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Q: What is Volkswagen best known for?

A: The Volkswagen brand is perhaps most associated with the Beetle, a five-door compact car that was manufactured from the late 1930s through 2003, and then again from 2011-2019. In fact, the VW Beetle is the fourth highest selling vehicle of all time.

Q: Who makes the Volkswagen?

A: All Volkswagen vehicles are manufactured by the Volkswagen Group, which is the largest global automaker and headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. The Volkswagen Group also makes vehicles under other names, including Porsche, Lamborghini, and Audi.

Q: What are the Volkswagen SUV models?

A: The 2019 Volkswagen SUV lineup includes the Volkswagen Atlas, a full-size SUV with three rows for a seating capacity of up to eight people. Volkswagen also offers a smaller SUV with two- or three-row seating, known as the Tiguan.

Q: Is Volkswagen considered a luxury car?

A: No, Volkswagen is not considered to be a luxury brand on its own. However, some of the other brands owned by the Volkswagen Group (including Audi and Bentley) are considered luxury vehicles.

About Volkswagen

Established in 1937, Volkswagen is one of several brands owned by the larger Volkswagen Group. Formed by the German government to design and mass-produce an affordable "people's car," the automaker quickly grew and went on to debut such cultural icons as the Volkswagen Beetle.

Today, the Beetle is no longer in production (it was discontinued after the 2019 model year), but Volkswagen continues to manufacture a wide range of cars and SUVs to suit nearly every lifestyle. This includes the popular Volkswagen Jetta compact sedan, the 2019 version of which offers a standard turbocharged 1.4L engine, smartphone integration, a 6.5-inch touchscreen interface, and a rearview camera.

Within its SUV lineup, the Volkswagen Tiguan is a full-size SUV that boasts standard three-row seating for a maximum capacity of up to eight people. Available in four trim levels on the 2018 model year, the base S Tiguan offers such standard equipment as a turbocharged 2.0L engine, a 6.5-inch touchscreen display, smartphone integration, a six-speaker sound system, and roof rails.

Whether you're interested in a compact sedan like the Jetta, something a little larger like the Passat sedan, or a full-size SUV like the Tiguan, there's something in the Volkswagen lineup for everybody.

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Volkswagen reliability rating (by RepairPal)

Above Average
RepairPal gave Volkswagen an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Volkswagen 21st out of 32 among all car brands. This rating is based on an average across all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.
  • Cost RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on all Volkswagen models is $519, compared to an average of $543 across all the models RepairPal considered in its dataset. This includes both scheduled maintenance and unscheduled repairs.
  • Frequency According to RepairPal, Volkswagen owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 1.4 times per year, compared to an average of 1.2 times across all the models RepairPal considered in its dataset.
  • Severity RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 9% across all Volkswagen models, compared to an average of 11% for all the models RepairPal considered in its dataset.

**RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2006-2020 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of 09/01/2021. Learn more about RepairPal reliability ratings

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