including any tax credit, and it is available for as little as $21,495 including the $7,500 tax credit offered by the Federal government. That makes it awfully easy to build a case for the full electric vehicle. After all, it will get you where you need to go the same as any gas powered vehicle, and it will likely cost the same as any other efficient new car that you’ve been eyeing. When compared to Tesla’s current offerings, it’s easy to see how the e-Golf just makes sense.

Speedy and Fun to Drive

The e-Golf is also pretty fun to drive, though it’s not going to compare with a sports car. The car speeds up pretty quick, with 0 to 60 times in 9.6 seconds. It offers good driving dynamics with reliable braking and responsive steering. The only quirk that you have to deal with while driving is the pulsing of the regenerative brakes, but it’s not too bad, and it means that you’ll go through brake pads far more slowly than the average driver would.

Overall the e-Golf just makes good sense. It’s the most obvious EV choice for a buyer on a budget, and it has a lot to offer.

New Advanced Volkswagen Powertrain Options on the Horizon

April 24, 2017 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , , , ,

Volkswagen is hard at work trying to make more sustainable vehicles that drivers are going to want to operate in the future. To help create those high-tech vehicles that won’t release as many fossil fuels into the atmosphere, Volkswagen is working on advanced engine tech, like a costing internal combustion engine, they’re perfecting their hybrid technology and also trying out different fuel sources such as compressed natural gas to get around.

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Driving without the Engine

One of the biggest wastes of fuel is running the engine when it’s not being utilized to drive the wheels down the road. Today most engines run even when they aren’t being used to drive the tires of the vehicle, and that burns up fuel just like driving does. That’s why most engines get significantly worse fuel efficiency in slow stop-and-go traffic than it does out on the highway where the engine is being fully engaged at all times.

To answer this issue Volkswagen developed an engine that does away with this problem. The engine relies on what it dubs as micro-hybrid technology to start and stop it depending on need. In other words, for situations where you are sitting in traffic and not moving, or where you are able to let off the gas to do something like coast down a hill, the engine would shut off entirely and save all that fuel that would otherwise be burnt. The small electric power system built into the engine would help it get started up again where it left off, and you would never even realize that it wasn’t running to begin with.

This advanced engine is going to be released in a few Volkswagen vehicles to start with and the overall offerings are due to expand over time. It’s a pretty cool idea though, and it’s more affordable to implement than say a full hybrid electric setup like you would find in the Prius.

A More Powerful Full Electric Setup

Volkswagen is working hard to make full-electric vehicles more capable. One of the major changes the automaker made to facilitate that is a new electric-architecture. The system will first show up in 2020 in the Budd-e5 and should offer an increased range with powerful and efficient driving mechanics. The more potent battery used in the vehicle will allow ranges up to 185 miles, which is pretty significant compared to most electric vehicles out on the road today.

Testing out Compressed Natural Gas

Volkswagen is also looking closely at compressed natural gas as a fuel source. The company wants to test out relying on this type of fuel to drive vehicles down the road because it’s a good way to reduce emissions over standard gasoline or diesel. Compressed natural gas produced by fossil fuels is more efficient and better for the environment than gasoline or diesel are. The fuel can be produced from biomethane though, and when the fuel is made in that manner it’s much better for the environment overall than the other fossil fuels are.

It’s a good time to be looking into alternative fuel sources, which is why it makes so much sense for Volkswagen to be experimenting with hybrid, full electric and natural gas technologies to make vehicles more efficient and sustainable.

The Volkswagen Golf is Known as Best Small Car in 2017

April 6, 2017 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , , , , , ,

The Volkswagen Golf is well-known as a leading compact car on the market today. It’s a capable vehicle that comes in many different shapes and types. The car’s quick too, with plenty of interior amenities that you would have to pay extra for with many other compact cars. It’s because of all those perks and more that the Volkswagen Golf was voted as the Best Small Car in 2017 according to New York Daily News Autos. It’s a great honor to earn such an award and it’s not easy to obtain either. There was plenty of stiff competition the Golf had to come up against.

