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 69-71
Volkswagen CC 65-67
Volkswagen Jetta 55-62
Volkswagen Passat 53-60
Volkswagen Golf SportWagen 47-58
Volkswagen Beetle 56
Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 50-55
Volkswagen Golf 5d 55
Volkswagen Golf e-Golf 54
Volkswagen Touareg 49-52
Volkswagen Atlas * 46-48
Volkswagen Tiguan 40-46

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

For more information, view our new car performance guide.