An aspect to the full line of vehicles offered out of the Volkswagen stable is VW delivers some of the most fun, accommodating and fuel efficient vehicles on the road. As highlighted in BJ Killeen’s part I, VW brought their entire line-up to Seattle for us to drive and evaluate in a relaxed setting. Here is the completion of our days with the VW lineup.
The ever popular Golf is available in a variety of models with many packages assuring there is a Golf to fit every family and lifestyle. Through the Golf trim packages there are a number of changes that make this Volkswagen an even better value.
The 2017 Golf will come in two trim packages beginning with the value laden Wolfsburg Edition beginning at $19,985 with 5-speed manual transmission. Here the Wolfsburg Edition includes Driver Assistance with Front Assist and Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Traffic Alert. Throughout the VW line the Wolfsburg Editions signal these are vehicles that will offer more value and plenty of features at a welcome price.
On the heels of the Golf Alltrack introduction, VW made a few changes to the similar in design Golf Sportwagon, which is now available with 4Motion all-wheel drive in the S trim with either manual or automatic transmissions. The SE has assistance package available as an option. The SEL gets Driver Assistance advantages as standard equipment. The Sportwagon begins at an attractive $21,500 entry price with six-speed manual transmission. With a cargo volume equal or better than some compact SUVs the Golf Sportwagon changes the way we look at “station wagons.”
If performance is your forte, and you know it is ours, the Golf R is the German pocket rocket that is so much fun to drive that the VW folks had to come chase us down to get their car back. The 2017 Golf R is the most powerful yet most fuel efficient version ever in North America. As is necessary, VW equips the Golf R with either a six-speed manual or six-speed DSG automatic transmission. Golf R gets standard driver assistance as well as available DCC and Navigation.
We look toward the passenger sedan that has helped VW make great inroads in the North American market, the VW Passat. However we are looking specifically at the Passat R-Line. Making the move toward giving buyers a value packed sedan at an attractive price the Passat R-Line adds even more features including Blind-spot monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. The 2017 Passat R-Line is aimed to be sportier. In doing so it receives unique rocker panels, a stylized front bumper with contrasting black accents, a modified rear diffuser, and anthracite-color Salvador aluminum-alloy 19-inch wheels shod with 235/40 all-season tires.
The 2017 Volkswagen Touareg also receives the value-laden Wolfsburg Edition which replaces the Lux model. As with many of the other VW models the Touareg Wolfsburg Edition sees standard Drive Assistance and ACC Front Assist, Lane Assist and side assist. All-wheel drive 4Motion system becomes standard on Touareg.
While the Golf Alltrack is the newest and most exciting vehicle added to the 2017 Volkswagen stable, all models receive more safety and convenience features while becoming better values. With few exceptions Volkswagen vehicles are ones we heartily encourage shoppers to investigate. You might just agree and see a VW will fit into your lifestyle.