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Volkswagen Car Awards

Volkswagen Car Awards


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Which awards have Volkswagen cars won this year?

  • ‘Most Wanted’ award given to the Golf R by carwow
  • 'Best Family Electric Car' title given to the ID.3 by carwow
  • Golf 8 awarded 'Medium Car of the Year' at the 2021 Company Car & Van Awards. 

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Volkswagen scores at consecutive tow car events

Volkswagen Golf driving down a roadMilton Keynes – Volkswagen is today celebrating two double wins in the world of towing, with the Golf, Passat GTE and Arteon Shooting Brake all claiming titles for their tow car prowess. The Golf and Passat GTE brought home trophies from the What Car? Tow Car Awards, while the Arteon Shooting Brake triumphed in its towing weight class at the Caravan and Motorhome Club’s Towcar of the Year Competition, alongside a second victory for the Golf.

Volkswagen’s tow car accolades resumed with the What Car? Tow Car Awards, as the judging panel decided on the Golf as the winner for its 1,400-1,549 kg category, and the plug-in hybrid Passat GTE for the 1,700-1,899 kg weight class.

Volkswagen Passat GTE driving down a road

The Golf 2.0-litre TDI 150 PS DSG was deemed the best tow car for this category, with the model’s diesel engine providing 150 PS and 360 Nm. Meanwhile, the Passat GTE, with total outputs of 218 PS and 400 Nm from its plug-in hybrid powertrain with its high towing capacity, control and reassuring driving characteristics at higher speeds were also of note to the judges.

Next pair of tow car awards were given to the Golf and Arteon Shooting Brake by the Caravan and Motorhome Club, at its Towcar of the Year Competition. Building on the Golf’s reputation, the same variant impressed the Caravan and Motorhome Club panel, with the Golf 2.0-litre TDI 150 PS DSG. The Arteon Shooting Brake which impressed the judges was the 2.0-litre TDI 200 PS DSG model, which in addition to its suitability for towing, features the most potent engine available for the Arteon family outside of the high-performance Arteon R.

Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake R driving down a road

The Golf and Passat GTE join a long list of Volkswagens celebrated for their prowess when towing loads – the Touareg and Arteon have previously been celebrated in this area in recent years, while this What Car? Award is the latest given to the Passat, which has claimed trophies in its previous generation (B7), as well as its pre-enhanced (B8) forms – proving the model’s continuing practicality and flexibility.

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Volkswagen ID.4 named World Car of the Year 2021

The new fully electric ID.4 prevailed over the strong international competition at the international World Car Awards.

The “World Car of the Year 2021” is a Volkswagen: The new fully electric ID.4 prevailed over the strong international competition at the international World Car Awards. The World Car Awards are presented by more than 90 international motor journalists from 24 countries, who vote on the best innovations on the world market.

We are particularly pleased about our ID.4 being named World Car of the Year”, says Ralf Brandstätter, CEO of Volkswagen passenger cars. “Not only because it is one of the most important car awards in the world - but because the jury also honored a great idea and a great team. The first ID. Model for the key markets of Europe, China and the U.S. carries our electric offensive around the world. A convincing car, a great idea - and the World Car of the Year award? That goes well together for us!”

Vehicles that are eligible for the World Car of the Year award must be manufactured in at least 10,000 units per year and be offered on at least two continents.

“The World Car of the Year award marks a great success for our entire ID. Team,” says Thomas Ulbrich, Board Member for Development at the Volkswagen brand. “We have succeeded in developing a car that starts the system change to e-mobility in the world's most important segment of compact SUVs and offers excellent everyday usability. With it, the ID.32 and the upcoming ID. models, we are making innovative electric mobility in the volume market something that can be experienced by everyone.”

The jury praised the environmentally friendliness of no direct emissions as well as the innovative features of the ID.4. For instance, the innovative augmented reality head-up display is optionally available. It can project important information onto the windscreen such as turn arrows of the navigation system. The driver sees this information as a three-dimensional, staggered image at an apparent distance of three to ten metres in front of the vehicle. This means that the display is perfectly integrated into the real outside world. When Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) or Travel Assist (optional) is active, the vehicle in front of the ID.4 is highlighted with a luminous marking in the head-up display from a certain speed to be able to keep the required distance.

ID.4 interior

The ID.4 also sets standards in digitization. In this way, the car can receive regular updates and new functions "over the air". Volkswagen is the first provider in the volume segment to offer this from the summer. The vehicle is always up to date. This ability is also an important requirement for enabling new business models.

With this at the 17th edition of the World Car of the Year award, the ID.4 continues the success story of Volkswagen at this contest. It is not only well received by the trade press, but also by customers. Volkswagen plans to deliver around 150,000 ID.4s worldwide this year. The e-offensive is a core element of Volkswagen's ACCELERATE strategy. The company plans to bring at least one new all-electric model to market every year.

Because of the COVID 19 pandemic, the award ceremony of the World Car Awards took place digitally this year. It can be viewed again on YouTube.com/worldcartv.

