Basic models feel more premium, and this makes buyers happy.
Volkswagen is just a steamroller of products oozing with class and quality. We get so caught up with scandals and with how impressive cheaper, less attractive offerings are in comparison to the average VW that we sometimes forget to give that car the full praise it deserves. But as a gentle reminder that it makes some of the best People's Cars in the world, Volkswagen has recently announced new ways in which it is improving its offerings for 2022. If you're about to buy a car, maybe wait a second and have a look at what changes are coming to VW for the new model year.
For the 2022 model year, the German automaker has made the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit more widely available. This includes eight-inch versions of the system from the base-level variants of the Atlas, Atlas Cross Sport, and Taos, while the larger 10.25-inch version will feature as standard on the Golf GTI and R.
IQ.DRIVE driver assistance tech is also now either standard or available across the majority of the lineup, giving greater access to things like front and rear parking sensors, semi-automated driving assistance, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, and active blind-spot monitoring with rear traffic alert. Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, lane keep assist, and a system that can offer semi-automated vehicle assistance in a medical emergency are all also among the features encompassed by the IQ.DRIVE suite of safety enhancements.
Volkswagen's increased technology offerings are sure to please buyers who may otherwise have opted for something a little more or less premium, depending on the situation. And with a whole host of favorites being refreshed like the Jetta and its hot GLI sibling, as well as the facelifted Tiguan and new models like the Taos small SUV, there's lots of choice out there.
VW is also simplifying certain core models, like the popular Atlas (MSRP from $33,475) and Atlas Cross Sport (MSRP from ($32,775), which have seen their trim lines cut down to six trims for the new year with a reshuffling of features. Some models don't see many changes, like the ID.4 electric SUV which carries over largely unchanged, while the Passat enters its final year of production with a new Limited Edition.