Drop Off Your Unwrapped Toy at Volkswagen of Inver Grove

This year, Volkswagen of Inver Grove is a drop-off point for the annual Marine Toys for Tots drive.

Every year, the United States Marine Corps sponsors this drive to collect unwrapped toys for less fortunate children across the country. They are distributed locally from various drop-off points in the area. Volkswagen of Inver Grove is one of several locations in Inver Grove Heights.

The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation was ranked as one of the top-rated charities in the “Philanthropy 400” index. They have also earned the Charity Navigator Four-Star rating.

Every year, St. Paul Autos participates in charity drives that benefit the great folks of the Twin Cities.  We know that the Marines will help bring the toys we collect in our showroom to the less fortunate children of Ramsey, Dakota, and Washington Counties. This is why Volkswagen of Inver Grove is proud to be a drop-off point for this year’s Toys for Tots campaign.

What should you bring for our Marine Toys for Tots drive? You can bring in anything from Hot Wheels to a big stuffed animal. Think of toys for both girls and boys – even games!

Bring in an unwrapped toy for a child in need at Volkswagen of Inver Grove. You can find the designated box in our service lobby near the receptionist’s desk. It is a very convenient thing to do next time you are in our dealership for service or to check out one of our new or pre-owned vehicles in inventory!

Happy Holidays from Volkswagen of Inver Grove!

IIHS Awards 2019 Tiguan Top Safety Pick+ Rating

The award-winning compact SUV, the Volkswagen Tiguan, just added another trophy to its mantle. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) just awarded the Tiguan its TOP SAFETY PICK+ designation, which tests vehicles in six categories:  driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. It must also offer an autonomous emergency braking system (AEB) that earns at least an advanced rating for front crash prevention and headlights that earn at a good rating for visibility and lack of excessive glare.

The Tiguan is the second Volkswagen model to earn the IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK for 2019.  Earlier this year, the 2019 Golf GTI also earned this award, which puts it in very good company.

The 2019 Tiguan, when equipped with LED headlights with the Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) and High Beam Control (Light Assist), in addition to Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring (Front Assist), passed each of the IIHS’s tests with flying colors. 

”Earning an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating for the Tiguan underscores the Volkswagen’s commitment to delivering vehicles equipped with latest advanced driver-assistance technology,” said Hein Schafer, Senior Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategy.

Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring is an available feature that helps warn drivers of potential frontal collisions (Forward Collision Warning) with vehicles, pedestrians (and sometimes animals), and in certain situations provides automatic braking assistance (Autonomous Emergency Braking).  Forward Collision warning warns the driver of potential front-end collision situations by both alerting the driver with sound and displaying a warning symbol in the instrument cluster if the car is traveling above 18 mph. Additionally, an automatic jolt of the brakes warns the diver of the danger. If the vehicle is going below 18 mph and the driver does not brake. The Autonomous Emergency Braking actives to help slow the vehicle down, even if the driver does apply the brakes but not as heavily as needed.

Light Assist (also known as High Beam Control) is an available option that activates the headlight high beams automatically on poorly-lit roads while traveling above 40 mph so long as the vehicle detects no oncoming traffic. There are many other available driver assistance features on the 2019 Tiguan, which include:  Blind Spot Monitor Rear Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Keeping System (Lane Assist), Park Distance Control, and Overhead View Camera (Area View). Availability depends on model and trim.

Additionally, the Volkswagen Tiguan includes standard safety systems (both passive and active), which include six airbags and a plethora of standard safety systems like Anti-lock Braking (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and the Volkswagen Automatic Post-Collision Braking System.

If you’d like to learn more about the IIHS safety tests and ratings, please visit http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings

At Volkswagen of Inver Grove, the safety of you and your family in our vehicles is of utmost priority, which is why we’re proud to offer such highly-rated vehicles like the Tiguan and the Golf GTI. But we know there’s nothing like experiencing one of our vehicles for yourself, so contact us for a test drive or stop into our dealership any time. We look forward to meeting you!


Meet Gunhild Liljequist — the woman behind the plaid in the Golf GTI and other fashionable automotive elements

Gunhild Liljequist

If you’ve ever been in a Volkswagen Golf GTI, you may have noticed the interior looks much different from that of any other vehicle. Notably, the plaid upholstery and the golf ball gear knob. 

