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If you love those iconic Volkswagen cars, you might want one for display, or one for your child to play with.

This 1973 Volkswagen Beetle from Maisto is, for example, a beautiful example of which the doors and hood can be opened for a detailed interior. Beautiful to look at or possibly to play with.

In this guide I take a look at the 10 best Volkswagen toys cars and what you should pay attention to when buying.

Best Volkswagen toy cars

Let's take a quick look at the top options. Then I'll go into more detail about each of these choices.

Overall best Volkswagen toy car

Maisto1973 Volkswagen Beetle 31926

Greatly detailed example with opening doors and hood. The interior is plastic and the engine is also detailed.

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Best Volkswagen battery kids car

AosomVolkswagen Beetle

Everything from the old beetle is there, such as clearly the brand, horn, music, bright headlights, streamlined design and 2 car doors that can be opened.

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Best Volkswagen Playset

PLAYMOBILVolkswagen T1 Camping bus 70176

There is a lot to play with this set, but above all it looks beautiful. This is the dream car of many people.

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Best Volkswagen RC car

MaistoTech 1:24 RC VW Bus Samba

It drives well with a reach of 115 ft. (35 meters). Not very stable, but that also gives this RC car an authentic feeling.

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Best cheap Volkswagen toy car

Kinsmart1967 Volkswagen Beetle 1:32

Scale is 1:34. This one also has pull-back action so that your child can pull it back to let it drift away. It drives fine.

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Best Volkswagen kit

LEGOCreator Expert Volkswagen Beetle 10252

A lot of detail from a stack of blocks! It really is a set for adults, or 16+ because with its 1167 pieces it is a nice challenge.

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Most detailed model car

I solidVolkswagen 1982 Caddy Mk1

This is really more in the model car regions, and what a detail. The doors can open and the interior is really beautiful.

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Best Volkswagen toy sports car

Jada ToysFast & Furious Jesse's Volkswagen Jetta

Jada Toys always has a lot of detail and with this Volkswagen Jetta everything can be opened. From bonnet to trunk.

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Best modern Volkswagen toy car

BBuragoVolkswagen Scirocco

The detail is again great right down to the rubber bands. The bonnet opens to reveal a detailed engine.

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Best large Volkswagen model car

WellyVolkswagen Golf 1 GTI 18039

A fairly large 1:18 scale car measuring 8,25 x 4 x 2,75 inches (21 x 10 x 7 cm). Hood, doors and even trunk can all open.

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Volkswagen toy car buying guide

What should you pay attention to when buying Volkswagen toy cars?

Sustainability

There are quite a few differences in quality between toy car brands. Just look at the difference between Maisto and Kinsmart or Hot Wheels, you can clearly feel the quality.

In any case, almost nothing can go wrong with a complete diecast car. That is what I paid extra attention to when assessing the durability of the cars.

Quality of driving

With toy cars you want them to be able to drive well. Some may be for display only, not for play. But you still want them to roll well.

A few things to watch out for are:

  1. the distance from the wheels to the chassis: some toy cars run into problems so they don't drive very well
  2. the rigidity of the shaft: some toy cars are very wobbly so the wheels can move far in and out, and still rub
  3. the quality of the wheels: is it plastic or are there really rubber wheels on the tires? Rubber rolls a lot better
  4. the weight of the car: you may not realize this right away, but the weight of the car plays a very large role in how well it rolls. A heavier car made of diecast or wood rolls a lot better and further than a plastic car

Replayability

Much of the car's replayability is in how well it drives, but there are other factors that determine how often they return to it.

Age also plays a part. Is it a car that stays on the left after toddlerhood or can it last longer because it is also suitable for older children?

The number of extra functions also plays a role, such as the extra figures with the Playmobil bus or the Lego bricks with the Creator Beetle.

I rated each of the cars on this list on these parts on a 5-point scale.

Top 10 Volkswagen toy cars reviewed

Overall best Volkswagen toy car

Maisto 1973 Volkswagen Beetle 31926

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8.5
Toy score
To drive
4.1
Replayable
4.2
Sustainability
4.4
Best for
  • Great detail
  • Doors and hood can open
Less good
  • Bit expensive as a toy and cheap as a model car

Greatly detailed example with opening doors and hood. The interior is plastic and the engine is also detailed.

