The Volkswagen Polo on test for Changing Lanes

Volkswagen Polo Review

Read Caroline's Volkswagen Polo review for everything you need to know about buying the small hatchback from Volkswagen in Ireland.

The Volkswagen Polo is one of Ireland’s favourite small cars and has been for many years. Sales of small hatchbacks like the Polo have been in decline as customers switched to more fashionable SUVs and crossovers. But the humble hatch still has a lot to offer buyers.

Now Volkswagen has streamlined the Polo line-up in Ireland, which coincides with an update for the classic small hatchback that sees even more sophisticated style and high-tech equipment as standard than ever before.

The latest Volkswagen Polo goes on sale priced from €23,840 and is powered by a simple 1.0-litre petrol engine.

So is the Polo still up to the job? Let's take a closer look to find out.

The Volkswagen Polo on test for Changing Lanes
The Volkswagen Polo on test for Changing Lanes

What's so special about the Volkswagen Polo?

The Volkswagen Polo is one of the classiest small cars you can buy with handsome but understated style, and the theme continues inside.

Over the years it has grown in size, to a point where it's roomy enough inside now to function as a small family car.

In Ireland, the Polo range is very simple. There's the Polo Life priced from €23,840, the Polo Style from €26,995 and the Polo R-Line from €25,840. All cars come with a 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine with 95hp. Automatic versions are available for about €2,000 more.

The styling updates have been very successful, with now a more mature-looking front end. LED headlights are standard across the range and some versions get more advanced matrix LED units.

At the back, there's a new set of lights with a horizontal design that adds width and elegance to the Polo's road presence. Wheel sizes vary from 15- to 16-inch, with the option of a 17-inch set.

The R-Line model on test is the sportiest of the bunch with standard kit including 16-inch ‘Valencia’ alloy wheels, sportier bumpers, and exterior trim and roof spoiler finish in gloss black.

The cabin of the latest Volkswagen Polo
The cabin of the latest Volkswagen Polo

Inside the Volkswagen Polo

The Polo has one of the best cabins you will find in a small car. It's solidly built and reassuringly simple in its design. Yet all the modern features are here - a full digital instrument panel and touchscreen with Apple Car Play and Android Auto as standard. Entry level Life models make do with a 6.5-inch touchscreen, but Style and R-line versions get a more impressive 8-inch unit.

Some small car interiors like the Renault Clio and Peugeot 208 feel a little more glamourous, but the Polo interior is a sound and comfortable place to spend time in.

Other standard features include air conditioning, leather wrapped steering wheel, forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. The Style trim adds a reversing camera and adaptive cruise control. R-line versions have a slightly sportier ambience with sports seats, black roof liner, and stainless steel pedals.

It feels really roomy inside too, with one of the largest cabins in the segment. It's comfortable in the back for passengers with plenty of headroom and large footwells. It definitely feels more spacious than a Peugeot 208 or a Toyota Yaris. The rear doors open wide and there are Isofix child seat fixtures on the two outer seats and the front passenger seat.

The Polo also has one of the largest boots in the class at 351 litres, with practical features like a two-position floor and a spare wheel.

The Polo range in Ireland has been streamlined with just one petrol engine on offer
The Polo range in Ireland has been streamlined with just one petrol engine on offer

Driving the Polo

On the road, the Polo drives pretty much the same as it looks. It's a solid and steady drive, offering plenty of comfort for those on board and impressive refinement on the move - even on the motorway.

It's not the most fun to drive small car with the steering being a little on the light side for that. But it's perfectly agreeable with a robust quality that sees it move effortlessly from town to motorway and rural roads.

When it comes to power, there's no choice other than the 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine with 95hp. But it's actually an ideal engine for the Polo and feels lively enough whether in town or on the motorway. A five-speed manual gearbox comes as standard but there is the option of a 7-speed automatic.

The five-speed manual gearbox has to be worked at times to keep the engine in its sweet spot, but it settles down well to a cruise on the motorway, so you won't actually miss a sixth gear. It’s also efficient by class standards.

