VW Polo is the 2010 European Car of the Year

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 25, 2010

In a very close fight, the VW Polo narrowly edges out the Toyota iQ to be named the Car of the Year 2010. The final voting, which was participated in by European car journalists who had 33 cars to choose from, earned 347 points for the VW Polo over 337 for the Toyota iQ.

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

From the 33 initial cars, a shortlist of seven cars was determined. A total of 59 European judges made their selection. Each judge has 25 points to allocate as they see fit but they chose under the condition that at least five contenders must receive points. The rules also say that the chosen winner must receive more points than the runners-up.

One of the judges was Autocar's editor-in-chief Steve Cropley, who voted the Toyota iQ as his personal favorite, giving it eight points. Cropley 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.

Shorter does not necessarily mean less space for the new Volkswagen Polo. Yes, the VW Polo might be shorter than some rivals in the B segment, but it is still able to seat at least four adults in a comfortable manner. Interestingly, the VW Polo boasts of remarkable refinement and performance while providing more than enough room for passengers and cargo alike.

Its cabin indicates noteworthy refinement while its exterior remains as appealing as ever – both featuring a level of unparalleled quality. Sitting at its core is any of the available diesel or petrol engines. These powerplants include the new 1.6-liter TDi diesel engine and the 1.2-liter turbocharged TSI petrol engine.

Interestingly, the 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine provides 75 HP of output and consumes an average of 3.3 liters of fuel per 100 km of driving, which is equivalent to carbon dioxide emissions of 87 g/km.

The German carmaker is also offering two Blue Motion variants of the VW Polo, both of which are powered by diesel engines. VW is offering to have the power transmitted from the engine to the wheels through the DSG automatic/sequential transmission, with two clutches. Overall, the VW Polo is a performance machine wrapped in a small yet very elegant package.

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Car of the Year 2010: VW Polo wins the match

The Polo, a car which in the eyes of many jurors looks and feels like a scaled-down Golf, has been even more appreciated than its bigger stable-mate, which took third place last year. In fact, it is the first Volkswagen CotY winner in 18 years, following the win in 1992... by a Golf.

All the 59 Jury members from 23 European countries gave points to the winner, and 25 of them chose it as their favourite. The iQ received points from 58 jurors, with 20 top marks. The Opel/Vauxhall Astra was voted by 55 Jury members, with five of them giving top points.

Even if the VW model is shorter than a number of competitors in the B segment, this generation of Polo is fully capable of accommodating at least four adult people in comfort.

Room, performance, refinement and a reasonable cargo space endorse that affirmation. As well as practical reasons, the small VW appeals for its fine exterior design and the impeccable execution of the cabin, which has a level of perceived quality unprecedented in this category.

Energy efficiency is also an important point for potential customers, with the current trend for downsizing. The Polo offers an interesting line of engines, and also the pleasant-to-use DSG automatic/sequential transmission, with two clutches.

The new 1.6 litre TDi diesel engine perfectly suits the size of the car, while among the petrol engines is a lively 1.2 litre TSI with turbo which also balances performance and fuel economy. The Polo is offered in two kinds of Blue Motion derivatives, both with diesel engines. The 1.2 litre three-cylinder engine with 75 HP is homologated for an average fuel consumption of 3.3 litre/100 km, equivalent to an emission of 87 g/km of CO2.

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