But why is the interior of the Golf GTI different? How did it come to be that way? 

You can thank one woman — Gunhild Liljequist. While she had been a porcelain painter and chocolatier candy-box designer by trade, she was hired in 1964 by Volkswagen Germany’s Department of Fabrics and Colors. Since her hire at the impressionable young age of 28, Liljequist’s contributions to the legacy of the Golf GTI and other aesthetic aspects of vehicles have become timeless.

While the overall looks of the Golf GTI were not unlike the “regular” Golf, these two standout features — the plaid upholstery and the golf ball-style gear knob — helped the GTI debut as a worldwide sensation in 1976. So where did these ideas come from?

“Black was sporty, but I also wanted color and quality,” Liljequist said. “I took a lot of inspiration from my travels around Great Britain and I was always taken by high-quality fabrics with checked patterns … you could say that there is an element of British sportiness in the GTI.”

And the golf ball gear knob, she says, came totally out of the blue.

“That was a completely spontaneous idea!” Liljequist said. “I just expressed my sporting and golf associations out loud: ‘how about a golf ball as the gear knob?’”

While at first, these unconventional elements were unwelcome by some, the golf ball knob and the seat pattern (now known as “Clark Plaid”) are so synonymous with the Golf GTI it’s hard to imagine one without them. 

Liljequist’s contributions to automotive fashion were not limited to just those two things, however. Throughout her 30-year career at Volkswagen, she influenced some of the brand’s most iconic pain hues, trims, and interiors, while designing some special models of her own. Beyond the Golf GTI, she was responsible for the design of the 1987 limited edition “Etienne Aigner” Mk1 Golf Cabriolet — inspired by the luxury designer of handbags and other accessories. 

But her influence was definitely not limited to Volkswagen — in fact, you can see one of her most widely-adopted additions on nearly every vehicle on the road. While experimenting in paint and coloring, she created an iridescent pearl color that she applied to a car’s surface. The result? The metallic quality of paint used on today’s modern cars.

While Liljequist retired in 1991, her legacy shines (pun intended) on the entire automotive world, and literally stitched into the fabric of Volkswagen.

Gunhild Liljequist’s influence on our vehicles is definitely worth checking out in person. Contact Volkswagen of Inver Grove today to schedule a test drive, or just stop on in and we’ll be happy to give you a front-row seat driving behind the  wheel of a Golf GTI or any of our other models. We look forward to meeting you!

WardsAuto names 2019 Arteon to 10 Best UX list

2019 VW Arteon

The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon, the brand’s flagship sedan, recently received high praise for its user experience and earned a spot among the WardsAuto 10 Best User Experiences (UX) list. The infotainment system, available Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, Car-Net and Adaptive Cruise Control were highlighted among many other features in the Arteon that make it such a remarkable vehicle. 

WardsAuto is one of the leading authorities in automotive insights and analysis. For this 4th annual competition, they evaluated 23 vehicles on their ability to make technology easy to use while enhancing an individual’s lifestyle. These vehicles either had all-new or re-engineered UX features like digital display screens, interfaces, connectivity, and apps. Overall value was also a consideration, though there was no cap on pricing. 

“From the moment the R-Line logo lights up the instrument panel during startup, the Arteon delivers a unique user experience setting itself apart from its competitors,” said Wards Senior Editor James Amend. “The Volkswagen Digital Cockpit then comes to life with its richly detailed navigation map nestled between bright, easy-to-read gauges. Wards judges also gushed over the Arteon’s smooth-running adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, a technology underpinning autonomous driving of the future. Owners surely will enjoy the wealth of connectivity through VW Car-Net, and the central infotainment screen with proximity sensing and haptic feedback is a snap to use.”

The 2019 Arteon is a rare sedan in that the styling and technology of it are of much higher quality than one would expect for its price range. With a sleek gran turismo design, it has a spacious interior thanks to the MQB platform. Standard features of the Arteon include 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, full LED headlights, Front Assist, Side Assist, Rear Traffic Alert, and DCC® adaptive damping. Arteon is powered by a 268-horsepower 2.0-liter TSI® engine, which is paired with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission and optional 4Motion® all-wheel drive.

