Welcome to Older Models
This page covers all recently discontinued models from the last 10 years. If you want to look at anything older than that, we have brochures going back to 1990, and an interactive timeline, covering the entire history of Volkswagen.
The up! is Volkswagen’s highly successful compact city car that blends pure design with maximum space on a minimal footprint.
The up! was unveiled as a concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2007, and it then underwent an intensive development programme before it was launched in the same city in 2011. Deliveries began in the United Kingdom in March 2012.
A revised up! was launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2016. This new up! is now available to order in the United Kingdom, and includes newly designed body panels, new colours, new wheels, new individualisation options, new equipment, a completely redesigned interior and a new infotainment system.
That first iteration of the Tiguan represented Volkswagen’s entry into the growing compact Sport Utility Vehicle market and the car proved to be a huge success worldwide, selling strongly in the UK and Continental Europe as well as in Russia, the USA, China, Brazil and Australia.
Indeed more than 2.8 million examples of the first generation Tiguan have been sold since launch, with comfortably more than 100,000 of those finding homes in the United Kingdom since the car debuted in February 2008. Tiguan is, in fact, one of the five key pillars of the Volkswagen portfolio in the UK alongside up!, Polo, Golf and Passat. Sales have increased strongly year-on-year in the UK: from 8,121 in 2011 to 21,889 last year. It is now the third best-seller in the UK after Golf and Polo.
Today’s new Tiguan takes the success of the first car and builds on its appeal in every area. Styling, technology, engineering, space, safety, performance and economy: each of these key areas, and many more besides, are comprehensively improved upon in new Tiguan, which leads the charge as Volkswagen readies a comprehensive SUV offensive over the coming years.
The original Eos was launched in the UK in July 2006. Slotting into the range between the Golf and the Passat in terms of size, the Eos continues a long-running tradition of convertibles from Volkswagen which started with the Beetle over 50 years ago.
The Eos was a four-seater coupé cabriolet with unique five-piece steel and glass roof which also comprises a sunroof. Referred to as CSC – meaning it had the characteristics of a hard-top coupé, sliding glass sunroof, and fully convertible.
Orders for the Eos are now closed.
The Phaeton, launched in summer 2003, was Volkswagen’s first large luxury saloon sitting alongside the Touareg as part of the brand’s representation in the luxury class. The hand-crafted, elegant saloon was available in short wheel base and long wheel base variants, and featured all the little extra special touches you might expect from a luxury executive car.
The Phaeton was designed from conception to set benchmark standards in its class, and to this end, sophisticated technology is a major facet of the vehicle. It was engineered to the highest standards, surpassing its key competitors in several areas when it launched.
Orders for the Phaeton have now closed and new Phaeton is being developed for launch in 2017, although introduction to the UK market is not yet confirmed.
The Passat Alltrack, a four-wheel drive version of the estate model, went on sale in the UK on 16 March 2012, with the first cars arriving in showrooms at the end of May. With a raised ride height, 4MOTION four-wheel drive and rugged body enhancements, the new Passat Alltrack has everything needed to venture off the beaten track. This means it combines the practicality of an estate car with the versatility of a conventional SUV, while a high standard specification level adds more than a touch of luxury. Orders for the Passat Alltrack have now closed with the introduction of the new Passat. A new Passat Alltrack is expected to be introduced to the range in 2015.
Passat VII Saloon and Estate
The seventh generation Passat was revealed to the public at the Paris Motor Show in September 2010, 37 years after the first Passat went on sale in 1973. Since then, over 15 million examples have been sold in more than 100 markets worldwide – denoting this vehicle among those Volkswagens which, like the Golf, have stood the test of time.
The Passat’s continued popularity can be attributed to a number of factors, one of which is undoubtedly the car’s achievement of setting new benchmarks in quality and innovation with the evolution of each new generation. The Passat’s features and overall quality and refinement continue to push the boundaries of the so-called upper medium class, edging it closer at every stage to the premium segment and beyond.
First shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 2011, the two-door, four-seater, front-engined soft top was fitted as standard with an electrically-powered fabric roof which could be lowered in just 9 seconds including on the move at speeds up to around 18 mph. No separate roof cover is needed, contributing to the very rapid opening time, and resulting in less bootspace intrusion and meaning that even with the roof down, there was 250 litres of available space.
Living up to this name, the Golf GTI Cabriolet had all the classic design cues. The radiator grille has a honeycomb structure with red edging and GTI badge, while the front bumper incorporates a deep honeycomb air dam and distinctive fog lights. Side sill extensions help give the GTI a wide, well-planted stance, while a bespoke rear diffuser is framed by a chrome tailpipe on either side. Smoked LED tail lights complete the look, along with standard 18-inch alloy wheels.
Orders for the Golf Cabriolet have now closed.
About the Golf Plus
The new Golf Plus went on sale in the UK on 1 April 2009, offering more space, style and value for money than the previous model. The Golf Plus first went on sale in the UK on 1 June 2005, fitting into the Volkswagen line-up between the Golf hatchback and Touran compact MPV.
