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Magazine Proclaims Marriage Built to Last

Like many relationships, the courtship between a driver and a new car starts out with the honeymoon phase but eventually goes downhill as the squeaks and rattles start to add up and the payment book never seems to get much thinner. Car and Driver took a Volkswagen Golf 1.8T TSI for an extended evaluation last year and it’s safe to say the bloom is not off the rose. The magazine’s editors first evidence of its love for the car came when it named the Golf to its 2015 10Best Cars list. Judges loved the “comfortable front seats, its premium cabin materials and look.” Now some 40,000 miles later, the Golf is as popular as ever with staffers, filling the bill both on long road trips and just commuting around the city. Take the Golf for a test drive by visiting Chapman VW Tucson.

Golf Takes Extended Road Trip

When Car and Driver takes a vehicle for an extended evaluation, frequently staffers have to be begged to use it on long road trips. No such problem with the Golf, which was the vehicle of choice for many drivers. “Road trippers appreciated the Golf’s comfortable suspension tuning, seemingly laser-guided steering, and quiet interior, which performed convincing impressions of a bigger car,” according to the Car and Driver review. The Golf saw more of the USA than many Americans, having visited Michigan, Illinois, New York, Wisconsin, Ohio, Virginia and Massachusetts. Powered by the 1.8L turbocharged engine, the Golf scored up to 36 mpg on the highway and a very respectable 29 mpg combined city and freeway driving.

VW Engineers Golf to a High Standard

Even after a number of different drivers subjected the Golf to the abuse of rough road conditions, even rougher driving, and inclement weather, the overall evaluation is that the little hatchback is a fun car to drive while still providing plenty of comfort. “The whole car seems engineered to a standard, not a price, a perception reinforced every time you open or close on of its solid-feeling doors, or wrap your fingers around the steering wheel contours shaped to perfectly accept human digits,” one editor wrote. Many reviewers agreed that if they had to pick just one car, “the Golf would be on their short list. As an automobile, it’s pure marriage material.”

Driver Assistance Features Available on Golf

If you’re looking for a safe hatchback to take on long trips or just deliver the kids to school, you can’t go wrong with a Volkswagen Golf. The entire VW suite of driver assistance features is available on the Golf. These sensor and camera-driven features warn you of an upcoming crash and even take action to help you avoid the wreck. Head to Chapman VW Tucson for a complete explanation of how all this new technology will help keep you and your precious cargo safe.

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From Golf to Passat, All Earn Top Safety Pick Plus

When the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives their highest award, the Top Safety Pick Plus, to five of the cars in an automaker’s lineup, you know safety is a high priority. Volkswagen is celebrating that award being placed upon the 2016 Golf, Golf GTI, Golf SportWagen, Jetta and Passat. When outfitted with the sensor-driven Front Assist safety feature, all five vehicles passed the IIHS tests with flying colors. Volkswagen has a large selection of driver assistance safety technology that will help you get your family and friends to the intended destination without injury. Get a thorough explanation of how they all work with a trip to Chapman VW Tucson.

Front Assist Avoids Rear-end Collisions

With the Forward Collision Warning System that is part of Front Assist, your vehicle will warn you if it senses a possible collision with the car in front. If you fail to react, the Autonomous Emergency Braking system will help stop the vehicle. Adaptive Cruise Control is another feature that not only helps you avoid a collision, but will apply the brakes if necessary when you’re tooling down the highway. When you get too close to the car in front, it will slow down to maintain a safe distance, then resume normal speed when space is available. Lane Assist is another feature that warns you if you seem to be drifting in and out of your lane. This is a common problem on long road trips, especially at night when drivers become weary.

Monitors Alert When Obstacles Threaten

Both Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Traffic Alert issue an audible warning when a vehicle, pedestrian or some unknown object are in the way of your movement. Blind Spot Monitor picks up movement when you are attempting to change lanes, helping you avoid those cars that are hidden in that unseen spot near the rear quarter panel. Rear Traffic Alert picks up vehicles and pedestrians that might come across your path as you back up. Along with alerting you, this system will also apply the brakes if necessary.

VW Car-Net Offers More Safety and Security

VW Car-Net, the connectivity service that provides streaming music, hands-free connectivity and navigation, also offers safety and security features for your peace of mind. Along with providing a way to find your lost car through your smartphone, it also calls for help if there is a collision or other emergency and provides a detailed health report on your car. Check out the entire VW inventory and get a thorough explanation of all the safety features by taking a trip to Chapman VW Tucson.

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Long Commutes Made Short by ‘Driving Partner’

If you have a long solo commute to work or find yourself frequently taking road trips with no one to talk to, the new VW Car-Net is like having a permanent driving partner to keep you entertained. It can suggest routes, places to eat, where to find gas and even hook you up with a local hotel. It’s app-connect feature allows you to use Apple CarPlay, Android Auto or Mirror Link to utilize a limited number of apps from your smartphone. Stream music, listen to podcasts or even plow through a series of audio books while doing the daily driving. Utilize hands free phone communication to talk or text without ever taking your eyes of the road. See how Car-Net can make your driving life more enjoyable with a demonstration at Chapman VW Tucson.

Receive News, Traffic and Sports Reports

Nothing’s quite as disappointing as rounding a curve during your morning commute to see traffic uncharacteristically backed up to the horizon. If you have VW Car-Net, you can get real-time traffic updates and route changes to help you get to work on time, or more importantly get home before dinner is cold. Car-Net also delivers weather reports and sports scores, along with showing you the cheapest places to get fuel. It comes with a free 3-month trial of SiriusXM satellite radio for all the news, music and other popular channels.

