Don’t put the top back up on that VW Beetle or Eos just yet. Much to the relief of parents, school’s officially back in session—and that means it’s prime time to exact some revenge for those long summer days of hearing, “I’m bored!” Embarrassing your kids is a rite of passage (and sometimes it’s the only thing that gets you through those tough tween and teen years). However, there are also those rare times your kids are proud to be seen with Mom or Dad. Getting dropped off in an awesome ride is one of them.
Maybe they missed the bus, you’re in a more rural part of town where the bus schedule is hectic or the power (and alarm clocks) went out this morning. When you have to drop the kids off at school, who says you can’t do it in style? Here are some of the best Volkswagens to make the right back-to-school statement.
Wearing pajamas or your hair in rollers is totally optional.
People of all ages love the Volkswagen Beetle. It doesn’t matter if you have a restored classic model or a brand new 2015 convertible. The Beetle has succeeded in appealing to men and women, boys and girls, of every age and for every type of trendsetter.
Kids love convertibles, and the Eos is the sleeker, stretched out, cooler cousin of the Beetle. Plus, it has the room you need for that tuba or cello for band practice after school. Make the most of the lingering Utah summers by dropping the kids off with the top down while instantly improving their reputation. If only someone had done that for you back in the day.
3. Golf R
Currently the most powerful Golf ever featured, the R-model is what kids imagine their awesome older cousin would drive. It’s compact, yet dishes up some incredible speed and drive features. The Golf is the car that originally made hatchbacks into showstoppers, and it still works today. Let your kids choose the music, crank it up and they’ll have their “street cred” jacked up for the whole school year.
4. Classic Bus
Rumors have been swirling that the Bus is having a comeback, but you can still pick up a killer used model that’s full of peace and love. This is the ultimate ride if your kid is heading into their hippie phase. Even better, it has room to spare for carpools, instruments or science projects.
Just be careful—you don’t want to permanently replace the school bus driver.