It is a 1:24 scale and measures 7 inches by 3 inches (18 by 7,6 cm). The body is die-cast and the tires are real rubber.

In terms of detail and price, it is somewhere between a toy car and a model car. Many people give them to their children to play with, but there are also plenty who have them for display.

Best Volkswagen battery kids car

Aosom Volkswagen Beetle

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8.7
Toy score
To drive
4.4
Accu
4.6
Sustainability
4.1
Best for
Less good

This is another 6 volt model intended for the smallest children. And what a cute one!

This officially licensed Volkswagen children's car also has a remote control for parental control so nothing can happen.

Everything from the old beetle is there, such as clearly the brand, horn, music, bright headlights, streamlined design and 2 car doors that can be opened.

It is easy to drive for small children, it can handle 30 kg and has extra wide tires and even seat belts.

To make it as easy as possible, there are 2 driving modes:

  • a manual mode
  • and a remote control mode.

So you can also completely switch off self-driving if, for example, you go outside on the street and they are not yet able to do it themselves.

The battery is fine and you can drive it for about 1 to 2 hours depending on the speed and whether you also play music.

It is very small, so parents mainly buy it for 2-year-olds and then help with the steering themselves and is fun up to about 4 years.

Best Volkswagen Playset

PLAYMOBIL Volkswagen T1 Camping bus 70176

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8.8
Toy score
To drive
3.6
Replayable
4.9
Sustainability
4.7
Best for
  • Great detail on the outside and inside
  • Heaps of accessories
Less good
  • Lots of small parts
  • Doesn't drive very well

The T1 Camper Van is a great play set for any child who likes to play and get out and about.

Of course it is also the perfect gift for the Volkswagen fan. Beautiful to see, to play with or to display.

We had just started our 9-month long journey ourselves when he was still 3 years old before he would go to school, so the theme that the dolls went on a journey was extra appealing.

So it's fun for Volkswagen fans, outdoor fans, surf fans, and kids who are still completely full from vacation because they just went or are about to go.

There are a lot of accessories that make it fun to play with. For example, the dolls often went on a picnic at a beautiful exotic location (the coffee table).

They could first prepare some food in the kitchen and take everything out of the cupboards. After that it was all possible for a nice view.

Or they had to study the map carefully so as not to get lost on their next adventure (the couch). But once at the volcano they were able to take beautiful pictures with the camera.

Playmobil Volkswagen camping bus map reading

The disadvantage is that it is quite large for a toy car. It is difficult to combine with toys other than Playmobil, so it never really participates in car games.

It says from 5 years old, but 4 years is also fine and my son already had it at 3 years old, but then I would never let him play with it alone.

It is very sturdy, just like all Playmobil toys actually. Lasts a very long time and even after a lot of fantasy play.

Best Volkswagen RC car

Maisto Tech 1:24 RC VW Bus Samba

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8.4
Toy score
To drive
4.2
Replayable
4.3
Sustainability
4.1
Best for
  • Cool skate vibe
  • Runs fine
Less good
  • Not so detailed
  • Top heavy

This Volkswagen bus is not aimed at the outdoor scene like that of Playmobil, but is aimed at the skate scene.

Full of stickers and excesses. A nice detail that gives the bus some character.

It drives well with a reach of 115 ft. (35 meters). It is not very stable, but that also gives this RC car an authentic feeling.

Unfortunately it is not as detailed as the other Maisto cars such as the Beetle on this list.

Best cheap Volkswagen toy car

Kinsmart 1967 Volkswagen Beetle 1:32

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8.5
Toy score
To drive
4.3
Replayable
4.3
Sustainability
4.1
Best for
  • Beautifully made for the price
  • Firm and pull-back action
Less good
  • Bonnet cannot be opened
  • Interior does not have much detail

This is clearly more of a toy car than Maisto's Beetle. A lot cheaper and with less detail, but it can handle rough playing just fine.

This one is also from die-cast with plastic interior. The detail is a lot less than the model cars on this list and the hood can't open either. The scale is 1:34.

