With a history that dates back to before World War 2, the Volkswagen name was for decades synonymous with its iconic Beetle. A renewed focus on the US market has resulted in new versions of the Jetta and Passat tailored to American needs. Globally Volkswagen is one of the top automakers in the world with the Golf as its most popular nameplate.

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For many, the way a car performs is a key criterion for which car to purchase. Our Velocity Index helps determine which vehicles are the best all-around performers taking in to consideration a balance of factors such as acceleration and handling. A higher number is better.

Model Velocity Index
Volkswagen Golf GTI 5d 68-75
Volkswagen Beetle 55-69
Volkswagen Golf SportWagen 50-65
Volkswagen CC 61-63
Volkswagen Jetta 48-63
Volkswagen Passat 56-62
Volkswagen Tiguan 48-61
Volkswagen Golf e-Golf 55
Volkswagen Golf 5d 51-54
Volkswagen Touareg 52-53
Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 51-52
Volkswagen Atlas * 48-52

Note: Bar graphs denote the composite performance for the model. "*" indicates models with incomplete data.

For more information, view our new car performance guide.