In 2016 when the Volkswagen dieselgate scandal was on the lip of auto critics, lots of people taught that the German car manufacturer would slow down sales and launch of its models. But the opposite was quite the case.
They boosted productions and even saw an exponential increase in sales. Every year since then, they have not only launched new models but added new features and upgrades to ensure great user experience and safety of drivers and pedestrians. The latest released Volkswagen models in 2019 are not left out. They come with standard features ranging from automatic braking system, touchscreen display, turbocharged engines, more cargo room and lots more. Here is a Naijauto review of what "People's car" has got to offer.
1. The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta
When they Volkswagen Jetta was launched 40 years ago, it was made to be a conservative vehicle that can only take a few people and a handful of luggage. But after 6 generations, the current generation (the 7th) has been redesigned to have more space, more wheelbase and look quite different from the previous versions.
The recent Jetta has a lot more cargo room than its predecessors
Still a compact sedan, it goes for about 6 million naira. With an extra million you can get the high end upgrade. The vehicle comes with a 10 inch infotainment system, 8-speed automatic transmission, an option of a 6-speed manual transmission, and a 1.4 liter 4 cylinder turbocharged engine that can put out 184 ib-feet of torque and 147 horsepower.
This 2019 Volkswagen Jetta runs 40 miles per gallon on the highway and 30 mpg in the city. It's powertrain let it travel for quite some distance. This shows that the vehicle will definitely give its Japanese competitors a good run for their money when it comes to fuel economy.
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2. The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon
With 3 trim levels - SEL, SEL premium and SE - the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon is one upgraded model that definitely everyone should love.
The 4-door fastback comes with a traffic alert system, blind spot monitoring, automatic braking system, forward collision warning, an 8-inch touchscreen display, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and it can be synced with the most popular car apps. The vehicle goes for about 12 million naira and honestly it's worth every kobo.
2019 Volkswagen Arteon is equipped with various advanced system
The Arteon's 2 liter 4 cylinder turbocharged engine has an output of 258 ib-feet of torque and 268 HP. You can choose to buy either the all-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive and still have an 8-speed automatic transmission. The 19 inch wheels and power liftgate are more features for you to consider when making a purchase.
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3. The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas
One of the latest released Volkswagen models in 2019 is the Atlas. The mid size SUV only got launched in the year before. Within its two years in existence, it has set the pace as the largest Volkswagen car yet, but also one with some of the best infotainment features.
This SUV has a third row seat option, allows the use of Android auto and Apple Carplay apps, contains more cargo than any other model released this year and is actually lighter than it looks. The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas also comes with lane keeping assist, automatic braking system, a 3.6 liter V6 engine, and an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
2019 Volkswagen Atlas is the largest car from the brand
The vehicle puts out about 250 ib-feet of torque and horsepower on the average. It goes for about 12 million naira and is definitely worth it - especially for people with a family to always drive around.
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4. The 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI
Since 1974, the Volkswagen Golf hatchback has been in production and Nigerian commercial drivers have preferred it due to it low maintenance costs. Many options of the models have phased out but the GTI has proved strong.
2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI is associated with comfort
In the 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI version, the German car manufacturer tried to balance sporty with comfort. It seems they got it right. The 9 million naira car comes with a 6-speed dual clutch automatic transmission or 6-speed manual gearbox - depending on which you prefer. It also has a base level 2 liter inline 4 cylinder turbocharged engine that puts out 258 ib-feet of torque and 220 HP.
5. The 2019 Volkswagen Passat
In the B7 models, the 2019 Volkswagen Passat is the last that will be made.
The mid size sedan has a lot of upgrades from the outdated versions. Formerly, passat models aren't known to be so fuel efficient, spacious, tech savvy, or upscale. But the 2019 version is a bit of improvement and sells for about 7 million naira - which is not bad.
2019 Volkswagen Passat is priced from N7 million
It comes with a 2 liter 4 cylinder turbocharged engine, with an option of a 3.6 liter V6 engine which puts out almost twice the amount of torque and horsepower the turbocharged engine has. We can only advice you get this if you can't afford a much more upgraded model.
6. The 2019 Volkswagen Beetle
Where Volkswagen keeps making a mistake is trying to bring back the classic Beetle in a more modern manner. Everytime they tried it still doesn't give lovers of the first Beetle the same feeling.
In 2019, the Beetle makes another comeback still looking like the one from over 6 decades ago. Selling from 8 million naira, the 2019 "bug" comes with a 2 liter 4 cylinder turbocharged engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission. This even angered critics as they have no option of manual transmission. The latest Volkswagen Beetle 2019 is however faster than previous versions with an output of 184 ib-feet of torque and 174 HP.
The new Volkswagen Beetle is good but still cant quite win fans hearts like the classic first model
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7. The 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan
Still in its second generation, the Volkswagen Tiguan has always been a conservative vehicle. However, car experts expected major upgrades in the styling, fuel efficiency and cargo space, but that didn't quite happen in the latest version. The 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan though comes in two trim levels and has more torque and horsepower than the latest Volkswagen Passat, but could get more in tech features if more efforts are made by the brand. It sells for about 5 million naira though.
2019 Volkswagen Tiguan only costs you around 5 million
Finally, the last but not the least of latest released Volkswagen models in 2019 is the base Volkswagen Golf. There's almost no visible upgrade between the 2019 model and previous versions - except for the GTI which we have discussed earlier. It sells for close to 7 million naira and should only be an option when you can't afford the GTI.