Audi vs. Volkswagen: Worth the Upgrade?

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We Compare the 2017 Lineups of These Popular Brands

In the 1980s and early 1990s, Audi was perceived as the oddball brand of the Volkswagen family. The cars were undeniably more powerful and more upscale, but they had a reputation for being finicky. Fast forward a couple of decades, and Audi’s star had risen while Volkswagen’s has suffered – to the extent that Volkswagen considered (and reconsidered) the possibility of exiting the United States market.

Despite some well-publicized missteps, Volkswagen is still selling entry-level German-engineered cars. The Audi brand has become much more successful and enjoyed record sales for 2016. Audi is positioned as a more powerful and luxurious option than Volkswagen, though several of their vehicles still share platforms and engineering.

Using U.S. News scoring data, we’ve compared the 2017 lineups of these two brands to determine which offers the best vehicles overall. Keep in mind that U.S. News scores are updated constantly as new expert reviews and data become available.

If you’re trying to decide whether your next German vehicle should come from the affordable or upscale branch of the family, this battle of the brands will lend some valuable insight.