What Car? has named the Ford Fiesta 1.25 Zetec 5dr as its Used Car of the Year 2012 and used supermini of the year.
What Car? editor-in-chief Chas Hallett said: 'The Fiesta is a fantastic used car. It’s stylish, refined, safe and great to drive. It’s also reliable and cheap to run, and you can buy a three-year-old example for a little over £6000, so it’s a lot of talented car for the cash.'
The Ford Mondeo was voted the best used family car, while the Ford S-Max won the best used MPV trophy, taking Ford’ tally of awards to three.
Last year’s overall winner, the Nissan Qashqai, was voted best used SUV, with judges praising its spacious and classy cabin, comfortable ride and commanding view.
Volkswagen picked up two awards. The Golf was named best used small family car and the Passat Estate best used estate car.
What Car? Used Car of the Year 2012: the Ford Fiesta
Audi also won two trophies, with the A6 awarded best used executive and luxury car, and the TT named used fun car of the year.
The Toyota Aygo was named best used city car. The judges said that the Aygo’s blend of funky styling and rock-bottom running costs were exactly the attributes city car buyers are looking for.
The What Car? Used Car of the Year judging panel was picked from all areas of the motor industry, including Fords of Winsford car supermarket, Warranty Direct and CDL Ltd, plus experts from What Car?. As well as selecting the overall Used Car of the Year, the judges picked winners and runners-up in nine categories, looking at running costs, reliability, driveability, quality, longevity, safety features and desirability.
All the winners
Overall and Superminis - Ford Fiesta 1.25 Zetec 5dr
City cars - Toyota Aygo 1.0 VVT-i + 3dr 2009/09
Small family cars - Volkswagen Golf 1.6 TDI Match 5dr
Family cars - Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCi 140 Zetec
Estates - Volkswagen Passat Estate 2.0 TDI SE 2008/58
MPVs - Ford S-Max 2.0 TDCi 140 Zetec
SUVs - Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi Acenta 2008/58
Executive and luxury cars - Audi A6 2.0 TDI SE
Fun cars - Audi TT 2.0 TFSI
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