Volkswagen cars with factory fitted Thatcham security systems

Volkswagen fit as standard a Thatcham category 2 immobiliser or category 1 alarm to nearly all new cars built for the UK market. Privately imported car models or older cars will have no Thatcham approved security at all so your insurance company may ask for an aftermarket alarm or immobiliser to be fitted.

"Does my car have a thatcham alarm or immobiliser?"

It's very important to check BOTH lists as some cars may have be fitted with a CAT2 first but later models could be fitted with a CAT1.

Older cars have NOT been listed below, more detailed information about older cars fitted with Thatcham alarms or immobilisers can be downloaded here as a PDF file from

Volkswagen cars fitted with Thatcham category 2 immobiliser

Model Year
Golf (Petrol & Diesel) May 98 – on
Passat (Petrol & Diesel) Jan 98 – on
Sharan (Petrol & Diesel) Jan 98 – Jul 00
Bora (Petrol & Diesel) Mar 99 – on
Fox Jan 06 – on
Lupo (all models) Mar 99 – on
Sharan (all models) Jul 00 – on
Touran (all models) June 03 – on
Caravelle (all models) Jan 03 – on
Beetle (all models) Apr 99 – on
Polo (all models) Jan 00 – on
Golf Plus (all models) Jun 05 – on
Caddy Life Jun 05 – on
Golf (all models) Jan 04 – on

Volkswagen cars fitted with Thatcham category 1 alarm

Model Year
Bora (all models except S) Mar 99 – Mar 06
Golf (SE,GTi,V5 & GT Ti) May 98 –Dec 03
Golf R 32 Nov 02 – Dec 03
Golf 5 (all models except S) Jan 04 – on
Golf Plus (all models except S) Jun 06 – on
Polo (all models except E & S) Jan 02 – on
Touran(SE/ Sport models only) June 03 – on
Beetle Cabriolet Apr 03 – on
Beetle (all models) Jan 04 – on
Caravelle (all models) Jan 03 – on
Transporter Shuttle (all models) Jan 04 – on
Jetta (all models) Feb 06 – on
California (all models) Sept 05 – on
EOS (all models) Aug 06 – on
Passat (all models) Dec 00 – on
Phaeton (all models) May 03 – on
Touareg (all models) May 03 – on
Golf 6 (all models except S) Jan 09 – on
Tiguan (all models) Feb 08 – on
Caddy Maxi Life (all models) Feb 08 – on
Scirocco (all models) Sept 08 – on
Sharan (all models) Oct 10 – on

Volkswagen cars without Thatcham security systems

Volkswagen cars not listed above could still have been fitted with an insurance approved Thatcham category 1 alarm or cat 2 immobiliser by the car dealer or car security specialist so it's worth checking the car documents.

"If your car has not been listed above?"

Since this page was last updated newer car models may have been added and many older cars have not been listed so if you cannot find your make, model and year above it's worth downloading the FULL Thatcham Listing as a PDF file from

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