All Volkswagen winners at the World Car Awards:
2009: Golf (World Car of the Year)
2010: Polo (World Car of the Year)
2011: up! (World Car of the Year)
2013: Golf (World Car of the Year)
2021: ID.4 (World Car of the Year)

1) ID.4 – power consumption (NEDC) in kWh/100 km: combined 16.9-15.5; CO2 emissions in g/km: 0; efficiency rating: A+

2) ID.3 – power consumption (NEDC) in kWh/100 km: combined 15.4-13.1.; CO2 emissions in g/km: 0; efficiency rating: A+

ID.3 triumphs at What Car? Electric Car Awards alongside Passat GTE Estate

  • What Car? names ID.3 Life Pro Performance its ‘Best Electric Family Car’, praising its battery, handling and equipment
  • Passat GTE Estate scoops ‘Best Used Plug-in Hybrid Estate’ title, drawing acclaim for its value, practicality and electric-only range
  • ID.3 UK trophy cabinet now contains 12 awards; the model is the brand’s most decorated of the decade so far

Milton Keynes – The Volkswagen ID.3 has picked up another prestigious accolade, this time at the What Car? Electric Car Awards, with the Passat GTE Estate collecting another prize at the same ceremony. The ID.3 was named the ‘Best Electric Family Car’, while the Passat GTE Estate took the title of ‘Best Used Plug-in Hybrid Estate’.

The ID.3 – specifically the ID.3 Life Pro Performance – saw off all competition in the ‘Best Electric Family Car’ category, drawing particular praise for its battery capacity, charging capability, comfort, practicality and handling.

Volkswagen ID.3Steve Huntingford, Editor of What Car? said: “The promise of a car that’s every bit as practical as the big-selling and iconic Volkswagen Golf, yet which is also kind to the planet, presents a humongous order to fill with the potential for huge disappointment. Thankfully, the ID.3 lives up to its promise, and then some. The ID.3 offers ride comfort to rival the Golf, and that’s no mean feat, given the extra weight of its battery pack. Plus, thanks to its tight turning circle and decent grip, it handles better than anything else for the price.

The ID.3 Life Pro Performance is available from £29,740 OTR (£32,240 excluding Government Plug-in Vehicle Grant). Its 58 kWh (net capacity) battery provides a WLTP-certified combined range of up to 264 miles from a single charge, and at a maximum charge rate of 120 kW, the model can reach 80% capacity in as little as 35 minutes. Furthermore, the Pro Performance powertrain provides 204 PS and 310 Nm of torque – facilitating swift acceleration from 0 to 62 mph in 7.3 seconds – another attribute for which the What Car? judges praised the model.

Passat GTE At the same ceremony, the Passat GTE Estate took the ‘Best Used Plug-in Hybrid Estate’ trophy, with the PHEV load-carrier being commended for its practicality – which has long been synonymous with the Passat moniker – as well as the performance and reduced running costs offered by the sporty 218 PS GTE variant. This results in a 7.6-second 0 to 62 mph sprint, as well as up to 38 miles (WLTP, combined) of zero tailpipe-emissions motoring, thanks to the car’s 13 kWh battery pack.

Huntingford said: “The GTE handles tidily, rides smoothly and makes very little noise in whichever of its various driving modes you’re in. The interior is beautifully designed and assembled, and the driver is treated to electric backrest and lumbar support adjustment, aiding comfort on long trips. Passengers are unlikely to complain of a lack of space, either in the front or the back, and the vast boot is unaffected by the need to carry a bulky battery.”

In addition to those attributes praised by the What Car? judging panel, used Passat GTE models in the Volkswagen Retailer Network are also supported by Volkswagen’s Approved Used programme, which includes two years’ warranty cover, two years’ MOT, and two years’ roadside assistance complementing every Volkswagen Approved Used car sale, with two years of free servicing added for any Approved Used vehicle purchased using a Volkswagen Financial Services (VWFS) Solutions Personal Contract Plan.

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Top marks for the ID.4 : five stars in the Euro NCAP test

  • High individual ratings in all test categories
  • Car2X technology comes as standard in Germany in the ID.4

The new ID.4 performed impressively in the renowned Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) safety test. With five stars, the Volkswagen brand’s first compact SUV based on the innovative modular electric drive matrix (MEB) was awarded the top score. Auditors gave the ID.4 good ratings on all criteria – for the protection of adult occupants, children and vulnerable road users, as well as in terms of assistance systems.

The assessment of occupant protection for adults is based on factors including frontal impact, lateral impact and whiplash tests. Based on these crash tests and the evaluation of measures to ensure that rescue and extrication are as rapid as possible, the ID.4 achieved 93% of the available points in relation to drivers and adult passengers. A result of 89% was determined for children.

These ratings are based on three important considerations. As well as examining the protection provided by child restraint systems in the event of a frontal or lateral impact, the assessment also scrutinised options in the vehicle for installing child seats of various sizes as well as the equipment a vehicle offers for the transportation of children.

In addition to occupant protection in vehicles, Euro NCAP also examines how well automatic emergency braking systems (AEB) can protect vulnerable road users – pedestrians and cyclists – in the event of an impending collision. The auditors equally attach great importance to other standard assistance systems. One of the positive things about the ID.4 is that all equipment variants come with the Lane Assist lane departure warning system and Front Assist emergency braking assistant as standard. The ID.4 also has a centre airbag for the front seats; this can help to reduce or, in the best case, prevent possible head contact between the driver and front passenger in the event of a side collision, for example.

