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2021 Volkswagen models perform top of segment for lowest maintenance costs according to Vincentric study

Mar 3, 2021

  • Atlas family and Jetta models rank #1 for lowest cost of maintenance in Midsize SUV and Compact Sedan segments respectively
  • Tiguan, Passat and Arteon rate at lower costs of maintenance than key competitor brands in their segments

Herndon, VA — Volkswagen of America, Inc. is proud to announce results from a maintenance cost study that has established best rankings for lowest cost of maintenance for several of the brand’s core models. The analysis, performed by automotive data firm Vincentric, found Atlas family and Jetta models topping their segments for lowest cost of maintenance over the first five years of ownership, while Tiguan, Passat and Arteon all performed better than models from key competitive brands with respect to maintenance costs over the first five years of ownership.

“It’s a great day when we can announce results like this,” said Duncan Movassaghi, executive vice-president, Sales and Marketing, Volkswagen of America, Inc. “The data from this study by Vincentric shows that our brand’s commitment to engineering and quality is paying off. Putting a VW in your driveway is not just a fun decision to make; it’s a smart and sensible one as well.”

Vincentric’s maintenance cost analysis found that select 2021 Volkswagen models have a lower cost of maintenance than key competitors in their categories. Specific VW highlights of the study include:

  • 2021 Atlas Family of vehicles has the lowest cost of maintenance among midsize SUVs. The Atlas Cross Sport ranked #1 for lowest cost of maintenance in the category.
  • 2021 Jetta ranks #1 for lowest cost of maintenance among compact sedans.
  • 2021 Tiguan has a lower cost of maintenance than competitive models by Honda, Toyota and Subaru in the compact SUV segment.
  • 2021 Passat and Arteon models have lower cost of maintenance than competitive models by Toyota, Honda and Hyundai in the midsize sedan segment.

The high rankings can be largely attributed to factors such as the brand’s focus on improving scheduled maintenance requirements, as well as the Carefree Maintenance program that is now standard on 2021 Volkswagen vehicles.

 

About Vincentric
Vincentric provides data, knowledge, and insight to the automotive industry by identifying and applying the many aspects of automotive value. Vincentric data is used by organizations including Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, JD Power, Automotive Fleet Magazine, AAA, Nissan, and many others as a means of providing automotive insight to their clientele. Vincentric, LLC is a privately held automotive data compilation and analysis firm headquartered in Bingham Farms, Michigan.

About Volkswagen
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America and a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, with headquarters in Herndon, Virginia. Volkswagen’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Arteon, Atlas, Atlas Cross Sport, Golf, Golf GTI, Jetta, Jetta GLI, Passat, and Tiguan vehicles through more than 600 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen online at www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.

 

Atlas Family claim based on the model level analysis of midsize SUV/Crossovers performed by Vincentric, LLC using competitive vehicles available for sale and on the Vincentric database as of December 8, 2020.  2021 Atlas Cross Sport and 2021 Atlas ranked #1 and #2 respectively.  Assumes 5 years/75,000 miles of operation.  Does not include repair costs.

Jetta claim based on the model level analysis of compact sedans performed by Vincentric, LLC using competitive vehicles available for sale and on the Vincentric database as of December 8, 2020.  Assumes 5 years/75,000 miles of operation.  Does not include repair costs.

Tiguan claim  based on the model level analysis of compact SUV/Crossovers performed by Vincentric, LLC using competitive vehicles available for sale and on the Vincentric database as of December 8, 2020.  Comparison versus Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Subaru Crosstrek and Subaru Forester.  Assumes 5 years/75,000 miles of operation.  Does not include repair costs.

Passat and Arteon claim based on the model level analysis of midsize sedans performed by Vincentric, LLC using competitive vehicles available for sale and on the Vincentric database as of December 8, 2020.  Comparison versus Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata.  Assumes 5 years/75,000 miles of operation.  Does not include repair costs.

VW’s Carefree Maintenance program provides the 10,000- and 20,000-mile scheduled maintenance services or scheduled maintenance services for two years (whichever occurs first) as stated in the vehicle’s maintenance booklet on most new MY2020 and 2021 VW vehicles.  For vehicle eligibility details, visit vw.com/coverage.  See dealer or owner’s literature for provided services, exclusions, and time and other limitations.  The Carefree Maintenance program does not provide tire rotations, or other services or parts not specified in the owner’s literature.

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