A Totally Unscientific Ranking Of The Most Wished For Cars This Christmas – Forbes

Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2016

It’s always tricky writing about such subjective topics as this one. Why? Because when you say “most wished for,” the obvious question is, “who is doing the wishing?”

With that in mind, I thought the best way to uncover what cars are on people’s wish lists this holiday season is to simply ask them. So I put out the word to around 50 colleagues, friends and relatives in Europe, the U.S. and Japan and got the following mixed bag of replies. From sports cars to full-sized trucks to electric cars, I must say that some of the responses sent my eyebrows racing skywards. Are any of these vehicles on your Christmas wish-list?

Now the fastest production car on the planet, the Tesla Model S is the most wished for car this holiday season. Photo courtesy of Tesla.

Now the fastest production car on the planet, the Tesla Model S is the most wished for car this holiday season. Photo courtesy of Tesla.

Okay, let’s start with the most wished for car. Drum roll please. According to 15 respondents from three continents, the most desired vehicle is the Tesla Model S. Not surprising really. Several years ago, it was impossible to imagine that electric vehicles (EV) would gain the popularity and desirability they enjoy today.

Now while the Nissan Leaf is still the world’s biggest selling EV, the pure electric Tesla Model S is the EV that made “electric” cool. Its sleek good looks, lightning fast acceleration, sports car-like handling and genre-topping range basically dispelled every negative image the motoring public had felt about electric cars. Except price maybe. While the base 60 model starts at around $66,000, the car that everyone seems to want is the Bugatti Veyron-beating P100D, priced at $134,500. With its 0-60 mph sprint time of 2.5 seconds, the latest P100D is now the fastest production car in the world. So why wouldn’t you want one?

The Mazda MX-5 RF polled well with its gorgeous new looks thanks to that targa-style retractable roof. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Popular with 8 colleagues and friends from Japan and the U.S., the new Mazda MX-5 RF (retractable fastback) won votes for its drop-dead gorgeousness, power retractable roof, perky 2.0-liter engine and sharp no-nonsense handling. Starting to appear in showrooms across the globe, the two-door’s targa-style roof elevates the appeal and street-cred of the already massively popular base MX-5 which captured the 2016 World Car of the Year award. The only reason it didn’t secure more votes, I am told, is because its sticker price starts at a hefty $32,300, or $6,600 more than the base softtop.

Picking up 7 votes, the Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine (another way of saying plug-in hybrid) is a revelation. This is one of the best-proportioned, most exquisitely appointed SUVs you will find anywhere. The interior is, and I’m not joking, part Swedish high-end furniture store, part jewelry shop. It has a diamond-cut start button, a crystal glass gear lever and leather everywhere. Its powertrain is no less startling. There’s a 314 hp turbocharged and supercharged 2-litre petrol engine at the front driving the front wheels, and propelling the rear wheels is an 81 hp electric motor. It handles well for a weighty SUV and has excellent ride quality, but the regenerative brakes take a little getting used to.

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