Rise of the Eur

The Volk­swa­gen Polo (right) has shown a clean pair of heels in win Car of the Year con­test (full re­port, Page 3), but there is plenty of p the other con­tenders, which in­clude a big turn-out of Euro­pean ca

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Car Of The Year -

The run­ners-up

SIL­VER — KIA SPORTAGE THE new Korean SUV was the sur­prise packet of COTY 2010 but only made the fi­nal field in the first place at the ex­pense of the car from which it is cloned, the Hyundai ix35.

The Sportage edged the ix35 be­cause it looks bet­ter, is priced cheaper and drives con­sid­er­ably nicer than its Korean ri­val — at least un­til Hyundai put its sus­pen­sion crew to work on im­prove­ments for 2011. Once into the COTY field the Sportage im­pressed on al­most ev­ery front. It’s the sort of fam­ily car that the ma­jor­ity of Aus­tralians now want, with solid per­for­mance, five-star safety, great value and a driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that’s a lot bet­ter than a clunky off-roader.

It could have done even bet­ter in a year when the Polo was not a run­ner and is a wor­thy run­ner-up against a car that dom­i­nated the judges’ votes.

BRONZE — SKODA SUPERBWAGON ANY car with a name like Su­perb needs t

The Czech wagon is cav­ernous in­side, up on safety and ideal for fam­ily work. It touches — an um­brella tucked into the ba — that will bring peo­ple back and have th

A start­ing price of $40,990 makes the the fully loaded El­e­gance tur­bod­iesel list

The only neg­a­tives for the Su­perb are still strug­gling for trac­tion in Aus­tralia, e Volk­swa­gen Group — and a driv­ing ex­per class stan­dard.

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