2017 Volkswagen Golf

How the Cars Were Ranked

The ranking process for all the 2017 vehicles was a stringent one that called on a full panel of 8 different journalists to look over a wide selection of 2017 car models. The vehicles came from a selection of 16 different categories, and the reviewers were asked to look the options over in the order they would recommend them out to friends, family or co-workers.

Why the Top Spot?

The 2017 Volkswagen Golf managed to take the top sport for Best Small Car in 2017 because it’s fun to drive in all its formats, it’s fitted with the latest tech, it comes in a wide variety of shapes and types, and it just has more to offer than most other small vehicles on the market.

Christian Wardlaw, the Editor of the ?New York Daily News Autos said that “No other small car touches the depth and breadth of purpose found within the Golf family” and “That it is fun to drive even in its most basic format and supplies all kinds of utility simply serves to cement the Golf’s superiority.”

Whether you want a pretty basic compact sedan, a hatchback with more storage space, or a performance car, you can find each of those things in the Golf family.

About the Golf

The Volkswagen Golf comes with a 1.8 liter four-cylinder gas engine that’s turbocharged with direct-injection technology and puts out a total of 170 HP. That’s a lot of power for a compact vehicle like the Golf, and that’s just at the base level. The car comes with either manual or automatic transmission, comes in a variety of form factors, gets pretty decent fuel efficiency with 25 MPG city and 36 MPG highway and just has a lot to offer to drivers looking for a small vehicle overall.

The Most Desirable 2017 Golf GTI

March 28, 2017 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , , ,

The Volkswagen Golf has a lot going for it. It’s just the right size for many small families. It’s efficient, it’s fun to drive, it comes with nice features and is a nice looking vehicle in general. It’s a pretty solid package and it’s no wonder that so many autobuyers are interested in the vehicle each year. Even if you do decide that the Golf is the right vehicle for you though, you still have to decide which version of the vehicle is the right one, and with over 5 different trim levels to choose from, and additional options on top of that, making that decision is more difficult than you might think. That’s why we’re here to break down what we believe is the very best version of Volkswagen’s most versatile little vehicle.

2017 Golf GTI

Take a Look at the Golf Sport

While there are more prestigious versions of the Golf, the Golf Sport offers an excellent mix of value and desirable features. For a starting cost of just north of $28,000 you get the high quality plaid upholstery, 18-inch wheels, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as well as bixenon headlights. There’s even a proximity entry system and a push button to start the vehicle up. The features in the Sport make the vehicle feel like a luxury model, and what I listed above isn’t even everything that you get either.

Performance Improvements

Not only do you get the nice features when you opt for the Sport, you also get performance features that help the trim level earn its name. You’ll get a 10 HP power boost, as well as more capable brakes, and a powerful limited-slip differential. This is the most affordable trim model to come with all these performance enhancements, and that’s what makes it so darn desirable.

What You’ll Miss out on

By going with the Sport you will miss out on some features of the more expensive models. You’ll miss out on active-safety features, a Fender audio system and leather seats, but you’ll also save a bundle in the process. If those features mean enough to you, then it’s clear you should either get the Autobahn or SE trims, but if they don’t you’re better off with the Sport version of the vehicle.

The GTI Sport also comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission that makes the vehicle even more fun to drive around, but you can switch it over to a dual-clutch auto if you’re willing to add $1,100 to the purchase price. Either way the car is pretty darned quick with times of 5.9 seconds with the manual and 5.6 seconds from 0 to 60 with the automatic.

Choosing the right Golf to drive around isn’t always easy to do. Hopefully the explanation up above makes your decision process a bit easier to go through.

Volkswagen Changes in 2017

March 20, 2017 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , , , ,

There’s a lot of new changes coming down the pipeline for Volkswagen in 2017, and as a fan of the brand it makes sense to stay on top of what’s coming up. Here’s an overview of what enhancements you’ll see in the Volkswagen lineup, what’s pretty much staying the same and what new releases are going to come out in 2018.