Rear passenger space in the Volkswagen Polo
Rear passenger space in the Volkswagen Polo

Did you like it?

In recent years, many buyers have switched to small crossovers and SUVs like the Volkswagen Taigo and T-Cross for example, but there is still a lot to be said for a hatchback like the Polo.

The Volkswagen Polo is an easy car to recommend. These days it's never looked better, with smart styling that looks good just about everywhere.

The Polo is easily one of the most upmarket small cars on the market in Ireland, with a classy cabin that's comfortable and well-equipped.

What's most impressive is the space and practicality the Polo offers inside, making it very good value indeed. On the road, it's comfortable and refined.

Overall, the Polo is a great all-rounder and a smart choice of small car.

The Volkswagen Polo is one of the best small cars you can buy
The Volkswagen Polo is one of the best small cars you can buy

Model tested: Volkswagen Polo R-Line
Price: 
€25,840
Engine:
1.0-litre petrol
Power: 95hp
Torque: 175Nm
Top speed:  187 km/h
Acceleration (0-100 km/h):  10.8 seconds
Motor Tax: 
€190 per year

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year


The Volkswagen Taigo R-Line is on sale now

Volkswagen Taigo Review

Read Caroline's Volkswagen Taigo review for everything you need to know about buying Volkswagen's new compact crossover in Ireland.

Volkswagen has expanded their compact car line-up with the arrival of the new Taigo. It joins the likes of the Polo and the T-Cross, but offers something a little different to each.

While the Polo can be praised as one of the best small hatchbacks on the market today, the T-Cross and Taigo are Volkswagen's response to market demand for compact crossovers and small SUVs.

But while the T-Cross carries some more traditional 'square' SUV styling (and I mean 'square' in the best possible way!), the Taigo sits a bit higher in the Volkswagen range and offers a stylish SUV-coupé design.

The new Volkswagen Taigo goes on sale priced from €28,995 and is available in three trim levels: Life, Style and R-Line.

The Volkswagen Taigo R-Line is on sale now
The Volkswagen Taigo R-Line is on sale now

What's so special about the Volkswagen Taigo?

The Taigo looks good. All the charismatic design cues of a modern crossover are here, like the cladding around the wheel arches. It also sits higher off the ground than a hatchback.

The elegant sloping coupé-inspired roof line towards the rear of the car is also unique among small crossovers. Inside, there's a higher driving position behind the wheel that's popular with buyers at the moment.

Taigo Style (from €32,035) and R-Line (from €33,345) models look the best with silver roof rails and more stylish 17-inch alloy wheel designs, as well as the option of 18-inch. The Taigo R-Line on test is the sportiest looking of them all with 17-inch 'Valencia' alloy wheels as standard, as well as sportier bumpers and rear privacy glass.

LED headlights come as standard for a modern appearance on the road, with Style and R-Line models getting more advanced Matrix LED units.

Power comes from Volkswagen's well-proven 1.0-litre TSI turbo petrol engine, which is available with 95hp (Life only) or 110hp. There's the option of a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed DSG automatic.

The interior of the Taigo
The interior of the Taigo

Inside the Taigo

The Taigo has a straightforward interior for a small crossover. All the controls are logically laid out and the cabin is solidly built, if a little dull in design. Some compact crossovers like the Renault Captur and the Peugeot 2008 have more stylish cabins.

Still it features a touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, as well as a full digital driver display, which keeps the cabin feeling modern.

Standard features include a leather wrapped steering wheel, air conditioning, multifunction steering wheel, lane assist and front assist. Though the Taigo Style adds more salubrious features like front sports comfort seats with lumbar support, front and rear parking sensors, parking camera, ambient lighting, adaptive cruise control and a glossy 8-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The top of the range R-Line model has a sportier ambience with special R-Line seat covers, stainless steel pedals and a black headliner.

