Volkswagen Golf GTI Earns Top Safety Pick by IIHS

By etrytko | Posted in Uncategorized on Thursday, June 20th, 2019 at 5:03 PM


The safety of you and your family is a primary concern at Volkswagen. Twin Cities customers need to be safe and secure whenever they take to the road in their vehicle.

Volkswagen is committed to making the safest automobiles in the world. This is why we celebrate the results of crash testing that confirms the hard work by the engineers at Volkswagen.

Volkswagen of Inver Grove is proud to offer the iconic Golf GTI, which has earned top marks from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), as its Top Safety Pick for 2019.

The Volkswagen Golf GTI offers the latest in passive and active safety features. The Driver Assistance Package is available on the S model, while certain features are standard on all other Golf GTI models. These features include Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking System, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Monitor Plus with Rear Traffic Alert, High Beam Control, and Adaptive Cruise Control, to name a few. All of these features were developed with the finest of German engineering.

Our safety features are designed to not only keep you and everyone inside your Golf GTI secure — they won’t interfere your ability to fulfill your enthusiast dreams.

More importantly, the Volkswagen Golf GTI offers the best value in its class – offering more interior space and comfort than any midsize family sedan available. This is something Volkswagen of Inver Grove is proud to offer our customers – better value for the money.

We have a great selection of the award-winning Volkswagen Golf GTI at Volkswagen of Inver Grove to choose from.  Let us find the one that is perfect for the inner enthusiast in you. Stop into the dealership today for a test drive!

Volkswagen Golf wins Good Housekeeping Best New Compact Car Award

By etrytko | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, June 17th, 2019 at 9:05 AM

The Volkswagen Golf continues to reel in the awards, this time from the Good Housekeeping Institute, which awarded it Best New Car in the Compact category. Teaming up with Car and Driver, Good Housekeeping created a detailed guide to the year’s best cars. Vehicles were rated on safety, value, handling, design, and technology after driving more than 5,000 miles of city roads, highways, and test tracks. In giving the Best New Car Award to the 2019 VW Golf, Good Housekeeping highlighted its roomy back seats, standard driver assistance features, and generous storage space.

“Based on our testing, we recommend this sturdy, reliable option for anyone—from a young family in the suburbs to a recent grad in the city,” said Laurie Jennings, Good Housekeeping Institute Director & Lead Consumer Tester.

Derrick Hatami, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Volkswagen of America, said of the award, “We are so proud that Good Housekeeping has honored the Golf with this award. The seventh generation Golf represents great value packed with driver-assistance features, sportiness and purposeful styling.”

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf is available in two trims—S and SE. The 1.4-liter TSI, 147hp powertrain is paired with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. Standard driver-assistance features include Front Assist, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Traffic Alert. Every Volkswagen Golf comes with the People First Warranty, America’s Best Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty. The warranty provides coverage for six-years or 72,000-miles (whichever occurs first), and can be transferred to a subsequent owner throughout the remainder of its duration. MSRP starts at $21,845 for the S with six-speed manual transmission.

For more on Good Housekeeping’s 2019 Best New Car Awards, visit

At Volkswagen of Inver Grove, we take pride in offering our community some of the most award-winning vehicles in the business, and we’re happy to see the Golf get even more attention than it already has. Check out our inventory of Golf models and/or stop into the store for a test-drive. We’re sure to have the right one for you!

Overlanding with a Volkswagen Atlas? Check out this new concept – the Atlas Basecamp!

By etrytko | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, June 10th, 2019 at 8:46 AM

Minnesotans love “overlanding” and off-road driving. Our enthusiasm for taking our rigs away from the highway is not because of where we vacation or the location of our cabins. It is because our state offers some great opportunities to have some fun our in our countryside.

Of course, the question comes up about our Volkswagen Atlas on whether it is capable of overlanding and off-road driving. The short answer is “yes.”

At the New York International Auto Show, Volkswagen presented one way for the Atlas to be enjoyed off the highway with its Basecamp Concept. The concept featured a custom body, lift kit, custom wheels, all-terrain tires, roof rack with bike mounts, and LED light bars.

