2021 VW Model Lineup

About Volkswagen Buying Benefits, Brand and History

Learn more about the Volkswagen brand, browse their impressive lineup of smart and sporty compacts, sedans and SUVs as well as electric concept vehicles, the ID.4 and the soon to be released electric bus, ID.BUZZ 2022. Get to know Volkswagen innovative technology, fun and powerful engine performance. Unpack everything the Volkswagen brand has to offer, from its impressive array of ownership benefits and accolades to its intuitive technology and design highlights.

Buy with confidence at Volkswagen of Bloomington Normal knowing selected VW models have a lower cost of maintenance than key competitors in the same category. Whether you’re interested in a certified pre-owned VW or the VW Partner Program, we are making it easier for you to own a Volkswagen today! Located at 1430 Fort Jesse Rd, proudly serving drivers from Bloomington, Normal, Peoria and surrounding areas.

VW Brand Buying Benefits

Volkswagen ownership benefits have continued to reward their loyal customers over and over again. Not just with their impressive array of advanced technology, powerful performances, and premium amenities inside but also through their exceptional warranty and service benefits. Plus, you can buy with confidence knowing Volkswagen holds numerous awards across its competitive lineup like multiple best-in-class capabilities, an array of class-exclusive features, and cutting-edge standard technology. Additional Volkswagen brand buying benefits include:

  • Scheduled Carefree Maintenance. 2 years or 20,000 miles
  • Roadside Assistance. 3 years or 36,000 miles
  • New Vehicle Limited Warranty. 4 years or 50,000 miles
  • Car-Net Remote Access
  • Great deals on New VW Offers and Certified Pre-Owned

Volkswagen Accolades and Awards

Discover some of Volkswagen’s most recent awards and accolades, see what top automotive outlets like World Car of the Year, U.S. News & World Report and more have to say about some of the latest Volkswagen models.

  • The new 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 was just named World Car of the Year by the World Car Awards
  • The 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI was named best hatchback in Good Housekeeping’s Best Family Cars
  • Cars.com has officially named the 2020 VW Atlas the “2020 Family Car of the Year”.
  • U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best New Cars for Teens named the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta as a super option.

Volkswagen History

Volkswagen Group, a major German automobile manufacturer, was founded in 1937 and headquartered in Wolfsburg Germany. The German term Volk translates to “people”, thus Volkswagen translates to “people’s car”. By 1949 more than half of the passenger cars produced in the country were Volkswagens.

Popular models include Golf, Jetta, Passat, Atlas, and Tiguan. The most iconic known Volkswagen, the Beetle, was officially called the Volkswagen Type 1, is the longest-running and most-manufactured car of a single platform ever made.

Volkswagen production expanded rapidly in the 1950s. The company introduced the Transporter van in 1950. Sales abroad were generally strong in most countries of export, but, because of the car’s small size and unusual rounded appearance, sales in the United States were initially slow-moving. Volkswagen of America was established in 1955 and the American advertising agency Doyle Dane Bernbach was hired to represent the brand in 1959. The very successful ad campaign helped to popularize the “Beetle”, it promoted the size and unconventional design.

Competition from small cars with more-modern designs resulted in Volkswagen began phasing out its rear-engine cars in the 1970s, replacing them with front-engine front-wheel-drive designs. Volkswagen entered the supermini market in the 70’s. What followed was the Passat in 1973 and the Golf, introduced in the United States as the Rabbit in 1974. The Golf was an instant sales success, effectively replacing the Beetle in the company’s lineup and ultimately becoming Volkswagen’s best-selling model worldwide.

In the 1980s, Volkswagen’s sales in the United States decreased dramatically despite the success of models like the Golf elsewhere. The introduction of the second-generation Golf, GTI and Jetta models helped Volkswagen briefly. Plus with the announcement Motor Trend named the GTI its Car of the Year for 1985, and Volkswagen rose in the J.D. Power buyer satisfaction ratings to eighth place in 1985, up from 22nd a year earlier.