The Taigo will seat five and despite being a compact vehicle does offer a reasonable amount of legroom and headroom for rear seat passengers. The 440-litre boot is also an excellent size, while the rear seats split fold 60:40 and there's also a two-position boot floor as standard.

The Taigo is available with a petrol engine
The Taigo is available with a petrol engine

Driving the Volkswagen Taigo

The Taigo is built on Volkswagen's MQB platform and is powered by a simple petrol engine, no matter which version you go for. With 110hp it feels lively enough, with plenty of power for driving on larger roads like motorways.

On test was the 1.0 TSI with Volkswagen's 7-speed automatic gearbox, however it's not the smoothest combination in the Taigo. Still the Taigo is competitive when it comes to fuel consumption for a small petrol crossover.

It's easy to handle on the road with light steering and a well-judged suspension making it comfortable on longer journeys too. It's not the most fun to drive small crossover but its mature road manners give it broad appeal.

Did you like it?

In recent years, Volkswagen has transformed their line-up with a plethora of new SUV models like the T-Cross and the T-Roc. Now the Taigo falls somewhere in between. It is very stylish to look at, though inside it does feel a little more old-fashioned than more modern competitors.

More expensive to buy than the T-Cross, and not far off the slightly larger T-Roc, the Taigo does occupy a bit of a middle ground without adding much to the Volkswagen range other than a slightly sleeker 'SUV coupé' appearance.

Still it's a well-built compact crossover with a simple line-up and practical cabin, and that is enough to keep it in the running.

Stylish good looks for the new Taigo
Stylish good looks for the new Taigo

Model tested: Volkswagen Taigo 1.0 TSI R-Line
Price: 
€37,140
Engine:
1.0-litre turbo petrol
Power: 110hp
Torque: 200Nm
Top speed: 191 km/h
Acceleration (0-100 km/h): 10.9 seconds
Motor Tax: 
€210 per year

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year


The Volkswagen ID.Buzz range is expected in Ireland in 2022

Volkswagen ID.Buzz On The Way To Ireland

The Volkswagen ID.Buzz range is expected in Ireland in 2022
The Volkswagen ID.Buzz range is expected in Ireland in 2022

Volkswagen has taken the covers off the new Volkswagen ID.Buzz and ID.Buzz Cargo. Both models are expected in Ireland before the end of 2022, with pricing and specifications to be announced closer to launch.

The all-electric bus and transporter range are built by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles in Hannover, based on the Volkswagen Group’s Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB).

Volkswagen ID.Buzz features

The ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo will launch with a 77 kWh battery. It provides current to a 150 kW electric motor, driving the rear axle. The lithium ion battery can be charged from wall boxes or public charging stations using 11 kW alternating current (AC). DC rapid charging is also possible via a CCS plug connector. When charged in this way, the battery charge level rises from 5 to 80% in about 30 minutes.

Using the latest ID. software, ‘Plug & Charge’ function will also be available in the future. The ID. Buzz authenticates itself at compatible DC rapid-charging stations via the charging connector.

Standard features in the ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo will include Front Assist emergency braking function, ‘Lane Assist’ lane-keeping assistant in the ID.Buzz MPV version, and the ‘Car2X’ local warning system. It uses signals from other vehicles and the transport infrastructure to spot hazards in real time.

The ID.BUZZ MPV version will have seating for five people in a lounge-like interior. Seating configurations include two or three seats up front.

Inside the Volkswagen ID.Buzz
Inside the Volkswagen ID.Buzz

Alan Bateson, Director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Ireland, said:

“The ID. Buzz is a complete game changer for Irish motoring. Not only is it the first all-electric MPV and van to be made and shipped with a carbon neutral footprint, it brings the spirit of the original T1 to the cutting edge of vehicle design and technology. There has been a huge amount of interest in ID. Buzz ever since the Microbus prototype was unveiled in Detroit in 2000. Now that it is finally here, as a desirable family passenger car and highly-practical and versatile commercial vehicle, we can see what all the fuss was about.”