Using a Volkswagen Atlas SEL Premium as the canvas, the Basecamp Concept is painted Platinum Gray and Black Uni with a matte finish and orange accents. The SEL Premium trim comes standard with a 3.6-liter VR6® engine making 276 hp and an eight-speed transmission, paired with Volkswagen 4Motion® all-wheel drive with Drive Mode Selection. A set of fifteen52 Traverse MX Concept wheels debut on the Basecamp Concept and are expected go into series production at fifteen52 this fall. The wheels are wrapped in 265/70R17 all-terrain tires.

Additional accessories on the Atlas Basecamp Concept include a custom body kit by Air Design, an H&R® lift kit with coil over springs that raise the ride height approximately 1.5 inches, a Front Runner® Slimline II roof rack system with bike holders, off-road LED light bars on the front and rear, as well as protective interior add-ons from Volkswagen Accessories.

The Basecamp Concept is shown with an off-road capable HIVE EX compact expedition trailer, featuring matching wheels and tires. Like the Atlas, the HIVE EX camper is assembled in the USA and built to take on the elements while providing ample comfort and space. Both lightweight and strong, the tow-behind camper is equipped with a queen-size bed, pullout canopy, and kitchenette, complete with a stove, a sink, and a refrigerator/ freezer combo that can operate on an optional 12-volt battery. Other integrated features include a self-contained water tank, propane tank, portable toilet, hot shower, and removable leveling jacks.

After the New York Auto Show, the Atlas Basecamp Concept will appear at the 2019 SEMA Show in Las Vegas later this year.

You can create your own Atlas Basecamp Concept with parts from third-party suppliers. However, you have to start with your own Volkswagen Atlas. Find yours at Volkswagen of Inver Grove today. Then, you can dream – and build – your own overlanding machine.

Remember the Volkswagen Rabbit Pickup?

By etrytko | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, June 3rd, 2019 at 8:00 AM

It was a small pickup truck with a cab from the Rabbit, a long bed, and was very useful in every situation. People who drive them, use them for work, around the farm, and for home improvements.

That spirit still exists at Volkswagen. However, we have not seen a pickup that size in years.

At the New York International Auto Show, Volkswagen presented the Tarok pickup concept. Just like the Rabbit pickup, this is a unibody design that combines a four-door cab with a small bed. It is shorter than the typical midsize pickup truck sold elsewhere but produced off of the MQB architecture – the same platform that the Jetta, Tiguan, and Golf GTI are built off if. In fact, the Tarok is almost the same size as an Atlas.

The bed itself measures out to 47.5 inches long and 42.9 inches between the wheel wells. When the tailgate is dropped, bed length extends another 27.4 inches. Cargo space can also be extended by folding down the bottom of the passenger cabin’s rear panel – creating an open space to haul everything from minibikes to pieces of lumber. Payload has been rated at 2,271 pounds – more than many of its potential competitors.

When equipped with 4MOTION all-wheel drive, the Active Control knob enables a selection of traction and condition choices for on- and off-road driving, The driver uses it to activate four higher-level modes and different pop-up menus. If drivers turn the switch to the left, they access two “On-road” and “Snow” profiles. If the switch is turned to the right, “Off-road” (automatic setting of off-road parameters) and “Custom Off-road” (variable settings) are activated.

The 4MOTION Active Control can be used to adapt all relevant assist systems to the drive situation in seconds. The “Comfort”, “Normal”, “Sport”, “Eco” and “Individual” driving profiles, also selected via 4Motion Active Control, are also integrated. These profiles are used to customize parameters such as the throttle response, gearshift, climate control and steering.

Powering the Tarok Concept is a 1.4-liter, 147-horsepower four-cylinder turbocharged and direct-injection TSI® engine, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and permanent 4Motion all-wheel drive.

While it will be introduced soon in the Brazilian market, there is talk that the Tarok may make its way up to the U.S.A. That does depend on how the crowd at the New York Auto Show react to it.

What’s your reaction it the Tarok concept? Let us know at Volkswagen of Inver Grove to see if this is the pickup truck we should be selling in the near future.