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The Golf

The Volkswagen Golf is going to benefit from a bunch of new changes this year, making it worth taking a look at if you’re planning on getting a new compact vehicle. The car will be offered with a Wolfsburg Edition trim. The GTI variation will now come with the Sport trim as well, giving you more power options to choose from. The e-Golf is receiving more power and a range enhancement and the Golf model is going to receive a whole host of updates in 2018 with an improved model.

The Beetle

The Volkswagen Beetle is always one of the more reserved vehicles that don’t receive too many changes in a model year. This year a Pink limited edition Beetle is being added for buyers to consider. There’s also going to be more aggressive bumpers on the 1.8T models of the Beetle.

Volkswagen Tiguan

The Tiguan gets a whole host of changes for the 2017 year of the vehicle. It will now come standard with a four-cylinder turbocharged engine across the whole range of vehicle. There’s a Wolfsburg and Sport trim of the vehicle available now, additional standard features were added to the vehicle and both the R-Line and SE trims were removed entirely.

The Passat

While many VW vehicles are sitting still, the Passat is receiving a host of changes. The R-Line trim is getting more standard features, and both auto braking and forward collision warning are becoming standard throughout the lineup.

The Touareg

The Touareg is a popular SUV sold by Volkswagen and it’s getting some notable changes in 2017. For starters there will no longer be a Lux trim version of the vehicle, and a Wolfsburg trim option has been added. Just like the Passat it’s getting standard auto braking and forward collision warning. The vehicle will also be completely redesigned for the 2018 model year, so keep your eyes opened for that.

Overall this is a year for some notable changes to the Volkswagen lineup, but the 2018 model year is the one with the most dramatic changes on the way. There will be a new model for the Touareg, Tiguan, and the Golf.

Passat R-Line Bring Performance to Families

March 9, 2017 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , , , ,

Few people associate Volkswagen with sporty vehicles, and the Passat (while sporty and somewhat powerful) is probably one of the last vehicles that you would think to bring to the track. It looks pretty tame after all. The smart people at Volkswagen saw the potential of the Passat though, and decided that it deserved to go fast and to get enthusiasts excited about driving again.

Passat R Line

Top Notch Media

The R-Line comes with a 6-speaker audio system hooked to a very capable media setup as standard. You’ll enjoy USB connectivity, satellite radio, voice controls, and a slew of cool safety features when you opt for this upgraded performance Passat. That alone is enough for some buyers to consider going for this variation of the Passat.

Power without the Cost

The Passat R-Line is an interesting model from the lineup because it’s relatively affordable, but it packs that turbo power in as well. That means if you want a high-powered car that’s fun to drive around, the R-Line makes a lot of sense. You’ll get a 1.8 liter turbo-four engine that pumps out 170 HP and 184-lb.-ft. of torque. That’s not an insane level of power, but it’s certainly enough to make it a fund drive and to give you a reason to want to slam on the accelerator now and then.

A Pure Joy to Drive

There’s a lot to love about the Passat R-Line, but the best thing about the vehicle is how it handles on roads. The car hugs the ground, it whips around corners with ease and it has very precise steering. It feels a lot like a top-notch sports car in terms of handling, and that’s all you could really ask for out of a performance sedan.

Slight Exterior Enhancements

The R-Line also receives a few changes on the outside to make it look sportier. There’s the air intake to help power the turbocharger. There’s also grille, bumper and trim enhancements that all make it clear that it’s an R-Line edition of the Passat.

Interior Improvements

When you climb inside the Passat you’ll notice right away that there are special trim and doorsill sections specifically for the R-Line Passat. Not only that but the car is equipped with V-Tex leatherette seats that are heated up front.

Overall the Passat R-Line is a high-performance version of the sedan that’s much more enjoyable to drive around. It offers a lot for the sub 25k price tag that it comes with, and is an obvious choice for drivers that need a sedan, but want better performance out of it at the same time.