Dashboard of a VW car
Dashboard of a VW car
Dashboard of a VW car
Dashboard of a VW car

Volkswagen model
recommendations for teen drivers

Volkswagen model
recommendations for teen drivers

June 21, 2019

How do you choose a car for teenagers and recent grads? It’s a question many parents consider, especially this time of year, as a new class of students graduate from high school, on the road to college and university – and in need of wheels of their own.

So, what makes a great car for young drivers? It comes down to safety, reliability, cost, and connectivity.

Safety first

It goes without saying, but the first consideration when choosing a car for teen drivers is safety. While it’s always tempting to purchase or pass down a well-used, older car, that’s not necessarily the smartest choice, especially when you consider many new models offer advanced safety features for a more confident and more reliable ride.

For example, every new Volkswagen comes equipped with a rearview camera and post-collision braking. With post-collision braking, if the system detects an impact, the brakes are automatically applied to help prevent another collision. Likewise, many models offer a suite of advanced safety features, ranging from Blind Spot Detection* – which is designed to help ensure the driver doesn’t change lanes when there’s another vehicle in close proximity – to Lane Assist,* which helps keep you in your lane if it detects the vehicle begin to drift too far to the left or right.


Well connected

Find us a teen who doesn’t care about their smartphone. Seamless, simple smartphone connectivity is essential when it comes to young drivers to help avoid distractions. Teenagers expect to use their phone wherever they go, and in a car that includes using their device’s apps for hands-free calls, navigation, media and music.

Volkswagen goes beyond Bluetooth® technology. Standard in every model, VW App-Connect** lets you control your apps with your voice or right from the infotainment screen. Better still, it’s compatible with Apple CarPlay® for iPhone® or Android Auto™ for Android™.


Cost considerations

The final consideration for choosing a car for your new grad is cost. More than sticker price, cost is related to reliability and total cost of ownership. The more reliable the car, the less likely you and your teen will incur unexpected costs.

Warranty is another consideration. Volkswagen offers a four-year/80,000 km† new-vehicle limited warranty, with wear-and-tear items and adjustments excluded after the first 12 months/20,000 km.†

Of course, it pays to shop around for deals. Speaking of which, Volkswagen offers a special Graduate Program specifically designed for young drivers. If you are a recent graduate and you finance or lease a new or Certified Pre-Owned VW, you can receive a rebate of up to $500.



*Driver assistance features. Drivers must continue to perform manual checks and pay full attention to the road and safe driving at all times. Please review the owner’s manual for feature limitations.

*Do not drive distracted. Drivers must pay full attention to the road and safe driving at all times.

Disclaimer by Volkswagen

  • All prices are MSRP in Canadian dollars. MSRP is the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price and excludes taxes, freight and PDI ($1,950 for the Atlas, Atlas Cross Sport and Tiguan/ $1,850 for the Passat and Arteon/ $1,750 for the Jetta, Jetta GLI, Golf, Golf GTI and Golf R/ $1,685 for all other models), levies, fees, optional equipment, license, insurance, registration, and any dealer or other charges, where applicable. Environmental or related levies and taxes may vary by jurisdiction. Dealer may sell for less. European or American models may be shown. Specifications, equipment, options and prices are subject to change without notice. Although we endeavour to ensure that the information contained on the website is accurate, as errors may occur from time to time, customers should contact their local Volkswagen dealer for details. Photos for illustration purposes only. Some items, such as wheels, may be unavailable on some trim levels when vehicle is built or may not be available in Canada.

    Fuel consumption ratings are estimates based on Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan) fuel consumption criteria and testing methods for 2020 and 2021 model year vehicles and are provided for comparison purposes only. Please note that comparisons to seemingly similar vehicles pre-2015 model year will show discrepancies due to the difference in NRCan approved calculation methods for 2014 model year and older vehicles. Please refer to NRCan’s Fuel Consumption Guide 2020 and 2021 for estimated fuel consumption figures. Actual fuel consumption will vary based on driving conditions, driver habits and the vehicle’s condition, weight carried and additional equipment. Tires are supplied and warranted by their manufacturer. Most vehicles are sold equipped with four all-season tires. For vehicles sold equipped with summer performance tires, note that appropriate all-season or winter weather tires are required for driving during cold, snowy or icy weather conditions. Please remember that the use of winter tires may be mandatory in your province or territory. Airbags are supplemental restraints only and will not deploy under all accident scenarios. Always use safety belts and seat children only in the rear seats, using restraint systems appropriate for their size and age. The navigation system depends upon signals from the GPS network and is designed to provide you with suggested routes only. Discrepancies may occur between the mapping and the actual location due to changes in street names, construction or other road system changes which are beyond the control of Volkswagen Canada. Please rely on your individual judgment in determining whether or not to follow a suggested navigation route.

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