What is PainRank™?

PainRank™ is a scoring system by CarComplaints.com that uses relative complaint analysis to determine which vehicles suffer the most defects. It's more than just complaint volume as the score also considers the average cost of repairs, the mileage at failure, the age of the vehicle, among other factors.

Bottom line: the higher the score, the more painful it is to own.

Volkswagen Model Reliability

Volkswagen models have an average PainRank™ of 7.18.

RankModelComplaintsScore
25thPassat92626.33
24thJetta1,24422.93
23rdTiguan33722.2
22ndAtlas5719.66
21stCC17719.31
20thRoutan16214.95
19thJetta Hybrid2010.83
18thGTI929.7
17thBeetle2879.28
16thEos769.26
15thJetta SportWagen487.69
14thGolf1685.44
13thGolf GTI205.36
12thTouareg744.44
11thGLI204.25
10thRabbit324.12
9thCabrio191.84
8thGolf SportWagen181.57
7thVanagon11.12
6the-Golf20.33
5thCabriolet40.21
4thFox20.1
3rdGolf R10.09
2ndTouareg Hybrid10.07
1stEurovan10.04
N/AAtlas Cross Sport0N/A
N/AJetta GLI0N/A
N/AArteon0N/A

Volkswagen Generation Reliability

Volkswagen generations have an average PainRank™ of 4.68.

RankModelComplaintsScore
45th5th Generation Jetta (2006-2010)44525.09
44th5th Generation Passat (2006-2010)21619.98
43rd4th Generation Passat (1998-2005)48718.86
42nd4th Generation Jetta (2000-2005)33218.53
41st6th Generation Jetta (2011-2018)34317.82
40th1st Generation Tiguan (2009-2016)30613.87
39th6th Generation Passat (2012-2019)21212.15
38th1st Generation CC (2009-2017)17710.5
37th6th Generation Golf (2010-2013)439.49
36th1st Generation Routan (2009-2014)1629.08
35th6th Generation GTI (2009-2014)748.28
34th1st Generation Beetle (1998-2011)2457.2
33rd2nd Generation Jetta SportWagen (2011-2014)477.2
32nd1st Generation Atlas (2018-2021)576.43
31st2nd Generation Tiguan (2017-2021)314.32
30th1st Generation Eos (2006-2016)764.3
29th3rd Generation Jetta (1992-1999)794.02
28th7th Generation Golf (2014-2019)423.82
27th1st Generation Touareg (2004-2010)523.81
26th4th Generation Golf (1999-2005)533.41
25th7th Generation Jetta (2019-2021)393.41
24th2nd Generation Beetle (2012-2020)423.31
23rd6th Generation GLI (2006-2013)203.26
22nd6th Generation Jetta Hybrid (2013-2016)203.11
21st7th Generation Golf GTI (2015-2019)202.94
20th5th Generation Rabbit (2006-2009)322.88
19th2nd Generation Touareg (2011-2017)222.59
18th1st Generation Golf SportWagen (2015-2019)181.59
17th4th Generation Cabrio (1999-2002)151.17
16th5th Generation Golf (2006-2009)91.14
15th3rd Generation Vanagon (1981-1990)21.12
14th4th Generation GTI (1997-2003)100.76
13th2nd Generation Jetta (1985-1991)100.64
12th3rd Generation Golf (1992-1998)210.63
11th5th Generation GTI (2004-2008)80.44
10th3rd Generation Cabrio (1995-1998)40.35
9th1st Generation e-Golf (2015-2020)20.33
8th3rd Generation Passat (1990-1997)110.3
7th3rd Generation Cabriolet (1992-1993)30.23
6th2nd Generation Cabriolet (1989-1991)20.14
5th1st Generation Jetta SportWagen (2009-2010)10.13
4th1st Generation Fox (1989-1993)30.1
3rd1st Generation Golf R (2015-2019)10.09
2nd2nd Generation Touareg Hybrid (2010-2015)10.07
1st1st Generation Eurovan (2000-2003)10.04
N/A1st Generation Arteon (2018-2020)0N/A
N/A7th Generation Passat (2020-2021)0N/A
N/A8th Generation Golf (2020-2021)0N/A
N/A1st Generation Jetta GLI (2019-2021)0N/A
N/A8th Generation Golf GTI (2020-2021)0N/A
N/A1st Generation Atlas Cross Sport (2020-2021)0N/A

Have a complaint about your vehicle?

The best way to find out what's wrong with a vehicle is from the people who drive them. Not only do owner complaints help us rank vehicles by reliability, but they're often used to spark class-action lawsuits and warranty extensions. Plus, they're a great way to vent.