Car2X is another piece of technology that every ID.4 in Germany has on board. It allows the vehicle to exchange information about local hazards with other vehicles and with traffic infrastructure, by means of the WLANp wireless standard. As early as in March 2020, Euro NCAP presented the innovative Car2X hazard-warning function with the Advanced Award in recognition of its pioneering equipment.

As an optional extra, Volkswagen offers further assistance systems that can increase comfort within their respective system limits.

With a score of 85% of the available points, the fully electric SUV from Volkswagen also put in an excellent performance in the Safety Assist category. The score for pedestrian and cyclist protection was 76%.

With five stars for the new ID.4, Volkswagen continues its story of success in Euro NCAP – most recently, the compact ID.33 achieved the top rating in October 2020. Details on the individual tests are publicly available at www.euroncap.com.


  • 1 ID.4 – power consumption in kWh/100 km (NEDC): combined 16.9–15.5; CO₂ emissions in g/km: 0; efficiency class: A+
  • 2 ID.4 1ST – power consumption (NEDC) in kWh/100 km: 16.2; CO₂ emissions in g/km: 0; efficiency class: A+
  • 3 ID.3 – power consumption in kWh/100 km (NEDC): combined 15.4–13.1; CO₂ emissions in g/km: 0; efficiency class: A+

ID.3 triumphs at What Car? Electric Car Awards alongside Passat GTE Estate

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Barely a week had passed into 2021 and the brand was already decorated by carwow, WhichEV and Company Car and Van awards.  

On the 7th January 2021, at the carwow 2021 Car of the Year Awards, two Volkswagen models were successful in taking the silverware home. The first was the new Golf R, named ‘Most Wanted’, while the ID.3 was given the title ‘Best Family Electric Car.’ Just a few days earlier, the ID.3 received its first accolade of the year, this time from WhichEV in its 2021 awards celebrating the best EVs over the 12 months. ‘The Best Newcomer EV’ title was given to the ID.3, while it also received an honourable mention in the ‘Best Hatchback EV’ category.The latest Golf found success on the same day, at the 2021 Company Car & Van Awards. The best-selling hatchback was named ‘Medium Car of the Year’.

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Which Car Awards have Volkswagen cars previously won?

Award winning Volkswagen Cars in 2020

  • Polo named 'Best Small Car' at the WhatCar? Awards

  • Golf GTE named 'Best Used Plug-in Hybrid' in the Diesel Car & Eco Car Used Car Top 50 2020

  • Awards from both Carbuyer and TopGear.com for new Volkswagen EV

  • GQ Car Awards 2020

    • Volkswagen ID.3 is crowned ‘Best Family car’

2020 proved to be another successful year for the Volkswagen trophy cabinet. It began at the What Car? Awards in January where the Polo was named ‘Best Small Car’, while the T-Roc R and Touran took price-point trophies in their respective classes. Also in January were the Diesel Car & Eco Car Used Car Top 50 2020 Awards, where the Scirocco, Tiguan, Passat and Golf all made the list, while the Golf GTE was named ‘Best Used Plug-in Hybrid’. However, it was the ID.3 that was the biggest winner in 2020. In February GQ named it ‘Best Family Car’ at its Car Awards. During November, Carbuyer awarded it ‘Best Family Electric Car’ and a month later DrivingElectric gave it the gong for ‘Best Electric Family Car’. To finish off the year, TopGear.com bestowed the MEB-based hatchback with the title ‘Game Changer of the Year’.

2020 What Car? Awards sees awards for Polo, T-Roc and Touran

The Polo did particularly well, beating others in its category to take the title of ‘Best Small Car’. This is the second year in a row that it has claimed an overall victory in this category, maintaining its position at the top of the ever-more competitive supermini segment. The judges applauded every part of the Polo, including its comfortable interior, quiet engine, and overall value as a package. Steve Huntingford, Editor of What Car?, said: “The Volkswagen Polo has an interior that's easier to get along with than other small car rivals, as well as a quieter engine. When it comes to comfort, the Polo is the small car in which you’ll feel freshest after covering lots of motorway miles... It really is the complete package.”

Volkswagen T-Roc R

The newest member of the Volkswagen SUV family, the T-Roc R, has also been presented with its first award from UK media, just weeks after its arrival. The newcomer, and flagship of the T-Roc range, collected its price point award of ‘Best Sports SUV under £40,000’ – a strong start for Volkswagen’s first compact performance SUV. 

Volkswagen Touran

The Touran, meanwhile, continued its run of success, picking up a win in its price point as ‘Best MPV £22,000 – £30,000’. The 2020 awards mark the fifth consecutive year in which the Touran has been applauded in the MPV category by the What Car? judges.

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Volkswagen ID.3 is presented with two prominent and prestigious awards in just one week

The Volkswagen ID.3 has won two major awards in less than a week, displaying a breadth of talents to win Carbuyer’s ‘Best Family Electric Car’ title, as well as being named ‘Game Changer of the Year’ by TopGear.com. The model was presented with the latter accolade at TopGear.com’s annual awards evening on the 1st December 2020, held virtually this year.

TopGear.com judges praised the ID.3’s ease of use and classy styling, as well as its overall appeal as a package.

