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Volkswagen Polo takes out European Car of the Year


The Volkswagen Polo has been crowned Car of the Year for 2010

The Polo narrowly beat the Toyota iQ, followed by the Opel/Vauxhall Astra which took third place.

Of the seven cars on the list, two are German, two are French, one is Czech, one is Japanese, and one is technically American.

A panel of 59 European motoring experts decided on the awards, from a shortlist of 33 cars, whittled down to seven in November.

When Auto Trader drove the Polo a couple of months ago, senior journalist Jacqui Madelin said, “Our initial impression is that Polo's mini-Golf persona, decent features list and Euro cachet makes it a winner, certainly at its relatively mainstream price."

Last year the Vauxhall Insignia took the crown, beating Ford’s Fiesta by one point.

Top seven cars of 2010

1. Volkswagen Polo - 347 points
2. Toyota iQ - 337 points
3. Vauxhall Astra - 221 points
4. Skoda Yeti - 158 points
5. Mercedes E-class - 155 points
6. Peugeot 3008 - 144 points
7. Citroen C3 Picasso - 113 points

Read our review of the Volkswagen Polo here.

See the Volkswagen Polo for sale here.

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