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New for 2014: Volkswagen

By: Jeff Youngs, 10/30/2013
2014 Volkswagen Overview

Volkswagen marks the 2014 model year with a host of changes to its lineup, with some models getting more attention than others. The Beetle, for example, returns with a new GSR variant, available telematics system and rearview camera, updated chassis, and a new turbocharged base engine due to arrive later in the year. Those last two changes also accompany the 2014 Jetta and 2014 Passat.

With an all-new version debuting for 2015, the 2014 Volkswagen Golf is carried over essentially unchanged, though the 2-door and high-performance Golf R models have been discontinued. Likewise, the 2014 GTI is available only in 4-door form.

Updates for the sleek Volkswagen CC are limited to a new trim level, standard navigation and available telematics system, and a new foot-activated keyless trunk release feature. The Eos hardtop convertible loses its Lux trim level in 2014 but gains the optional telematics system, while the Tiguan and Touareg crossovers spice things up with new R-Line trim levels. Also offered on the 2014 Touareg are the foot-activated liftgate release option and a new multi-view camera system.


2014 Volkswagen Beetle
Available in 2-door hardtop and convertible body styles, the 2014 Volkswagen Beetle has been updated with new electromechanical steering and a multi-link rear suspension for all trim levels, a standard 1.8-liter turbocharged base engine that delivers 170 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque (arrives later in the model year), optional rearview camera, and an available VW Car-Net smartphone-linked telematics system with functionality that includes emergency response services, stolen-vehicle tracking, roadside assistance, and more.

Changes have also been made to the Beetle's lineup. The TDI with Sunroof variant has been discontinued, Turbo models have been renamed R-Line, and a limited-edition GSR coupe debuts with a yellow and black color scheme, unique 19-inch alloy wheels, and sport seats.

What's New:
  • Limited-edition GSR trim level
  • Updated chassis components
  • Smaller, more fuel-efficient base engine
  • Turbo variants renamed R-Line
  • Available telematics system
  • Optional rearview camera
  • Revised trim levels


2014 Volkswagen CC
For 2014, the Volkswagen CC 4-door coupe sports a standard navigation system, available telematics system with roadside assistance and stolen-vehicle tracking services, and a new 2.0T Executive trim level that slots in between the 2.0T R-Line and top-of-the-line VR6 4Motion Executive, and a new keyless trunk release feature popularized by the recently redesigned Ford Escape. By swiping a foot by sensors located under the rear bumper, drivers can open the trunk without reaching for any release buttons or fumbling for their key fob.

What's New:
  • Standard navigation system
  • 2.0T Executive trim level
  • Foot-activated trunk release
  • Available telematics system


2014 Volkswagen Eos
Minimal changes mark the return of the front-wheel-drive (FWD) 2014 Volkswagen Eos hardtop convertible. The Lux trim level has been dropped from the lineup, leaving buyers with the choice of Komfort, Sport, and Executive variants, all equipped with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 200 horsepower and 207 lb.-ft. of torque. A new telematics system also serves to differentiate the 2014 Eos from its predecessor.

What's New:
  • Lux trim level discontinued
  • Available telematics system


2014 Volkswagen Golf
An all-new model is just around the corner, so it comes as little surprise to learn that the 2014 Golf is essentially a carryover from 2013, with one exception--the 2-door body style has been dropped from the lineup.

What's New:
  • 2-door model discontinued


2014 Volkswagen GTI
Similar to the Golf on which it is based, the 2014 Volkswagen GTI is available only in 4-door form. The 2-door GTI has been discontinued, as has the high-performance Golf R variant. Former base and Autobahn trim levels have been replaced by Wolfsburg and Driver's Editions for 2014.

What's New:
  • 2-door model discontinued
  • Wolfsburg Edition and Driver's Edition trim levels


2014 Volkswagen Jetta
Visually, the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta sedan looks like the 2013 model it replaces, but the car has indeed undergone a few noteworthy updates. Like the Beetle and Passat, the Jetta sedan's 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine will be replaced mid-year by a turbocharged, 1.8-liter 4-cylinder power plant. Other mechanical upgrades include electric-assist steering and a multi-link rear suspension for all variants. Buyers continue to have the choice of various S, SE, SEL, TDI, and GLI trim levels.

The 2014 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen carries over relatively unchanged, with the exception of a rearview camera for TDI models. The base engine continues to be the 2.5-liter 5-cylinder.

What's New:
  • Smaller, more fuel-efficient base engine (sedan only)
  • Available telematics system (sedan only)
  • Updated chassis components (sedan only)


2014 Volkswagen Passat
Starting mid-way through the 2014 model year, Volkswagen will replace the Passat's standard 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine with a turbocharged, 1.8-liter 4-cylinder unit that will purportedly deliver better fuel economy. The company has also upgraded its largest sedan with an available telematics system and a standard rearview camera on SE and SEL trim levels.

In addition to the new boosted 4-cylinder, VW offers the 2014 Passat with a turbocharged diesel engine and a V-6 that the EPA estimates is capable of averaging up to 28 mpg on the highway.

What's New:
  • Smaller, more fuel-efficient base engine
  • Available telematics system
  • Rearview camera standard on SE and SEL trim levels


2014 Volkswagen Tiguan
Volkswagen offers the 2014 Tiguan crossover in five trim levels, including a new top-of-the-line R-Line version boasting unique 19-inch alloy wheels, black wheel arches, sport-tuned suspension, body kit, stainless steel foot pedals, special rear spoiler, and more. Like all Tiguans, the R-Line is equipped with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that's shared with the GTI. Buyers have the choice of FWD or all-wheel-drive (AWD) capability.

In addition to its new trim level, the 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan now offers a telematics system with emergency response and roadside assistance services, among others.

What's New:
  • R-Line trim level
  • Available telematics system
  • Broader availability of premium sound system


2014 Volkswagen Touareg
Larger than the Tiguan, the Volkswagen Touareg also gets the R-Line treatment for 2014, but the upgrades include revised bumpers, 20-inch alloy wheels, LED taillights, aluminum pedals, gloss-black and aluminum interior trim, and the sport-tuned suspension. Sport, Sport with Navigation, Lux, Executive, and Hybrid trim levels are also offered.

VW has further enhanced the 2014 Touareg with an available multi-view camera system that provides a 360-degree view around the vehicle, and a keyless liftgate that can be opened or closed by swiping one's foot under the rear bumper.

What's New:
  • R-Line trim level
  • Foot-activated keyless liftgate
  • Multi-view camera system

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