Land Rover Defender: your favourite car

* Off-roader tops reader poll * 20,000 cars rated * Ford Focus CC comes last...

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What Car? Staff
22 Oct 2009 14:12 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

What Car? magazine readers have voted the Land Rover Defender as their favourite car in the publication's 2009 Reader Awards.

Chosen by real motorists with experience of 207 different models from 40 manufacturers, the awards are drawn from more than 20,000 reader reviews and cover every category from superminis to supercars.

What Car? group editor Steve Fowler said: 'The Land Rover Defender has bags of ability and does exactly what it's designed to do perfectly. Together with its no-nonsense approach and strong durability, the Defender is putting a big smile on owners' faces.'

While Defender drivers are delighted with their lot, Ford Focus CC owners are being driven to distraction by problems, rating this convertible at the very bottom of the pile.

Readers made the Fiat 500 their top supermini, the Jaguar XJ best in the executive and luxury car class, and the Ford Mondeo top estate.

The Audi A5 was rated the best coupe, the Skoda Octavia the best small family car and the Mazda MX-5 the best open-top.

In the performance car sector the Porsche 911 won, Mercedes-Benz's C-Class topped the family and compact exec category, and the Ford C-Max was the best MPV.

Cars that struggled include the Citroen C3, which was the last-placed supermini. The Volvo S40 was the least popular small family car and the Volkswagen Passat came bottom in the Family and Compact Executive category.

Top 10
1 Land Rover Defender
2 Fiat 500
3 Mazda MX-5
4 Porsche 911
5 Audi A5
6 Jaguar XJ
7 Peugeot 407
8 Porsche Cayman
9 Daihatsu Copen
10 Skoda OctaviaBottom 10
1 Ford Focus CC (Last)
2 Peugeot 807
3 Nissan Navara
4 Vauxhall Zafira
5 Citroen C3
6 Chevrolet Matiz
7 Perodua Kelisa
8 Chevrolet Lacetti
9 Peugeot 407
10 Renault Espace