2021 Volkswagen ID.4 AWD Pro S

George “Elvis” Gray of Pirate Radio 104.7 assisted in an analysis of the electric VeeDub:

Dusk blue metallic paint with black painted roof, lunar gray leatherette seating for 5 – heated driver and front pass. seats and panoramic fixed glass moon roof with sunshade, weighs 4,782 lbs., 180.5” long and has 108.9” wheelbase – 30 cubic ft. of cargo capacity behind rear seat and 60 cubic ft. with second row seating folded down, 20” Polished alloy wheels and 235/50R20 Bridgestone all season radial tires, lane keep assist, forward and rear collision alert, radar cruise control, digital dash including one mounted to steering column, rear vision camera, 12” infotainment screen, 10 speaker  AM/FM/satellite premium stereo sound system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and blind spot monitor, 107 horsepower front electric motor and 201 horsepower rear electric motor (295 hp total) with single speed automatic transmission with dash mounted shifter, (total torque is 339) 4 driving modes and all wheel drive, $50,870.00  list price built in Mosel, Germany, fuel economy 88 mpg on highway, 98 in city, 93 overall – goes 240 mi. on a full charge

 

 

2022 Volkswagen Taos 1.5T SE w/4Motion

Pirate Radio DJ George “Elvis” Gray helped analyze the brand new Volkswagen Taos: Cornflower Blue metallic paint with black premium CloudTex and cloth seating for 5 – heated driver and front passenger seat, weighs 3,430 lbs., 175.8” long and has 105.9” wheelbase – 24.9 cubic ft. of cargo capacity (60) in luggage compartment18” Black alloy wheels and 225/50R18 Pirelli all season radial tires, lane keep assist, forward and rear collision alert, radar cruise control, rear vision camera, 8” infotainment screen, oversized moon roof and 6 speaker AM/FM/satellite premium stereo sound system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and blind spot monitor, 1.5 liter, 158 horsepower turbo four with a 7 speed automatic transmission, 4 driving modes and all wheel drive, $32,380.00  list price, fuel economy 32 mpg on highway, 25 in city, 28 overall – 14.5 gallon tank  – goes 464 mi. on a full tank of gasoline

2022 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0T SE R-Line “Black Edition” AWD

George Gray of Pirate 104.7 radio helped analyze the new 2022 Tiguan at the station parking lot:

Pyrite silver paint with black leatherette seating for 5 – heated front buckets, weighs 3,757 lbs. and has 109.9” wheelbase – 73.4 cubic ft. of cargo capacity, 19” Two toned aluminum wheels and 225/45R19SL all season radial tires, lane keep assist, forward collision alert, radar cruise control, rear vision camera, 8” infotainment screen, remote start, power moon roof and rear tailgate, VW 6 speaker AM/FM premium stereo sound system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, blackout front fascia, black badging for R-Line, color keyed door handles, and foldaway heated outside mirrors, 2.0 liter, 184 horsepower turbo four with 221 lb. ft. of torque and an eight speed automatic transmission and all wheel drive, $34,990.00  list price, fuel economy 28 mpg on hwy, 21 in city – 15.9 gallon tank for regular fuel – goes 445 mi. on a full tank

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0T SEL Premium R-Line

The Volkswagen was driven to Pirate Radio 104.7 for a review with the help of DJ George “Elvis” Gray:

Platinum gray metallic paint with storm gray leather interior for five, weighs 3,757 lbs. and is 185.1“ long – 37.6 cubic ft. of cargo space, 20” ten spoke alloy wheels with  P255/40R20 Hankook all season radial tires, leather wrapped, heated steering wheel, 8” multimedia display with Sirius satellite radio, Fender stereo with subwoofer, radar cruise control, Apple Carplay/Android Auto setup and backup camera with navigation, 2.0 liter turbo four with 184 horsepower and eight speed automatic transmission and all wheel drive, panoramic moon roof and hands free power tailgate, fuel economy is 27 on the highway, 21 in town and 24 mpg overall rating, fuel tank holds 15.3 gallons and car can go 413 miles on a full tank, list price is $40,290.00 and car is built in Puebla, Mexico 

2021 Volkswagen Cross Sport V-6 SEL Premium R-Line

The Atlas was driven to Pirate Radio for a review with George Gray and Matt Arguello:

 Pure gray paint with dark burgundy and black leather seating for 5 – heated and ventilated front buckets, weighs 4,098 lbs. and is 195.5” long – 40.3 cubic ft. cargo room, 21” – two toned finish ten spoke aluminum wheels and 265/45R21 Pirelli radials, pushbutton/remote start, navigation, dual power seats, leather wrapped and heated steering wheel and big moon roof, wireless phone charger, head up display, dressy R-Line package and Android / Apple integration, 8” multimedia infotainment screen – backup camera and 12 speaker Fender XM/AM/FM premium sound system, cruise control, lane change alert, rear cross traffic alert, and blind spot warning, 3.6 liter turbo V-6 with 276 horsepower – Eight speed automatic Tiptronic transmission and 4Motion all wheel drive, $51,615.00.00  list price  – built in Chattanooga, Tennessee, fuel economy (23 mpg highway, 17 mpg city, 19 mpg combined)  19.5 gallon tank with 449 mi.range

