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VWs are mostly solid, responsive, and fun-to-drive cars, with a more premium feel than their competitors. They typically have agile handling, a firm and comfortable ride, supportive seats, and good fit and finish. The Golf is one of our favorite compact cars to drive, and the GTI is a fun, affordable, and sporty hatchback. Reliability has often been a concern for buyers considering a Volkswagen, and the brand has recently tumbled in our automaker reliability ratings. Only the CC sedan and Tiguan small SUV—both older models—scored average or better in our survey. VW is embroiled in a scandal stemming from cheating in federal emissions testing with its TDI diesel-powered models, and none will be offered for sale as a 2017 model.

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