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Car and Driver’s Compact SUV Battle took the compact-crossover category and compared the 2020 Honda CR-V and 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan against the Ford Escape, Mazda CX-5, Subaru Forester, and Toyota RAV4. Here’s their review:
Highs: Go-for-it handling, refined engine, generous cargo space.
Lows: Cabin might be a little too minimalist for some, hits the bumps harder than most.
Verdict: VW finally builds a broad- appeal crossover that also honors the brand’s sporty side.
The Tiguan feels like a GTI for responsible adults. That’s how it managed to claw its way into second place. Of course, it isn’t a GTI—it’s not nearly as quick or as agile as its road-hugging, hot-hatch stablemate. Physical laws haven’t been suspended here. But the Tig does a commendable job of offering both utility and playfulness.
Immediately noticeable are its light, quick steering and nimble, firmly controlled chassis, which encourage you to dig into two-lanes—though it is sometimes stiff-legged on uneven pavement. The engine hums expensively. It was the quietest at wide-open throttle and the most refined of the group.
The Tiguan also lives up to its family responsibilities. It has plenty of rear kneeroom, and only the CR-V hauls more boxes with the rear seat folded. The VW’s leather-covered seats are among the firmest we’ve encountered in a long time, but they’re nonetheless comfortable and supportive. They’re appropriate in an interior that’s so businesslike, it’s almost spartan. Even that starkness adds to the hot-hatch vibe. The infotainment screen is reasonably large and operates in a straightforward manner, and there are volume and tuning knobs for the audio system.
Volkswagen’s journey to understanding American tastes has been bumpy, but it’s definitely on the right road with this latest Tiguan. It’s sized right, dressed for success, and blessed with the driver-friendly DNA of the company’s best cars. That’s why it’s the salutatorian of this class.
Highs: Clever storage, roomy cabin, solid driving dynamics.
Lows: Quickest but doesn’t feel it, interior lacks deluxe materials, dated infotainment.
Verdict: A highly adaptable tool with solid engineering and thoughtful solutions.
Honda is not into change for change’s sake. The current CR-V evolved only modestly from the last generation, so it’s conservative in both its design and execution. “Climbing into the CR-V is like getting into any Honda,” Hoffman said. In other words, it has the basics right but doesn’t brag.
Those essentials begin with comfortable seats and generous second-row kneeroom. A child seat is an easy fit. The CR-V also accommodates the most boxes with the rear seats folded. The cargo floor has two positions, the higher of which enables a flat load floor from the liftgate opening to the front seatbacks (once you’ve folded the second row, of course). The center console has a lot of storage space and can be configured several different ways to best handle your stuff.
The interior’s ambience doesn’t quite match its practicality, though. The materials are handsome but far from upscale, and the design is not bleeding-edge modern. The tablet-like center-stack screen contains Honda’s last-generation infotainment system. It’s fussy and lacks a tuning knob, and the navigation display is small. Plus, the mechanical shifter protruding from the dashboard clacks inexpensively.
But the CR-V is a solid driver. Its 60-mph time of 7.6 seconds is the quickest of the group, but it doesn’t feel it, due at least in part to the slushy response of its CVT. “I was surprised to see it had 190 horsepower,” said Annie White. “It feels sluggish getting up to speed.” Bursts of throttle also result in some moaning under the hood before the engine settles down to a quiet cruise.
Otherwise, the CR-V is a confident, capable over-the-road machine with direct steering and well-damped body motions. It’s rife with good qualities, which makes it feel like a trusted friend. It’s just that the two crossovers that finished ahead of it have those qualities, too, plus a big dollop of driver engagement, something the CR-V simply doesn’t have.
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This list from PARENTS magazine’s best family cars of 2020 includes a few vehicles from Honda and Volkswagen. The Honda Odyssey, Volkswagen Atlas, Honda Pilot, and Honda Accord Hybrid were judged among others in their category against driveability, car-seat compatibility, and fun extras.