Kermit, Volkswagen Ireland's Mark 1 Volkswagen Golf, photographed by Paddy McGrath

Volkswagen Golf Mk1 'Kermit' Auction For Charity

Kermit, Volkswagen Ireland's Mark 1 Volkswagen Golf, photographed by Paddy McGrath
Kermit, Volkswagen Ireland's Mark 1 Volkswagen Golf, photographed by Paddy McGrath

Volkswagen Ireland will auction the brand's 1977 Mk1 Volkswagen Golf, to raise money for Women’s Aid Ireland, the charity that supports victims of domestic violence.

The vintage car was bought by Volkswagen Ireland in 2013 and is affectionately known as Kermit, inspired by its frog-shaped headlamps and distinctive Bali Green paint work.

It will be auctioned off this week to coincide with International Women’s Day.

Powered by a 1.1-litre, 50-horsepower petrol engine, the Mark 1 Volkswagen Golf was considered nippy in its day with a cruising speed of 80km/h.

Despite showing signs of age, Kermit - licence plate KZN 712 - has lived a charmed life, spawning a legion of fans and appearing in the 2015 St Patrick’s Day Parade.

The lucky winning bidder at Wednesday’s auction gets to own a piece of automotive history, while raising vital funds to support victims of domestic violence.

Rodolfo Calixto, Brand Director for Volkswagen Ireland, says:

“We are sad to see Kermit go but confident he will be happy in his new habitat. Women’s Aid Ireland does wonderful work and we are delighted to support our charity partner via this unique auction.”


The new Volkswagen ID.4 is on sale in Ireland now

Volkswagen ID.4 Price In Ireland

The new Volkswagen ID.4 is on sale in Ireland now
The new Volkswagen ID.4 is on sale in Ireland now

Just as the first Volkswagen ID.4 reviews for Ireland begin to roll in, we can confirm the Volkswagen ID.4 is on sale in Ireland priced from €41,248, including grants and VRT relief.

The ID.4 is the German brand's all new electric SUV and the follow-up to last year's ID.3 hatchback.

The customer deliveries will arrive here later in the spring and will be high specification ID.4 1st Edition and 1st Edition Max models. These models are powered by a 77 kWh battery with a system power output of 204 hp and an electric range up to 500 km (WLTP).

There is 310 Nm of torque, the top speed is 160 km/h and 0 to 100 km/h is reached in 8.5 seconds.

VW ID.4 Price in Ireland

The Volkswagen ID.4 1st is available from €41,248 with equipment highlights including heated front seats and steering wheel, "Discover Pro" navigation system, 20" “Drammen” alloy wheels, reversing camera, LED headlights/taillights and Lane Assist.

The Volkswagen ID.4 1st Max is available from €54,580 and adds massage feature to the front seats, 21" “Narvik” alloy wheels, Area View, LED matrix headlights, 3D LED tail light clusters, Travel Assist, augmented reality head-up display and panoramic sunroof.

From May, the Volkswagen ID.4 52 kWh will launch here with an expected lower entry price of €35,000 after grants. It has a range of around 340 km.

The ID.4 is classed as a compact SUV and uses Volkswagen’s modular electric drive matrix (MEB) architecture. Volkswagen says the space available in the vehicle interior is at the level of conventional SUVs in the next category up. Depending on the rear seat backrest’s position, the luggage compartment will have a capacity from 543 to 1,575 litres.

Inside the new Volkswagen ID.4
Inside the new Volkswagen ID.4

Inside the ID.4

The new electric Volkswagen SUV's operating concept will be based on two displays. One diagonally measures up to 12 inches and features touch functionality – as well as “Hello ID.” natural voice control. The new ID.Light – a narrow light strip under the windscreen – also features.

The ID.4 can avail of DC quick-charging at 125 kW adding 325 km in as little as 30 minutes.

It is available in four colours at launch: Manganese Grey Metallic, Glacier White Metallic, Blue Dusk Metallic, and Honey Yellow Metallic.

