New for 2015: Volkswagen

2015 Volkswagen Overview

Volkswagen is a brand determined to grow and expand its market share in the United States, a goal that depends significantly on the appeal of the company's various coupes, sedans, wagons, and crossover models. To keep buyers coming in the doors, VW has made changes across its entire 2015 lineup, including minor styling and equipment tweaks to the Tiguan and Jetta, offering a more powerful diesel engine on the Beetle and Passat, updating the alloy wheel designs for the CC, and creating a Final Edition trim level for what will be the Eos convertible's last year of production.

Most noteworthy is the redesigned 2015 Golf and its GTI and Golf R derivatives. All are highlighted by new styling, more room, and a broadened array of standard features. They're also now accompanied by an electric e-Golf offering an EPA-rated 83-mile range and a Golf SportWagen that fills a void created by the discontinued Jetta SportWagen.

2015 Volkswagen Beetle
For 2015, the Beetle returns in 1.8T, sporty R-Line, and diesel-powered TDI variants, all of which are joined by a new limited-edition Beetle Classic model equipped with distinct upholstery and a navigation system. White or black 17-in. alloy wheels are optional on the 2015 Beetle Classic, while upper trim levels add a blind-spot monitoring system. Available in coupe and convertible body styles, engine choices include a turbocharged, 170-horsepower 1.8-liter 4-cylinder; turbocharged, 210-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder; and a new turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder diesel that delivers 150 horsepower and an EPA-estimated 41 mpg on the highway.

What's New:

  • Beetle Classic model
  • More powerful and efficient optional diesel engine

2015 Volkswagen CC
With the exception of two sets of new 18-in. alloy wheels, the CC 4-door coupe has been carried over unchanged for the 2015 model year. Buyers have their choice of a front-wheel-drive (FWD) 2.0T model powered by a 200-horsepower, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine or an all-wheel-drive (AWD) CC equipped with a 280-horsepower, 3.6-liter 6-cylinder.

What's New:

  • Redesigned 18-in. alloy wheels

2015 Volkswagen Eos
Fans of the Volkswagen Eos hardtop convertible may be disappointed to learn that 2015 is the final year of this model's run. Fittingly, VW is offering a Final Edition version, which includes two-tone leather upholstery, 18-in. alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers, and a rearview camera. The 2015 Eos is also available in base Komfort and top-of-the-line Executive trim levels. All iterations are equipped with a 200-horsepower, turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine.

What's New:

  • Final Edition model (replaces Eos Sport)
  • Pure White and Flash Red paint colors

2015 Volkswagen Golf
By far, the Volkswagen that has changed the most this year is the 2015 Golf. Completely redesigned for the new model year, the new Golf sports fresh styling, more spacious interior, standard 5.8-in. capacitive touch-screen infotainment system, available 150-horsepower turbocharged diesel engine, and an electric e-Golf version offering an EPA-estimated range of 83 miles. Volkswagen claims this zero-emission Golf's Lithium-ion battery can be recharged to 80% capacity in just 30 minutes.

Joining the e-Golf are Launch Edition and Sport variants, as well as the all-new 2015 Golf SportWagen, which replaces the less spacious Jetta SportWagen. Engine choices for this family-friendly Golf wagon include Volkswagen's turbocharged 1.8-liter 4-cylinder and the 150-horsepower 2.0-liter diesel.

What's New:

  • Redesigned for 2015
  • Increased interior space
  • 2- and 4-door hatchback body styles
  • Turbocharged gasoline- and new 150-horsepower diesel-powered engines
  • Additional standard features, including a 5.8-in. touch-screen infotainment system
  • All-new Golf SportWagen, Launch Edition, Sport, and electric e-Golf models

2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI
Like the Golf model on which it's based, the 5-passenger 2015 GTI has been redesigned from headlight to taillight and boasts a more spacious cabin, upgrades such as an optional adaptive suspension system and enthusiast-minded sport mode for the electronic stability control safety feature, and standard amenities like a 5.8-in. capacitive touch-screen infotainment system and telematics technology. Under the hood is a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces up to 220 horsepower (requires optional Performance package) and 258 lb.-ft. of torque, output that's directed to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual or 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

