The Volkswagen Up has scooped a hat trick of awards, including What Car? Car of the Year
12 January 2012

The Volkswagen Up scooped the title of What Car? Car of the Year last night. The small Volkswagen also claimed awards for best city car and car safety.

Despite its £10,000 price tag, judges said the Up was the right car for the right time, fending off competition from the new BMW 3-series, Porsche 911 and Ford Mondeo. The Up beat the Hyundai i10 and Fiat 500 in the best city car category, and was the standout model in the car security award thanks to its City Emergency Braking System.

What Car? editor-in-chief Chas Hallett said: “The Volkswagen Up is the best car we've seen this year because it combines refinement, quality, space and economy. It sets new standards for the £10,000 price bracket. It feels at home in town and copes admirably on the motorway; it is the right car for the time.”

The Up’s sister cars, the Seat Mii and Skoda Citigo were not nominated as they are not currently on sale.

The Ford Mondeo took top honours in the estate car and family car categories, and the Audi TT won the best coupe and best convertible awards.

It proved a successful evening for German brands, taking 11 of the 18 awards. The BMW 3-series retained its best executive car title for the seventh consecutive year

The MG6 took its first major award for security thanks to the industry’s highest-rated alarm and immobiliser system, achieving the top five-star rating from Thatcham for resilience against theft.

The full list of winners:

Car of the year – Volkswagen UpSupermini – Audi A1Small family car – Volkswagen GolfCity car – Volkswagen Up4x4 and SUV – BMW X3MPV – Seat AlhambraEstate car – Ford MondeoLuxury car – Mercedes S-classSports car – Porsche 911Executive car – BMW 3-seriesCoupe – Audi TTFamily car – Ford MondeoHot hatch – Renault MeganeConvertible – Audi TTFuel consumption – KiaCar safety – Volkswagen UpCar security – MG6Reader award – Jaguar C-X16

Our Verdict

Volkswagen Up

The Volkswagen Up city car isn't revolutionary, it's just quantifiably better than the opposition

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12 January 2012

good to see the German bias in What Car is alive & well.

12 January 2012

Please can you change the title of this article to Volkwagen Up voted What Car of the year.

12 January 2012

It isn't German bias, it is bland bias. I am surprised that the A1 was best supermini though, I thought that would be too expensive a car for WhatCar? Especially as the Polo is the same car, just as classy, cheaper, and equally dull (in my mind)

12 January 2012

WhatCar? are probably the most German biased magazine around.

12 January 2012

Wonder how closely this will reflect the real COTY awards?

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

12 January 2012

interesting that the Mii and CityGo are not eligible for any award, however the Jaguar C-X16 can be nominated and win a category, when it isn't even close to production yet....

I would have thought that the CityGo would beat the Up! when rated against the same criteria...

12 January 2012

If every car winning an award was German it'd be favouritism.
If every car winning an award was British it'd called nationalism.
If every car was a different nationality and chosen because of advertising revenue it'd be called fair because we'd be none the wiser.

These awards, like the vast majority, have to be taken at face value and to deride the result is churlish without the evidence to prove claims of disparity.

In particular it seems daft to complain of bias when doing so may well influence future votes to promote variety and not the best car. The result of this vote merely implies other manufacturers must try harder if these awards matter to them and their customers.

More on topic I'm fascinated the MG6 got the security award and wonder what they've done to achieve it. I assume that's the first award for a Chinese manufacturer in the UK so well done to them!

12 January 2012

[quote Vimeous]More on topic I'm fascinated the MG6 got the security award and wonder what they've done to achieve it. I assume that's the first award for a Chinese manufacturer in the UK so well done to them[/quote]

Considering the MG6 doesn't even top Thatchams own ratings on car security its a bit strange how it managed to win

12 January 2012

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Considering the MG6 doesn't even top Thatchams own ratings on car security its a bit strange how it managed to win

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Really?!
Hold on, Thatchams site doesn't list the MG6 anywhere...

12 January 2012

Its because no one has ever seen one, there so rare, you can't steal what you can't find....

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