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.