New for 2018: Volkswagen

This is a big year for Volkswagen. The automaker introduces two highly competitive SUVs in the most popular segments, and rolls out a confidence-inspiring 6-year/72,000-mile, fully transferrable bumper-to-bumper warranty plan for all models except the e-Golf electric car. The aged CC and Touareg models are discontinued.

2018 Volkswagen Atlas front quarter right photo

Detailed changes for each Volkswagen car and SUV are shown on the pages that follow, the vehicles listed in alphabetical order.

2018 Volkswagen Atlas

  • New three-row SUV priced like a midsize vehicle but sized like a full-size vehicle
  • Turbocharged 4-cylinder or normally aspirated V6 engine
  • 8-speed automatic transmission with front-wheel or all-wheel drive
  • S, Launch Edition, SE, SEL, and SEL Premium trim levels
  • Hauls up to 96.8 cubic-feet of cargo
  • Tows up to 5,000 pounds of trailer

2018 Volkswagen Beetle

  • Rumors are flying that the Beetle is on the automotive endangered species list
  • New standard engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder making 174 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Previous turbocharged 1.8-liter and 2.0-liter engines are discontinued
  • Classic, SEL, and R-Line trim levels are discontinued
  • Coast special edition model debuts, including Deep Sea Teal paint and dashboard trim resembling a classic surfboard
  • New Style & Comfort, Lighting, and Premium option packages

2018 Volkswagen Golf

  • VW freshens the Golf lineup for 2018
  • Minor styling and interior updates
  • Added standard equipment for all models
  • New touchscreen infotainment systems with larger displays
  • Greater access to driver assistance and collision avoidance at lower price points
  • Forward collision warning system adds pedestrian detection capability
  • Golf GTI is more powerful than before, includes automatic engine stop/start with Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) transmission
  • Golf R adds standard Volkswagen Digital Cockpit technology, available new 7-speed DSG transmission

2018 Volkswagen Jetta

  • Minor exterior styling and wheel design updates
  • New Wolfsburg Edition and SE Sport trim levels

2018 Volkswagen Passat

  • Standard engine is a new turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder generating 170 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Available V6 engine continues, now offered in a new GT trim level in addition to SEL Premium trim
  • Passat GT arrives mid-year, accompanied by a sport suspension, reduced ride height, 19-inch aluminum wheels, custom-tuned exhaust, blacked-out exterior trim, red brake calipers, and carbon fiber-style interior trim
  • New Driver’s Assistance Package makes key driver assistance and collision avoidance systems available on base S trim level, and for an exceptionally reasonable price. They are standard on all other versions of the Passat

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

  • Redesigned for 2018, featuring more interior space than most compact crossover SUV competitors
  • Turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine making 184 horsepower and 221 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 8-speed automatic transmission with front-wheel or all-wheel drive
  • S, SE, SEL, and SEL Premium trim levels
  • Holds up to 65.7 cubic-feet of cargo