At Carbuyer, the judges commended the ID.3’s interior space, comfort and different available specifications and ranges, with its diverse line-up of eight equipment and quality-packed variants bolstering the model’s appeal to customers. Ease of use was high on the list of accolades praised by Carbuyer too, as were the ID.3’s mass market intentions and breadth of appeal – attributes that have been praised time and again by the media.

Richard Ingram, Editor of Carbuyer.co.uk, said:

The Volkswagen ID.3 is the closest we've come to zero-emission motoring for the masses. It's spacious, good to drive and so easy to live with – whether you're new to EVs or a hardened electric car convert. Furthermore, with a wide range of batteries and specs to choose from, there's an ID.3 for everyone. Congratulations to Volkswagen on a well-deserved win.

The ID.3 is no stranger to accolades, having been given carwow’s ‘Most Wanted’ Award for creating the biggest buzz on the publication’s website some months before its official launch.

GQ names Volkswagen ID.3 ‘Best Family car’ at the 2020 GQ car awards

The revolutionary electric hatchback scooped the prize at the star-studded GQ Car Awards, with the publication recognising the ID.3 as the “future of sustainable motoring”.

The judging panel praised the ID.3’s ease of use, modern aesthetics and multiple battery options, as well as Volkswagen’s wider strategy to democratise electric mobility with a growing range of forthcoming ID. models. Particular mention was given to the brand’s partnership with Tesco and Pod Point, which is seeing the installation of over 2,400 free chargers – compatible with electric vehicles of all brands – at Tesco stores up and down the country.

Announcing the award in the March 2020 issue of the magazine, GQ said:

“Volkswagen wants to normalise electrification to gain mass acceptance for a format whose range and charge anxiety is still bothersome to many. A new kind of people’s car, then… Its design is crisply inoffensive, the driving process easy, the experience precision-tooled to sweep away all objections. Volkswagen is even working with Tesco to improve charging infrastructure.”

This accolade follows the ID.3’s first big trophy from UK media last year, when it was named ‘Most Wanted’ by carwow for stirring up the highest level of interest on its website across the course of 2019, further confirming the ID.3 as one of the most highly anticipated cars of this year.

Tim O’Donovan, EV Product Marketing Manager at Volkswagen UK, said:

“This is a considerable accolade for a key model in Volkswagen’s electric future. We know how talented the ID.3 is, and we’re hugely grateful that this has been recognised. What’s new and refreshing is that its success is recognised and measured against all of its peers, rather than just other electric models. Recognition of the ID.3 as the electric people’s car is massively rewarding, too.We know that customers will love the ID.3 just as much as GQ, and can’t wait to hear their feedback on this first, multi-skilled and now multi award-winning member of the ID. family.”

Volkswagen UP! and Passat Estate take double win at What Car? Used Car of the Year Awards 2020

The criteria the judges compare each car by includes space, economy, safety and ease of use, while also taking into account driving characteristics and suitability to a wide variety of roads and conditions. The Passat Estate’s cavernous boot capacity of up to 1,780 litres ticks the box for all-important luggage space, while its comprehensive equipment, high quality interior and unrivalled comfort secured its 2020 title.

Volkswagen Up!

Volkswagen’s used car efforts have drawn high praise from What Car? previously – at the 2019 What Car? Used Car of the Year Awards, Volkswagen triumphed in the category for Best Used Car Website for its Das WeltAuto approved used scheme.

The judging panel described the up! as “long having been one of our favourite city cars”, and hailed the Passat’s “practicality, refinement and high-quality interior”, leading them to award both cars their respective category wins.

Mark Pearson, Used Car Editor at What Car? said: “We’re delighted to hand our Used Estate Car of the Year Award to the venerable Passat. Even in a category that was jam-packed with so many spacious estate cars it stood out. It’s great to drive, too, and that you can have all this competence and classiness at such competitive prices only seals the deal for us.

“Meanwhile, the pert little Volkswagen up! won our Used City Car Award this year because it’s great to drive and comes with that lovely, classy interior that also offers up plenty of room for four. It’s refined, economical and practical, and it should be cheap to run, too. It’s a great overall package and terrific value.”

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Volkswagen Touareg Parker Tow car award joins growing list of towing triumphs

Volkswagen Touareg Parker Tow car award joins growing list of towing triumphs

Volkswagen is celebrating further recognition of the Touareg’s towing abilities, with Parkers awarding the luxurious SUV its Best Tow Car award for the second year running. This also marks the second towing trophy awarded to the Touareg in as many months, highlighting the car’s hauling capabilities, alongside its many other talents.

The Touareg saw off competition from across the industry to pull home the trophy for the second year running, strengthening its credentials as a stellar tow car. The Touareg’s three-strong engine line-up all share 3,500 kg towing capabilities. These include the 3.0-litre V6 TDI diesel engines available with 231 PS or 286 PS, and the 340 PS 3.0-litre V6 TFSI petrol-powered unit.

The Touareg’s fourth British towing-related accolade comes after it was named the Caravan and Motorhome Club’s best tow-car in its largest, 1,700 kg-plus weight category – also successfully defending its 2018 title. Meanwhile, the Arteon 2.0-litre TDI SCR 150 PS won top prize – as well as its 1,550-1,699 kg weight class – at the recent Tow Car Awards, further demonstrating Volkswagen’s towing talents across its range.

