European-built vehicles dominated this year’s event, with nine awards, followed by four awards for Japanese-built cars
Volkswagen has taken out the overall win as ‘Drive Car of the Year 2009’ with its Golf 118TSI, coming top of the 46-car field to scoop the prize.
After also winning in three other categories, Anke Koeckler, Volkswagen Group Australia’s Managing Director, said he is pleased to see the new Golf claim a double victory. “It is fantastic to see the new Golf GTI follow in its predecessor’s footsteps continuing its success as the true leader in the hot hatch segment. Volkswagen has delivered again on what was already an impressive car - obviously leaving a lasting impression with the judges. Overall, the new Golf range has established itself as a serious player setting a benchmark in the small car segment.”
The judges praised the Golf 118TSI for its strong performance and frugal consumption. National Drive editor Toby Hagon says, “The Golf 118TSI blends above average performance with class leading economy in a well presented small car package.”
“It sets a new benchmark for small car performance while using around 20% less fuel than some of the big sellers in the class. The Golf has a high quality interior with attention to detail most competitors don’t come close to.”
An expert panel of 10 motoring journalists at Drive.com.au, the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age picked this year’s winners in 14 categories from 48 nominees. They sampled more than 500 vehicles over 12 months before choosing the finalists.
See the full list of winners here:
Drive Car of the Year: VW Golf 118TSI
Small car under $20,000: Ford Fiesta
Small car over $20,000: VW Golf 118TSI
Medium car: Mazda6 Classic
Large car: Nissan Maxima 250 ST-L
Convertible: Porsche Boxster
People-mover: Honda Odyssey
4WD: Land Rover Discovery
Performance car under $60,000: Volkswagen Golf GTI
Performance car over $60,000: BMW 135i
Luxury car under $60,000: Volkswagen Passat
Luxury car over $60,000: Jaguar XF
SUV under $40,000: Subaru Outback
SUV over $40,000: Volvo XC60
Utility: Holden Commodore SS ute
See the Volkswagen Golf for sale here.