What's New:

  • Based on redesigned 2015 VW Golf
  • More powerful and efficient than previous-generation GTI
  • Optional adaptive damping suspension
  • Additional standard features
  • Electronic stability control sport mode

2015 Volkswagen Golf R
Serving as the hot rod among current Volkswagen models, the 2015 Golf R ups the performance ante a few notches compared with the GTI by adding a standard AWD system, more aggressively tuned chassis, and a version of the turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers 292 horsepower backed by 280 lb.-ft. of torque.

What's New:

  • Based on redesigned 2015 Golf and GTI models
  • More powerful and efficient than previous Golf R
  • Revised sport-tuned suspension
  • Latest version of Volkswagen's 4Motion AWD system

2015 Volkswagen Jetta
There's significant news on the Jetta front this year, including the demise of the SportWagen and the introduction of a new Jetta Sport variant for the remaining sedan body style. That popular FWD 4-door also returns with revised styling, 150-horsepower turbocharged diesel engine shared with most other 2015 VWs, added safety courtesy of rear-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring systems, and a new Lighting package that bundles together adaptive HID headlights with LED daytime running lights. In addition to the Sport, the 2015 Jetta can be ordered in trim levels ranging from the base 2.0L S to the performance-oriented GLI and top-of-the-line Hybrid SEL Premium.

What's New:

  • Updated styling
  • More powerful and efficient optional diesel engine
  • Jetta Sport model
  • Lighting package
  • Available blind-spot monitoring, forward-collision warning, and rear-traffic alert safety systems
  • Jetta SportWagen discontinued; replaced by 2015 Golf SportWagen

2015 Volkswagen Passat
Though visually identical to the 2014 model it replaces, the 2015 Volkswagen Passat does arrive with a few key updates, not the least of which is the debut of a new turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder diesel engine that generates 150 horsepower and 236 lb.-ft. of torque while averaging up to an EPA-estimated 35 mpg in mixed driving. The base turbocharged 1.8-liter 4-cylinder and range-topping 3.6-liter V-6 have been carried over unchanged. Trim levels include the 1.8T S, 1.8T Wolfsburg Edition, 1.8T SE, 1.8T SE with Sunroof and Navigation, 1.8T Sport, 1.8T SEL Premium, TDI SE, TDI SE with Sunroof, TDI SE with Sunroof and Navigation, TDI SEL Premium, and the 3.6L SEL Premium. The SEL variants now feature rain-sensing wipers, while the lesser S and Wolfsburg versions return with an available Technology package comprised of an 8-speaker premium sound system with satellite radio and a rearview camera.

What's New:

  • More powerful and efficient optional diesel engine
  • Technology package (S and Wolfsburg)
  • Rain-sensing wipers (SEL)

2015 Volkswagen Tiguan
Offered in FWD and AWD configurations, the 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan crossover features a 200-horsepower, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and is available in S, SE, SE with Appearance, SEL, and R-Line trim levels. Changes are few this year, limited to a restyled rear bumper for the Tiguan R-Line and the addition of a rearview camera, touch-screen audio system, telematics, and an iPod cable as standard equipment on all trim levels.

What's New:

  • Redesigned rear bumper for R-Line
  • Added standard features

2015 Volkswagen Touareg
Volkswagen's largest crossover, the Touareg, is back for 2015 with some mild styling tweaks, several new paint colors, and added safety features including lane-departure warning and intelligent cruise control. Like other VW models, the 2015 Touareg can be fitted with a variety of powertrains; in this case, the choices are a 3.6-liter V-6, 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel, and a hybrid system that delivers 380 horsepower and 428 lb.-ft. of torque.

What's New:

  • Updated styling and redesigned alloy wheels
  • Black Oak Brown Metallic, Sand Gold Metallic, Reflex Silver Metallic, Moonlight Blue Pearl, and Deep Black Pearl paint colors
  • Available intelligent cruise control, lane-departure warning, and lane-keep assist safety systems