Following on from Volkswagen’s award-heavy first quarter, the spring kicked off with the ‘Best Car for New Drivers’ trophy, awarded to the Golf at the Auto Trader New Car Awards. Speaking about the Golf’s win, Erin Baker, Editorial Director at Auto Trader, said: “The key areas that new drivers are focused on include safety, ease of parking and how good the car looks, and the Volkswagen Golf ranked top in these areas. Owners were also impressed by its comfort, reliability and the quality of its features and accessories. And of course, the Golf’s iconic status stood out to new drivers too.”
Soon afterwards, the up! and Tiguan were both applauded with awards – winning their respective categories of Most Dependable City Car and Most Dependable Compact SUV on the market. Every year J.D. Power asks more than 11,000 original owners of vehicles in the UK about their satisfaction after 12-36 months of ownership. Volkswagen took home two category wins out of a total of eight at the ceremony in May.
A successful May concluded with a hat-trick from DieselCar & EcoCar Magazine, as the publication announced its annual Top 50. The Golf, up! and Tiguan all featured in the Top 50, with the Golf gaining the additional accolade of ‘Best Medium Car’, and the up! being named ‘Best sub-110g/km Petrol Car’ of the year.
The Golf earned particular recognition from editor and publisher Ian Robertson, who said: “Models in its class are becoming more accomplished, but the Golf still leads the class in so many areas and takes top spot in our medium car category. There are just so few places you can pick holes in its classy design, up-to-date technology and superb refinement.”
The Arteon took two trophies home from the Tow Car Awards in June – winning both its 1,550-1,699 kg weight class and the overall award, with the judging panel critiquing everything from the quality and space in its interior, to its stability when towing at speed. David Motton, Tow Car Editor of Practical Caravan, said: “You’d think that choosing such a striking car would mean compromising on practicality, hardly a sensible trade off in a tow car. But the Arteon is roomier than it looks. If anything, boot space is even more surprising than the room in the cabin. Our practicality judges found space for every last item of holiday luggage, something that can’t be said of some of the bigger estate cars tested this year.”
Rounding off the quarter with another trophy, the up! was named ‘City Car of the Year’ by Auto Express – the third year in a row that the smallest Volkswagen has claimed this title. In particular, Auto Express praised the up! in High up! 1.0-litre 75 PS 5dr spec, paying note to the car’s high level of equipment, affordability and practicality. Despite its city car dimensions, the up!’s level of safety and space and price point also drew praise from the judging panel.
Steve Fowler, Editor-in-Chief of Auto Express, said: “The up! is in its element around town, because visibility is excellent and the light steering, precise manual gearshift and compact dimensions make it perfect for the city. Yet its good body control, grip and agility make it great fun on a winding road, too.”
Commenting on Volkswagen’s award success over the last few months, Geraldine Ingham, Head of Marketing at Volkswagen UK, said: “It’s always encouraging for the talents of the range to be recognised by the British media, but especially so when the awards are so diverse and reward the many different qualities of our cars.
“With such an exciting line-up of new products heading this way over the next twelve months, we are optimistic that the trophy cabinet will only get more crowded.”