Ranked: The 9 coolest VWs of all time

Does your favourite make the list?

1y ago


A high percentage of you guys will have owned or seriously considered owning a VW in your life. They make some of the most popular every day cars that will get you from A to B in the most efficient way.

However, they do know how to let their hair down and give their efficient and plain every day car persona 'das boot.'

Most of the cars on the list are the result of a few too many schnapps at the Weihnachten party. After photocopying Gruntilda's arsch, they head into the R&D department and let loose.

Those shenanigans result in my top 9 coolest VWs of all time. That's right, not best, but coolest.

9) VW Golf GTI MK1

The grandaddy of the hot hatch world. Universally praised and rightly so. It doesn't rank higher in the list because 'greatest' doesn't necessarily mean 'coolest.'

8) VW Corrado VR6

The Corrado VR6 had an almost mythical status in my childhood. All I ever heard when it was mentioned was that it had one of the greatest chassis of all time. When I was eight I didn't know what that meant, but now that I do, it means that the Corrado VR6 is cool as you like.

7) VW Golf Rallye G60 MkII

Why is this Golf above the Mk1 GTI? It just is. It just has that late '80s 'je ne sais quoi' that makes it cooler. It may not be better, but having a massive red 'G60' on the front makes it more desirable.

6) VW Passat Estate VR6

On the face of it, you all think I've lost my marbles, but, as I've successfully argued before, fast estate are the coolest genre. The Passat VR6 couldn't look plainer if it tried, but with that 2.8-litre engine under the bonnet, it turns it into subtle sleeper.


5) VW I.D R Pikes Peak

This may be controversial, but this fully electric car deserves its spot in the top coolest VWs ever. It set the Pikes Peak record at a canter. Also… look at it.

4) VW Touareg R50

The car with more pulling power than Antonio Banderas in a middle-class English town full of desperate housewives. This insane 4x4 has 850Nm from its 5.0-litre V10. How is that not cool?

3) VW Phaeton W12

The VW boss wanted to make the best car in the world. In terms of sales it was a colossal failure, but that only adds to the Phaeton enigma. The VW CEO set 10 parameters that were so hard to achieve that half the engineering team quit. That is awesome. It also has a 6.0-litre engine because why the hell not?

2) VW W12

In at number two is a concept launched in '97. How good does this car look for 1997? It looks better than most supercars of today and has a 5.6-litre W12 engine. Sublime.

1) VW Golf GTI W12-650

There can only be one winner of the coolest VW of all time. No it isn't a bloody Campervan, Beetle or… Golf R32. No, it is a Golf that is the direct spawn of Satan himself. After getting utterly smashed at the Christmas party, the VW engineers drew a Golf with guns and explosions all over it. Fast forward to the next morning and the Golf W12 was magically sitting in their factory with a faint ankle-height mist that came from an unknown source.

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Comments (59)

  • Phaeton is the greatest feat of engineering. And anyone can get it today for less than 10 grand

      1 year ago
    • I love the ambition and the 'fuck it' attitude. I think it is a really pretty car as well.

        1 year ago
  • So what happened?

      1 year ago
  • I’m a big fan of the VW Golf Country- would have been to see it on the list!

      1 year ago
    • I'll second this. Because its a 4X4 GOLF!!!! Rednecks have used toyota hilux frames to do this to many small cars. And this is factory. How is that not cool?

        1 year ago
  • Scirocco!

      1 year ago
  • Coolest vw list and no herbie? Come on what's wrong with you haha! But seriously, there is just something about the Corrado.. It just ages so well.. true classic.

      1 year ago