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 Perfect 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).
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.