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Volkswagen's widely publicized diesel vehicle scandal continues to have rippled effects on the automaker. After announcing it had installed a defeat device in its vehicles designed to cheat U.S. emissions tests, Volkswagen later admitted the devices were present in millions of vehicles globally. Several key VW executives, including chief executive Martin Winterkorn, have resigned, while the automaker faces billions of dollars in fines from governments around the world.

While many VW owners may soon be facing a recall, the major impact for shoppers looking for a car is that the Environmental Protection Agency is no longer allowing VW to sell diesel-powered models until the situation is remedied. It's important to understand not all Volkswagen models are off the market. There are still a few excellent non-diesel-powered Volkswagen models worth considering, and we've rounded up our favorite five.

1. Beetle

Although the Beetle's popularity has diminished in recent years, the small hatchback offers everything that made the original New Beetle great 15 years ago: Cute styling, a well-built cabin and reasonable pricing starting around $21,500 with shipping.

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2. Golf

Although the diesel-powered Golf turbocharged direct injection (TDI) was undoubtedly the star of VW's Golf product lineup, the rest of the Golf models are certainly worth a look. The cheapest Golf model comes with a gas engine, a 6-inch center touchscreen, Bluetooth and air conditioning, all for around $19,500. It still receives 25 miles per gallon in the city and 36 mpg on the highway.

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3. Golf SportWagen

Formerly called the Jetta SportWagen, the Golf SportWagen has been redesigned and placed on the Golf's modern platform. While the TDI model was certainly the shining star of the lineup, gasoline models are cheaper to buy, as they start at a reasonable $22,700 with shipping.

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4. GTI

The GTI is a sporty hatchback offering excellent handling, bold styling, a well-constructed interior and a peppy 210-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. There's also a slick-shifting 6-speed manual transmission and a lightning-quick dual-clutch automatic. Fuel economy isn't bad at 25 mpg city/34 mpg hwy.

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5. Jetta Hybrid

Looking for a Volkswagen with excellent fuel economy? Look no further than the Jetta Hybrid, with gas mileage numbers that have always managed to top the diesel-powered Jetta TDI. The Jetta Hybrid's fuel economy is an impressive 42 mpg city/48 mpg hwy, and while it's more expensive than a TDI (prices start around $32,000), Jetta Hybrid models are loaded with standard features ranging from forward-collision alert to automatic wipers, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated seats and more.

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There you have it, proof that Volkswagen's lineup is more than just diesels. More importantly, these cars remain for sale today, even as the brand's diesel lineup is currently unavailable.

And now, these models are available with a better deal than ever if you’re an existing Volkswagen owner: in order to preserve brand loyalty, Volkswagen has officially announced a $2,000 loyalty bonus to current VW owners that applies to the brand’s entire lineup -- including the 5 cars above and the remainder of VW’s product portfolio.

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