The judging panel was particularly impressed by the Touareg’s versatility, offering an impressive drive both on and off-road, with comfort, refinement and flexibility built in. Parkers’ experts compared the SUV to a large luxury estate car rather than a high-riding SUV.

Volkswagen T-Cross named best compact SUV at Business Car Awards 2019

The T-Cross, the smallest of Volkswagen’s five-strong SUV line-up, was chosen as segment-best by BusinessCar, with the judging panel picking out its nimble handling around town, strong choice of engines and stylish looks as particular strengths.

In collecting its latest award, the T-Cross takes the baton from its compact SUV sibling, the T-Roc, which took the same trophy in 2018 – highlighting the appeal of Volkswagen’s SUV range for business car users. In addition to the newcomer’s success, the Golf R was highly commended in the Drivers Choice category – a new segment for 2019.

These prizes are the latest to be awarded to Volkswagen’s range, and its line-up of SUVs in particular, including a number of towing-related trophies for the Touareg, the Tiguan being dubbed Most Dependable SUV by J.D. Power, as well as the T-Roc being named both Small SUV of the Year by 4x4 Magazine and Small Car of the Year by Company Car and Van.

Rear view of a Volkswagen T-Cross driving on a road

The T-Cross majors on practicality, seating five in comfort while boasting the flexibility of a sliding rear bench, allowing the choice between an extra 14 cm of leg room for rear passengers, or an extra 85 litres of luggage space in the boot. Frugal petrol and diesel engines are available in the line-up, as are both manual and DSG automatic transmission options.

Upon awarding the versatile compact SUV its category win, the judging panel commented that the T-Cross offers “a stylish design, typical Volkswagen interior quality, a choice of efficient petrol or diesel engines, and agile behaviour around town."

Claire Haynes, T-Cross Product Manager at Volkswagen UK, said:

“The T-Cross is an exemplary all-rounder, with style, practicality, capability and efficiency all at the forefront of its armoury. It remains true to its mantra: “I am more than one thing”.

“Recognition of its talents and the versatility of its qualities by publications like BusinessCar only goes to show how accurate this strap line is, and how suitable it is for everyone – whether it’s company car drivers, young families, city dwellers or outdoor adventurers.”

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Volkswagen ID.3 Scoops Carwow's most wanted award at 2019 ceremony

Even before the car arrives in the UK, the ID.3 has already won its first accolade, the carwow Most Wanted Award. This aims to recognise the car with most public excitement and anticipation ahead of a launch, and this year few have created as much buzz as the ID.3. The all-new electric Volkswagen will be the first built on the new Volkswagen Group MEB platform, a dedicated all-electric platform that will underpin a range of new EVs from the brand over the next few years.

The award winners were chosen by the in-house team at carwow led by Editorial Director, Mat Watson, who said:

"Will the ID.3 be the electric car for the masses? The excitement the car has generated over the past 12 months suggests it just might be. It has consistently been at the top of the most-read news stories on carwow and we can’t wait to drive it."

The ID.3 will be available with three range options, with up to 342 miles (WLTP) possible, while three maximum charging capacities are also offered: 50 kW, 100 kW and 125 kW at a DC power source. The car, as a technology champion for the Volkswagen brand, will be the first to get Volkswagen’s augmented reality head-up display, which uses a module beneath the windscreen to project key data into the driver’s field of vision, appearing to lay instructions over the view of the world outside, and navigation instructions onto the road ahead.

Side view of the Volkswagen ID.3

Another key characteristic of the ID.3 is that it will be completely carbon-neutral at the point of delivery, with no excess carbon dioxide released during the manufacture and logistical processes wherever possible – matching Volkswagen’s commitment to be completely carbon neutral by 2050. Using Volkswagen’s green energy provider, Elli, drivers can continue their ID.3’s carbon neutrality into its working life.

Pre-booking for the ID.3 1ST Edition opened on 8 May 2019, when it was shown to the world in its distinctive pink and blue camouflage. Within 24 hours 10,000 pre-orders had been placed across Europe. The production car made its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, by which time over 30,000 pre-orders had been taken.

Geraldine Ingham, Head of Marketing at Volkswagen UK added:

“The ID.3 is a hugely significant car for Volkswagen, and marks the third major chapter in our history after the Beetle and the Golf. We are delighted with the response to the car so far, and we’ve already filled all of our pre-booking slots for the ID.3 1ST Edition in the UK, with a waiting list in place, such is the level of demand. We are working to bring electric cars to the masses and with great range, an affordable price and fun handling promised we aren’t entirely surprised at the reception to the car so far. The ID.3 will start production next month and we expect the first cars to arrive with our pre-bookers in the summer next year.”

Volkswagen up! retains Auto Express Top City Car Award

The up!’s winning streak at Auto Express continues into the 2019 Awards, fending off new competition with its extensive skillset, but particularly its excellent visibility, precise manual gearshift and compact dimensions, according to the publication.

In particular, Auto Express praised the up! in High up! 1.0 75 PS 5dr spec, paying note to the car’s high level of equipment, affordability and style. Despite its city car dimensions the up!’s level of safety and space and price point also drew accolade from the judging panel.

