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First Drive: 2015 Volkswagen Golf TSI and TDI

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Such a feelin's comin' over me There is wonder in most everything I see Not a cloud in the sky, got the sun in my eyes And I won't be surprised if it's a dream

It’s 9:45 a.m., local time. I’m standing at one of what must be a hundred overlooks in Wildcat Canyon Park, looking down on, well, everything.  If you’ve never been to the Bay area (as I had not until this point), there’s no way for me to describe to you the view before me—one that photography has no hope of doing justice. There’s so much going on, yet it’s all encapsulated in a way. One could easily convince a child that the entire world exists within the geography visible from this vantage point. That goes a long way toward explaining the mindset of the average resident, I think. Twenty-four hours ago, I was boarding a plane in Baltimore. In another 24, I should be landing there again. Neither mind nor body has caught up to the change of venue (not to mention the change in time). No point in trying to adjust now, I suppose. “That car is hot,” remarks my co-driver, breaking my reverie. “Hmm?” “It’s hot. Can you smell it?” Indeed, the Golf smells strongly of friction material. Whether it’s from the brakes or the transmission, I can’t quite tell. But my companion has a point. We’ve only done maybe half a mile of non-abusive, uphill canyon driving to this point. There’s no reason for the car to be in any sort of distress. We both chew on the observation for another minute or two, try in vain to snap a smartphone picture that could do the view justice, and then hop back into the car. The new 1.8L Golf TSI may look like a baby GTI on paper. On the road, it’s a different story. Our tester is a four-door “S” model with the sunroof package and six-speed automatic. You have to upgrade to the “SE” trim for 17-inch alloys or “SEL” for 18-inchers. Consequently, our tester is a bit more prone to lean than some of the others may have been. The ride is still quite composed and the handling sharp enough for a little hustling, but the car likes to push and squeal a bit when the corners get tight.

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On the inside, the 2015 is still 100% Golf. The layout is simple and attractive. The plastics are of reasonable quality and the aluminum (Aluminum? Aluminum-look? Alum-enough, regardless) trim is tasteful and judiciously applied. I have only two gripes here. First off, the knobs and other switchgear are still a bit so-so. The HVAC knobs and such don’t feel particularly robust, for example, and as the former owner of a fourth-generation Passat whose radio knob and center console lid lasted all of a month, such things draw my attention. Secondly, what does it take to get a simple USB port in a Volkswagen product? It’s also worth mentioning as well that VW’s competitors are rapidly catching up. The new Mazda3, for example, is easily the VW’s equal. It feels strange to say it, but that makes it no less true. The VW’s cabin is quieter, but the Mazda’s feedback more granular. A wash on paper, maybe, but that’s the sort of thing that can sway a buying decision, depending on the customer. On the bright side, the 1.8L TSI engine is an excellent companion. The small turbocharger means quick spools for excellent response all over the rev range, and since the engine isn’t spun very high, it pulls nicely pretty much all the way to redline. It’s a great package for a daily driver, and while those of us who prefer naturally aspirated engines may miss the character of the old inline-five, the new turbo mill delivers 20% better highway fuel economy without the ridiculously tall gearing of the most recent 2.5L-equipped cars. It’s hard to argue with gaining 6 mpg, especially if you’re in marketing.

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After lunch, we grab a TDI for the drive back to the hotel. The route will take us across the Bay from Richmond to San Rafael, then south on 101, crossing the Golden Gate on the way back into town. Unlike the TSI, the TDI is just a new shell around the same driving experience. The new, two-liter engine is up 10 horsepower from the previous generation. Volkswagen claims it offers a one-mile-per-gallon improvement in both city and mixed driving, but the towering streets of downtown San Francisco are hardly the venue to substantiate that. The TDI is incredibly quiet, punchy and well-suited to highway slogs, and it’s the car to get if you’re the type to travel long distances at constant speeds. It’s no surprise to anybody that the new Golf lineup is stuffed with excellent vehicles; these cars have never suffered from negative critical reception. Where they typically suffer is in value proposition, and to their credit, Volkswagen has made an effort to rectify that.

