AskMen.com Definitively Rank Volkswagens

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Ask Men is an online media giant for all things (surprise!) manly. When the team found out Volkswagen has a plan to become the number-one selling car in the world by 2018, they said, “We’re willing to double down and say yes,” it can happen. However, news isn’t news for the less fair gender until it’s put into a ranking system. When it comes to scoring a AskMen.com LogoPerfect 10, it turns out Bo Derek isn’t the only hot commodity—cars can also make the cut.

Surprisingly, the new Volkswagen Beetle comes in at number nine. Some may think men wouldn’t rank this cute overload machine as one of the best VWs, but here’s proof that the staple Volkswagen can win over hearts regardless of gender. “When a car is designed in the spirit of a predecessor that sold around 21.5 million, it’s something of an undertaking,” according to the Men. (Or, you know, you just can’t deny its appeal).

Top Contenders

The VW Passat is right on the tail of the Beetle, claiming number eight. Ask Men points out that it was designed to take down the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, and any car worth its own plant (oh, hey, Chattanooga) deserves a choice position. “It means better and more consistent quality management,” says the Men. “The 2012 Passat is a big deal for VW”—and, in turn, for consumers.

Staking claim over the bronze is the VW Jetta, which the boys declare is nowhere near “too basic” like a few uppity critics have claimed. While there were some arguing that the price (which is still achievable for most budgets) didn’t warrant the simple layout, the Men say “Consumers haven’t seemed to mind, however, as sales of the redesigned Jetta began strong and remain so.” There’s no arguing with numbers, and the Jetta has jetted off as the go-to ride for many.

And the Winner is…

The top spot goes to the VW Bulli, the brand new hopefully the rumors are true re-designed bus. It was unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, but to this day VW CEO Jonathan Browning has declared it simply a concept car. However, the Men are confident it’ll begin production and that’s what’ll drive VW to the top spot by 2018. “We’re already imagining this with a Westfalia pop-up camper,” they say.

Here’s some food for thought: The classic bus beat out the Porsche 911. The Jetta trumped the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4, Audi A4 and Bentley Continental GT. Yes, these luxury brands are all part of the VW family, but it’s clear that when it comes to wish lists, the classics win out.

Give Me Speed

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Volkswagens are known for fine engineering and gorgeous, luxury-ridden lines. But did you know the German automaker is also known for speed? There’s a lot of power underneath the hood(s)—giving you everything you need for a fast commute, fun-filled road trips and making the most of those long, straight highway stretches. Just keep it to the speed limit, VW_Golf_R_(VI)_–_Frontansicht,_19._Mai_2011,_Velbertplease. This isn’t the Autobahn (even though your Volkswagen was made for it).

Coming in first is the Golf R, the fastest of the Volkswagen fleet boasting 269 horses in a turbo-powered engine. It goes from 0-60 in just 4.9 seconds. The Golf 4 version is what shot this speed demon to the top of the ranks thanks to narrower angles, smoother edges and an aerodynamic super light reconfiguration. Add in some quad exhaust pipes, and it easily leaves other cars in the dust.

The Silver and Bronze

As runner up, the Scirocco R is nothing to sniff at. VW dubs it a “Mediterranean wind that comes from the Sahara and reaches hurricane speeds in North Africa and Southern Europe.” The latest model outpaces the predecessor with a 2.0 liter TSI engine that ponies up to 276 horsepower. Different transmissions provide varying levels of power, but at its peak the Scirocco reaches 0-60 mph in 5.5 seconds. Unlike the Golf R (which has all-wheel drive), the Scirocco R has front-wheel drive, which is what stops it from taking first place.

Third place goes to the Passat R36, which is the quickest Passat ever created. It takes down the Phaeton W12 and Golf GTI in terms of speed thanks to 295 horsepower and a 3.6-liter V6 engine. It can go from 0-60 in 5.6 seconds and has clocked in at 155 mph. Kids, don’t try that at home, but you can still enjoy those two exhaust pipes, which separates the R36 from its brethren—and squarely into its own class.

Honorable Mention

Speed isn’t everything (for everyone at least). If you want plenty of get up and go but aren’t rallying to be a pace car, check out the latest Golf GTI which Motor Trends calls 19 percent better than previous models. The new engineering and design updates has led to 217 horsepower and it goes 0-60 in 5.6 seconds—but only in Europe.

In the US, it has 210 horsepower, making it unable to tie with the R36. However, it does have a 2.0-liter turbo engine and comes with a manual option, getting it to be a little faster than the automatic. No matter what model strikes your fancy, VW knows that speed matters.