GOLF NO 1 FOR 2009
OLKSWAGEN GOLF. It’s as simple as that in the final judgment for CarsGuide Car of the Year in 2009.
The Mercedes-Benz E Class is good, the Ford Fiesta is better, but the Golf is best of all from more than 100 new cars that landed in Australia over the past year.
After an intensive two-day test program, based in Brisbane and including everything from freeways and country roads to a hitout at the Lakeside racetrack, the Golf emerged as the first choice with six of the nine COTY judges.
They assessed the German hatchback and its rivals for everything from value and safety to fuel economy, ride, handling and quality.
The Golf’s final margin, with cars scored 10-1 by each judge, was an 86-78 point victory over the Fiesta, with the Mercedes-Benz third on 63.
Despite its green credentials, the hybrid Toyota Prius finished last with only 15 points.
The Fiesta might have been runnerup in the CarsGuide COTY contest but it scooped a win for 2009 when it took out the Green Car of the Year award.
The Golf tested for the COTY contest was the 1.4-litre twincharge model with a DSG manu-matic gearbox.
It is priced at $32,990 but the Golf range starts at $25,990.
‘‘Not too hot, not too cold and, crucially, not too expensive,’’ Kevin Hepworth of the Daily Telegraph said.
But some cars were not rated so highly, including the super-quick Nissan GT-R that was placed only eighth.
V‘‘Sure, it’s an engineering and technological tour-de-force, but it’s impossible to live with. And you can’t get past the fact that the brute is just plain ugly,’’ said Karla Pincott of CarsGuide.com.au.
The final field for CarsGuide COTY 2009 was loaded with affordable, realworld cars including the popular Mazda3, the mid-sized Subaru Liberty, the Hyundai i30CW station wagon — sister to the i30 that won COTY in 2007 — and the compact Holden Cruze that will go into local production in Adelaide next year.
ABOVE PAR: The Volkswagen Golf was voted best in a classy field of 10