Despite this increased space, the Golf Plus retained the Golf hatchback’s essential qualities which included award-winning driving dynamics, value for money and a high level of safety equipment. Its styling was also closely linked to that of the hatch, particularly in key areas such as the bonnet, C-pillar and grille.
Exterior styling revisions over the previous generation model included a lower profile, fully colour-coded and redesigned bumpers and revised ‘cherry red’ rear lights, incorporating LED technology. Inside the cabin of the new Golf Plus, further improvements were been made, reaching new levels of quality while continuing to be one of the most versatile vehicles in it class.
The new Golf Plus was available with a range of two petrol and three diesel engines: 1.4-litre 80 PS, 1.4-litre TSI 122 PS, two highly efficient 1.6-litre common rail TDI units with 90 or 110 PS, and a 2.0-litre common rail TDI with 140 PS.
Just two trim levels were offered – S and SE – and both offered a comprehensive list of standard equipment. As you would expect from any car in the Golf family, the new Golf Plus also has an extensive list of safety features including ABS, ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme), driver and front passenger’s whiplash-optimised head restraints and six airbags, including deactivation switch for front passenger airbag.
Golf R32 and Golf R
About the Golf R32 and Golf R
The original Golf R32, based on the Mk IV Golf, outperformed all sales expectations, not least in the UK, where over 2,300 found homes. Launched in 2002, the R32 came with a potent 3.2-litre V6 petrol engine, which at the time made it the most powerful production Golf built, as well as one of the most distinctive. Its narrow-angle 24-valve power plant produced 241 PS at 6250 rpm for a zero to 62 mph time of just 6.6 seconds, and a top speed of 153 mph.
In 2005 the second generation R32 model was launched, based on the Mk V Golf and powered by a development of the 3.2-litre narrow-angle V6 petrol engine, uprated to 250 PS.
In 2009 the most powerful and fastest-accelerating Golf produced so far, the Golf R was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Developed by Volkswagen Individual, the special projects wing of Volkswagen, and following from the Mk IV and Mk V Golf R32 models, the Golf R was equipped with a 2.0-litre TSI four-cylinder engine developing 270 PS and four-wheel drive. The Golf R was faster and sharper than ever, it could accelerate from rest to 62 mph in just 5.7 seconds. Equipped with a six-speed DSG gearbox, this figure was just 5.5 seconds while top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.
The new Golf R is currently available and based on the Mk VII Golf.
About the Passat R36
In 2008 Volkswagen released its most potent 'R' model yet the Passat R36. Joining the Golf R32 and, at the time, only the second model in the Volkswagen line-up to carry the 'R' badge the new car was not only the fastest Passat but also the fastest estate car Volkswagen had ever produced.
The basis for the R36 was a new 3.6-litre FSI V6 engine developing 300 PS. The R36 was the fastest production Passat with a claimed zero to 62 mph time of 5.6 seconds. The estate version which, like the saloon, was fitted with 4MOTION all-wheel drive returned a time of 5.8 seconds. Both were electronically limited to maximum speed of 155 mph.
The Passat R36 has not since been replaced, but the Volkswagen ‘R’ models are currently available on the Golf and Scirocco.
About the Passat CC
The Passat CC was a niche product from Volkswagen, launched in July 2008 as a four-door, four-seater combining the practicality of the Passat saloon with the elegance and styling of a coupe. In April 2010 five seats became standard giving more flexibility and additional value for money.
Although it shares many components and features with the standard Passat saloon, the Passat CC was redesigned to give it a more distinctive appearance that was longer, wider and lower than the Passat, with strong styling features such as deep front airdams and a short boot section to emphasise its coupe looks.
In 2012, the Passat CC was replaced by the Volkswagen CC.
About the Lupo
In Spring 1999, Volkswagen's range of cars expanded with the addition of a new, cute little car. It was named Lupo after the Latin word for wolf and the factory at Wolfsburg, Germany. It may be cute, but the Lupo was the first small car to have big car build quality. The Lupo was styled to appeal to the young and the young-at-heart. It's a car that looked friendly, individual and classless combining these characteristics successfully with the traditional qualities of durability, safety and practicality that are expected of a Volkswagen
The Lupo was replaced in 2006 by the Fox.
About the Fox
In 2006 the Fox was introduced as Volkswagen's entry level model. It was a city car designed to give customers exceptional spaciousness in a high-value, high-quality package. Surprisingly, the Fox was not just larger but also lower priced than the Lupo model it replaced and it harnessed traditional Volkswagen values of low cost of ownership and durability.
The Fox was replaced in 2010 by the up!.
About the Bora
Volkswagen offered customers buying a mid-size four-door saloon two alternatives: the larger Passat, or the compact and sportier Bora. The smaller saloon possessed the same class-leading qualities as the highly successful Passat. The Bora challenged the established standards of its class particularly in the areas of build quality, structural integrity and customer value.
The Bora went on sale in the UK in spring 1999, and proved popular with those, especially company car drivers, looking for something a bit different and sporty as an alternative to more conventional offerings.
The Bora was replaced by the Jetta saloon.