NHTSA awards 2019 Jetta 5-Star Overall Rating

By etrytko | Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 at 7:51 PM

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has awarded the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta its maximum overall rating of five stars following front, side, and rollover crash tests. The NHTSA runs the government’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), which provides consumers with vehicle safety information.

Already the brand’s best-selling sedan, the 2019 Jetta is the latest Volkswagen model to join the NHTSA 5-Star club, which already includes the Atlas, Golf, Golf Alltrack, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, and Passat. The remaining 2019 models in the Volkswagen lineup have not been tested as of this publication. For more information on the NHTSA ratings, visit

Contributing to this outstanding rating for the Jetta is its wide assortment of safety features, both active and passive, that include Automatic Post-Collision Braking System standard on all trims. This system recognizes that a collision is not actually a single action but instead a series of chain-reaction events after initial impact that can cause additional collisions. The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System applies the brakes when a primary collision is detected by the airbag sensors, in turn hoping to reduce additional damage.

Available driver-assistance features include Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Active Lane Keeping System (Lane Assist) and High Beam Control (Light Assist).

“Volkswagen is delighted that the Jetta, our best-selling model, has earned the highest 5-star overall safety rating from the government—providing further validation that Volkswagen vehicles are among the safest vehicles in the industry,” said Derrick Hatami, Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing and After Sales for Volkswagen of America, Inc.

Volkswagen of Inver Grove is proud to offer our community some of the safest vehicles on the road, and the Jetta is no exception. We’d love to help you take one home today. Check out our online inventory and/or stop into the dealership for a test drive. We’re sure to have the right Jetta for you!


2019 Volkswagen Tiguan named “Best Compact SUV of 2019” by

By etrytko | Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, April 26th, 2019 at 9:25 AM has completed its 2019 Compact SUV Challenge and the Volkswagen Tiguan came out on top for the second time in a row. The 2019 Tiguan competed against six other contenders in its class and wowed the judges with its comfortable and quiet interior, sophisticated multimedia system, and especially its comprehensive package of exceptional driving dynamics.

“The Tiguan returns as champion of the challenge based on the strength of how it drives while giving up nothing in roominess, media, safety tech and cabin comfort for it,” said Editor-in-Chief Jennifer Newman. “The Tiguan’s [sic] win is a decisive victory against the newest and best-selling in the class. It topped or tied in a staggering nine out of 16 categories: front seats, rear seats, multimedia and controls, interior quality, powertrain, handling, noise, cargo storage and child-seat fitment.”

The Compact SUV Challenge focused on SUVs redesigned or updated since the last compact SUV test in 2017, which the Tiguan also won. invited back all the podium finishers (including the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5, but the latter declined to participate). The test focused on higher-end trim levels with MSRP spanning from $34,000 to $40,000.. Each SUV included all-wheel drive, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, a sunroof, in-dash navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control and more. All included Apple CarPlay® integration and all but one Android Auto® integration.

The SUVs were scored in the categories of front and backseat comfort and amenities, interior quality, cargo provisions, fuel economy, child-safety seat fitment, safety and driver-assistance features, handling, braking, ride quality and value.

Here is how all the competitors ranked:

  1. 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line
  2. 2019 Subaru Forester Touring
  3. 2019 Hyundai Tucson Ultimate
  4. 2019 Honda CR-V Touring
  5. 2019 Toyota RAV4 Limited
  6. 2019 Jeep Cherokee Limited
  7. 2019 Nissan Rogue SL

Starting at $24,295 MSRP for the S FWD, the 2019 Tiguan is available in seven trim levels: S, SE, SEL, SEL R-Line, SEL R-Line Black, SEL Premium, and SEL Premium R-Line. Every Tiguan comes with the People First Warranty, America’s Best Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty. The warranty provides coverage for six-years or 72,000-miles (whichever occurs first), and can be transferred to a subsequent owner throughout the remainder of its duration.

If you’re in the market for a compact SUV and want the best there is, check out the wide selection of Tiguan models in our online inventory, and  come on in to Volkswagen of Inver Grove for a test drive. We’re sure to have the right one to fit your needs and lifestyle. We look forward to meeting you!

Volkswagen Scores The Perfect Partnership With US Soccer

By etrytko | Posted in Volkswagen News on Friday, April 19th, 2019 at 11:00 AM


A goal is always a goal.  