This one also has pull-back action so that your child can pull it back to let it drift away. It drives fine.

Best Volkswagen kit

LEGO Creator Expert Volkswagen Beetle 10252

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8.6
Toy score
To drive
3.7
Replayable
4.5
Sustainability
4.7
Best for
  • Great detail with even folding seats
  • Surfer accessories are a nice addition
Less good
  • Quite pricey

A great car and what a lot of detail they can get from a stack of blocks! It really is a set for adults, or 16+ because with its 1167 pieces it is a nice challenge.

All the details are there such as curved fenders, distinctive hubcaps, round headlights, wing-mounted turn signals, and the hood, trunk and doors that open.

Even the interior seats fold forward and the roof comes off to get a good look inside. Everything has been thought of.

I also think the surfer accessories are a nice addition and that makes it a gift for surf fans, Lego fans and Volkswagen fans.

The Beetle measures over 15" (25cm) high, 10" (5cm) long and 11" (4cm) wide (XNUMX" x XNUMX" x XNUMX") and is a lot to play with, although many also set it up for display.

Also read: Nissan also has some beautiful models and these are the best toy variants

Most detailed model car

I solid Volkswagen 1982 Caddy Mk1

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8.6
Toy score
To drive
4.2
Replayable
4.1
Sustainability
4.6
Best for
  • Breathtaking detail
  • Sturdy construction
Less good
  • Bonnet cannot be opened

This is really more in the model car regions, and what a detail. The doors can open and the interior is really beautiful.

With 1:18 scale it is also quite large so this will really be an eye-catcher on a bookshelf or in a collection.

This one is also completely die-cast with some plastic parts such as the interior.

Best Volkswagen toy sports car

Jada Toys Fast & Furious Jesse's Volkswagen Jetta

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8.8
Toy score
To drive
4.5
Replayable
4.3
Sustainability
4.4
Best for
  • Everything can open
  • Exterior has very good details
Less good
  • Engine details are disappointing

Jada Toys always has a lot of detail and with this Volkswagen Jetta everything can be opened. From bonnet to trunk.

This is another car that is a bit between a toy and a model car, just like the Maisto cars.

This one is more for movie collectors with the official Fast & Furious license. It is Jesse's Volkswagen Jetta in 1:24 scale.

A die-cast body and the rubber tires are also a nice addition.

The detail is super for this price, but most of them give to kids to play with. The detail of the engine under the hood was a bit disappointing to me.

But certainly also nice to put down for a Fast & Furious fan.

Best modern Volkswagen toy car

BBurago Volkswagen Scirocco

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8.5
Toy score
To drive
4.2
Replayable
4.1
Sustainability
4.5
Best for
  • Detailed interior and engine
Less good
  • Bit cheap for model car and expensive for toys

Bburago is also a well-known brand and one that I have written about many times. This Scirocco is a 1:24 scale Volkswagen.

The detail is again great right down to the rubber bands. The hood can be opened to show a detailed engine. The side doors can also be opened.

It measures approximately 7 by 3,25 by 3 inches (18 x 8,25 x 7,6 cm) in size.

Best large Volkswagen model car

Welly Volkswagen Golf 1 GTI 18039

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8.5
Toy score
To drive
4.1
Replayable
4.2
Sustainability
4.5
Best for
  • Steerable wheels with rubber tires
  • Great detail and everything can be opened
Less good
  • Quite pricey

A fairly large 1:18 scale car measuring 8,25 x 4 x 2,75 inches (21 x 10 x 7 cm). The bonnet, doors and even trunk can all be opened.

A nice detail are the steerable wheels with rubber tires. The engine and interior are super detailed.

This is again really a model car and not a toy, although it is sturdy enough.

Conclusion

Volkswagen has put down some beautiful models and with these toys you can look at them for hours, or buy something for your children to play with.

Also read: these are the best toy cars to give to your kids

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Speelkeuze.nl is a content marketer, father and loves trying out new toys. As a child he came into contact with everything related to games when his mother started the Tinnen Soldaat in Ede. Now he and his team create helpful blog articles to help loyal readers with fun play ideas.