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Steve Fowler, Editor-in-Chief of Auto Express, said:

“The up! is in its element around town, because visibility is excellent and the light steering, precise manual gearshift and compact dimensions make it perfect for the city. Yet its good body control, grip and agility make it great fun on a winding road, too. “The up! is roomy inside and seats four in comfort, and the 251-litre boot is surprisingly useful. Intuitive and simple controls for the infotainment and in-car tech add to the car’s ease-of-use and are the icing on a small but perfectly formed cake.”

Lisa Hartley, product manager for the up! at Volkswagen UK, said:

“Three years of awards from Auto Express prove that the up! is a winning package, with longevity built-in as well as Volkswagen’s signature quality and reliability. The Auto Express trophy is the fourth awarded to the up! this year alone, and the smallest Volkswagen just so happens to be the brand’s most celebrated model of 2019 so far, with awards praising its frugality, dependability, and company car qualities proving its long list of talents and universal appeal.”

Volkswagen Golf named "Used Car hero" by Autocar

  • Mk7 Golf highly praised at the 2019 Autocar Awards

  • Wide choice of trim levels and engine options highlighted

  • Golf is one of the UK’s most searched for used cars

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Milton Keynes – The Volkswagen Golf has been awarded ‘Used Car Hero’ at the 2019 Autocar Awards, in recognition of its numerous talents – namely the value it represents to customers on the used car market, from its flexibility and quality to its reliability.

The accolade comes after a successful week, where the Golf also collected the award for ‘Best Car for New Drivers’ at the Auto Trader New Car Awards 2019, it has now picked up the title Used Car Hero from Autocar.

Volkswagen winning award for " Used car hero"

The publication applauded the Golf’s versatile line-up, ranging from high-performance champions like the R and GTI models, to the value-packed Golf Match, the eco credentials of the e-Golf and the real-world usability of the diesel and petrol-engined variants on offer. The Golf’s value for money on the used market was of particular note to Autocar.

Neither the Golf, nor Volkswagen itself, are strangers to success at the Autocar Awards. In 2017 the Golf GTI was crowned ‘Readers’ Champion’ in a huge online poll of Autocar readers, while Dr Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Volkswagen Group and Chairman of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen brand, was honoured with the respected ‘Editor’s Award’ at the 2018 event.

Speaking of the Golf’s win, Autocar Editor Mark Tisshaw said:

“The Volkswagen Golf has been crowned the 2019 AutocarUsed Car Hero. We’ve picked out the nearly-new seventh generation version, which is available in many forms, from the electric e-Golf to the hot R version. Whichever version you choose, the used Golf blends affordability, versatility and reliability. 

Rear view of a yellow Golf R Line driving on a road

“The Used Car Hero award, which we run with our used car guru James Ruppert, this year celebrates nearly new cars, and is awarded to a brilliant used car that's still on sale as a new one. The current Golf was the outstanding choice for the win this year, given there is next to no drop off in appeal for all the reasons you'd buy a new one still apply when buying used."

Andrew Savvas, Volkswagen UK Managing Director collected the award yesterday evening, held at the Silverstone Wing in Northamptonshire. Barny Francis, National Used Car Manager at Volkswagen UK, who also attended the awards, said:

“Over the last 45 years the Volkswagen Golf has built a loyal following. It has long been a favourite of car buyers in the UK, and consistently ranks very highly as one of the UK’s best-selling new cars. Buyers have even more choice on the used market with the Golf, which is also one of the UK’s most searched for used cars. From economical diesels to high performance GTI and R models, with electrified powertrains like the all-electric e-Golf in-between, the Golf is truly the People’s Car, and so we are thrilled that Autocar has recognised its position with the Used Car Hero award. With the Das WeltAuto programme offering our customers great benefits and peace of mind in making their used purchase, we’re prouder than ever of the Golf and our used car offering.”



Class wins for updated Golf and up! at Auto Express Awards 2017

Judges praise Volkswagens’ quality, comfort and space

The updated Volkswagen Golf was crowned Compact Family Car of the Year in the annual Auto Express Awards.

The latest iteration features the option of all-new engines, more technology, improved connectivity and revised styling.

 New Volkswagen Golf

Commenting on the Golf’s victory, Auto Express Editor-in-chief Steve Fowler said: “The evergreen Golf is back with a bang, thanks to upgraded engines, a new infotainment system and revised trim levels. It still sets the standard for comfort, refinement and upmarket appeal. It’s practical, too, with more than enough space for most families, plus numerous thoughtful touches that make living with the Golf so easy.

Meanwhile the latest Volkswagen up! city car, revised in 2016 and now boasting a refreshed exterior design, the option of a new 1.0-litre TSI turbocharged engine offering up to 90 PS and extra equipment as standard, is also a winner with Auto Express.

Claiming the Auto Express 2017 City Car of the Year award, the up! is praised for its quality, refinement, generous interior space and high-end equipment options.Today’s up! range also includes the electric e-up! which adds the option of zero-emission driving to the car’s compelling mix of attributes.

 Volkswagen up! 

