Originally conceived in 1937 as an affordable car for the average German citizen, Volkswagen (which literally translates to "people's car") remains a beloved badge with a fiercely loyal fan base due to its high-quality, low-maintenance vehicles. Once known for quirky cult cars like the Beetle, the Microbus and the Rabbit, today VW remains a frontrunner in design and innovation with its forward-thinking line of stylish rides that now gravitate toward cool rather than kitsch. And although Das Auto may no longer be the exclusive property of the German people, Volkswagen's acclaimed engineering and uniquely European ethos have allowed it to assume its place as a worldwide leader in the global car market.

Related Content:

See previous Volkswagen model reviews 

2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen SEL

Same look but with better safety features. 

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

A fun-to-drive electric compact VW. 

2016 Volkswagen Passat SEL Premium

A premium upgrade with this solid update to an already solid mid-size sedan.

2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune Convertible

The Dune Buggie Drops its Top. A souped-up version of the VW Beetle Dune with a droptop.

2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune

VW Gives the Buggy a lift with this re-tuned version of the VW Beetle.

2015 Volkswagen e-Golf

The Golf Goes Electric. All-electric hatchback.

2015 Volkswagen Touareg V6

A luxury mid-size SUV in casual clothes.

2015 Volkswagen Jetta SE TSI

A New VW is in Town. Compact 4-Door Sedan.

2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

Sportwagen VW Golf style: a favorite VW now a cool station wagon.

2015 Volkswagen GTI 4-Door

Refined and practical sporty hatchback.