Ranking 38 Volkswagen Generations

Sorting models by their generation gives us a clearer picture of common problems across a group of similar vehicles. From there, we can assign scores to each generation to give you a basic picture of which to consider and those to avoid. The higher the score, the faster you should run away.

Rank Model Gen PainRank
38th Jetta Gen 5 22.69
37th Passat Gen 5 19.63
36th Passat Gen 4 19.23
35th Jetta Gen 4 17.62
34th Passat Gen 6 14.5
33rd Tiguan Gen 1 10.41
32nd Jetta Gen 6 8.28
31st Routan Gen 1 7.31
30th CC Gen 1 6.68
29th GTI Gen 6 6.34
28th Golf Gen 6 5.82
27th Golf Gen 7 4.57
26th Golf Gen 5 4.04
25th Jetta Gen 3 4.03
24th Touareg Gen 1 3.72
23rd Golf GTI Gen 7 3.59
22nd Eos Gen 1 3.55
21st Golf Gen 4 3.4
20th GLI Gen 6 2.59
19th Rabbit Gen 5 2.57
18th Jetta Hybrid Gen 6 1.32
17th Touareg Gen 2 1.2
16th Cabrio Gen 4 1.18
15th GTI Gen 4 0.77
14th Vanagon Gen 3 0.68
13th Golf Gen 3 0.63
12th Atlas Gen 1 0.49
11th Jetta Gen 2 0.4
10th e-Golf Gen 1 0.36
9th Cabrio Gen 3 0.35
8th Passat Gen 3 0.3
7th GTI Gen 5 0.29
6th Cabriolet Gen 3 0.24
5th Cabriolet Gen 2 0.18
4th Fox Gen 1 0.12
3rd Touareg Hybrid Gen 2 0.08
2nd Eurovan Gen 1 0.05
1st Tiguan Gen 2 0.0