Six Volkswagen Models Named Car and Driver Editors' Choice Picks for 2023  

Volkswagen models have been selected for Car and Driver's prestigious list of editors' choice picks for 2023. With six releases, Volkswagen managed to score six models on the list. The recommended models are, in order: the all-new Golf GTI, Golf R, ID.4, Jetta GLI, Taos, and Tiguan. Editors selected these vehicles from across Car and Driver's national staff, who tested them extensively with valued readers in mind.

1. Volkswagen Golf GTI

Available in four trims, the Golf GTI features Volkswagen's fast, turbocharged three-cylinder "TDI" engine that puts out 240 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. It is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Golf GTI tests well both on the road and in the corners thanks to its significantly lower center of gravity and the Track Handling Package, which includes a set of performance tires, sports brakes, wider tracks, and unique suspension calibrations.

2. Volkswagen Golf R

Chrysler's next-generation Hellcat engine and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission provide the Golf R with performance numbers enough to challenge the GTI. It also rides on unique suspension tuning that makes it feel more connected with the road while helping to minimize body roll and improve steering response. The result is a very engaging driving experience that rivals other hot hatches.

3. Volkswagen ID.4

The ID.4 is available in two trims, the SEL Premium and the SEL Premium Plus. The latter includes a four-cylinder engine with 296 horsepower. The EPA rating of 15 mpg city, 26 highway, and 19 combined is impressive for a crossover that weighs more than 3,500 pounds, is fully equipped, and has standard all-wheel drive that can send nearly 40 percent of its torque to either axle.

4. Volkswagen Jetta GLI

Boasting a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, the Jetta GLI's rear-wheel drive powertrain is linked exclusively to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. Making the GLI very manageable in hard-driving situations. The torque and power are good, with a 16.1-second 0-60 mph run on the way to a top speed of 130 mph.

5. Volkswagen Taos

With a bold exterior design and an interior packed with sophisticated features, the Taos stands out in a sea of large luxury SUVs. It's powered by a new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, providing 228 horsepower and 258-pound feet of torque. That's enough to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 8 seconds. The fuel economy EPA estimates at 17 mpg per city, 23 highways, and 19 combined.

6. Volkswagen Tiguan

Stylish and spacious, the Tiguan packs many standard features into three trim levels. The third-row seat is a one-touch fold forward 60/40 split, making it easy to access Tiguan's sizable cargo area. Given its size, the Tiguan is comfortable with its standard seating for five and is fun to drive.

Creating a good driver's car is about more than just building the fastest, the most powerful, or the highest-performing. It's about finding a balance between those three things and many others. Volkswagen has managed to do that very well with all six of these recommended models, and Car and Driver editors are happy to share their insights into each of these models with readers. Visit our dealership to check out these best-of-best and see if one might suit your needs. With knowledgeable sales personnel and a team dedicated to exceeding customer expectations, we're confident you'll be happy with your choice.

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