A KM Group news­pa­per Vi­tara tops poll… hon­est

Hon­est John awards win­ners

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Car of the Year - Suzuki Vi­tara

Best Real MPG Per­former - Toy­ota Verso 1.6 D-4D

Most Highly Rated Car – Re­nault Cap­tur

Most Pop­u­lar City Car – Hyundai i10

Most Pop­u­lar Com­pact Pre­mium Car – MercedesBenz GLC

Most Pop­u­lar Con­vert­ible – Ford Mus­tang

Most Pop­u­lar Crossover – Suzuki Vi­tara

Most Pop­u­lar Large Fam­ily Car – Skoda Su­perb

Most Pop­u­lar Large Pre­mium Car – BMW 5 Se­ries

Most Pop­u­lar Lux­ury Car - Audi A7 Sport­back

Most Pop­u­lar MPV – Ford S-MAX

Most Pop­u­lar Per­for­mance Car - Honda Civic Type R

Most Pop­u­lar Small Fam­ily Car – Citroen C4 Cac­tus

Most Pop­u­lar Small Hatch­back – Ford Fi­esta

Most Pop­u­lar SUV - Land Rover Dis­cov­ery Sport

Most Pop­u­lar Van - Volk­swa­gen Trans­porter

Hon­est John read­ers have voted the Suzuki Vi­tara as the over­all Car of the Year, over and above a class win for Most Pop­u­lar Crossover.

More than 4,400 owner re­views have been posted on Hon­estJohn.co.uk, with 2.27 mil­lion vis­i­tors to the model’s re­views pages be­tween April 2015 and April 2016.

Suzuki says the in­tro­duc­tion of the pow­er­ful 1.4-litre tur­bocharged Boost­er­jet engine in Jan­uary this year has fur­ther in­creased the Vi­tara’s pop­u­lar­ity among read­ers. What’s more, a light-hearted Hon­est John video based on the car is the site’s most pop­u­lar to date, with over 250,000 views.

Com­ment­ing on the awards, Daniel Har­ri­son, ed­i­tor of hon­estjohn.co.uk, said: “Our read­ers tell us that they want cars that are prac­ti­cal, well built and hon­est when it comes to fuel con­sump­tion.

“Vi­tara of­fers all of that with a dash of style and sense of The Suzuki Vi­tara has been voted car of the year by Hon­est John read­ers while the Citroen C4 Cac­tus, above right, topped the most pop­u­lar small fam­ily car cat­e­gory oc­ca­sion. It’s no sur­prise that it’s been such a hit on the site. The ad­di­tion of the state-of-theart Boost­er­jet petrol engine ear­lier this year was the ic­ing on the cake and an­other rea­son for us to rec­om­mend what is a great all-rounder.

“This has been the most pop­u­lar car of the past 12 months with our users and, from the feed­back we’ve had so far, it has ev­ery rea­son to be our Car of the Year.”

Suzuki’s Dale Wy­att added: “This re­ally is a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment for us at Suzuki; our com­pact and light­weight SUV is prov­ing to be re­ally pop­u­lar on the roads now with 10,000 sold since launch last year. It’s great news for us that so many of our cus­tomers have voted for it on hon­estjohn. co.uk.

“Our re­search shows that over 65% of prospec­tive cus­tomers who test drive a Vi­tara will pur­chase one. This is cer­tainly re­flected in the great com­ments by Hon­est John users that they made the right de­ci­sion.”

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