The win­ner is . . . a V-dub at the dou­ble Polo’s big hit

The lit­tle VW is our Car of the Year, writes Paul Gover

Herald Sun - Motoring - - NEWS -

VOLK­SWA­GEN has done it again. For the sec­ond straight year, the Ger­man car­maker has topped the best of the best to claim cars­Guide Car of the Year award.

This time it’s the baby Polo that has done the job, trump­ing the top 10 con­tenders and fin­ish­ing ahead of the Kia Sportage and Skoda Su­perb wagon.

In the end the Polo scored a con­vinc­ing win, not be­cause of its $16,690 start­ing price but be­cause of its im­pres­sive safety, qual­ity, com­fort and driv­ing en­joy­ment.

‘‘Look no fur­ther — the Golf’s lit­tle brother is the world’s best small car,’’ says Paul Pot­tinger, one of the COTY judges.

The bat­tle for the COTY 2010 prize be­gan with a cull of more than 100 new ar­rivals in Aus­tralia through the year since the Golf claimed its COTY tro­phy.

The even­tual con­tenders cover ev­ery class and price cat­e­gory, from the baby Hyundai i20 through to the lux­ury BMW 5 Se­ries and the E-Class from Mercedes-Benz.

The only home­grown fi­nal­ist is also the only hy­brid — the Toy­ota Camry hy­brid.

Cars­Guide COTY is a na­tional award that draws its judges from News Limited news­pa­pers and web­sites from coast to coast, with for­mer rally star — and cur­rent econ­omy cham­pion — Ed Or­dyn­ski also join­ing the panel for 2010.

The judges are led by man­ag­ing edi­tor Ged Bulmer, who is joined by cars­Guide chief re­porter Paul Gover, Karla Pin­cott of cars-, Neil Dowl­ing of the Sun­day Times in Perth, Stu­art Martin of the Ad­ver­tiser in Ade­laide, Craig Duff of the Her­ald Sun in Mel­bourne, Paul Pot­tinger of the Daily Tele­graph in Syd­ney, Peter Barn­well of news subur­bans and Mark Hinch­liffe of the Couri­erMail, Bris­bane.

To­gether they put the 10 fi­nal­ists through two gru­elling days of tests, from track laps to back-seat mea­sure­ments, but con­cen­trat­ing on real-world driv­ing in all con­di­tions from stop-start city traf­fic to de­serted gravel roads.

Look no fur­ther — the Golf’s lit­tle brother is the world’s best small car

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