What you’ll notice right away in every Arteon model is the innovative Volkswagen MIB II touchscreen infotainment system, which has a glass-covered 8.0-inch capacitive touchscreen display. This is similar to the touch sensor that you have in your smartphone and much easier to use, as opposed to the majority of vehicles’ touchscreens that require pressure to do common functions. Gesture controls in the Arteon like pinch-zooming are much more intuitive and less challenging than in other systems. 

Arteon SE models use the Composition Media unit, while SEL Premium models offer the Discover Media system with navigation. Both of these systems offer SD card slots and USB ports, plus Bluetooth, SiriusXM radio free for a three-month trial, HD radio, the ability to send and receive text messages with Bluetooth compatible phones, and pair two phones simultaneously. SEL Premium models’ Discover Media systems also offer 2.5D navigation, which features one-shot voice destination entry, destination entry with search and auto-complete, and predicts possible destinations according to routes used frequently. 

The Volkswagen Car-Net connectivity system was a big factor in the Arteon landing on Wards 10 Best UX list. This system exemplifies the dedication of Volkswagen to the development of intelligent and connected vehicles. Car-Net is divided into three areas: “App-Connect,” “Security & Service,” and “Guide & Inform.” 

The first, Car-Net App-Connect, is standard on all Arteon models. It allows users to run select smartphone apps right on the display through Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink, whichever you prefer.

SEL Premium models are equipped with Car-Net Security & Service, which is a suite of elements providing security features and allows owners to access their Volkswagen through their smartphone app or vw.com/carnet. Security & Service offers many convenient features, such as Automatic Crash Notification, Manual Emergency Call, Roadside Assistance, Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, Family Guardian speed and boundary alerts, diagnostics and maintenance information, and remote vehicle access—including remote door lock and unlock, remote honk and flash of lights, last parked location information, and remote status check (doors and windows). On select models, owners are able to send a location from their device to the navigation system. Information Assistance is available for those who prefer a more personal touch, just press the i-Button in the overhead console. 

Arteon SEL Premium models also come standard with VW Car-Net Guide and Inform, which is an enhanced navigation and infotainment experience. This system adds convenient information to the navigation experience, including gas prices, movie information, and weather data as part of the three-month SiriusXM Travel Link trial. Additionally, owners will enjoy real-time traffic information and a three-month trial of SiriusXM Traffic. 

There are so many more innovative UX features of the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon that we could list here for you to read, but there’s nothing like experiencing one in person. Contact us to schedule a test drive, or just stop into Volkswagen of Inver Grove today to drive one and you’ll see firsthand how the Arteon easily made it to the Wards Top 10 Best UX list. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Volkswagen & DonorsChoose.org team up to help local teachers fund classrooms – and you can, too!

It’s official – school is back in session.

Did you know that the average public school teacher spends $479 of their own money on schools supplies each year? And that the teachers in low-income schools spend up to 40 percent more than average?

It shouldn’t be this way.

As a part of the recently-launched Drive Bigger event, Volkswagen has teamed up with DonorsChoose.org to make sure that teachers don’t have to pay out-of-pocket for their classrooms. And you can help.

Wait — what is DonorsChoose.org?

DonorsChoose.org is a crowdsourced giving network that was founded by a Bronx teacher in 2000 to help educators fund projects for their students and classrooms. Since then, more than $830 million has been raised for approximately 500,000 teachers. In fact, four out of five public schools nationwide have had at least one DonorsChoose.org project, which have included everything from clothes for needy students to classroom decorations, helping some 34 million students overall.

In its first big initiative in the new Drive Bigger brand platform based on innovation, responsibility, and contributing to the greater good, Volkswagen is pledging $1 million to DonorsChoose.org to directly fund selected classroom projects, which include $20 donation cards for dealerships to hand out to customers. Additionally, Volkswagen will be making an overall corporate donation to the program, and will match employee contributions from $25 to $2,500.

Here’s where you come in

Come into Volkswagen of Inver Grove and talk to us — we have plenty* of DonorsChoose.org donation cards to give away! Being involved in our community has always been one of our values, and fits in perfectly with Drive Bigger, Once you have your gift card, you can redeem it at https://www.donorschoose.org/volkswagen to go toward the school project of your choosing. Keep in mind that cards must be redeemed by 11:59pm EST on September 30, 2019.

