What our judges said

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Paul Gover, na­tional mo­tor­ing edi­tor: The right car won. The Golf was voted World Car of the Year when it landed in Europe and now it has claimed the big prize in Aus­tralia. I was sur­prised by the poor show­ing of the Prius, but it was shown up as a car — not a sci­ence ex­per­i­ment — in this field.

Kevin Hep­worth: Daily Tele­graph, Syd­ney: The E is all class. Out­side the price range of most peo­ple but what you get for your money is a taste of the good life with au­to­mo­tive best prac­tice. Fast, fu­ri­ous and a tech­no­log­i­cal bat­tle­ship but GT-R would be the hard­est of the fi­nal­ists to live with day-to-day, even if you man­aged to keep your li­cence.

Neil Dowl­ing, Sun­day Times, Perth: In a world of rapid change, Volk­swa­gen stood back and reap­praised its fam­ily hatch­back. Changes to the Golf ap­pear small yet the car is far bet­ter built, tech­no­log­i­cally breath­tak­ing and has driv­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics and safety be­yond its price tag. The Prius is a highly-ad­vanced car that show­cases Toy­ota’s abil­ity to bridge tech­nolo­gies of the past and fu­ture. Clever, but too far too fast.

Stu­art Martin, Ade­laide Ad­ver­tiser: Golf feels solid and com­pletes its des­ig­nated tasks with Ger­man ef­fi­ciency and even a lit­tle bit of flair. While it didn’t end up in the top spot on my votes, Godzilla proved to be greater than the sum of its parts, both on the track (where it is king) and on the road.

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