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Most significantly, the TDI now starts at $21,995. That’s a nice drop from its previous starting MSRP, but at the expense of options. You’ll have to jump up to the $25,495 TDI “SE” if you want a car equipped comparably to the entry-level MkVI. This is a strategy VW has seen success with in the Jetta lineup, and I expect it will do equally well here. On the TSI side, there are no dramatic price shifts, but some options have been re-bundled to make the lower-level trims a better value compared to their outgoing equivalents. It’s nothing earth-shattering, but it should help bring more eyes to the showroom, which is exactly what Volkswagen needs if they’re going to reverse the past year’s sales trends. The Golf’s a winner; that should be no surprise. Whether it’s enough to keep VW’s sales numbers afloat while they work to plug the holes in their lineup still remains to be seen.

Driven: 2014 VW Tiguan SE

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SAMSUNG CSC VW’s first major foray into the US’s highly competitive (and highly important) small SUV marketplace was with the Tiguan back in 2008. The SE model pictured here is now six model years old, but largely unchanged. Has the Tiguan blossomed for the brand, or been left to wither on the vine? SAMSUNG CSC The fact that the Tiguan sells in largely the same format as it did when first introduced says more about the basic goodness of this “GTI on stilts” than any negligence on VW’s part. In fact, the car still feels fresh and competitive in 2014. Much of that is down to the level of construction and fit and finish in the cabin – a VW hallmark, but worth noting just the same. Despite having all the color variety of a coal bin, the Tiguan’s interior is airy and impeccably screwed together, feeling like something Audi could have sold to an unwitting customer who didn’t notice the VW badge on the grille. SAMSUNG CSC SAMSUNG CSC SAMSUNG CSC That solidity extends to the chassis and powertrain matchup; the 2.0 TSI engine from the GTI is pinned for duty here, matched up to a traditional 6-speed automatic instead of that car’s DSG gearbox. Throttle tip-in and midrange response are both well-judged, though the Tiguan’s extra few pounds do somewhat diminish the playfulness of this engine when installed in the GTI. Nevertheless, the 2.0T never feels out of breath and totes the Tiguan around with more than enough vigor. The 6-speed auto is smooth but tends to seek out the highest gear and stay there unless you’re really prodding the throttle, but that helped net an encouraging 25.3 miles per gallon overall out of the cute-ute during its time with me. At least you can call on the turbo four’s torque to pull you around slower traffic without necessitating a downshift, a feat few naturally aspirated competitors can accomplish. SAMSUNG CSC SAMSUNG CSC Handling isn’t quite GTI tight, but it’s nip-and-tuck: the Tiguan is extremely agile for a compact SUV. The ride-and-handling tradeoff is well-judged; larger impacts are more heard than felt and all the rough edges are polished off the smaller divots in the road surface. SAMSUNG CSC The Tiguan’s really only been dinged in the past for its lack of cargo space compared with competitors, though honestly, the size and shape of the cargo bay, especially with the back seats folded flat, provides a meaningful argument in the Tiguan’s favor over other practical family mates like the GTI 5-door or Jetta Sportwagen. It’s also handier to park and a fair bit more nimble than its larger competition. To accommodate larger parcels, the front passenger seat folds flat – a trick not always included in this class. SAMSUNG CSC SAMSUNG CSC The Tiguan proves good things from Germany usually come in small packages, and with a redesign looming on the horizon, let’s hope VW doesn’t engineer any of that GTI DNA and build quality out of the current Tiguan’s successor. SAMSUNG CSC [gallery ids="9621,9622,9623,9632,9631,9624,9626,9625,9634,9627,9636,9628,9629,9630,9635,9633"]   2014 Volkswagen Tiguan SE Base price: $28,205 Price as tested: $28,205 Options on test car: None Powertrain: 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, 6-speed automatic transmission – 200 horsepower, 207 lb-ft torque S:S:L-observed fuel economy: 25.3 mpg VW provided the vehicle for testing purposes and one tank of gas. Photos by the author.  

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This is the Beetle based e-Bugster concept from Volkswagen for the 2012 NAIAS.  While this chopped hot rod Beetle is just a concept, VW hopes to highlight the "Blue E-motion"  114hp all-electric powertrain which Volkswagen says has a range of 100+ miles.  The e-Bugster uses a 695 lb. lithium-ion battery which sits where the rear seats would normally be in a regular Beetle. While this all sounds good on paper, we've yet to see VW actually build any of the concepts it shows at the NAIAS.  That's a shame, because the e-Bugster is the best looking Beetle yet. [nggallery id=198]

Volkswagen Announces Passat Alltrack

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