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Published Date: 29/01/2016

If nothing else, 2015 has been an interesting year for Volkswagen, and the new models added to the lineup only enhance the brand. 

Volkswagen Touran New

Starting off small, the new shape Volkswagen Polo gained its GTI model in 2015. Sitting on 30 years of fast Polo heritage, starting with the Mk2 G40, the Polo GTI has a lot to live up to and with a 189hp version of the 1.8 litre TSI petrol engine it's up to the task. With styling cues from the Golf GTI, including the characteristic external red stripe and tartan seats, the Polo GTI is very much a junior hot hatch - and 60mph comes up in just 6.7 seconds.

At the other end of the scale, there were new models of the Touran and Sharan MPVs. The all-new Touran has been built on the new VW 'MQB' platform that now underpins many new Volkswagens and allows for increased interior space and lower weight. Unlike many smaller seven seaters, there's decent leg room for all occupants without eating into storage space - there's up to 1,857 litres available and the front passenger seat will fold flat to accommodate items up to 2.7 metres long.

The Sharan was also updated, bringing current VW design language to the full-size seven seater. There's still loads of space inside, with room for seven on long journeys and 300 litres of luggage space at the same time - swelling to nearly 2,300 litres in full load-lugging mode. The update is more focussed on tech, with electric sliding doors and an electric boot now available.

It's been a big year for Golf and Passat too. Both cars saw an Alltrack model added to the lineup in 2015, providing a ruggedised, four-wheel drive estate variant for more adventurous Golf and Passat owners. It was also the year of the hybrid, with GTE models added to both cars. The GTE badge is Volkswagen's plugin hybrid range, signifying both a high-specification GT model and one that uses PHEV tech to provide a pure electric range of up to 32 miles - qualifying it for free road tax and a London Congestion Charge exemption.

Of course Volkswagen never stands still and there'll be plenty more new cars arriving in 2016. Stay up to date at: https://www.inchcape-volkswagen.co.uk/cars/volkswagen-range/

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