An Impressive Six Volkswagen Models Named Car and Driver Editors’ Choice for 2022

February 5th, 2022 by

2022 VW Tiguan Main Photo

Tiguan SEL R-Line shown in Oryx White / Volkswagen


Recently, Volkswagen announced that Car and Driver magazine has named the 2022 Golf GTI, Golf R, ID.4, Jetta GLI, Taos, and Tiguan to the publication’s Editors’ Choice list for 2022. Even more impressive, the 2022 Golf GTI appeared on Car and Driver 10Best list for the 16th time in a row.

We’re honored to see so many of our models named to the Editors’ Choice list,” said Hein Schafer, Senior Vice President, Product Marketing & Strategy, Volkswagen of America, Inc. “These vehicles represent the best of what Volkswagen has to offer and what Americans love to drive. Their combination of smart packaging, safety features, and great driving dynamics, all at a great value, is something we’re proud of, and we’re happy to see them recognized.”

According to Car and Driver, their Editors’ Choice list for 2022 consists of 116 vehicles – cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs – out of nearly 400 models that Car and Driver editors tested, rated and ranked this year.

Volkswagen Golf GTI

2022 Golf GTI in Green


Faithfully fun to drive, lighter and quicker than its predecessor, still as practical as ever.”

  • Car and Driver

The Golf GTI has defined the term “hot hatch” since making its U.S. debut in 1983. More than 40 years later, the eighth-generation icon embodies the very same formula – refinement, style, power and playful performance. For the 2022 model year, the GTI features an entirely new electronic architecture, along with new vehicle dynamics system and more power than ever before. The 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection EA888 evo4 TSI engine puts out 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Volkswagen’s IQ. DRIVE technology comes standard, including Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Assist, Travel Assist, and Emergency Assist (latter available on DSG models only).

MSRP for the 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI with a standard manual six-speed transmission starts at $29,545. The seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission with Tiptronic starts at $30,345.

Volkswagen Golf R

2022 VW Golf R Blue


Refined turbocharged engine, joyful handling, practical hatchback body.”

  • Car and Driver

Ever since it first pioneered for the 2004 model year, the all-new Golf R continues to evolve a legacy of understated performance. Almost two decades later, the fifth-generation of VW’s performance vehicle goes above and beyond with new race-inspired content and premium features, including a 27-horsepower advantage over its predecessor with its 315-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection EA88 evo4 TSI engine.

MSRP for the 2022 Volkswagen Golf R with a standard manual six-speed transmission starts at $43,645. The seven-speed with Tiptronic starts at $44,445.

Volkswagen Jetta GLI

2022 VW Jetta GLI GreyVolkswagen

An affordable car that’s great fun to drive, unexpectedly practical for a compact sedan, desirable and upscale standard features.”

  • Car and Driver

Volkswagen continues to stick to their roots of their sport compact car. Since it first debuted in 1984, the VW GLI has had one mission: to deliver an accessible German performance sedan. In 2022, the “GTI with a trunk” is refreshed, with new technology and styling, and offered in one full-loaded trim. Those style updated include new front and rear bumpers, new colors and new wheels. On the inside, the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit instrument cluster now comes standard, as does Volkswagen Car-Net with in-car WiFi capability when you subscribe to a data plan.

MSRP for the Jetta GLI with 6-speed transmission starts at $30,995. The seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission starts at $31,795.

Volkswagen ID.4

2022 VW ID 4 Blue


Spacious interior, adequate range per charge, quiet and serene ride.”

  • Car and Driver

The Volkswagen ID.4 is no stranger to awards. In addition to being named one of the six VW models on this list, the ID.4 has also won 2021 Save The Planet Award, Wards 10 Best UX List, and a Top Safety Pick +.

The ID.4 is the brand’s first all-electric SUV, and the first global EV. Built on Volkswagen’s MEB electric vehicle architecture – the modular electric driving matrix – it marries the strengths of a purpose-built EV with performance, packaging and value, features that have marked the brand for decades. The compact SUV is equipped with an 82 kWh battery and is offered in 201-horsepower rear-wheel drive and 295-hp all-wheel drive configuration.

MSRP for the ID.4 Pro with rear-wheel drive starts at $40,490. The all-wheel drive ID.4 Pro starts at $44,440.

Volkswagen Taos

2022 VW Taos SELVolkswagen

Huge back seat for its subcompact designation, generous cargo storage, really good fuel economy figures.”

  • Car and Driver

There are many reasons why you should get into the 2022 Volkswagen Taos. Sitting just below the Tiguan, the Taos offers a bold exterior design, practical but refined interior, advanced technology, and available 4Motion all-wheel drive. The mid-size SUV provides Volkswagen’s signature driving dynamics, high quality, and smart packing in a smaller package with a lower price tag.

MSRP for the Volkswagen Taos with front-wheel drive starts at $22,995. The Taos S 4Motion starts at $25,040.

Volkswagen Tiguan

2022 VW Tiguan in WhiteVolkswagen

Sporty handling, spacious cabin, available third row of seats.”

  • Car and Driver

The latest Volkswagen Tiguan features a sharpened exterior as well as a refined interior. The brand’s best-selling vehicle comes equipped with new standard and available tech features, while retaining VW’s fun-to-drive reputation, spacious interior and impressive feature set. All 2022 Tiguan models comes equipped with the 8-inch Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, while a 10.25-inch Digital Cockpit Pro is available on the top trim.

Pricing for the 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan starts at $25,995 for front-wheel drive models and $27,495 for all-wheel drive models.

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