“The ID.4 is an emotional all-rounder which will impress many customers with its efficient electric drive, generous amount of space, modern assist systems and powerful design,” says Ralf Brandstätter, Chief Executive Officer of Volkswagen brand.

“As the first global electric car, this model will roll out our modular electric drive matrix platform that has been developed specifically for electric mobility the world over. Volkswagen is thus once again demonstrating its leading role in innovation, technology and quality on the high-volume market.”

A source in Volkswagen Ireland has said that the brand expects to sell 1700 ID.4s here in a year. The ID.3 has already posted strong sales in the Irish market since its launch in the latter half of 2020.

The new Volkswagen ID.4 expected in Ireland in January 2021
The new Volkswagen ID.4 expected in Ireland from April

The 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan is available to order now in Ireland

Volkswagen Tiguan (2021) Pricing For Ireland

The 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan is available to order now in Ireland
The 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan is available to order now in Ireland

Volkswagen Ireland has confirmed that the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan is available to order now.

The new facelifted version of the popular Tiguan mid size SUV will build on the success of this model in Ireland. Since the current generation launched in 2016, it has become the German brand's bestselling model in Ireland and was the third bestselling car in the country in 2020.

The new Volkswagen Tiguan range will go on sale priced from €31,510 RRP with a €1,000 delivery charge on each model.

What's new for the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan?

At launch the 2021 Tiguan range will go on sale with petrol and diesel engines, with a new Tiguan plug-in hybrid to follow later in the year. The Tiguan eHybrid will feature a 1.4-litre TSI engine twinned with an electric motor that produces a combined 245 hp and makes the eHybrid capable of covering up to 50 km in electric mode. We don't have pricing for this model yet.

The first high performance Tiguan R also debuts in 2021
The first high performance Tiguan R also debuts in 2021

A high performance Volkswagen Tiguan R will also go on sale for the first time priced from €66,990, powered by a 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine with 320 hp. Four wheel drive and DSG gearbox are also standard on this model.

A comprehensive facelift means a more modern appearance for the Tiguan akin to larger Volkswagen SUVs like the Touareg. The bonnet is more concise in its appearance and the new radiator grille with LED headlights is wider, with the new Volkswagen badge positioned centrally at the front. There are redesigned bumpers, and at the rear the Tiguan lettering is now in a prominent central position below the Volkswagen badge.

Inside there is a new steering wheel featuring touch controls (standard on R-Line and R), and Volkswagen has also digitalised the climate control functions by means of touch sliders and touch buttons in some trim levels.

The updated interior of the latest Tiguan
The updated interior of the latest Tiguan

What are my engine options?

The petrol range kicks off from €31,510 RRP with the option of 130 hp and 150 hp versions of the brand's proven 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine, and choice of manual or DSG automatic gearbox.

The diesel range is available from €33,345 RRP and uses the brand's 2.0-litre TDI engine with 122 hp (manual only), 150 hp (manual and DSG automatic) or 200 hp for the top of the range diesel model with four wheel drive and a DSG gearbox.

Pricing and equipment

The new Volkswagen Tiguan will be sold in four trim lines here: Tiguan, Life, Elegance and R-Line. Standard equipment includes 17” Montana alloy wheels, 8” Ready 2 Discover radio system, 2 USB-C ports in the front, air conditioning and LED daytime running lights. There is also Wireless App Connect for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Volkswagen Tiguan eHybrid expected before the end of the year
Volkswagen Tiguan eHybrid expected before the end of the year

The Tiguan Life is available from €34,285 RRP for the 1.5-litre, 130hp petrol engine with a manual gearbox or €39,330 RRP with a 7-speed DSG. The Tiguan Life 2.0-litre TDI diesel starts at €35,515 RRP with a 6-speed manual transmission or €40,425 RRP with a 7-speed DSG automatic. Extra features include 18” Frankfurt alloy wheels, 8” Discover Media Navigation System, adaptive cruise control, Park Distance Control, 3-zone climate control, natural voice control, black roof rails and tinted rear windows as well as Comfort seats in the front and additional storage compartments.