Volkswagen Golf GTI Is Autocar Readers' Champion

Volkswagen Golf GTI Is Autocar Readers' Champion

Iconic Volkswagen hot hatch voted Autocar readers’ favourite

Golf also celebrates co.uk and DieselCar awards

Updated Golf continues model’s 40-year success story

Milton Keynes – Volkswagen’s iconic Golf GTI has been named the Readers’ Champion in a huge online poll by influential automotive title Autocar.

Autocar Editor Mark Tisshaw said: ”Earlier this year we came up with a list of 39 very special cars we believe have changed motoring for the better. Then we asked our readers to choose their favourite.

“The Volkswagen Golf GTI began life many years ago as a bit of a curiosity, but it soon created an entire car market movement – and has led it ever since because its creators remained focused on what mattered. “Now, as ever, the Golf GTI is one of the true greats of our industry.”

Receiving the award on behalf of Volkswagen at the Autocar Awards this week was the brand’s Head of Chassis Tuning, Karsten Schebstat, who travelled from the company’s HQ in Wolfsburg, Germany, for the event.

The Golf’s success in the magazine readers’ poll comes hot on the heels of a brace of other award wins for Volkswagen’s most popular model.

Online title HonestJohn.co.uk also uses its readers as the basis for its awards and, just a few days ago, the Golf was named top of its Small Family Car class for 2017.

Managing Editor Dan Powell said: “HonestJohn.co.uk readers love the style and refinement of the latest Golf, with it coming out top in the small family car category.

“Upmarket and robust, the Golf remains true to Volkswagen’s family car values, with affordable running costs and lots of everyday comfort and practicality. “With this in mind, it’s unsurprising to see it come out on top in the Honest John Awards 2017.”

But that’s not the end of the Golf’s recent run of award-winning form. In the latest DieselCar Top 50, celebrating the very best 50 new cars on sale in the UK today – the updated Golf was named ‘Best Medium Car’ and ‘Best Plug-in Hybrid’.

DieselCar editor Ian Robertson said: “A household name for good reason, it’s easy to underestimate the Golf until you spend time in one. One of the best all-rounders on sale, almost every detail has been perfected over its seven generations, and the facelifted 2017 model brings even more improvements to the winning formula.

“The interior is as classy as ever, but now has one of the best infotainment systems in the business. New technology such as pedestrian detection boosts safety, while Traffic Jam Assist can drive the car semi-autonomously.”

In 2016 a total of 72,762 new Golfs were sold in the UK confirming the model’s top spot among the five key pillars of the brand here alongside new Tiguan, Polo, Passat and new up!.

Volkswagen's double first in Top Gear's 2017 'Best Cars In The World' issue

Volkswagen is celebrating an impressive brace of titles in Top Gear magazine's latest issue which names the very best cars in the world.

TopGear declares the Volkswagen Golf ‘All The Car You’ll Ever Need’, while the Volkswagen up! is named ‘Best First Wheels’ by the influential motoring brand.

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Praising the Volkswagen hatchback that has dominated its class for more than four decades, the magazine said...

A Golf. Short of needing seven seats or some genuine off-road ability, those two words can answer just about any car requirement you care to throw our way.

With comfortably more than 30 million produced over the car’s 42-year history, the Volkswagen Golf retains its classless appeal and enduring reputation for quality, reliability and effortless competence. Upwards of two million Golfs have been sold in the UK to date, and roughly one in three new Volkswagens sold here last year bore the name Golf.

The most extreme iteration of the current Golf – the sold-out GTI Clubsport S – was recently described byTopGear thus...

There’s no denying how quick it is, but the GTI is also incredibly tactile and approachable for a hardcore front-wheel-drive hatch.

Meanwhile the recently revised Volkswagen up! carries off the ‘Best First Wheels’ title with its potent mix of style, functionality and value.

Today’s up! remains one of the five key pillars of the Volkswagen portfolio in the UK alongside new Tiguan, Polo, Golf and Passat, and the car has been a consistent sales performer in the UK since its launch here in 2012.

In the UK, the new car is offered with a choice of two petrol engines offering three engine outputs: a naturally aspirated three-cylinder 12-valve petrol engine with outputs of either 60 PS or 75 PS, or a new three cylinder turbocharged 1.0 TSI petrol unit with 90 PS.

TopGear said of it...

The up! doesn’t really feel like a baby car: it’s refined and has supple suspension and runs true on motorways.

Welcoming the brace of important titles for two of Volkswagen’s most popular models Alison Jones, Director of Volkswagen UK, said...

"For both the Golf and the up! to be recognised in this way by the experts at TopGear is a really strong result. With the prospect of the revised Golf, and much else besides, to look forward to next year I’m hopeful that we can continue to celebrate Volkswagen awards successes such as this throughout 2017."

Volkswagen Touran retains its ‘Best MPV’ crown at What Car? Awards! 2017

  • New Tiguan SUV secures a ‘best buy’ recommendation
  • Tiguan also features among finalists in Safety Award

Volkswagen Touran in Blue

Milton Keynes – Volkswagen is celebrating an award-winning start to 2017 with the brand’s popular and flexible Touran people carrier maintaining its pole position as Best MPV in the renowned What Car? Awards.

