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First drive: 2022 Volkswagen Golf R in the UAE

First drive: 2022 Volkswagen Golf R in the UAE

We were quite eager to test drive the new Volkswagen Golf R. After all, it did leave quite an impression when we first drove the first generation Golf R back in 2011, after the demise of the R32. It almost felt as special as the Nissan GT-R with its all-wheel-drive handling capabilities, and being a practical everyday car at the same time. So how does the latest generation of the most powerful Golf ever feel?

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First drive: 2022 Volkswagen Teramont Highline in the UAE

First drive: 2022 Volkswagen Teramont Highline in the UAE

Given all the historically significant nameplates in VW’s stable, the Teramont is a relatively new addition to the Volkswagen family, and their largest SUV model. Known as Atlas in the United States where it is built and manufactured, this vehicle originally debuted in 2018. Unmistakably sharing DNA with the Volkswagen family, both in terms of style and mechanicals, seems odd that it took so long for VW to jump into this segment.

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First drive: 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI in the UAE

First drive: 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI in the UAE

There have been several high-profile post-lockdown car launches that set the internet on fire. The Nissan Patrol Nismo, the Chevy Tahoe and the upcoming Ford Bronco featured prominently among them, but those were all SUVs. The only small car to “trend” is the Volkswagen Golf GTI, which shows that cars might be giving way to SUVs, but the legendary O.G. hot hatch is always going to be around.

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2021 VW Polo arrives with freshened-up design

2021 VW Polo arrives with freshened-up design

Superminis are not a very happening segment in the Middle East. Yet some of them did trickle onto our soils, including the Volkswagen Polo. Though the hatchback is not sold here anymore, it gets a mid-cycle facelift in the global markets with an updated design and more technology.

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First drive: 2021 Volkswagen Teramont in the UAE

First drive: 2021 Volkswagen Teramont in the UAE

The Volkswagen Teramont didn’t make sense on the surface when it debuted a few years ago, considering the Touareg was still around. But it made perfect sense when you delved deeper into the specs sheet — compared to the 2-row Touareg, the Teramont had a third row of seating, and was actually larger and cheaper. While the latest Touareg moved even further upscale, the Teramont is holding the fort in the meat of the mid-size SUV market, going up against Ford Explorers and Nissan Pathfinders. And it has just received a nip-and-tuck for the 2021 model year.

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2022 VW Taos is the smallest crossover from the brand

2022 VW Taos is the smallest crossover from the brand

A year and a half ago, the standard VW Golf went the way of the dodo in many markets, leaving behind only the hot GTI and R models. Now to fill in that gap, VW has brought in the 2022 Volkswagen Taos — a crossover that, according to VW, has “a lot of overlap in the use case” with the Golf. The Taos will slot in below the current entry-level Taigun in VW’s crossover lineup in some markets.

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First drive: 2020 Volkswagen Passat in the UAE

First drive: 2020 Volkswagen Passat in the UAE

Hard to believe that it’s been 8 years since the Volkswagen Passat’s last full redesign in 2012. That was the year when the European Passat and the American Passat diverged into two distinct cars, as the latter became a larger car with class-leading space for a midsize sedan, but also less sophisticated in terms of execution and features. The GCC market gets the American one. And it’s now on its second facelift, the first one being back in 2016.

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