Car-Net Helps Deliver Peace of Mind

If you come out of an event to look upon a sea of cars with no idea where yours might be, just use VW Car-Net through your smartphone to pin down the location. You can also use your phone to lock or unlock the doors and get a full diagnostic report on your VW’s major components. If you happen to be in an accident or require assistance on the road, VW Car-Net puts you in touch with someone who can help, whether that involves a tow truck or an ambulance. Car-Net has an automatic crash notification function that alerts customer service agents to send help. Car-Net is also useful to locate your VW, in the case it is ever stolen.

Keeps You Informed on Teen Driving Habits

If you happen to have a young driver in the house that you let take your V-dub out for a spin now and then, Car-Net can let you know if your teen is playing by the rules. Just set speed and boundary limits for your car and Car-Net will notify you if the vehicle is exceeding the speed or heading into areas that you have not authorized. Talk to the pros at Chapman VW Tucson to get a complete description of all the services Car-Net offers.

Golf GTI is One Hot Hatchback

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Inspired by Racing Legends

Racing seats, a 210-horsepower turbo engine and precision craftsmanship all come together to make one hot hatchback in the 2016 VW Golf GTI. A sport-tuned suspension harnesses all that horsepower to create a premium driving experience that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. A driving mode selector and dynamic chassis control help you adjust to road conditions and your current mood to provide the best handling and ride possible. See all the possibilities that come with owning a Golf GTI when you take a test drive at Chapman VW Tucson.

Interior Surrounds You With Amenities

From the stylish checkered sport seats and ambient accent lighting to a golf ball shift knob, the cockpit reflects a personality that enjoys a spirited drive through the mountains as much as a night out on the town. Get the optional panoramic sunroof and let nature come in, bathing you in the day’s bright light or providing a clear view of the stars at night.

Command Center Keeps You in Touch

The advanced 6.5-inch touchscreen sound system not only provides a concert level symphonic experience, but also keeps you connected to the outside world with hands-free smartphone connectivity. You can make or answer a call, reply to a text message or use a limited number of apps. Your VW Car-Net Connect System also features enhanced navigation services that let you know if a traffic jam is going to hinder your trip. Get the weather, sports scores, news and more. If you get in a collision or need any help, just use the security service to ask for help. You can also set a speed limit and use your phone to check out the status of your vehicle, where you parked and if you remembered to lock the doors.

GTI Sport Delivers Performance at a Discount

The VW Golf GTI Sport delivers all the features that come with the performance package, but at a lower price. A 220-horsepower engine, superior brakes and limited slip differential are all in place to give you more power and control. The Golf GTI Sport also comes with 18-inch special wheels, keyless entry, daytime LED running lights and cool floor mats.

Golf GTI Makes 10Best List Again

“Car and Driver” magazine has named the VW Golf GTI to its “10Best” list for the 10th year in a row. The magazine editors call the Golf a “supremely engineered line of two- and four-door hatchbacks,” adding that this is a “true world car, one that raises the average by the simple math of its popularity and excellence.” The editors say the GTI is the best value in the Golf lineup, delivering the perfect combination of performance and fun. See why the GTI gets such rave reviews with a visit to Chapman VW Tucson.

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Premium Craftmanship Combines With Performance

If you’re looking for a vehicle that’s fun to drive, has plenty of room and delivers the precision of German engineering, consider the new VW Golf SportWagen. With the ability to maneuver in and out of urban traffic like a small car but the cargo room of an SUV, the Golf SportWagen defies being pigeonholed with other vehicles. Head over to Chapman VW Tucson and take a good look at the SportWagen. Slam the doors to hear the resounding thud that comes with a tight fit and finish. Take a drive and see just how sporty and fun a wagon can be. Bring the kids, bring your friends; there’s room for all in the Volkswagen SportWagen.

Turbocharged Engine Puts the Sport in SportWagen

Jump behind the wheel and feel the power of the 1.8L turbocharged engine that produces 170 horses of pure fun. As one of the 10Best vehicles on “Car and Driver” magazine’s list for 2016, the Golf SportWagen was lauded by editors, saying it “handles and rides like a premium car, with well-damped suspension motions, tightly controlled body movement, and,…crisp turn-in response to inputs from the pleasantly weighted steering.” The editors say the engine performs quicker than a motor that size should, delivering a solid 200 pound feet of torque when taking off from the line.

Interior Solid With Fine Workmanship

The SportWagen received high marks for its interior design and build, with tight gaps, quality materials and a layout that makes sense for finding and using instruments and controls. “Car and Driver” said the front seats are plenty comfortable for long road trips and that adult passengers in the back will have more than enough legroom. The infotainment system now has USB ports to hook up your smartphone, MP3 player or tablet. You can also use Bluetooth connectivity to stream music and audio books.

SE Model Offers Tons of Options

Although you can get into the base Volkswagen SportWagen for around $22,000, spend a few thousand more for the SE trim level and you get a ton of cool features. An expansive sunroof, heated windshield washers, rain-sensing wiper, fog lamps, heated front seats that recline at the touch of a button and push button start are just some of the added goodies that come with the higher trim package. Although the current SportWagen doesn’t have an all-wheel drive option, the SportWagen Alltrack will fill that need for the 2017 model year. Check out the inventory of Golf SportWagens by taking a trip to Chapman VW Tucson.