Meanwhile, the recently-launched Tiguan takes a price point title in the awards’ Small SUV category, with the Tiguan 2.0 TDI 150 SE Navigation named ‘Best Buy, more than £25,000’ at the annual celebration of motoring excellence. And the Tiguan shows its breadth of capability by also being named a finalist in the What Car? Safety Award.​

Scoring a second consecutive win in the hotly-contested MPV class What Car? judges said of the seven-seat Touran – winner of the ‘Best Buy £20,000-£26,000’ section in 1.6 TDI 115 SE form as well as overall victory in the MPV category:

“For class-leading space and practicality, look no further than the Volkswagen Touran. This seven-seat MPV has an impressively roomy interior, with masses of space in the front and back, as well as a third row of seats that can be easily folded away to increase boot capacity."

Man putting stuff in Volkswagen Touran boot

The interior is well built and all the materials used feel classy, and it’s roomier than rivals such as the Ford S-Max and Citroën Grand C4 Picasso. As well as being incredibly practical, the Touran is also great to drive. The Touran is big, but isn’t at all cumbersome or heavy to manoeuvre. The 1.6-litre diesel engine offers gutsy performance and will easily haul around seven people and a full load of luggage.

It’s efficient too: the Touran achieved 50.9mpg in our real-world True MPG fuel economy test. SE trim gets all the kit you’ll need, including an intuitive infotainment touchscreen, a DAB radio and automatic lights and wipers. It’s good news on the finance front, too, with some great PCP deals available.

Turning to small SUV price point victor the new Tiguan, which launched in the UK in the summer of 2016 and is already building on the sales success of its predecessor, What Car? Editor Steve Huntingford said:

“Inside, its slick switches, piano black plastics and soft surfaces make it feel worth its premium. But it doesn’t just look the part because the Tiguan has a massive amount of interior space, while its rear seats can be slid back and forth for increased practicality. It’s rounded off with a spacious boot."

Volkswagen Touran interior

We think the 2.0-litre diesel engine makes a great companion, and it has enough low-rev pull to ensure hauling a fully loaded car is no issue. Couple that with competitive CO2emissions and fuel economy, and it’s a mighty fine package.

Commenting on the Tiguan’s finalist position in the What Car? Safety Award Steve said...

"The Tiguan has the highest adult occupant protection score of any car here, and because that’s the score most buyers will look towards first when choosing a car, we’ve given it extra credit."

The Tiguan also scores very well when it comes to keeping children and pedestrians safe, and it’s those consistently high scores which impressed our panel.

Discussing the early year silverware Alison Jones, Director of Volkswagen UK, said...

"The Touran’s second successive What Car? award underlines this practical Volkswagen’s brilliance. Safe, flexible, efficient and stylish, the Touran is the family MPV that ticks every box. Meanwhile, for the new Tiguan to have been recommended above all others in the £25,000-plus price point underscores the brilliance of this exceptional new SUV. That the Tiguan was also in the running for What Car?’s Safety Award should also reassure families that, in selecting this as their next new car, they’re buying into one of the most impressive new SUVs on the road today."

For more information, view the Volkswagen Touran range click here > or contact our Crewe or Wrexham dealerships

Tiguan receives the German Design Award 2017

Wolfsburg, 25 October 2016 - The German Design Council has announced the winners of the German Design Award 2017

A Volkswagen brand model is among this year's winners: the Volkswagen Tiguan has been selected as a winner in the "Transportation" category and honoured with this prestigious award

The German Design Award is the fifth award won this year by the new Tiguan for outstanding automotive design. The Volkswagen design team led by Klaus Bischoff has given the second generation of this popular compact SUV an elegant appearance. The new Tiguan is longer, wider and lower in height compared to its predecessor. These new dimensions have been achieved in no small part through the use of the MQB (Modular Transverse Matrix). The result is a striking SUV profile with distinctive proportions and a very dynamic design. At the front, the radiator grille and LED projection headlights unit (fitted as standard in the Highline equipment option) emphasise the powerfully upright overall impression.

Volkswagen Tiguan in white

Established in 2012, the German Design Award is one of the most prestigious design competitions in the world and is highly regarded well beyond expert circles. This coveted prize is awarded by the German Design Council. Founded in 1953 by the German Bundestag as a foundation, this international committee is one of the world’s leading centres of excellence for communication and brand management within the design field.

The award ceremony of the German Design Award will take place in Frankfurt on 10 February 2017.

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The Volkswagen Golf is a car dealers best used car of 2016

  • Volkswagen Golf is the Car Dealer Used Car of the Year
  • Golf also wins the Mid-Sized Used Car of the Year award
  • Deposit contributions available on all used Volkswagens*
  • The enduring appeal of Volkswagen’s most popular model has been underlined once more at the Car Dealer Used Car Awards 2016, sponsored by Black Horse. The Volkswagen Golf won the Used Car of the Year Award at a ceremony earlier this week. The Golf is packed with features that continue to make it one of the strongest propositions in the used car market.

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Collecting the award Ian Plummer, Volkswagen UK’s Head of Sales Operations, said...

"The Golf retains a timeless appeal and so it’s perhaps no surprise that it continues to pick up awards as a used car. It’s a strong seller in Volkswagen’s Das WeltAuto used car programme, and it’s a car that continues to put smiles on the faces of our customers."

James Baggott, Ma