Best VW Deals & Must-Know Advice: July 2021

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The best VW deals continue to involve 0% APR financing. However, the German brand has quietly shortened its best rate to just 36 months (down from 60 a month ago). Coupled with an inventory shortage, there's a good chance that VW car and SUV buyers will experience significantly higher prices in the month of July.

VW's lease prices have gone up, too, although the Passat can be a surprisingly good deal. That's because the slow-selling sedan's monthly payment can be as little as $10 more expensive than a Jetta. Given the fact that its MSRP is $4,200 higher on paper, we consider it one of the brand's best cars to lease right now.

Most of the offers listed here are available nationally through August 2, 2021. However, lease prices may vary in different parts of the country (examples below are for the state of California).

Best VW Lease Deals, Financing Incentives & Rebates

Model Best VW Lease Deal Best VW Financing Deal Best VW Rebate
Volkswagen Jetta
Lease from $199/month (2021 Jetta) 0.9% APR for 60 months (2021 Jetta) Contact a dealer for offers
Volkswagen Tiguan
Lease from $249/month (2021 Tiguan) 0.9% APR for 60 months (2021 Tiguan) Contact a dealer for offers
Volkswagen Passat
Lease from $209/month (2021 Passat) 0% APR for 60 months (2021 Passat) Contact a dealer for offers
Volkswagen GTI
Lease from $339/month (2021 GTI) 0.9% APR for 60 months (2021 GTI) Contact a dealer for offers
Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport
Lease from $299/month (2021 Atlas Cross Sport) 0.9% APR for 60 months (2021 Atlas Cross Sport) Contact a dealer for offers

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Must-Know Advice For VW Buyers

Hidden discounts. Unlike its competitors, VW almost never offers traditional rebates to lower prices. Instead, dealers are given unadvertised incentives in the form of dealer cash that can result in big discounts. Expect to see the best sedan deals on models like the Passat and SUVs like the three-row Atlas.

Getting the best price. In addition to lacking regular cash incentives, chances are that VW shoppers won't see the best prices online. That's because dealers are limited by MAAP (Minimum Allowable Advertised Price), a rule from VW that prevents them from advertising below a set price. As a result, you'll generally have to request a quote in order to see the lowest price on a VW.

Zero-percent APR. VW launched stellar 0% financing deals at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, the German automaker offered no payments for 6 months plus a generous job loss protection program. However, current COVID-19 assistance programs have largely been diminished.

Lease specials. If you're planning to lease, the Tiguan tends to rank among the best deals in the compact SUV segment. The Jetta often ranks among the cheapest cars to lease, particularly when VW rolls out one of its popular Sign & Drive lease promotions. In contrast, leases on the Golf and Passat tend to be expensive.

Warranty change. VW's 6-year warranty was shortened to just 4 years starting with the 2020 model year. That could be a downside if you're looking to buy and keep your car for a long time. However, a benefit is that VW is now offering 2 years of free routine maintenance on every model in its lineup.

College grad discounts. If you're a recent grad, be sure to ask about the VW College Graduate Program. It features a $500 bonus that can be combined with most other incentives. Just be aware that you'll have to finance through VW Credit in order to get it.

Used car deals. Rates for certified used VWs can often be competitive based on our monthly analysis of CPO offers.

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, Senior Pricing Analyst

As CarsDirect’s resident pricing analyst, Alex offers must-know analysis of pricing & incentives to those looking to buy or lease a car. His consumer-oriented coverage of the latest trends and breaking news has been featured in publications such as Car and Driver, Motor Trend, Automobile Magazine and Autoblog.

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