VW Golf named Green Car of the Year
What Car? editor-in-chief Steve Fowler said: 'Volkswagen has built a hugely desirable car that's big on ability, but small on running costs.
'The Golf Bluemotion does an enviable 74.3mpg and emits just 99g/km of CO2, which means it is exempt from road tax, while company car tax will be based on just 13% of its £18,685 list price. It's a package that's hard to beat. VW dealers are going to be busy.'
Collecting the award on behalf of Volkswagen was Professor Dr Stefan Gies, head of chassis development. He said: 'Ever since the first Bluemotion model was launched in 2007 our strategy for this environmental sub-brand has been to produce class-leading vehicles which are efficient, sustainable, practical, comfortable and competitively priced. This is what our customers want and all these values are encapsulated in the Golf.'
Double award winner
The Golf was also named best Green Small Family Car and beat eight other category winners to the overall Green Car of the Year title.
VW also won the family car category with its Passat 1.6 TDI 105 Bluemotion. The judges said: “This is the green family car that families will want rather than the one they think they should have.”
At opposite ends of the market, the Fiat 500 1.2 Pop was awarded best Green Supermini, while the British-built Jaguar XJ collected the award for the greenest luxury car.
Another British-built winner was the Nissan Qashqai in the Crossover category, which won for its cost-effectiveness, practicality, comfort, drivability and environmental credentials.
BMW's 3 Series was the best Green Executive Car for the second year running, but this year it was the 320d Efficient Dynamics model that won for its brilliant package of great driver appeal, 68.9mpg economy, low tax liability as well as low NOx and particulate emissions.
The Peugeot 5008 is the best Green MPV you can buy. It offers seven seats, 53.2mpg and 140g/km C02 plus top-level safety kit and security features.
Honda's new CR-Z hybrid is What Car?'s Green Sports Car 2010. Judges praised its low CO2 and high mpg, and said: 'The CR-Z is small and light, so it doesn't need a massively powerful engine, and that means it's clean, efficient and good to drive.'
New award for used car
The What Car? Used Green Car award is new for this year and is sponsored by Warranty Direct. The prize went to the Ford Focus 1.6 TDCi 90 Style 5dr, ('08/08).
Warranty Direct, Managing Director Duncan McClure Fisher said: 'The Ford Focus is one of the UK's favourite buys and there's a reason for that. The Focus is a sturdy, reliable car that is affordable to run and features good engineering.
'With so much emphasis on 'green' motoring and lowering emission levels, a car like this that has excellent environmental credentials and has very few weaknesses elsewhere is the perfect buy for motorists in the small family category.'
The Renault-Nissan Alliance picked up the Editor's Award for being the pioneers of bringing practical and fun electric cars to the market for real people. What Car? editor-in-chief, Steve Fowler, said: 'The Nissan Leaf and Renault Fluence will change people's perceptions of electric motoring for good.'