Should I buy a Volkswagen?
Volkswagen has traditionally enjoyed an enviable reputation as a trustworthy manufacturer of high-quality cars. That reputation was shattered in 2015 by the ‘dieselgate’ emissions scandal, in which the company admitted it had cheated official tests.
The fallout of the scandal has been far reaching. The 'cheat' means that certain diesel-powered VW Group cars built between 2009 and 2015 may be more polluting than official figures suggest and may be subject to recall.
Scandal aside, VW offers a very wide range of models and fuel types to suit most needs and budgets. Some of the world's best-known names are to be found here. VW’s bestselling family favourites include the Golf, Polo and Passat.
The Up city car is VW’s entry-level model, while crossover SUV 4x4 models include the Tiguan, T-Roc and Touareg. As for MPVs, the Touran provides seating for seven.
But are VW cars reliable? Keep reading to find out.
How reliable are Volkswagen cars?
Every year, we run an annual car survey where tens of thousands of people tell us about their current car and how reliable it is. Based on feedback from current Volkswagen owners, we have reliability data for new cars aged up to three years old, and also cars aged between three and eight years old.
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We surveyed online 47,013 members of the general public covering 55,833 cars. Survey in field December 2019 to February 2020.
How much do Volkswagen cars cost?
On the flipside, Volkswagens can be rather expensive second-hand buys.
Choosing the best Volkswagen car
The name Volkswagen means 'people's car' in German and the company certainly has most of the popular market niches covered. From the ultra-compact Up city car to the gigantic , VW boasts a remarkably complete range of models.
The Golf easily remains VW's bestselling model and its touchstone product, although the smaller offers much of what the Golf can do for less money, and there's the small SUV as well (pictured above). Even the tiny Up is a strong contender.