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 22.55
37th Passat Gen 4 19.13
36th Passat Gen 5 19.07
35th Jetta Gen 4 17.62
34th Passat Gen 6 14.16
33rd Tiguan Gen 1 9.98
32nd Routan Gen 1 7.1
31st Jetta Gen 6 6.9
30th CC Gen 1 6.64
29th GTI Gen 6 6.17
28th Golf Gen 6 5.69
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 2.42
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 Jetta Gen 2 0.4
11th e-Golf Gen 1 0.36
10th Cabrio Gen 3 0.35
9th Passat Gen 3 0.3
8th GTI Gen 5 0.29
7th Cabriolet Gen 3 0.24
6th Cabriolet Gen 2 0.18
5th Fox Gen 1 0.12
4th Touareg Hybrid Gen 2 0.08
3rd Eurovan Gen 1 0.05
2nd Atlas Gen 1 0.0
1st Tiguan Gen 2 0.0