VW Prices and Values: Based in Germany, Volkswagen first arrived in the US in 1949 and has since become one of the most recognized brands on the road. The iconic Beetle is the best-selling single vehicle model in history, and remains one of the most identifiable vehicles in production. Volkswagen has a long history of incorporating diesel technology into its lineup and is leading the charge to bring modern clean diesel into the mainstream.
A sporty hatchback available in two or four-door bodystyles, the 2008 Volkswagen GTI is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine which produces 200 hp, and is offered with a manual or VW's DSG gearbox.
The popular and sporty two-door hatchback 2008 Volkswagen R32 is back for another year after its US debt in 2004, and now comes equipped solely with the DSG transmission which is mated to a 250 hp 3.2L six-cylinder engine.
An affordable and well-built hatchback available with two or four doors, the 2008 Volkswagen Rabbit has upped the power in its 2.5L four-cylinder engine but fuel economy is still solid with 29 mpg on the highway.