VWs Rank High Against Competition
Feb. 27, 2009
The diesel Touareg V6 is tops, says Motor Trend. Click on images for larger views.
Volkswagens have stacked up remarkably well against the competition in some major comparison tests lately.
The newly released Touareg V6 TDI diesel, Jetta TDI diesel and hot-
hatch GTI all ranked highly — either first or second place — with big media such as Motor Trend, Edmunds' Inside Line and Car And Driver.
In a diesel-hybrid comparo, the Touareg V6 TDI came out tops, beating out the just-as-new Lexus RX 450h hybrid, BMW X5 xDrive35d diesel and Mercedes ML320 BlueTEC diesel. MT wrote that the Volkswagen "offers the most traditional SUV functionality of the bunch, with stellar looks and just the right combination of high-tech and off-road features." Click here for the story, photos and video.
The Jetta TDI is a giant slayer — as Inside Line picked this fuel miser over the very popular Toyota Prius hybrid, writing "good fuel economy, above-average comfort and a low price win again." Click here for the story, photos and video.
The 2009 GTI
In another Motor Trend piece, the GTI took first place among a strong field of eight that included such big performance players as the Mazdaspeed3, Subaru Impreza WRX and Chevrolet Cobalt SS. MT applauded the GTI for its "stout 2.0-liter turbo, nifty DSG tranny, sophisticated chassis and Audi-like cabin." Click here for the story, photos and video.
The GTI previously won an MT comparo, in 2007, against the Mini Cooper S and Volvo C30. In 2006 it lost against the Honda Civic Si.
The GTI placed a respectable second in two recent Car And Driver reviews — this year against seven competitors (click here) and in 2007 versus five (click here). In both cases, the big-bang-for-the-buck 263-horse Mazdaspeed3 slotted at the top.