In this test, the 2020 BMW M135i meets the Volkswagen Golf R, which has been the best car of its type for more than half a decade. It’s been imperious, like the tennis virtuoso who makes you think he or she might never lose again. No other upmarket four-wheel drive hot hatch has ever got the better of it, failing either to match the Golf’s composure on very bumpy roads or its ease of use in normal driving.[Read more…] about 2020 BMW M135i vs Volkswagen Golf R: Hot hatch title decided
While the logic behind plug-in hybrid cars is sound, it is a technology that has endured a rocky ride of late. For that you can primarily blame the removal in 2018 of the Government’s plug-in car grant for anything other than pure EVs, which makes every new plug-in hybrid £2,500 more expensive to buy than it would have been when the grant was in place.[Read more…] about 2020 Volkswagen Passat GTE Review: A green machine, but is it mean?
Later on this year Volkswagen will unveil the eighth-generation Golf, the latest version of the world’s most enduring hatchback. Soon after that a new Golf GTI will emerge, making the current model very much yesterday’s news. But until that happens, the Golf GTI that you’ll still find in showrooms today remains such an accomplished and broadly-capable machine that for most drivers and most situations, it leaves only inconsequential boxes unticked.[Read more…] about 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR Review: One last hurrah for the Mk7 GTI
Of the 10.83 million cars, vans, lorries and motorcycles built by the Volkswagen Group in 2018, 6.2 million came from VW itself. And so for all the prestige of Audi and Bentley, the growth of Seat, and the unstoppable rise of Skoda, the company contributing the largest volume is still the one that builds the Golf.[Read more…] about 2019 Volkswagen T-Cross Review: Worth the Wait?
If you’re in the market for a small car there’s a good chance the Volkswagen Polo is on your shortlist. After all, alongside the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa it is a regular fixture in the list of the UK’s best selling cars, with a mixture of practicality, affordability and build quality that buyers find hard to resist.