The Tiguan Elegance is aimed at those buyers wanting the best of technology and is available from €44,020 RRP for the 1.5-litre TSI with 150 hp and 7-speed DSG. There are three diesel versions, priced from €42,350. Equipment highlights include 19” Victoria Falls alloy wheels, ArtVelours upholstery, an ambient lighting pack with 30 colours, a multifunction steering wheel, heated front seats, chrome elements, panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control ACC Stop & Go incl. speed limiter, Park Assist with Park Distance Control, keyless entry and lane change system ‘Side Assist’ and Rear Traffic Alert.

The Tiguan R-Line is the sportiest of all with standard 20” Suzuka alloy wheels, body-coloured bumpers in ‘R-Line’ design and a rear spoiler in ‘R’ style. Inside there is an ‘R-Line’ interior including decorative ‘Carbon Grey’ inserts and a black headliner.There is one petrol R-Line, a 1.5-litre TSI putting out 150 hp, mated to a 7-speed DSG, for €44,920 RRP and three diesel options from €43,195 RRP.

The latest version of the Volkswagen Tiguan goes on sale priced from €31,510 RRP
The latest version of the Volkswagen Tiguan goes on sale priced from €31,510 RRP

The new Volkswagen Golf GTE is on sale in Ireland now

Volkswagen Golf GTE On Sale In Ireland

The new Volkswagen Golf GTE is on sale in Ireland now
The new Volkswagen Golf GTE is on sale in Ireland now

Volkswagen Ireland has confirmed that the new generation Volkswagen Golf GTE and new Golf eHybrid are now on sale here. Both use a plug-in hydrid powertrain.

The Golf eHybrid kicks off the Golf hybrid range and is priced in Ireland from €36,570 with a power output of 204 hp. With CO2 emissions of 21g/km, it sits in Tax Band A1 with annual motor tax of €170.

Pricing for the new Volkswagen Golf GTE

The new Golf GTE has a bias towards performance and goes on sale from €42,330 with 245 hp available.

The new plug-in hybrids can now cover more range on electric power alone. The Golf eHybrid covers up to 71 kilometres (WLTP), while the Golf GTE is said to travel up to 64 km in pure electric mode.

Both models feature a TSI petrol engine and a 6-speed dual-clutch DSG gearbox.

The new Volkswagen Golf eHybrid is available in the Style trim level and equipment includes 3-zone climate control, keyless cccess advanced, rear-view camera, ArtVelours microfleece seat coverings, Travel Assist with lane keeping system, Emergency Assist and Traffic Jam Assist.

The eHybrid gains some additional standard equipment such as a a head-up display, IQ light matrix lights and taillights, 16” eHybrid alloy wheels, advanced high-beam control, dynamic light assist, dynamic cornering lights, dynamic turn signals in front and rear, and a poor weather light.

Equipment highlights for the GTE

Like the predecessor, the Golf GTE will again be offered as an independent model and comes with a very high level of standard equipment including 17” ‘Richmond’ alloy wheels, GTE-specific body-coloured bumpers, 10” ‘Discover Pro’ radio system with a clear glass touchscreen and 8 speakers, and a head-up display. Volkswagen says acceleration is similar to the new Golf GTI (6.7 seconds to 100km/h), though CO2 emissions are just 36g/km.

The new Volkswagen Golf PHEV models join the Passat GTE in Volkswagen's hybrid range, with plug-in hybrid versions of the Arteon, Tiguan and Touareg soon to arrive in Ireland.

The Volkswagen Golf GTE now has 245 hp and acceleration like a GTI
The Volkswagen Golf GTE now has 245 hp and acceleration like a GTI

Volkswagen ID.3 arriving at Dublin Port

Volkswagen ID.3 Arrives In Ireland

Volkswagen ID.3 arriving at Dublin Port
Volkswagen ID.3 arriving at Dublin Port

The all-electric Volkswagen ID.3 is now on sale in Ireland, priced from €32,915 including VRT relief and Government grants.

