An Impressive Six Volkswagen Models Named Car and Driver Editors’ Choice Picks for 2023

February 23rd, 2023 by

2023 Volkswagen ID.4 | Photo courtesy: Volkswagen


Volkswagen has announced that Car and Driver magazine has named the 2023 VW Golf GTI, 2023 VW Golf R, 2023 VW ID.4, 2023 VW Jetta GLI, 2023 VW Taos, and 2023 VW Tiguan to the magazine’s Editors’ Choice list for 2023.

“We’re honored to see so many of our models named to the Editors’ Choice list”,
said Hein Schafer, Senior Vice President, Volkswagen of America, Inc. “These vehicles represent the best of what Volkswagen offers 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.”

So what exactly does the
Car and Driver 2023 Editors’ Choice list consist of? The annual list has 125 vehicles – cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs – out of more than 400 models that Car and Driver editors have tested, rated and ranked this year. The publication conducts rigorous instrumental testing on hundreds of vehicles. Those results and the following criteria are used to choose the vehicles for the Editors’ Choice list: the rankings each vehicle earns within its market segment versus competitors, how well it fulfills its intended mission, and editors’ subjective evaluations of each car’s performance.

Only vehicles that are on sale in 2023, and those that the staff has hands-on driving experience with, are eligible for Editors’ Choice.

Volkswagen Golf GTI

“The supreme driving delights of a Golf GTI come wrapped in a compact package of practicality and value” – Car and Driver

The Golf GTI has defined the term “hot hatch” since its debut in 1976 in Europe and 1983 in the U.S. The eighth-generation icon embodies the very same formula – refinement, style, power, and playful performance.

In addition to being name one of Car and Driver Editors’ Choice picks, the Golf GTI earned a spot on Wards 10 Best Interiors and Exteriors UX list.

Volkswagen Golf R

Recommended daily dose of horsepower and torque, exquisite handling behavior, any excuse to drive one is the right one” – Car and Driver

The Mk8 Golf R continues to evolve a legacy of understated performance which was first pioneered for the 2004 model year, with the introduction of the rally-inspired Golf R32. Nearly two decades later, the firth iteration of Volkswagen’s performance vehicle takes it up a notch with new race-inspired content and premium features.

Back in 2021, the VW Golf was named Forbes Wheels Sports Car of the Year.

Volkswagen ID.4

“Practical and cargo-friendly cabin, decent driving range with the larger battery pack, quiet when cruising.” – Car and Driver

The ID.4 is Volkswagen’s first all-electric SUV and the brand’s first global EV. Built on VW’s MEB electric vehicle architecture, it marries the strengths of a purpose-built EV with performance, packaging and value, features that have marked the brand for decades.

The Volkswagen ID.4 was also named Top EV Pick for Value by and Electric Vehicle of the Year at the SEMA show in 2022.

Volkswagen Jetta GLI

An engine with a kick, confident handling, civilized ride.” – Car and Driver

The Jetta is available in four trims for 2023 – S, Sport, SE, and SEL. The 2023 GLI is offered in one fully-equipped Autobahn trim. After receiving a refresh for 2022, the Jetta family adds minor cosmetic changes and remote start for SE models.

Volkswagen Taos

With an attractively low base price, the Volkswagen Taos offers big fuel mileage along with big space for such a small SUV.” –Car and Driver

The Volkswagen Taos brings bold exterior design, a practical but refined interior, advanced technology, and available 4Motion all-wheel drive to the compact SUV segment. Sitting below the Tiguan, the Taos offers Volkswagen’s signature driving dynamics, high quality, and smart packaging in a smaller package with a lower price tag. The Taos has also been recognized for its impressive gas mileage in an SUV.

Volkswagen Tiguan

The Tiguan is a stylish, European take on America’s favorite and its crisp handling is a breath of fresh air.” – Car and Driver

The Volkswagen Tiguan combines Volkswagen’s hallmark fun-to-drive character with a spacious interior and flexible seating. VW’s best-selling vehicle sits above the Taos in the compact SUV space and offers refinement and an advanced feature set at a value price point.

Along with being recognized by Car and Driver, the Volkswagen Tiguan is also known for their impressive safety ratings and acing their car seat fit report card.

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