In 1991, Volkswagen launched the third-generation Golf, which was European Car of the Year for 1992. Its chassis helped spawn a host of other cars in 1999 within the Volkswagen Group, including the sedan known as the Jetta.

The Volkswagen Group is the first European automaker to produce 100 million vehicles in 1999, and thus writes automotive history. Around the world, 42 plants build some 20,000 vehicles every working day for Europe’s largest automaker. With more than 50 models in its product range, the Group with its nine brands covers almost all vehicle segments on global markets from the small car to the luxury limousine, the family convertible to the high-performance sports car, the small transporter to the midsize delivery van.

Volkswagen revolutionized engine construction in 2001 with the Passat W8. For the first time, eight cylinders are not arranged in two cylinder banks one in front of the other but are configured in a space-saving W formation. Thanks to this powerful engine, the 4-liter Passat sedan with 4MOTION all-wheel drive develops 275 horsepower.

In 2002, the Touran was introduced, it is ideal for families, leisure activities and business and has several attractions: its intelligent space utilization, high-quality appearances, modern engine and both agile and safe chassis with four-link rear suspension and electro-mechanic power-assisted steering.

In 2007 The Touareg V10 TDI was the first turbo-diesel SUV with particulate filter on the US market. 2007 was also the year the Tiguan compact SUV was exhibited at the Geneva Motor Show. Thanks to its variable interior, the compact off-roader based on the Golf has the attributes of an all-rounder and features many technical innovations, including the new 4MOTION four-wheel drive and the electro-mechanical steering system developed.

Currently other Volkswagen models include the three-row Atlas. The number one ranked lowest cost of maintenance among midsize SUVs is the Atlas Cross Sport. The Jetta, ranked number one for lowest cost of maintenance among compact sedans. The mid-size Passat has a lower cost of maintenance than Toyota, Honda and Hyundai midsize sedans. The Golf hatchback is available in regular and performance-oriented GTI form, and the premium Arteon hatchback has the look of a sedan.

Looking ahead, Volkswagen is committed to working towards being carbon neutral across their fleet, production and administration globally by 2050. Their forward-thinking has earned them the winner of the 2021 World Car Awards for the electric compact SUV ID.4 EV. It was voted the 2021 World Car of the Year by a jury of 93 distinguished international journalists from 28 countries.

VW Exterior and Interior Design

With available V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces, Climatronic® dual-zone climate control and plenty of rear legroom, in either the Passat or Jetta its comfort is without compromise. Or take a spin in the always fun to drive Golf GTI, with Autobahn-tuned sport suspension, driver-focused media and a touchscreen display to help you stay the course. Drive in comfort with a cabin spacious enough to sit seven and the style of two-tone Vienna leather seating in the Atlas or the Taos. Or get electrified with the Volkswagen ID.4, it can take you where you need to go with an EPA estimated 250 miles of range, saving you an estimated $3,500 in fuel cost over five years. No gas. Ever again.

IQ.DRIVE® Technology

Advanced Drivers Assistance Technology features are easy to use and provide the driver with some aid while on the road:

  • Lane Assist – can help keep you in the current lane when lane markings are detected.⁠
  • Available Active Side Assist (Blind Spot Monitor) – helps alert you to other cars that may be in your blind spot.
  • Rear Traffic Alert – can alert you to detected vehicles crossing in your path.
  • Emergency Assist – can determine if a driver is no longer able to operate their vehicle by monitoring steering wheel activity.