Pre-bookers are now beginning to take delivery of the new models, however Volkswagen Ireland says there is still an opportunity for buyers to get into a limited-edition version of the ID.3 with 58 kW  battery and WLTP range of 410-424 km.

The ID.3 1st is available in three trim levels – the 1st, 1st Plus and 1st Max. For private buyers all are eligible for a VRT rebate of €5,000, plus an SEAI grant of €5,000.

Commercial buyers will get the VRT rebate alone so the starting price for business buyers after grants is €37,915.

The ‘entry-level’ ID.3 1st (from €32,915*) comes with 18” alloy wheels, Discover Pro Navigation system, 2-zone air conditioning and Adaptive Cruise Control.

The ID.3 1st Plus (from €39,970*) adds ‘ArtVelours’ upholstery, 19” alloy wheels, Matrix LED lights and a rear view camera.

The ID.3 1st Max (from €46,610*) adds Ergo-Active Seats, 20” alloy wheels, fixed panoramic roof, augmented reality head-up display** and wireless smartphone charging.

All ID.3 1st models have the distinctive ID.Light – an LED strip in the cockpit that visually communicates with passengers.

All buyers of the 1st Edition models receive free access at public charging points for one year or a maximum of 2,000 kWh, whichever occurs soonest. This is accessible through the IONITY high-performance charging network, and all public charging points connected with the WeCharge service including the ESB ecars charging network.

At the IONITY charging points, six of which are in Ireland, ID.3 1st with a charging capacity of 100 kW can be charged from 5% to 80% in only 35 minutes.

Volkswagen says renewable energy for vehicle and battery production means that the ID.3 will be delivered to the customer with a carbon-neutral balance.

Under its electric offensive, the Volkswagen brand is planning to offer electric vehicles in all main vehicle segments by 2022.

*includes VRT of €5,000 and SEAI grant of €5,000 for private customers.

**At market launch, the distance feature in the head-up display will not yet have been activated. For applicable vehicles, a software update will be provided later.

 


The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan gets a new look!

Volkswagen Tiguan (2020) Expected In Ireland

The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan gets a new look!
The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan gets a new look!

Volkswagen Ireland has confirmed that an updated Volkswagen Tiguan range will launch in Ireland before the end of 2020.

The Tiguan has been a huge success for Volkswagen in Ireland and now outsells the Volkswagen Golf hatchback. The new Tiguan will have updated styling and debut a new plug in hybrid (PHEV) variant when it goes on sale in November. Pricing will be announced closer to launch.

The front end has been restyled with a new radiator grille, LED headlights and bumpers. At the rear, the Tiguan lettering is now in a prominent central position below the VW badge.

The first Tiguan models to arrive in Ireland will be powered by the 1.5 TSI turbo petrol engines and 2.0 TDI diesel with twin dosing.

This will be followed by a high performance Tiguan R in January 2021, the first time the Tiguan has worn the R badge. For the new Tiguan R model, Volkswagen R’s performance experts have developed a new all-wheel drive with selective wheel torque control. They claim that the so called “R-Performance Torque Vectoring” enables totally new SUV driving dynamics by distributing the drive power variably between the front and rear axles as well as the left and right rear wheels.

Inside the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan
Inside the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

In summer 2021, the Volkswagen Tiguan PHEV will arrive. The petrol electric plug in hybrid will use a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine and 13kWh battery pack. Power output with be 242 hp and it will have an expected EV range of up to 50 km.

New technology features include Travel Assist offering assisted driving at speeds up to 210 km/h. The Tiguan also gets the most recent generation of Volkswagen infotainment systems (MIB3) to bring a completely new range of online-based services and functions on board. A new steering wheel features touch controls. Volkswagen has also digitalised the climate control functions with a touch slider and touch buttons. There is also a new 'IQ.LIGHT' LED matrix headlights for the Tiguan.

