VW Announces Price Changes for Most of Its 2021 (and 2021.5) Lineup

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Volkswagen announced price changes for most of its 2021 lineup (the facelifted 2021 Arteon has not had pricing announced yet), and most models will increase slightly. Except for the Passat and certain trims of the Atlas Cross Sport, in fact, price increases are less than $900. VW will also increase its destination fees to $995 for sedans and hatchbacks (from $920), and $1,195 for SUVs (from $1,020).

Related: Volkswagen Upgrades Tech, Safety Features for 2021

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2021.5 Atlas

VW added a new multimedia system, semi-autonomous driving and safety tech to the 2021.5 Atlas (yes, model years occasionally — and  confusingly — have half-year increments), though most models won’t see significant price increases. If you subtract the $175 increase in the destination fee, the now-$32,750 base front-wheel-drive Atlas S with the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder goes up in price by only $10, for example. The rest of the lineup sees similar price increases of roughly $200 including destination, topping out at $51,920 for the V-6 SEL Premium R-Line with all-wheel drive.

2021 Atlas Cross Sport

The new-for-2020 Atlas Cross Sport, a two-row Atlas, sees more substantial price increases across the lineup. Among them are a curious $1,025 increase (including the $175-higher destination) for V-6 AWD SE models with the Technology Package. Asked why, a VW spokesperson said it was because the trailer hitch, formerly an option for 2020, became standard equipment for 2021. Prices now range from $32,050 for the base Atlas Cross Sport S with the four-cylinder engine and FWD to $51,220 for the top-of-the-line SEL Premium R-Line with the V-6 and AWD.

2021 Golf

The only price change  for the outgoing Golf hatchback is a $75 increase in its destination fee, with the six-speed-manual-equipped model starting at $24,190. Switch to the optional eight-speed automatic transmission and you’ll pay $800 more to land at $24,990.

2021 Golf GTI

Like its Golf sibling, the GTI offers a six-speed manual transmission. Choosing a two-pedal setup still costs an extra $800, but instead of an eight-speed automatic, buyers get a seven-speed dual-clutch auto. The base 2021 Golf GTI S will start at $29,690, a $175 increase. The mid-level Golf GTI SE goes up $545 to $33,660, and the Autobahn increases to $37,940, up $525.

2021 Jetta

The Jetta sedan gets modest $175-$325 price increases for 2021, but it still starts at a much lower price than the entry-level Golf hatch. The S starts just under $20,000, at $19,990 with the manual, and switching to an eight-speed automatic adds — you guessed it — $800. The manual R-Line will start at $23,790, up $175. Automatic-only models include the $23,890 SE (up $325), $24,590 R-Line ($175), $26,740 SEL ($325) and $29,040 SEL Premium ($175).

2021 Jetta GLI

A sportier variant of the Jetta, the 2021 Jetta GLI shares the same engine and transmission options as the Golf GTI, and the same $800 premium to switch from manual to automatic. The base 2021 Jetta GLI S will cost $27,340, a $175 increase, while the upscale Autobahn edition increases by $875 to start at $31,740.

2021 Passat

VW is ditching the Passat SEL for 2021 and sticking to S, SE and R-Line trims, which all see significant price increases. The S runs $24,990 (up $1,075), the SE jumps to $27,990 (up $1,225), and the R-Line is $30,990 (up the most, at another $1,425). When asked why the Passat sees such a dramatic increase in price compared to most of VW’s other vehicles, a spokesperson said that “each of the remaining three trims received new features, pulled down from higher trims [from 2020].”

2021 Tiguan

Saving the simplest for last, every 2021 Tiguan increases by $475 compared to its 2020 model-year counterpart, including the $175 jump in destination fee. Base models start at $26,440 for a Tiguan S with FWD, while the most expensive SEL Premium R-Line with AWD is now $40,290.

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