The 2024 Volkswagen SUV Lineup

In its native homeland, the Volkswagen Golf has been the best selling car from 1981 to present every single year. Things are not the same in the USA, where Germany’s best selling car isn’t even sold anymore; only the hot hatch GTI and Golf R versions are available. While you can still get a Jetta in the USA (a Golf with a trunk), Volkswagen’s best-selling vehicles on this side of the pond are all SUVs. The most popular Volkswagen SUV is the same in both Germany and the USA, but we Americans also get some non-German options. Here’s a look at what VW USA has to offer.

Tiguan

The Tiguan is the best-selling VW SUV in America, and is also the second-best selling vehicle overall in Germany after the aforementioned Golf. It is a solid driving vehicle with good handling, fulfilling Volkswagen’s 1990’s marketing slogan, “Driver’s Wanted.” Starting msrp is $28,505, and Volkswagen offers 3.9% APR for 72 months for qualified buyers. A 2.0L four cylinder turbo makes 184 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque. While it’s no speed demon, the Tiguan handles well with sporty driving dynamics. Front-wheel drive is standard and all wheel drive is optional (+$1,500). Standard options include heated front seats, 8 inch digital instrument display, USB ports, LED headlights/DRL’s, 7 seats (somewhat uncommon in an SUV this size), and 2nd row air vents. A host of trims from SE to SE-R-Line offer features such as 18 inch wheels, power liftgate, and leatherette trim ($31,205 msrp), to Fender premium audio, real leather, 20-inch wheels, and ventilated seats ($38,505).

Atlas

The Atlas is Volkswagen’s take on a traditional American SUV, nowhere to be found in its native Germany. Manufactured in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the Atlas starts at $37,715 msrp. In a crowded segment of mid-size offerings, the Atlas holds its own with a spacious third row of seats and room for seven people. The entry-level SE trim includes 18-inch alloys, leatherette seats (both heated and ventilated), keyless access, three-zone auto climate control, 12-inch center display, and four USB charging ports. Pricing across three subsequent trims makes its way up to $52,455 msrp for the Premium R-Line, with its 21-inch alloy wheels, perforated Vienna leather seats, and Harmon Kardon stereo. A 2.0L turbo sending 269 horses and 273 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels via an 8-speed auto is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional, a roughly $1,000 option depending on trim.

Taos

VW’s entry-level SUV is the Taos, starting at $23,995 msrp, making it one of the most affordable European cars in America outside of VW’s own Jetta. A 158-hp turbo-4 is standard, getting the Taos out of its own way if not winning at your local drag strip. All-wheel drive runs $2,300 and includes VW’s DSG dual-clutch, automatic transmission. Up-market trims include 18-inch wheels, dual-zone auto climate control, and remote start (the $28,165 msrp SE), or Beats stereo, Leather seats, projector headlights, and VW digital cockpit (the $33,515 msrp SEL).

ID.4

Volkswagen’s first electric vehicle in the US, the ID.4 is becoming a familiar sight, and offers a cheaper if smaller alternative to Tesla’s Model Y. Starting at $38,995 msrp, the ID.4 can go up to 275 miles (trim dependent) on one charge, and can go from 10% charge to 80% charge in roughly 35 minutes via DC fast charger. VW is offering 3.9% APR for 72 months plus $1,000 bonus for qualified customers on the ID.4. Made right here in the USA at its Tennessee facility, the ID.4 comes in either rear or all wheel drive, with varying battery sizes and corresponding prices. $38,995 msrp Standard trim gets you 209 miles of range through the rear wheels, while the Pro does 275 miles of range for $43,995 msrp. The All-wheel drive Pro starts at $47,795 msrp and gets 255 miles of range. Faster trims exist for more money, such as the AWD Pro S, msrp $52,795, with a 5.8 second 0-60 time.