Volkswagen understands what it takes to be a winner. Things like dedication, determination, and passion are a start.

When rising to the challenge, the challenge remains the same. Regardless of whether it is kicking around ideas for the next Volkswagen vehicle or soccer ball on the field. Winning is the ultimate goal.

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2019 Volkswagen Atlas Wins MotorWeek Best SUV

By etrytko | Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, April 12th, 2019 at 2:34 PM

The MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Award for Best Large Utility goes to the Volkswagen Atlas! This makes the Volkswagen Atlas the best SUV for the second year in a row.

MotorWeek determines the winners of these awards after reviewing over one-hundred and fifty cars, trucks, and SUVs. They then critique driving performance, technology, practicality, fuel-efficiency, and value for the dollar.

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Your Volkswagen Dealer Near Cottage Grove Highlights The 2015 Volkswagen Beetle Coup Hatchback

By Admin | Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 at 12:05 AM

The Volkswagen 2015 Beetle Coup Hatchback is a classic and fun car to own. Perhaps the most iconic car on the market today it offers great performance and modern features. With a classy exterior and a stylish interior your Volkswagen dealer near Cottage Grove spotlights the new 2015 Volkswagen Beetle Coup two door Hatchback.

Even though the Volkswagen Beetle Coup Hatchback is a smaller vehicle with seating for just four, it offers a stylish and comfortable interior. Here is a look at what is available inside the Beetle.

  • An upgraded audio system with eight speakers, an AM/FM radio, CD player and MP3 capabilities
  • A Trip computer that displays your average speed, your average and current fuel economy and your range until empty
  • An adjustable heated front driver seat with lumbar support
  • A leather trimmed tilt steering wheel with steering wheel mounted controls
  • Front seat cup holders
  • Power locks and power windows with one touch
  • Driver and passenger vanity mirrors


The Volkswagen Beetle Coup Hatchback is recognized for its safety record. The most up to date safety features are available and include the following.

  • 4 wheel disk anti lock braking system
  • Electronic traction control
  • An immobilizer
  • Halogen head lamps
  • An airbag system
  • Adjustable head restraint for maximum protection
  • Intermittent windshield wipers
  • Anti theft protection


To check out and take a test drive in the new 2015 Volkswagen Beetle Coup Hatchback, stop by your Volkswagen dealer near Cottage Grove today.


Your Volkswagen Dealer Near Burnsville Recommends The 2015 Volkswagen Passat For Families

By Admin | Posted in Uncategorized on Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 at 12:05 AM

The 2015 Volkswagen Passat is a sleek looking 4 door midsize sedan. It comes in eight great colors, offers a smooth ride, is extremely reliable and gets great gas mileage averaging 24mpg city and 35mpghighway. Your Burnsville area Volkswagen dealer recommends the 2015 Volkswagen Passat as the number one choice for families looking for an economical ride.

Features Your Family Will Love In The 2015 Volkswagen Passat

The 2015 Volkswagen Passat offers a roomy interior with seating for five. Back seat passengers will enjoy extra leg room not found in other midsized vehicles. Cargo room is also plentiful offering more than adequate trunk space for all your luggage needs. A blue tooth hands free system is on board as is a six speaker audio system with AM/FM/CD including MP3 capabilities and steering wheel mounted controls. A trip computer displays your average speed, average fuel economy and range until empty. An adjustable driver bucket seat with lumbar support, cruise control and power one touch windows are other great features. Cup holders and storage areas are also included.

 The Safety Features Your Family Needs In The 2015 Volkswagen Passat

The 2015 Volkswagen Passat is loaded with safety features to protect you and your family. Airbags are located throughout and an ABS braking system with electronic traction control is standard. You will also find adjustable head restraints and adjustable height seat belts. Additional safety features include an immobilizer, halogen headlights with dusk sensors and intermittent windshield wipers.

Upgrades To Consider For The 2015 Volkswagen Passat

There are numerous additional features you can consider when purchasing the 2015 Volkswagen Passat. These include leather heated front seats and dual zone climate control. Some models also come with a rear view camera, sun roof, push button start and a touch screen navigation system.