                            

 

2021 Volkswagen FWD Jetta GLI Autobahn Sedan

Radio review on Pirate Radio featuring George Gray and Matt Arguello:

Two liter turbo four with 228 horsepower, six speed manual transmission, 185″ overall length, four door/five passenger, 3,200# curb weight, 225/45R18 Hankook radials on aluminum rims, 33mpg/highway, 13.2 gallon tank, 14 cubic foot trunk, moon roof, Beats custom stereo with navigation, heated/air conditioned front leather buckets, made in Puebla, Mexico, $31,740.00 window sticker.

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI 2.0T Autobahn

Radio Review:

 Tornado Red paint with Titan black leather seating for 5, including heated buckets – Weighs 3,127 lbs. and is 168” long – 17.3 cubic ft. of cargo capacity in hatchback area – 18” Ultra Silver five spoke aluminum wheels and 225/40R18 Bridgestone Potenza radial tires – Lane keep assist, forward collision alert, radar cruise control, rear vision, and automatic emergency braking – 8” infotainment screen – navigation, ambient door sill lighting and Fender 7 speaker AM/FM premium sound system – Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wireless phone charger, head up display, aluminum sport pedals, leather steering wheel – 2.0 liter, turbocharged 228 horsepower four cylinder engine with six speed manual transmission, start stop technology and front wheel drive – $37,415.00  list price  Built in Mexico – Fuel economy (Highway – 32 mpg) (City – 24 mpg)  14.9 gallon tank with 477 mi.range 

2016 Volkswagen “Dune” 1.8T Turbo Beetle

20160825_163702Volkswagen Beetles were built from 1938 to 2003, and  over 20 million have been manufactured and sold worldwide since the inception of the car in Germany.  A man named Porsche designed the car, and along with the rear engine placement, the car was air cooled, without liquid coolant or a radiator.

What is commonly called a “New Beetle” with coolant, a front engine, and front-wheel drive, has been marketed on and off since 1997.  Such a car is what I picked up at General Mitchell Airfield in Milwaukee to drive on a midwest vacation.  It was a 2016 Turbocharged Sandstorm Yellow metallic unit with “Dune” equipment specified, including a rear spoiler, raised suspension, ten-spoke polished alloy wheels, exclusive bumpers and air intakes, black exterior cladding, aluminum pedal covers, and special badging and decals.20160825_153231

Power for my front wheel drive test car was supplied by a 1.8 liter, 170 horsepower (184 lb. ft. of torque) four cylinder gas engine with an EPA mileage rating of 25/city, 34/highway, 28 combined MPG.  The fuel tank capacity was 14.5 gallons.  The transmission on hand was a six-speed automatic, and it seemed sturdy and somewhat enjoyable.  For having a turbocharger, the engine had a definite grumble to it, belying the high RPM turbo operating in the power department.  Turbochargers whir at about 150,000 revolutions per minute – roughly 30 times as fast as the engine.  They are nice in Colorado, spinning faster at that altitude and mitigating power loss that can be associated with naturally-aspirated (i.e. fuel injected) engines.  I can’t say I hated having turbocharged power in Illinois and Wisconsin – the technology is just great.

Inside the four passenger Volkswagen, a Fender premium stereo was on hand as well as heated cloth and leatherette buckets with yellow piping and stitching, Bluetooth connections, pushbutton starter, flat-bottomed steering wheel, rear view camera, and satellite radio.  The theme inside was tasteful and coordinated well with the outside styling.  Beetle “Dune” looks was great, featured a wider track, honeycomb grill, LED tail lights, and while on our trip several tourists stopped by to comment on our ride.

Acceleration of the 3,093 lb. VW was great fun, road manners were on target, and handling/guidance were fine, as well.  It’s a pretty quiet sedan and visibility is fine.  List price was $25,065.00 for the 2016 that I drove and that included freight.  The only optional uncharge was for the Sandstorm paint, at $250.00.  The Volkswagen Beetle has a niche market and doesn’t sell over 400,000 per year (in the U.S.!) like the old days, but still has a nice following and a fan in this reviewer.

2016 Volkswagen Beetle R-Line SEL

20160517_150234I remember the first time I laid eyes on a Volkswagen Beetle, in Grant, Nebraska in about 1963.  A young man in town named Charlie Brixius had purchased a used one (perhaps a 1959), and made quite a splash driving it up and down Main Street over and over.  We all did that back then – gas was cheap, the pace was leisurely, and that was the place to be seen.  The U-turns were made at the same intersections on the north and south end of this town of 1,000 population, and some of the guys out cruising were lucky enough to have a girl sitting in the middle of the front seat for the ride.  20160517_150306

Charlie never had a girl sitting in the middle of his front seat, because the “bug” had two bucket seats in the front of the four-passenger, rear-engined, rear-wheel drive VW.  Neither did I, as I rode a Honda 50 scooter/cycle.

