The Spectacular Six: Volkswagen Models that Made the Car and Driver Editors’ Choice List for 2022

April 18th, 2022 by

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And Where to Find Them at a Volkswagen Dealer Near You in Clear Lake, TX

You know what we like doing here at Volkswagen Clear Lake?


We love to win over drivers with our great deals and customer service, and it’s especially sweet if we can win over a customer from another brand. Every Volkswagen for sale is an opportunity to show drivers all the perks of the VW life.

That could be offering them better fuel economy, more cargo room for their upcoming family getaway, or showing them a vehicle that’s packed with every safety and convenience feature imaginable. If our customer wins, we win. That’s the attitude that’s made VW Clear Lake one of the winningest Volkswagen dealers in the great state of Texas.

And speaking of winning, it looks like we’re catching the attention of some reviewers as well. Six of our Volkswagen vehicles have made the Car and Driver Editors’ Choice List for 2022.

The next time you step foot onto our new car dealership here in Clear Lake, keep an eye out for these VW models for sale.

#1 – Volkswagen ID.4 (Electric SUV category)

What the reviewers said: Critics love the spacious interior, smooth ride, and driving range per charge of the VW ID.4. The ease of use and practicality of it makes this an EV SUV worth test driving.

What your Volkswagen dealer wants you to know: The VW ID.4 was the first foray into the electric vehicle market by Volkswagen. Jumping into the EV market was a big risk, but one that paid off massively. The ID.4 perfectly combines future-forward design, performance, and offers more than enough mileage on a single charge to get you through the week (up to 280 miles with the Pro model).

With a starting MSRP of $41,230 (as low as $33,260 after potential federal tax credit), the VW ID.4 is finally giving drivers the reason they’ve been waiting for, to make the switchover to electric.

Oh, and did we mention the ID.4 is the winner of the 2021 World Car of the Year Award? This is an SUV that has victory running through its veins. Reserve an ID.4 of our very own today with your local Volkswagen dealer.

#2 – Volkswagen Tiguan (Compact SUV category)

What the reviewers said: What’s not to love about the Tiguan? Critics remarked on its spacious cabin (up to 73.4 cubic ft. with seats folded down), sporty handling, and a third row of seats for those that roll with a large crew. The Tiguan’s slick design and refined driving experience bring a distinct European charm to U.S. soil.

What your Volkswagen dealer wants you to know: The Tiguan has always been a go-to for SUV drivers hitting a new car dealership. Customers that need all those classic SUV elements like storage, seating, and power can always bank on the Tiguan to provide all that and more. For many big families, the Tiguan has been the stylish alternative to the minivan route.

The turbocharged engine and 4MOTION all-wheel drive feature makes this an exciting SUV to drive, even if you’re making your daily commute to the school drop-off lane. And just so you know your family is totally covered, the Tiguan comes with every driver safety feature the engineers at VW could put in an SUV of its class.

Shop for a new Tiguan today with your local Volkswagen dealer.

#3 – Volkswagen Taos (Subcompact SUV category)

What the reviewers said: Although it’s the smallest SUV in the VW SUV lineup, critics loved the huge back seat and generous amount of cargo space the Taos offers. They also remarked on the Taos’ fuel efficiency (28 city/36 highway). It’s a great SUV for drivers who like big things in small packages.

What your Volkswagen dealer wants you to know: small but mighty. That’s what we think of when we talk about the VW Taos. It gives drivers 184 lb-ft of torque and 158 horsepower, meaning drivers will have plenty of pep in their step out on the highway. The Taos is an SUV, but it handles those tight corners like a sedan.

The other thing that drivers love about the VW Taos is the price point. You shouldn’t have to pay an arm and a leg to get an SUV, and the Taos’ starting MSRP of $23,495 makes this the most affordable VW SUV your local Volkswagen dealer offers.

Schedule a test drive of the new VW Taos today at your local Volkswagen dealer.

#4 – Volkswagen Jetta GLI (Sport Compact Car category)

What the reviewers said: The VW Jetta GLI won reviewers over with its upscale feature package, unexpected practicality, and fun driving style – all for an affordable price point. They said it would be difficult to find a sedan that’s more fun to drive compared to the Jetta GLI.

What your Volkswagen dealer wants you to know: The reviewers weren’t kidding around when they said the VW GLI is a fun drive. It features a 2.0L Turbo engine that delivers 228 horsepower with 258 lb-ft. of torque. The GLI has all the classic makings of a sedan, but it drives and handles something akin to a racecar.

The slick design of VW Jetta GLI lends it a certain effervescence not typically seen in your standard sedan, and the starting MSRP of $31,295 makes it a steal.

Schedule a test drive of the thrilling new VW Jetta GLI today with your local Volkswagen dealer.

#5 – Volkswagen Golf R (Sport Compact Car category)

What the reviewers said: Critics marveled at how the VW Golf R handles and its snappy performance. They also remarked on the overall practicality and understated look of the car, calling it “the hot hatch for mature driving enthusiasts.”

What your Volkswagen dealer wants you to know: When we say that the VW Golf R is a little speed demon – we mean it. This snappy little whip absolutely shreds with its 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission with R-performance torque vectoring 4MOTION all-wheel-drive. The VW Golf R gives drivers 295 lb-ft. of torque and 315 horsepower, which makes this one of the most exhilarating VW vehicles to ever be constructed.

Keep checking back with VW Clear Lake or a VW dealership near you for availability of the VW Golf R. It may be a while before they arrive at new car dealerships in Texas, but we assure you, they’re well worth the wait.

#6 – Volkswagen Golf GTI (Sport Compact Car category)

What the reviewers said: When you’ve been a critic long enough, you can see how some models change and evolve over the years. Fortunately, reviewers were impressed by the latest iteration of the Golf GTI (the Mk8), remarking on how it’s quicker and lighter than the Mk7, yet still a very practical hatchback.

What your Volkswagen dealer wants you to know: Similar to the Golf R, the Golf GTI is another speedy whip that is designed to blow your hair back with a ton of speed and power and compact packaging. Although it doesn’t quite reach the performance levels of the Golf R, the Golf GTI still brings it with 241 horsepower and 273 lb-ft. of torque.

One of the most attractive things about the Golf GTI (besides its slick design) is the price point. With a starting MSRP of $29,880, the Golf GTI clocks in about $14k less than the Golf R. If you’re looking for a bargain on a speedy whip, the Golf GTI is where it’s at.

The Golf GTI hasn’t arrived at VW Clear Lake just yet, so make sure to keep checking back with us.

Visit Your Local Volkswagen Dealer Today at VW Clear Lake

Now that you know which VW vehicles are winning over reviewers and critics, it’s time to get you behind the wheel so you can see if they live up to the hype (spoiler alert: they do).

Of course, you can always Google “VW dealership near me,” but the fastest way to check out the newest Volkswagen vehicles is by coming down to the VW Clear Lake dealership.

We are conveniently located at 15100 Gulf Fwy in Houston. In addition to being one of the leading new car dealerships in Texas, we also carry a wide variety of used cars and certified pre-owned vehicles that have undergone a 100+ point inspection.

Call us at (832) 432-7969 to speak with a sales associate or to set up a test drive. You can also contact VW Clear Lake via email using our contact form.

Are you a current VW owner in need of routine maintenance or repair? Contact the VW service center at our dealership and they’ll be happy to work with you.

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