How Much Can You Tow in a Volkswagen?

Intro - The ability to take your life with you is one of the primary goals that Volkswagen has for all its owners around Grand Rapids and Wyoming MI. Along with a focus on fuel economy and reliability, Volkswagen wants its drivers to feel free to explore the world around them. Exploring the world doesn't have to mean leaving behind what's most important, and with a Volkswagen at your fingertips, you won't have to.

The Volkswagen Passat Features Underrated Power

Normally, when you think of a Volkswagen Passat, towing capacity isn’t something you normally think about. Sedans are typically built with fuel economy and easy handling in mind, but you might be surprised to see what the Passat can do when put to the test.

While you shouldn’t be hitching any agricultural machinery to the back of your Passat, you aren’t stuck when it comes to taking an expensive toy or two with you on your next vacation. All told, the Volkswagen Passat gets a total towing capacity of 1,000 pounds. With a payload of 1,014 pounds and a gross vehicle weight rating of 4,497 pounds, you’ll find a surprising amount of capability in the Volkswagen Passat.

These numbers are achieved by the Passat’s standard 2.0-liter turbocharged engine; the most advanced EA888 engine that the manufacturer has ever created. This engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and gets 174 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 184 pounds-foot of torque at 1500 rpm. With fuel economy ratings of 25 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway for a combined 29 mpg, the Passat is more than well equipped to offer a balance of capability and efficiency.

As with every Volkswagen, the Passat has been expertly engineered to give its drivers the best handling and precision steering even when towing heavy loads. The Passat comes equipped with damper struts with lower control arms and coil springs on the front suspension and an anti-roll bar in both the front and the rear. Altogether, the Passat is built to handle whatever you can throw at it.

Our customers can test drive the Volkswagen Passat at Betten Imports at their convenience. We offer a vast array of financing and leasing options thanks to our numerous connections with local and national banks and lenders, so we’re confident we can find a rate on a new or used Passat that will work for you. If you need any more reasons why the Passat is right for you, see how it compares to the competition. We look forward to seeing you at the dealership.

Take What You Want with You in a Tiguan

When it comes time to graduate from a sedan to a larger vehicle, it’s a great idea to take a long look at the Volkswagen Tiguan. Aside from its strategically designed interior, the Tiguan offers its driver an unforeseen level of power that you might not expect. Vacationing doesn’t have to be limited to your baggage, so don’t feel shy about hauling a few of your more extravagant toys with you on your next outing.

All in all, the Volkswagen Tiguan has a total towing capacity of 1,500 pounds. It’s payload rating of 1,135 pounds and gross vehicle weight rating 5,181 pounds provide plenty of room for capability, meaning you should not underestimate what you can do behind the wheel of a Volkswagen Tiguan.

The Tiguan comes standard with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that can hit 184 horsepower at 4400 rpm and 221 pounds-foot of torque at 1600 rpm that is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. What’s unique about this direct-injection engine is that is uses a modification that improves its total power, efficiency, and responsiveness; all of the qualities that matter when it comes to towing.

As you navigate the roads with a trailer in tow, you can rest easy knowing that the Tiguan is built to withstand the rigors of the process. It all begins with the lightweight, one-piece steel subframe that offers enhanced durability. The Tiguan’s braking system has been designed to include both Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution and Hydraulic Brake Assist technology. There is also a brake disc drying mechanic that helps clear water away from the rotors in wet weather conditions, further enhancing towing capability.

Our customers can test drive every trim level of the Volkswagen Tiguan today at Betten Imports. If you need any more convincing about the Volkswagen Tiguan, see how it stacks up against the competition. We offer great finance and leasing rates to a wide range of budgets, so we look forward to handing you the keys of your next Tiguan at the dealership.

The Volkswagen Atlas is a Family SUV That Gets Great Towing

As the largest SUV model in the Volkswagen lineup, it stands to reason that the Atlas would be capable of delivering superior towing capacity over its Tiguan cousin. And you’d be right. Its spacious interior gives its owner elite utility, but Atlas owners won’t be sold short in terms of what they can take on the road with them.

There are two engine options with the Volkswagen Atlas and both influence how much towing you can get. The standard option is a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that gets 235 horsepower at 4,500 rpm and 258 pounds-foot of torque at 1,600 rpm that is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The upgrade option is a 3.6-liter VR6 that gets 276 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 266 pounds-foot of torque.

Now that you know the engine options, the first thing you need to know about the Atlas and its hauling capability is the fact that it has a range. This range is dependent on which engine you choose, so for example if you stick with the standard 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, you will get a towing capacity of 2,000 pounds. This option also has a payload rating of 1,080 pounds and a gross vehicle weight rating of 5,644 pounds.

The upgrade engine option, as you might surmise, bring greater capacity as far as towing is concerned. With the 3.6-liter VR6, Atlas owners can max out at 5,000 pounds of towing, but there are variations when it comes to the front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive options. All-wheel-drive owners can expect higher payload and GVWR with ratings of 1,113 pounds and 6,019 pounds respectively.

If you need any more reason to investigate the Volkswagen Atlas as your next family SUV, be sure to check out our in-depth comparison against its closest competition. You can test drive a Volkswagen Atlas today at Betten Imports, so we look forward to seeing you at the dealership.

The Volkswagen brand has been around for the better part of a century, beginning in 1937 and is well known for producing some of the world's most iconic models. The Beetle and the Golf GTI are the two that stand out the most, but their catalog has also produced some highly reliable and affordable options such as the Jetta and the Tiguan SUV. With world-renowned German engineering under the hood of each vehicle, Volkswagen owners in Kentwood and Allendale MI have the luxury of peace of mind knowing that they don't ever have to worry about being able to get from Point A to Point B.

When it comes to hauling your more expensive toys, Volkswagen has endowed each of their cars with a towing capacity to rival their competition. Beginning at the base of Volkswagen's offerings, the incredibly affordable Jetta sedan has a payload of up to 926 pounds. If you're in the market for a sedan, but want the best possible payload, both trim levels of the Passat give drivers an upgrade in that department with 1,014 pounds of max payload.

Moving on up to Volkswagen's SUV, the base trim level of the Tiguan will give drivers 1,213 pounds of towing which remains consistent even up to its SEL R-Line trim. The next step up in the Volkswagen SUV family, the Atlas gets an equal amount of towing (1,213 pounds) when equipped with the 2.0-liter Turbo engine or when it is upgraded to the 3.6-liter V6.

If you're looking for a compact car with over one thousand pounds of total payload, look no further than the Golf GTI. It's the perfect blend of small size and big strength. The Golf brand also gets over a thousand pounds of towing capacity with its adventurous All-Track model.

No matter which Volkswagen you choose to call your next ride, rest assured that you will have enough power and performance to take what matter with you wherever you go. Drivers around Holland MI can stop in for a test drive on any one of our new or used vehicles. We also have rotating specials on new vehicles and if you aren't sure what to buy, check out our featured new vehicles page.

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