The VW Polo has been declared the World Car of the Year 2010.
The Polo’s success makes it two years out of two for Volkswagen, after the Golf model won the same award last year.
The jurors, chosen by the World Car Steering Committee, nominated their shortlist of 10 cars in January and were asked to rate them according to a number of factors including merit, value and emotional appeal.
The World Car Awards jurors said the Polo boasted best-in-class packaging and handling, was reliable and safe and is “one of the classiest small VWs ever built”.
The runners-up were the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the Toyota Prius.
The World Car Awards were launched in 2004 and previous winners have included the Lexus LS460, the BMW 3-Series and the Audi A6.