According to the program, 94% of teachers said their funded projects increased their effectiveness in the classroom. You can see the progress of the Drive Bigger and DonorsChoose.org collaboration in real time by visiting this link, which includes up-to-the-minute testimonials and donation numbers from community members just like you.

Visit Volkswagen of Inver Grove today to learn more, and drive something bigger than yourself. We’re in this together.

*While funds last. Not redeemable for cash. Expires September 30, 2019.


What is Pedestrian Monitoring, and how does it work?

You’ve probably seen “Pedestrian Monitoring” mentioned as a Volkswagen safety feature in reading about our vehicles. We get a lot of questions about what exactly this means, so we’ll explain.

True to its name, “Pedestrian Monitoring” does monitor for pedestrians, but it’s so much more than that. As part of our Front Assist safety system, this technology acts as an extra pair of “eyes” that helps drivers stay aware of other road users, whether it’s a kid not looking both ways or careless person crossing the street looking down at their phone.

So How Does Pedestrian Monitoring Work?

Discreetly hiding behind the Volkswagen emblem on the front of the vehicle is a small, square radar device. Regardless of whether it’s day or night, the radar actively sweeps points within about 35 degrees and up to about 400 feet ahead of the vehicle hundreds of times a minute. The system analyzes the data from the radar and is able to detect for the specific “signature” of pedestrians that are about to cross in front of the vehicle or are walking away from the vehicle inside its path. 

If the car is traveling between around 4 and 19 mph and a pedestrian is detected, it applies automatic braking to slow or stop itself to help avoid a collision, using the precise amount of breaking needed. If the vehicle is going between about 19 and 40 mph, the Pedestrian Monitoring system alerts the driver with both audible and visual alerts to respond. If the driver doesn’t respond, it then engages automatic braking. The system does not, however, operate at speeds above 40 mph.

Currently, Front Assist with Pedestrian Monitoring is available on all 2019 Volkswagen models except the Beetle, Jetta, and Passat. It is standard on the Arteon, Atlas, Golf, Golf R, Golf Alltrack, and on all but the base trim levels of other models. Front Assist and autonomous emergency braking (AEB) are expected to be standard on nearly all Volkswagen models by 2022.

While this is an incredible safety feature, in certain situations it may not work, such as if the radar sensor’s vision is blocked by dirt or snow. It’s important to keep the front of your vehicle wiped down and clear in those conditions, anyway, but do be extra aware of this. Overall, however, Pedestrian Monitoring technology can offer improved awareness of pedestrians in conditions like fog or if there’s a harsh sun glare in the driver’s eyes, where vision might be more difficult. 

At Volkswagen of Inver Grove, we know that safety is your number one priority, which is why we’re proud to offer vehicles with Pedestrian Monitoring. This small, hidden feature in the Front Assist system has a very important role — it can save lives. If you’d like to see it in action and try it out for yourself, stop in and take a drive or two. Whether you’re from St. Paul, Minneapolis, Mendota Heights, Bloomington, or anywhere in between — we’re happy to show you all the amazing things that Volkswagen has to offer!

Volkswagen One of Kelley Blue Book’s “10 Most Awarded Brands”

Volkswagen is on a winning streak for 2019.

In fact, Kelley Blue Book named Volkswagen one of their 10 Most Awarded Brands of 2019. The reason is simple: Volkswagen was awarded eight different awards from KBB. That is a lot of accolades for a company offering its best lineup in years.

Here is a rundown of the awards Volkswagen received from KBB:

  • 2019 Atlas: 12 Best family Cars of 2019 and 10 Best Road Trip Cars of 2019
  • 2019 Jetta: 10 Coolest New Cars Under $20,000 and 10 Best Sedans Under $30,000
  • 2019 Golf: 10 Coolest New Cars Under $20,000
  • 2019 Golf GTI: 10 Coolest Cars Under $30,000
  • 2019 Golf Alltrack: 10 Best All-Wheel-Drive Vehicles Under $30,000
  • 2019 Passat: 10 Most Comfortable Cars Under $30,000

Do you see a pattern here? Volkswagen offers a lineup that is fun, comfortable, sporty, capable, and cool. Not just the vehicles named above, but across the entire range – including the Tiguan, Beetle, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, and Arteon.