Volkswagen Beetles were built from 1938 to 2003, and  over 20 million have been manufactured and sold worldwide since the inception of the car in Germany.  A man named Porsche designed the car, and along with the rear engine placement, the car was air cooled, without coolant or a radiator.

What is commonly called a “New Beetle” with coolant, a front engine, and front-wheel drive, has been marketed on and off since 1997.  Such a car is what was brought to me a week ago for testing, a 2016 Turbocharged Tornado red unit with “R-Line” equipment specified, including a spoiler, “twister” alloy wheels, extra gauges, aluminum pedal covers, and special badging.

Power for my test car was supplied by a 2.0 liter, 210 horsepower (207 lb. ft. of torque) four cylinder gas engine with an EPA mileage rating of 23/city, 31/highway, 26 combined MPG.  The transmission on hand was a six-speed manual, and it seemed sturdy and somewhat enjoyable.  For having a turbocharger, the engine had a definite grumble to it, belying the high RPM turbo operating in the power department.  Turbochargers whir at about 150,000 revolutions per minute – roughly 30 times as fast as the engine.  They are nice in Colorado, spinning faster at our altitude and mitigating power loss that can be associated with naturally-aspirated (i.e. fuel injected) engines.

Inside the Volkswagen, a Fender premium stereo was on hand as well as sunroof, heated leather buckets, Bluetooth connections, navigation, pushbutton starter and satellite radio.  The theme inside was two-toned black and gray and somewhat kicky.  Styling was great with ten spoke polished alloys and attractive black trim work low on the outside.

Acceleration of the VW was great fun, road manners were on target, and handling/guidance were similar.  It’s a pretty quiet sedan and visibility is fine.  List price was $32,270.00 for the 2016 that I drove and that included freight.  It has a niche market and doesn’t sell over 400,000 per year (in the U.S.!) like the old days, but still has a nice following and a fan in this reviewer.

 

2015 Volkswagen Jetta SE FWD Sedan

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The number one selling Volkswagen is the Jetta, produced since 1979.  It is currently in it’s sixth generation form, this new design having been introduced in June of 2010 as a 2011 model.  For 2015 the Jetta received a mid-cycle update in the front/rear styling and in standard equipment offerings.  A Platinum Gray metallic Jetta SE four-door sedan was brought to my home on a recent Monday morning, and I immediately got inside to check out the optional equipment.  Heated leatherette seats, heated mirrors, and Sirius satellite radio: check.  Power lumbar “V-tech” Titan black leatherette bolstered buckets  and leather wheel: check.  Touchscreen radio/CD changer and Bluetooth and IPod connection: check.  Pushbutton start (on the console along with the emergency brake) and five-speed manual transmission: check.  Although most of the buzz with Volkswagen has recently been about the new masculine (supposedly) Beetle introduction, this Jetta is almost the newest VW in the lineup and, as mentioned earlier, the most popular.  It’s easy to see and feel why, because this is a real nice car.

I jumped in and took off for Interstate 25 for a test drive and a chance to do some mall shopping somewhere along the way.  A real firm ride is in store for the operator; a feeling of quality (and quietness).  The steering wheel is rather thick with many controls, and the five-speed transmission quite manageable.  The turbocharged four cylinder (EA888), 1.8 liter, 170 hp (6,200 rpm) engine provides an ample amount of power.  More, in fact, than would seem available with that horsepower rating.  Torque is 184 lb. ft. (1,500 – 4,750 rpm), and the highway fuel economy rating is 37 mpg on the highway, 25 mpg in the city, and a combined mpg figure is 29.  The fuel tank holds 14.5 gallons.

Guiding the Jetta up the Interstate is pleasurable.  Once again, the ride is firm, but handles the aging Interstate quite well. I had plenty of punch for changing lanes and running by service trucks and seniors.  At the mall parking lot I stepped outside to view the styling of the VW.  It’s good, if not spectacular, and looks particularly nice from the front with the new 2015 grill treatment.  The mirrors have lighting stripes on them and up front are good-looking fog lights.  The Jetta has a wheelbase of 104.4″, overall length of 183.3″, and the car weighs 3,047 lbs.  Backseat legroom is suitable for a big human being, and the trunk is the biggest in its class, at 15.5 cubic feet.  In the center of the back seat is a flop-down armrest/cup holder, and this VW had no power moonroof

This is the best-looking Jetta to date, and has 16”, Sedona ten-spoke alloy wheels to dress it up.  Tires mounted on them are 205/55R 16” mud and snow radials.  Base price for the SE was $18,995.00 and a lighting package ($995.00) and freight ($820.00) were added, bringing the M.S.R.P. to $20,810.00.  Bottom line; I could see myself owning a car like this.  The styling, roominess, drivability, and value puts the car high on the list of its segment competition.