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Supermini narrowly edges out the Toyota iQ

The VW Polo is the Car of the Year 2010.

The supermini narrowly beat the Toyota iQ in the final voting, earning 347 points versus 337.

Steve Cropley blog - Car of the Year plays it safe - too safe, perhaps?

The Polo received 59 scoring votes in total from the 59-strong judging panel, including 25 selections as the number one car. In contrast, the iQ received 58 votes, with 20 selections as the best car.

The result is determined from a list of 33 new cars which are voted on by European car journalists.

A shortlist of seven cars is then determined, with 59 European judges making their selection. Each judge has 25 points to allocate as they see fit, although at least five contenders must receive points, and the chosen winner must receive more points than the runners-up.

Autocar's editor-in-chief, Steve Cropley, is one of the judges, and voted the Toyota iQ as his personal favourite, allocating it eight points. He also gave the Mercedes E-class five points, Citroen C3 Picasso and Peugeot 3008 three points each and the Skoda Yeti, Vauxhall Astra and VW Polo two points each.

The full result is below.

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1. Volkswagen Polo 347 points, 59 votes, 25 vote wins2. Toyota iQ 337 points, 58 votes, 20 vote wins3. Opel/Vauxhall Astra 221 points, 55 votes, 5 vote wins4. Skoda Yeti 158 points, 54 votes, 4 vote wins5. Mercedes-Benz E-class 155 points, 48 votes, 2 wins6. Peugeot 3008 144 points, 49 votes, 2 vote wins7. Citroen C3 Picasso 113 points, 47 votes, 1 win

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VX220EDDIE 2 December 2009

Re: VW Polo is Car of the Year 2010

these cars of the year awards and group tests are a waste of time only you the buyer and future owner can decide which one your comfortable with not some joe bloggs! its your money you decide

TheWizardWeb 1 December 2009

Re: VW Polo is Car of the Year 2010

rosstopher wrote:
Does anyone actually care about car european car of the year? I've never heard of anyone buying a car because of the award.
Must admit, it doesn't affect my choice of cars. I see it like I view the Eurovision Song Contest. Mildly amusing to see the results but I'm not likely to buy the record because of it...

Scoobman 30 November 2009

Re: VW Polo is Car of the Year 2010

I've not driven the Polo, but I did sit in one recently. The thing that struck me was how little leg room there was in the back. I know the car is supposed to be small, but there ought to be room for knees.