What Car? Reader Awards 2009 - The best and worst

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  • What Car? readers reveal all
  • More than 20,000 take part
  • The results in full
The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed that the Ford Focus CC is the only car in our reader survey with a two-star average rating – although the Peugeot 807 and Nissan Navara came close.

Leaking roofs and other problems mean the Focus CC is the only car to have annoyed enough of you sufficiently to drop it down to this level.

What's at the other end of the spectrum? There are a handful of five-star results, so it's not so easy to tell. Looking at all of the ratings from owners, however, the no-nonsense Land Rover Defender is definitely top dog.

Owners love the unpretentious nature of the car, and the fact that it does what it's designed to do perfectly. You certainly wouldn't buy one if you need to cruise the length and breadth of the country every day, but as a working tool, you reckon the Defender is impossible to beat.


If you don't agree with what other owners say about your pride and joy, don't just sit and fume. Equally, don't hold back if you want to let off steam about that horror on your drive.

Just click on My What Car?. Then all you have to do is register (it's quick and easy) and you can begin writing your review.

Try to be balanced in your review, even if you're enraged by your car, and give us both the good points and bad points about it.

Tell other buyers what it's like to drive, how practical it is, how reliable it has been and how much it costs to fuel. Don't forget to tell us what kind of service you received at the dealership when you bought the car and when it came to service and repairs.

Remember, keep your review concise – 250 words is about right – keep it fair, and don't be rude! If you bear these simple rules in mind, you'll be doing your fellow car buyer a great service.

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