Volkswagen Car-Net®

Volkswagen’s Car-Net App-Connect system can give you command of your car on an app. Technology offered in new VW models include:

  • Remote Commands – Remote control your car when you’re next to it or miles away
  • Family Guardian Alerts – Help keep tabs on your car when others take it for a drive
  • VW Car-Net Hotspot – in-vehicle Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Safe & Secure – Anti-Theft Alerts⁠, Automatic Crash Notifications⁠, Emergency Assistance⁠, Roadside Call Assist⁠, Information Assistance⁠, and a Stolen Vehicle Locator

Volkswagen Competitive Comparisons

2021 Volkswagen Atlas vs the 2021 Mazda CX-9

2021 Volkswagen Atlas
Starting Price: $34,905
Engine: 2.0-liter turbo I4
Torque: 258 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm
Transmission: 8-spd automatic

2021 Mazda CX-9
Starting Price: $33,960
Engine: 2.5-liter turbo I4
Torque: 310 lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm
Transmission: 6-spd automatic

The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas has more cargo space, lower starting price and a higher tow rating over the Mazda CX-9. Help keep things moving with keyless access, 5 USB charging ports or wireless charging for compatible devices. Take the friends for a night out in modern interior styling and 3-zone automatic climate control, and roomy 2nd and 3rd row seating—a cabin spacious enough to sit seven. The available panoramic sunroof lets the light in on all three rows. When the sun goes down, LED lighting illuminates the interior cabin for a more inviting ride. With all-wheel drive and 8 inches of ground clearance makes it a good companion in mud or snow.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross vs 2021 Jeep Cherokee

2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross
Starting Price: $30,885
Horsepower: 235 HP
Torque: 258 lb-ft
Cargo Capacity: 40.3 / 77.8 Cubic Feet
Seating Capacity: 5 Passengers

2021 Jeep Cherokee
Starting Price: $27,455
Horsepower: 180 HP
Torque: 171 lb-ft
Cargo Capacity: 25.8 / 44.7 Cubic Feet
Seating Capacity: 5 Passengers

The 2021 Atlas Cross Sport has a starting MSRP* of $30,855, and while that may be a little more than the 2021 Cherokee at $27,455, you’ll feel a difference. Driving a robust 2.0L 4-cylinder engine with 235 hp (achieved with premium fuel) and 258 lb-ft of torque—or an available 3.6L V6 engine with 276 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. With the turn of a dial, you can switch between four different available all-wheel-drive modes to the one that fits your current driving situation; snow, on-road, off-road, and off-road custom modes.

2021 Volkswagen Passat vs the 2021 Subaru Legacy

2021 Volkswagen Passat
Starting Price: $23,995
Horsepower: 174 HP
Torque: 206 lb-ft
Trunk Space: 15.9 Cubic Feet
2021 Subaru Legacy
Starting Price: $22,895
Horsepower: 182 HP
Torque: 176 lb-ft
Trunk Space: 15.1 Cubic Feet

The 2021 Passat offers V-Tex leatherette seating, Climatronic® dual-zone climate control, and plenty of rear legroom. Available rain-sensing wipers are designed to automatically adjust their speed in inclement weather, and the available self-dimming rearview mirror can help ease glare when the headlights from vehicles traveling behind you are too bright. For all this luxury, the 2021 Passat is competitively priced with a starting MSRP of just $23,995.

Volkswagen FAQs

The first Volkswagen was released in 1937.

Volkswagen translates to "people's car" in German.

Wolfsburg, Germany July 1938.

Ferdinand Porsche, a well-known designer for high-end vehicles and race cars.

Introduced in 1997, the New Beetle drew heavy inspiration from the exterior design of the original Beetle.

"Fahrvergnügen: It's what makes a car a Volkswagen".

  • Remote Commands
  • Family Guardian Alerts
  • VW Car-Net Hotspot
  • VW Car-Net Safe & Secure

An estimated range of 260 miles.

Room for seven passengers (six with the optional second-row captain’s chairs) and 20.6 cubic feet of cargo, which expands to 96.8 with all seats folded.

Blind Spot Monitor can help alert you to other cars that may be in your blind spot.

Yes, with the turn of a dial, you can switch between four different available all-wheel-drive modes:

  • Snow Mode
  • On-Road Mode
  • Off-Road Mode
  • Off-Road Custom Mode
Volkswagen of Bloomington Normal is located at: 1430 Fort Jesse Rd • Normal, IL 61761
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