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Volkswagen Car Awards

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Which awards have Volkswagen cars won this year?

  • GQ Car Awards 2020

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


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.”


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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.

volkswagen up

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

golf r line tsi

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.”

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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.

volkswagen up and volkswagen e golf

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!

  • 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."

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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.

volkswagen golf

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, Managing Director of Blackball Media, publishers of Car Dealer magazine, added...

"Mid-sized cars are the bread and butter of so many used car dealerships up and down the UK. Perfect for couples and young families, there is a wealth of choice for buyers in this busy part of the market. This model is a massive success and the fact that it has been around since 1974 in one guise or another tells its own story."

 3 men accept the VW Golf's award for best used car of 2016 at the Car Dealer awards

The Volkswagen Golf sits at the heart of the brand’s appeal in the UK, and is as stylish as it is functional and robust. That combination makes it a firm favourite with new and used car buyers.

Inside and out, the Golf has been fine-tuned over four decades and the result is a car that is effortless to buy, drive and own. The huge variety of bodystyles, drivetrain options and equipment levels ensures the broadest possible appeal, and the Golf remains among a small group of mainstream models in its class to be offered in petrol, diesel, hybrid or full electric form in the UK.

Volkswagen Retailers ensure the experience of purchasing a used Golf is as simple and enjoyable as that of purchasing a new car, and the brand’s award-winning Blended Retailing concept helps to make this possible. Blended Retailing is a suite of digital enablers that combine the online world, the showroom experience and highly trained staff in a seamless journey through the vehicle purchase and ownership experience.

Applied to a used Volkswagen Golf, Blended Retailing means the customer searches the Das WeltAuto pages of www.volkswagen.co.uk and then views the Golf that matches their needs at a Volkswagen Retailer.

Blended Retailing has been embraced by Volkswagen Retailers. This award is about the quality of work our Retailer network does and their expertise in working with customers... added Ian Plummer.

Volkswagen’s Das WeltAuto programme was highly commended by the Car Dealer Used Car judges on Monday night, and was praised in particular for giving customers confidence in their purchase as well as complete peace of mind.

It starts with the car undergoing a thorough 142-check process, carried out by trained Volkswagen technicians. Any issues identified are addressed using Volkswagen Genuine Parts™. Additionally, the service history is validated, as is the status of the car’s warranty. The complete vehicle history and mileage is also verified.

Only at that point can it become part of the Das WeltAuto programme. Once the customer has chosen their perfect used Volkswagen, they can choose from a variety of flexible finance options that currently include a deposit contribution of between £500 and £2,000 when the customer purchases the car on Volkswagen Financial Services’ Solutions Personal Contract Plan at 10.9 per cent APR representative*. In addition, customers who purchase a Used Car with Solutions PCP are also eligible for a service plan at no extra cost, covering their next two services.

Finally, a 12-month Das WeltAuto warranty is applied to the car, as well as 12 months roadside assistance, which covers the UK and Europe. And to get the customer on the road quickly Das WeltAuto offers insurance cover for the first five days of ownership, subject to conditions.

Alongside the Golf’s win at the Car Dealer awards Volkswagen Retailer Western Volkswagen, based in Edinburgh, was honoured too. It was highly commended in the Used Car Sales Team of the Year category. And Sinclair Group was highly commended in the Dealer Group of the Year category after being nominated by Volkswagen.


New Volkswagen E-Up! is a next green car award winner!

  • Revised e-up! wins City Car category in 2016 Next Green Car Awards
  • Latest e-up! has new infotainment functionality and sharper styling
  • Volkswagen e-up! is on sale now at £20,780 (RRP OTR, incl. government grant)

volkswagen e up

The Volkswagen e-up! has won the hotly contested City Car category in the Next Green Car Awards. Volkswagen’s popular up! family has been a consistent winner since its launch in 2011 and, following a refresh of the exterior and interior styling, plus an extensive redesign of the infotainment system, the awards keep on coming.

The refreshed e-up! went on sale in the UK in September. It’s powered by an 82 PS electric motor that has a 204-cell lithium-ion battery pack located within the car’s floor. It is rated at 374 volts, or 18.7 kWh. The important figure is the range: The e-up! can travel 93 miles between charges, and charging the e-up! to 80 per cent takes just 30 minutes via a fast-charge connection.

As well as its clever packaging and quick charging, the e-up! benefits from punchy acceleration thanks to the 210 Nm of torque from the electric motor. The car can reach 62 mph in 12.4 seconds. These factors combine to mark out the e-up! as the perfect car for the urban environment.

The e-up! continues to push the boundaries of modern technology when it comes to connectivity. The driver’s smartphone docks into the centre console to become an integral part of the driving experience and integrating seamlessly into the car’s infotainment system.

The Volkswagen app, meanwhile, enables the driver to play music via the smartphone. They can also access the navigation system and run Think Blue. Trainer, Volkswagen’s fun program that coaches the driver in efficient driving techniques.

The smartphone connection continues when the driver is out of the car. Volkswagen’s Car-Net e-remote enables the driver to control the e-up!’s charging process remotely from their smartphone. They can also switch on the air conditioning before they get into the car, and can review their driving data and vehicle trip statistics. A three-year subscription to this service is included with the e-up!

The award-winning Volkswagen is available exclusively as a five-door in pure electric form, and is loaded with equipment. Included are 15-inch ‘Tezzle’ alloy wheels with low rolling resistance tyres. The glass is tinted from the B-pillar backwards, and the re-styled front bumper has trademark ‘C’ signature LED running lights. The interior now features chromed door handles, air vent surrounds, speedo surrounds and light and heating switches.

The three-spoke steering wheel is trimmed in leather, as is the gear knob gaiter and handbrake grip. The upper dashpad has a distinctive ‘Sharkskin’ pattern. The front lights will stay on for a short period of time, to enable the driver to see their way to their front door, while other standard-fit equipment items include cruise control and a dusk sensor that turns the driving lights on automatically – particularly useful through the winter months. Rear parking sensors further aid convenience, too.

The judges of the Next Green Car Awards were suitably impressed by the new e-up!

Already one of the best city cars around, Volkswagen has made its e-up! even better with sharper looks and improved equipment. Fun to drive, cheap to run, and with zero tailpipe emissions, the little Volkswagen is an ideal urban runabout.


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