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2010 Volkswagen Polo – Click above for high-res image gallery

It can be a bit overwhelming when every magazine and their various editions pick their own Car of the Year each annum. Fortunately, the Europeans have it together. Literally.

Every year, seven of the continent's biggest car mags – each from a different country and in a different language – get together and jointly choose the European Car of the Year. The process is exhaustive, first identifying the candidates in the summer, then whittling it down to a shortlist of nominees in the fall before selecting their one winner for the year in the winter. And with temperatures dropping everywhere on this side of the equator and the new year fast approaching, the time has come once again.

For 2010, the jurists have selected the new Volkswagen Polo as their Car of the Year. The fifth-gen VW hatch beat out some stiff competition from the Citroen C3 Picaso, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Opel/Vauxhall Astra, Peugeot 3008, Skoda Yeti and Toyota iQ. It was a close race, the Toyota coming in a narrow second with 337 points to the Polo's 347. The Astra took third place by a wide margin at 221 points.

It's the first time a Volkswagen has won the award in some 17 years and only the second time Wolfsburg's taken the prize home in the forty-five years since the jury first sat. Sister company Audi has also won the award twice (for the 1973 Audi 80 and 1983 Audi 100), and Porsche once (for the 1978 Porsche 928).

[Source: CarOfTheYear.org]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      truly a great little car
      but just that tiny bit away from perfection

      the tiny bit that the golf has.

      i've driven both the new golf and polo
      and while the polo is great, small things that the golf has which make it perfect

      off the top of my head
      - not enough power
      - not able to shift while ur arm is on the armrest (which you can do fine with the golf)
      - drink holders placed kinda weird (good luck getting your can while in 3rd gear)

      but i suppose that's not enough to justify double the price for the golf

      a deserved win in any case
      go VW !
      • 5 Years Ago
      IMO the Astra was a more deserving winner, but the Polo was still a great choice. Congratulations, VW!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Amazing that the iQ was so close to winning. I think iQ is the real game changer in the micro-car segment.
        • 5 Years Ago
        vs a golf
        • 5 Years Ago
        the polo is not a micro car!!!!
        if you would see one with 17inch wheel from a front/side view angle, you wouldn't see the difference
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice, understated design -- and I haven't liked many VWs lately (such as the chromed Jetta, ugh). But this looks like a worthy competitor to the Fit, if it ever does come to the U.S.

      p.s. how about some photos of the back seat and trunk?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not meaning to dis the Polo here, but given the examples you cited, this group doesn't have much of a track record. The Audi 80 and 100 were great to drive but very trouble-prone, and the Porsche 928 sold like, well, what's the opposite of hotcakes?

      Of course, they're not alone. The Chevy Vega was a Motor Trend Car of the Year.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Since when have sales figures been an accurate predictor of a car's greatness?
        I mean, how well does the hideous U.S.-spec Focus sell? Or many other Snoozemobiles others harp on in this blog.

        I mean, how many of these cars would have awarded Automobile of the Year?
        • 5 Years Ago
        James, you have a point. Sales do not equal greatness. But the 928 didn't have that many fans, either. Do you own one?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am sure its not as fun as the cars that carried the logo in your picture, but not everyone can afford the prancing horse. Polo is a very nice car for its price.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They will be selling the Polo Plus and the Polo sedan here.
      • 5 Years Ago
      small car of the year?
      • 5 Years Ago
      They need to bring the Polo GTI to the states please!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Do want, etc, etc
      • 5 Years Ago
      Volkswagen's other win (1992) was for the Mk III Golf:

      • 5 Years Ago
      What's everyone talking about? VW IS BRINGING THE POLO TO THE USA!

      However this has got to be the ugliest Polo ever. It merely looks like a dumbed-down Golf. What happened to all the style and coolness of the previous gen Polos!!? One thing is for sure, this Polo will make the golf look better.
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