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Volkswagen Debuts Industry-Leading Warranty Across Lineup

October 02, 2017

VW's MY-2018 Golf models are covered by the 3-year/72,000-mile People First Warranty Photo: Volkswagen
VW's MY-2018 Golf models are covered by the 3-year/72,000-mile People First Warranty Photo: Volkswagen

Following the comprehensive warranty on its Tiguan and Atlas models, Volkswagen is extending its industry-leading six-year/72,000-mile, transferable, bumper-to-bumper warranty to most of its MY-2018 lineup, including the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Golf, Golf Alltrack, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, and Passat.

The People First Warranty offers fleets peace of mind with the extended, comprehensive warranty, extending beyond the average three-year/30,000-mile fleet lifecycle, meaning the vehicle will be covered bumper-to-bumper during the entirety of normal fleet service.

At the end of the lifecycle, if a fleet owns its vehicles and has an employee purchase program, the employee would benefit by purchasing a well-maintained, warrantied vehicle. The People First Warranty is fully transferrable to subsequent owners during the warranty period. The People First Warranty includes powertrain coverage for engines, transmissions, and optional 4Motion all-wheel-drive system. In general, the warranty covers any repair to correct a defect in the manufacturer’s material or workmanship, such as a mechanical failure.

The warranty also includes limited coverage of the battery, halogen/xenon bulbs, and paint, which are all covered for three years/36,000 miles, and the brake pads/shoes, wiper blades, and non-halogen/xenon bulbs, which are covered for one year/12,000 miles, whichever comes first.

The warranty also includes coverage against corrosion perforation for seven-years/100,000-miles, whichever occurs first.

Mechanical adjustments not associated with a defect in material or workmanship, such as headlight adjustments, are covered for one year/12,000 miles.

Most of Volkswagen’s competitors do not offer such an extensive or comprehensive warranty. Honda, Toyota, and Ford offer only a three-year/36,000 mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty. Hyundai and Kia offer a five-year/60,000 mile basic warranty and a higher time/mileage powertrain limited warranties, if the vehicle is sold, the powertrain limited warranty is not transferable.

The MY-2018 Jetta features a 1.4L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine in the S, Wolfsburg Edition, and SE models, with 150 hp and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. When equipped with the 5-speed manual transmission, the Jetta has an EPA estimated 28 MPG city/40 MPG highway; with the 6-speed automatic transmission, ratings are 28 MPG city/38 MPG highway.

Jetta’s Sport and SEL models come with the 1.8L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, with 170 hp and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. The EPA estimated fuel economy rating is 24 MPG city/33 MPG highway.

A 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine powers the Jetta GLI, capable of reaching 210 hp and 207 lb.-ft. of torque. The GLI model boasts the same MPG as the SE Sport and SEL models.

The MY-2018 Passat is comes with the People First Warranty, which is transferable between owners. Photo: Volkswagen
The MY-2018 Passat is comes with the People First Warranty, which is transferable between owners. Photo: Volkswagen

Volkswagen’s MY-2018 Passat comes with two engine choices: an all-new more fuel efficient 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo or the 3.6L 6-cylinder.

Models with the 2.0L engine produce 174 hp, 184 lb.-ft. of torque, and have an EPA estimated 25 MPG city/36 MPG highway. Those with the 3.6L produce 280 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque, with an EPA estimated 19 MPG city/ 28 MPG highway.

The MY-2018 Golf 4-door has a 1.8L four-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces 170 hp and 199 lb.-ft. of torque in the 6-speed automatic transmission or 170 hp and 184 lb.-ft. of torque in the 5-speed manual transmission version. The S and SE models are available with choice of the 6-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission.  

For fleets looking for the benefits of a spacious wagon, but the smooth handling of a sedan, the MY-2018 Golf SportWagen is equipped with the 1.8L four-engine mated to either a 5-speed manual transmission or 6-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, or with 4Motion® all-wheel drive. The EPA estimated MPG has yet to be determined.

If higher ground clearance wagon is needed, the MY-2018 Golf Alltrack is the ideal choice. Offering the same powertrain as the Golf SportWagen, the Golf Alltrack has a more rugged appearance and standard 4Motion® all-wheel drive. The EPA estimated fuel economy rating is 22 MPG city/30 MPG highway.

For MY-2018, the iconic Beetle and Beetle Convertible both come equipped with a new 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, which boosts the vehicles’ to 174 hp and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. Both vehicles have an EPA estimated 26 MPG city and 33 MPG highway.

All of Volkswagen’s MY-2018 models are equipped with the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which will automatically apply the brakes if a primary collision is detected by the airbag sensors, thus reducing the chance of any additional collisions or damage.  In addition all have Volkswagen’s Intelligent Crash Response System. Should a collision occur that causes the airbags to deploy and the ICRS to be activated, ICRS will automatically unlock all the doors, disable the fuel pump, and turn on the hazard lights.   

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