Volkswagen Expands 72,000-Mile Warranty to Virtually Entire 2018 Lineup

CARS.COM — Remember when Volkswagen announced a six-year, 72,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty for the new Tiguan and Atlas SUVs? Now the German automaker will expand the provision to almost all of its U.S. vehicle lineup for 2018. Dubbed the "People First Warranty" — an allusion to VW's 80-year heritage as the People's Car Company — the provision puts the Volkswagen warranty policy among the best coverage plans for 2018.

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The VW Jetta, Passat, Beetle and almost all the Golf family — including the Golf, Golf Alltrack, Golf SportWagen, Golf GTI and Golf R — join the new Atlas and redesigned Tiguan SUVs with six years or 72,000 miles (whichever comes first) of Volkswagen's bumper-to-bumper and powertrain warranty coverage for the 2018 model year. That's double the bumper-to-bumper warranty and one more year of powertrain coverage compared with Volkswagen's 2017 models. Roadside assistance coverage for 2018 vehicles remains three years or 36,000 miles.

The Volkswagen Atlas and Tiguan are on sale now. VW spokeswoman Jeannine Ginivan said the rest of the 2018 vehicle lineup should start to hit dealers this week, with the Passat and Jetta being the first cars to become available.

Ginivan said Volkswagen will discontinue the coupelike CC sedan after 2017, while the prior-generation VW Tiguan Limited will continue for the 2018 model year and get the expanded warranty coverage. That leaves the electric e-Golf as VW's only 2018 model without the longer warranty. (Info on the 2018 e-Golf's warranty wasn't immediately available; Ginivan confirmed it wouldn't get the 72,000-mile bumper-to-bumper and powertrain warranty policy, but said its terms would come later in the year.)

The new VW warranty policy should lift resale values for 2018 vehicles — as important for wary customers after Volkswagen's reputation-damaging diesel engine scandal as it is for easing worries about potential repair costs — because it's fully transferable to subsequent owners. By contrast, the benchmark 10-year powertrain warranty offerings from Genesis, Hyundai, Kia and Mitsubishi drop considerably after the first owner of the car.

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