Kelley Blue Book recognizes the advancements Volkswagen made with their cars, wagons, and SUVs in design and technology through German engineering.

Most importantly, a Volkswagen is an affordable vehicle to own while offering all of the above. With five award-winning vehicles starting under $30,000 – two of which start at under $20,000 — they are easy to get into.

Check out our award-winning lineup at Volkswagen of Inver Grove! A test drive will show you why KBB awarded eight accolades to St. Paul’s best lineup of Volkswagen models ever. Ask about how you can buy or lease one today!




The end of an era, the end of an icon — Volkswagen ceases production of the Beetle

Iconic Volkswagen Beetle

They say “all good things must come to an end.” As much as we hate to see it go, it’s true — the iconic Volkswagen Beetle has ceased production.

First imported to the United States in 1949 and introduced as the Type 1, nearly five million Beetles were sold in America, with a total throughout the world of 21.5 million. In 1998, it was reintroduced as the “New Beetle,” with a more modern, yet retro design, which sold more than 1.2. million cars between 1998 and 2010. The third (and final) generation of Beetle, was introduced to the U.S. in 2011 (as a 2012 model) and over half a million have been built since.

No matter the generation, no other car in history is as recognizable — and perhaps as beloved — as the Beetle. It is as iconic as it is synonymous with the Volkswagen name.

“It’s impossible to imagine where Volkswagen would be without the Beetle,” said Scott Keogh, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. “From its first import in 1949 to today’s retro-inspired design, it has showcased our company’s ability to fit round pegs into square holes of the automotive industry. While its time has come, the role it has played in the evolution of our brand will be forever cherished.”

The final Beetle — a Stonewashed Blue coupe — was produced by Volkswagen de Mexico’s Puebla plant, and will remain on display at the local Volkswagen museum in Puebla as a salute to its heritage and impact on the world’s automobile culture. The Puebla plant will soon be shifting its production to a North American-market focused compact SUV, which will fit into Volkswagen’s lineup below the Tiguan.

The last Beetle models produced for the U.S., a pair in Kings Red with custom dashes, keys, and quilted seats, will live on at Volkswagen of America’s collection of historic vehicles.

Both the second- and third-generation Beetle models were sold in both coupe and convertible variants, and were collectively produced in 23 different exterior colors, 32 interior trims, 13 varying engine configurations and 19 special editions, including the Dune, Denim, Coast, and #PinkBeetle. All of them were built by the Volkswagen de Mexico, Puebla plant, and sold in 91 markets across the world.

It’s mind-boggling to think about how this one little car made such an imprint on the world, and it’s sad to see it go. But in the tradition of the Beetle, Volkswagen is leading the way in changing the world for good with its Drive Bigger commitment, which includes electric vehicles. If you’d like to own a piece of Volkswagen history, we do have some Beetle models still in our inventory. We encourage you to come in to Volkswagen of Inver Grove and take a drive sooner than later, because once they’re gone, they’re gone!

The all-new Volkswagen Arteon — 9 things to know

The new flagship sedan from Volkswagen, the Arteon, is finally here on U.S. soil and it’s turning heads everywhere. Debuting at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, this sleek, stylish vehicle is a sneak peek at a new direction in design for Volkswagen vehicles of future generations. There’s so much we could tell you about the new Arteon it would be difficult to fit into one blog post, but here are nine key things you need to know:


Design is at the root of its name.

How and why did Volkswagen name the vehicle “Arteon?” Well, like many words we use today it has Latin roots. In Latin, the word for art is artem, and “Arteon” is an appropriate spin off that. Looking at its design, it’s truly a work of art!


Plenty of wiggle room.

Tall people, rejoice! No more being cramped in the backseat of a car, or even the front. The wheelbase of the Arteon is nearly 112 inches, which is a lot more space than most fastback-style vehicles. Now those long-legged passengers can lean back, cross their legs, and relax. Smaller passengers? Well, this means  even more wiggle room and comfort overall.



It’s taken a while to get here, but it’s worth it.

They say the best things come to those who wait, and in the case of the new Arteon, that’s very true. It took about three-and-a-half years between initial discussion of this vehicle and final production, but it’s finally here and so worth the wait.


Inspired by nature.