Best for Big Families – Honda Odyssey
$30,790+/19 to 28 mpg
You won’t find a vehicle more versatile for carpooling or chauffeuring around a large squad of your own. It holds up to six car seats if you opt for the EX ($34,790+) or higher trim. Plus, Honda upgraded to an automatic ten-speed transmission for 2020 to give you a smoother ride.
How It Drives
The V-6, 280-horsepower engine goes from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than seven seconds, the fastest of our winning minivans.
With five sets of lower anchors and a tether for every seat in the second and third rows, you can install your seats wherever you’d like.
When you don’t have the max number of passengers, you can remove the center seat from the middle row and slide the other two seats together to access the back row easily. If you get the rear-entertainment system on the EX-L ($40,160+), kids can watch a Blu-ray or stream video on a 10-inch screen that pulls down from overhead.
Best Value Three-Row SUV – Volkswagen Atlas
$31,545+/20 to 26 mpg
Even with the lowest starting price of our three-row-SUV winners, it offers a generous four-year or 50,000-mile warranty plus two years of free regularly scheduled maintenance.
How It Drives
It feels comfortable, steering and braking with ease. Safety features like automatic headlights and heated side mirrors come standard.
Opt for bench-style seating to fit three narrow car seats or boosters across the second row and two more in the third row. If you’re installing a high-back booster or a forward-facing car seat in the third row, you may need to remove the head restraint to get the correct angle for the seat. (Replace it if you remove the car seat.)
On the SE and higher ($34,095), each row has its own climate control so kids can crank up or turn down the AC by themselves.
Best Quiet Ride – Honda Pilot
$31,650+/20 to 27 mpg
If you like everything about the Honda Odyssey except that it’s a minivan, the Pilot is a great option. On its rear-entertainment system, kids can watch Blu-ray discs or stream video on a screen that pulls down from overhead.
How It Drives
The ride is quiet and smooth. You can opt for a six- or nine-speed transmission, depending on the trim. Consider the nine if you expect to put on a lot of highway miles.
You can fit up to five car seats: three in the second row and two in the third.
On the EX and higher ($34,790+), the second-row seats will fold and move forward (even with a car seat installed) when you push a button, making it easier to get to the back.
Best Value Hybrid – Honda Accord Hybrid
$25,620+/up to 48 mpg
It costs only $1,750 more than the regular Accord, and you don’t lose any cargo space.
How It Drives
The transition between electric and gas power is seamless.
Three narrow seats fit well. Install a forward-facing car seat or booster on one of the sides rather than the middle.
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Since its release in 2018, the Volkswagen Atlas has set a precedence in the space, comfort and amenities it offers for an affordable price. Manufactured in the USA, each model is built at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, TN plant. The Chattanooga plant is the only automotive manufacturing facility in the world to receive Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Program. You can go green without a thought with the Atlas.
With all the innovations offered, it’s no surprise that Cars.com has named it the 2020 Family Car of the year! “The Atlas beat out nominees Ford Expedition and Hyundai Santa Fe for the top honor. Winning judges with its spacious third row and cargo space, as well as ample room for car seats, hosts of driver-assistance features and Volkswagen’s signature fun-to-drive character.”
Check out the full press release by clicking HERE.
We have several Atlas in stock, so swing by Don Jacobs Volkswagen today. Buy an Atlas, Go Green and don’t forget to grab a free smile on your way out!
With the New Year, changes can be embraced with open arms. In 2020, Volkswagen has announced that their famous America’s Best Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty would be getting a facelift.
Starting with 2020 models, the Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty will be transitioning from the 6 years or 72,000 miles of coverage (whichever comes first) to 4 years or 50,000 miles of coverage (whichever comes first). The updated warranty will also include the 10,000 and 20,000 mile maintenance services. Even with the tweak to the warranty, this is still one of the best warranties in America!
If the longer warranty appeals to you a bit more than the newly included maintenance, come see us before these changes take place! We still have 2019 inventory- but it isn’t lasting long! With the Sign Then Drive event currently happening, all you need to drive off the lot with a new Volkswagen is practically just your signature. Don’t miss out- schedule your reservation today to see all available options.
