The Volkswagen Golf has scored a massive win in the 2013 European Car of the Year awards
4 March 2013

The Volkswagen Golf has been crowned European Car of the Year 2013.

The seventh-generation Golf took the award by a huge margin, receiving 414 votes. The Toyota GT86 and Subaru BRZ took the runners-up spot with 202 votes.

The Volvo V40 was placed third, just ahead of the Ford B-Max and Hyundai i30. The Mercedes A-class was ranked fifth, followed by the Renault Clio, Peugeot 208 and Hyundai i30.

The award was accepted by Volkswagen’s development boss, Ulrich Hackenberg and design chief Walter de Silva. Judges praised the Golf for its “achievements in safety, fuel efficiency, dynamics and comfort”.

Steve Cropley, ECOTY judge and Autocar editor-in-chief said: “The French superminis undoubtedly stole one another's votes. But it was a massive win for the Golf.”

Today’s announcement, on the eve of the Geneva motor show, marks the second time the Golf has won. The Mk3 Golf took the award in 1992. The Renault Clio is the only other car to take the award twice.

European Car of the Year results:

Volkswagen Golf — 414 votes

Toyota GT86/Subaru BRZ — 202 votes

Volvo V40 — 189 votes

Ford B-Max — 148 votes

Mercedes A-class — 138 votes

Renault Clio — 128 votes

Peugeot 208 — 120 votes

Hyundai i30 — 111 votes

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4 March 2013

Not much competition for the excellent Golf from that list.

4 March 2013

Chip35 wrote:

Not much competition for the excellent Golf from that list.

It seems not, but when the Volvo V40 came out several publications seemed to rave about it, but that reaction seems to have cooled off a bit from what one reads now. The Golf is an obvious winner given that it is so much improved on an already great car. I just wish it could have been styled a bit more adventurously. Personally I would have voted for the GT86 by Toyota ( and not just because my last two cars have been Toyotas ) as I think it is pointing the market in the right direction from staggering performance, but unuseable in most circumstances in every day driving, towards more fun that is accessible to the average driver. It also looks stunning in my view.


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AV

4 March 2013

as I'm sure we all recall, was a terrific car, wasn't it?

4 March 2013

Volkswagen Golf is what I call the perfect car if you were thinking with your head because of it being well built, reliable, good residuals and good value for money when everything is considered.

I just wish the Volkswagen Golf was more interesting to look at and sit in (the scirroco is not much better).

4 March 2013

tomy90 wrote:

Volkswagen Golf is what I call the perfect car if you were thinking with your head because of it being well built, reliable, good residuals and good value for money when everything is considered.

I just wish the Volkswagen Golf was more interesting to look at and sit in (the scirroco is not much better).

It's the German way. BMW, Audi and Mercedes are the same. That's not meant to be a criticism as the understated, restrained and sober styling, inside and out, does look solid, classy and expensive, while the interior quality are normally unrivalled. But compare the styling to something from Britain, Italy or France for example, and the German cars do look a bit dull.

4 March 2013

Most cars improve over their predecessors and the Golf is no exception, but it also manages to be an accomplished all rounder, with hardly anything resembling a flaw in any key area, which many fail to achieve. Add this on top of the flexible but cost effective MQB platform and it's hard not to see why the Golf won.

But my choice would have been the GT86/BRZ. For me, Toyota and Subaru have gone to an even greater depth of engineering than the Golf, which has led to a car that has not only gone back to basics, but is still a riot to drive with very few vices and is an accomplished all rounder for a sports car. The level of detailing and engineering has resulted in less equals more and has made most of its rivals look unecessarily over engineered, bloated and less fun.

4 March 2013

I remember the original Golf was beaten into second place by the Citroen CX, presumably the jury missed the fact that several incarnations later the Golf would still be selling in huge numbers.  As for large Citroens.....least said.

The following year it was the Chrysler Alpine, or Simca 1307 as it was known in France, then the Rover SDI in 1976.

Presumably they now feel that selling in big numbers doesn't detract from a car's abilities.  Hence the Golf's win.

 

 

MrJ

4 March 2013

Some people seem to think the Golf has dull styling.

To me, it is a simple and clean looking machine, in a marketplace that has plenty of adventurously-styled competitors.

Personally, I don't like oversized head and taillight assemblies, or indeed body swoops and swages that look as if the doors have taken a sideswipe.

Just as importantly, the Golf's evolutionary lines give it a timeless quality (think Porsche) that will ensure resale values hold up in a few years.

6 March 2013

MrJ wrote:

Some people seem to think the Golf has dull styling.

To me, it is a simple and clean looking machine, in a marketplace that has plenty of adventurously-styled competitors.

Personally, I don't like oversized head and taillight assemblies, or indeed body swoops and swages that look as if the doors have taken a sideswipe.

Just as importantly, the Golf's evolutionary lines give it a timeless quality (think Porsche) that will ensure resale values hold up in a few years.

Some people don't term dull right.  Dull would be better used to describe cars that borrow design languages from other cars and don't come up with anything innovative.  German design on the whole is clever.  It doesnt just apply to cars, white goods, furniture etc. 

R32

4 March 2013

Not sure why everyone seems to think it so bad that the Golf is "dull" in styling terms.  Sure it's not in-your-face like some other brands or models but it has nice subtle detailing appreciated most by the customers who buy them.  The VW advertising slogan "The Power of Understatement" springs to mind.  Something so few people understand, appreciate or even want nowadays.

Can any car manufacturer ever beat the Golf?

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