Engineers and scientists have a history of being inspired by nature for their designs and breakthroughs, and the Arteon is no exception. Volkswagen designers focused on imitating the athletic profile of predators in nature, including sharks, to give the Arteon its aggressive, sleek design that you see today, Talk about packing a bite!


The eyes have it.

In this new vehicle’s design comes a unique lighting architecture of the headlights and grille — they’re woven together in a seamless unit. This gives the “face” of the Arteon an incredible look that even wowed the engineering team when the designers first presented it.

Utilitarian with no sacrifice in style.

Usually in sedans, you end up sacrificing aesthetics in order to have ample cargo space. Not with the Arteon. Its 27-cubic-foot trunk provides more cargo space than most sedans, giving it both form and function. And when you fold down the rear seat, a total of 55 cubic feet of space is plenty of room to carry all kinds of stuff with room to spare.


Choose your own driving adventure.

With the standard DCC adaptive chassis control, drivers are allowed to configure the vehicle’s running gear for “normal,” “comfort,” or “sport” driving. Comfort mode helps smooth out bumpy rides, while sport mode helps stiffen damping to create a more direct connection between the driver and the road.


Driver assistance, as it should be.

The Arteon offers a host of Driver Assistance features, including standard Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking, standard Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, and standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking. Available features include Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Assist, Light Assist, Park Assist, and Park Distance Control.

Extra flair available.

If you’re the type of person who likes to go a little extra when it comes to style, the all-new Arteon comes with a new package called the R-Line®. This gives the four-door coupe a sportier interior and some pretty dynamic, eye-catching exterior treatments, which will wow all those who look at the vehicle even more!


Like anything new and shiny, Arteon models are sure to go fast. Here at Volkswagen of Inver Grove we’re excited to be getting more in our showroom soon, so stop in today to see this sexy new car in person and take a test drive. We look forward to meeting you!


Popular Mechanics names Golf GTI “Hatchback of the Year” — again!

For the second consecutive year, Popular Mechanics named the Volkswagen Golf GTI its “Hatchback of the Year.”  This award was part of the magazine’s 2019 Automotive Excellence Awards, which honor advances in automotive technology.

A “reference point” for a genre

It’s nice to be recognized, but it’s even better to set the standard. Ezra Dyer, Automotive Editor for Popular Mechanics, noting that the GTI “is still the reference point for the genre it created,” and also noted that “If a GTI doesn’t make you smile, your face is broken.” We don’t think there are many people out there with broken faces, so we’ll take it as a compliment!

Scott Keogh, president and chief exec of the Volkswagen Group of America (VWoA), said that “awards like this validate the consistency of the Golf GTI in delivering unmatched quality and performance at a competitive price point.” The VW executive said that the company is “honored for GTI to be named two years running in the Popular Mechanics Automotive Excellence awards.”

The 2019 Golf GTI has four different trims to choose from — the S, SE, and Autobahn, plus the limited-edition GTI Rabbit Edition. All models come with a 228-horsepower four-cylinder engine, which can be achieved with premium fuel.  Additionally, Golf R brakes and the VAQ electronically-controlled limited-slip differential also come standard.

New optional safety package for the S Model

A driver safety package, called the Driver Assistance Package, is now available as an option on the S model of the Golf GTI. Available equipment includes Front Assist, Blind Spot Monitor, and Rear Traffic Alert. These features are already standard on the rest of the lineup. The SE features new standard equipment that includes leather upholstery and a new Experience Package which offers Fender® Premium Audio and DCC® adaptive damping.

Every Golf GTI comes with our innovative People First Warranty, America’s Best Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty. The transferable warranty provides coverage for six years or 72,000-miles (whichever occurs first). Because any remaining term on the warranty can be transferred to a new owner, it has become a real used-car selling point. Prices start at $27,595 for the 2019 Golf GTI S with six-speed manual transmission.

For more information on the Popular Mechanics 2019 Automotive Excellence awards, please visit the Popular Mechanics award website.

At Volkswagen of Inver Grove, we’re proud to offer our community some of the most award-winning vehicles in the business, including the Golf GTI. Check out our online inventory of Golf GTI models and/or stop in to take a test drive — we’re sure it’ll put a smile on your face! We look forward to seeing you soon!