If you have any questions about these changes, feel free to reach out to us. We’re happy to help and keep you driving happy!
It’s a blast from the past down in Somerset, Kentucky! For 12 years, the Lake Cumberland Volkswagen Jamboree has driven though the town during the monthly Somernites Cruise; the largest classic car show in the state. Our very own Gabe Balázs attended this year as Don Jacobs has proudly served as a sponsor of the Jamboree for the past 10 years.
Beetles from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, classic Busses, and early generational models of Volkswagen take us back in time to relive the innovative and fun design that has been the signature of the brand. And the appeal is wide! Attendees this year came from all over; Lexington, Louisville, Indiana, Tennessee, and Ohio. They were particularly nostalgic this year, as it’s the LAST year for the Volkswagen Beetle.
As we embark on our upcoming 50th year of being a proud dealership in Central Kentucky, we love looking back to see how far we, along with our Volkswagen brand, have come. Don’t miss your chance at catching the soon to be retired Beetle and to become part of our family – come see us today!
Who would have ever thought the day would come where self driving cars were a reality? Well that day is here and no one is doing it better than Volkswagen. Four electric concept cars have been introduced and they are unlike anything made before. Although, the most highly anticipated of the four concept cars is the ID. Buzz. Volkswagen is putting a spin on the classic VW bus and bringing it back as an electric model.
When production of the beloved bus came to an end back in 2013 consumers were sad to see such an iconic vehicle disappear. But the resurgence of this vehicle in electric form has VW bus enthusiasts thrilled. Production will begin for the ID. Buzz in 2022 in the United States, China, and Europe.
The electric bus has flawless, innovative features that have received countless awards since it was revealed at the Detroit Auto Show in 2017. The bus has a very sleek design and comfortable interior. The seats slide on the floor and fully reverse to make the ID. Buzz as comfortable as ever for easy travel. As well, the center console is a tablet that can be shifted to the front or back of the bus and removed for your convenience. The new and improved electric bus is sure to change the way we drive with 360hp from electric motors on each axle. Don’t worry about the long trips, it can handle that with a 300 mile range from the 111 kWh battery pack.
For such a technologically advanced vehicle, one might think that the ID. Buzz would be unattainable, but Volkswagen has announced that it will be more affordable than other electric cars currently on the market. The bus is back and better than ever!
Shop day and night at www.donjacobsvolkswagen.com for your next Volkswagen vehicle!
Sleek. Front to Back.
The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon is here with it’s all new, yet timeless design. A successor to the Volkswagen CC, the Arteon straddles the line of luxury and affordability, all while packing a punch in performance. With a classic fastback design, the roofline slopes downward and merges seamlessly with the back, conveying style and performance. It’s a piece of modern art that you can really feel.
Turn the sleek lines into wavy ones.
The look may be classic, but it’s far from the only story. The Arteon hosts performance features that help make it as much fun to drive as it is to stare at. The standard 2.0L TSI turbocharged engine kicks out plenty of power. 4Motion all-wheel drive distributes power between the front and rear wheels as needed to help optimize traction and stability. The variable-ratio steering system provides a quick response to driver input at higher speeds. Now the only variable you have to think about is which route you want to take home. The XDS® Cross Differential System uses the breaks to help maintain power to the outside wheel when you to and to improve corning. And then, of course, covered by America’s best Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty.
There’s a lot to stare at inside too.
The 2019 Arteon sports top of the line features and a spacious interior. Ambient lighting, heated seats, a beautiful heads-up display, and collapsible seating to make it bigger on the inside. Not to mention the benefit of a wide view backup camera lens in addition to the array of sensors so you can better view your surroundings. Your safety is first in mind with Adaptive Cruise Control, blind spot monitoring, lane assist, parking assist, and 7 stability-enhancing systems.
Be sure to watch the video below to get a better feel of the Arteon. You can also schedule a reservation to look at it yourself here at Don Jacobs. Just click here to schedule and you’ll be behind the wheel in no time!