VW Golf named European Car of the Year 2013

05 March 2013 - 15:39 By AFP Relaxnews

The seventh iteration of VW's iconic family hatchback the Golf has received European motoring's highest honour.

Held in Geneva to mark the official press launch of the 83rd Geneva Motor Show, the awards, now in their 50th year, are the oldest and still most prestigious for all automakers who sell cars in the European mainland.

The latest Volkswagen Golf beat a field of 32 new cars, which had been whittled down to eight finalists to be crowned the car of the year by a jury of 58 motoring journalists from 22 European countries.

Giving the Golf over 200 points more than its closest rival, the Toyota GT 86, the judges praised the Golf for its comprehensive features, performance, safety and comfort.

As Hakan Matson, Jury President and automobile expert of the Swedish business paper Dagens Industri, explained of the decision: "The Volkswagen Golf VII received amazing results in our intensive test drives. It is a modern car with a high level of quality and safety, a wide range of drive trains as well as an outstanding driving performance.

The Car of the Year winner has to show excellence in a number of categories -- with special attention to the needs of consumers. All the members of our jury are experts and put the finalists through a series of exhaustive tests to provide substantial purchasing criteria for consumers."

The key criteria for Car of the Year are innovation, value for money, safety, quality and design as well as environmental aspects.

Following the Golf's overall score of 414 and the Toyota GT 86's score of 202 was the Volvo V40, which garnered 189 points to give it third place. The top five was rounded off with the Ford B-Max and the Mercedes-Benz A-Class.