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.
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.