Volkswagen is having a busy year and has just launched the 8th generation of the Volkswagen Golf in Ireland. The new all electric ID.3 hatchback is expected in September, as is a new Arteon range. The updated Tiguan joins the T-Cross, T-Roc and Toureg in Volkswagen's SUV range.

The new Tiguan will be available with petrol and diesel engines, with a plug-in hybrid on the way in 2021
The new Tiguan will be available with petrol and diesel engines, with a plug-in hybrid on the way in 2021

The first examples of the Volkswagen ID.3 all electric car will arrive in Ireland in September

Volkswagen ID.3 Price Ireland

The first examples of the Volkswagen ID.3 all electric car will arrive in Ireland in September
The first examples of the Volkswagen ID.3 all electric car will arrive in Ireland in September

The first examples of the new Volkswagen ID.3 all electric car will arrive in Ireland in September.

Volkswagen ID.3 Price in Ireland

Pricing will start from €33,625 after Government grants and VRT relief for the 1st Edition models that are scheduled to arrive here for customer deliveries, with more models to be added to the range later.

The 1st Edition of the ID.3 comes with a 58 kWh battery, which is driven by an electric motor at the rear axle. It generates 150 kW and delivers a maximum torque of 310 Nm, enabling the ID.3 to accelerate to 60 km/h in 3.4 seconds with a single gear.

This battery also allows WLTP-expected ranges of 410km – 424km on a single charge, depending on the ID.3 1st model selected - 1st, the 1st Plus and the 1st Max.

Volkswagen will be offering these special edition models to pre-bookers who placed a €1,000 reservation fee over the last few months.

What's available for ID.3 in Ireland

The entry-level ID.3 1st costs €33,625 and includes a navigation system, a DAB+ digital radio, ‘Air Care Climatronic’ air conditioning system with 2-zone climate control, seat heating and steering wheel heating, armrest at the front, fast charging with 100 kW direct current (DC) or 11 kW alternating current (AC) and 18-inch alloy wheels. Standard features include ‘Light Assist’, natural voice control and ‘ID.light’ in the interior. Volkswagen says the WLTP-rated range will be 424 km on a single charge.

The ID.3 1st Plus costs €40,595 and features a rear-view camera and keyless access locking and starting system. The vehicle interior of the ID.3 1st Plus also includes a centre console with two additional USB-C connections in the rear. Forming part of the exterior equipment are tinted windows, the exterior ‘Style’ package in silver, LED rear taillights with dynamic turn signal and 19-inch alloy wheels. It has a WLTP-expected range of 419km on a single charge.

The top-of-the-range version, the ID.3 1st Max costs €47,545. It has two additional loudspeakers, a large panorama roof as well as 20-inch wheels. There's also a ‘Travel Assist’ driver assistant including the ‘Side Assist’ lane change assistant and ‘Emergency Assist’ as well as the ‘Comfort’ telephony function with inductive charging. Electrically adjustable front seats with massage function round off the equipment for the ID.3 1st Max. It has a WLTP-expected range of 410km on a single charge. A promised augmented reality head-up display (AR) will be rolled out to customers as part of a dealer upgrade at a later date as well as other software updates.

Model DescriptionVRT BandBattery SizeRange km (WLTP)RRPRRP After SEAI Grant and Rebate
Private Buyers
ID.3 1st 204hpA158 kWh424€43,625€33,625
ID.3 1st Plus 204hpA158 kWh419€50,595€40,595
ID.3 1st Max 204hpA158 kWh410€57,545€47,545
Business / Commercial Buyers
ID.3 1st 204hpA158 kWh424€43,625€39,425
ID.3 1st Plus 204hpA158 kWh419€50,595€46,395
ID.3 1st Max 204hpA158 kWh410€57,545€53,345

The Volkswagen ID.3 is also being manufactured with a 45 kWh battery with an estimated range of 230 - 330 km, and a 77 kWh battery with estimated range of between 390 and 550 km.