What Car? Reader Awards 2010 - Best and worst cars overall
BMW 1 Series Coupé
Second best Land Rover Defender
Third best Alfa Romeo Mito
It seems no one regrets buying a 1 Series Coupé. Not a single reader on whatcar.com gave the car less than four stars overall, and the vast majority dished out a full five-star verdict.
Almost every review raved about how brilliant the Coupé is to drive: ‘The last car I had fun driving was my old Mazda MX-5 – but the 1 Series Coupé is built for driving pleasure,’ said owner Jason Tang. ‘Throw it at a winding road and you’ll grin the entire way!’ said Kiran Naidu. ‘It puts a smile on my face every time
I get behind the wheel’, said Stephen Hayward.
That driving pleasure didn’t usually cause you much pain at the pumps, either. ‘I haven’t been driving like an old Sunday driver, but my average fuel consumption is a touch under 59mpg,’ said Ian Greer, the owner of 118d Sport.
Complaints were few and far between, but a few reader reviews criticised the
limited rear head- and legroom.
Jason said: ‘My only qualm is the lack of space in the back – if BMW lengthened the car by 30mm, it would be perfect.’
Worst car overall
Ford Focus CC
Second worst Peugeot 807
Third worst Vauxhall Zafira
Ford should be glad to see the back of the CC when the all-new Focus arrives next spring, because you’ve voted this model, with its folding hardtop, your least favourite car for the second year running.
The biggest number of complaints stemmed from leaky roofs, which prompted over half of readers to give a damning one-star verdict. One-time owner Linsey Hogg said: ‘Brilliant – until it started to rain. The leak started on the driver’s side, but progressed to the passenger’s side and into the back seats.’ Beverley Lloyd had a similar experience. ‘The roof leaked the first time it rained, and the problem took four weeks to sort out! Now it’s leaking again.
More recent reviews have improved, however, which suggests Ford may have got to the bottom of the leaking top. Owner Rhys Lewis said: ‘My car has been through plenty of rain and has experienced no leaks. I’m glad I didn’t listen those people who slated the car.’
James Kapherr is also a happy owner, and recently gave his Focus CC a five-star rating: ‘I did notice the odd drip from the roof, but only when I put the roof down when it was -3 degrees outside. The seals must have been stiff. Otherwise the roof has been fine,’ he said.