Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

VW Takes the Top Car Award

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

VW Takes the Top Car Award

Article excerpt

A $20,000 hatchback has beaten a $400,000 Porsche in Drive's annual Car of the Year awards, as the overall winner of the largest consumer award of its type in Australia.

The Volkswagen Polo 77TSI may take almost four times as long as the Porsche 911 Turbo to reach 100kmh, but its combination of a frugal turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a sophisticated city-friendly hatchback body saw it dominate a 47-car field across 14 major vehicle categories to take out the overall Car of the Year award. At $19,850 plus on-road costs ($22,350 for the auto), the Polo was one of the cheapest cars in the field of finalists, which encompassed everything from small cars, family cars and SUVs to luxury limousines, sports cars and people movers. Its 1.2-litre engine was also the smallest in the field, signalling the arrival of a new breed of efficient engines using technology rather than size to achieve often conflicting goals of performance and economy.

The Polo's engine was the most frugal of the DCOTY field, using 24 per cent less fuel than the 1. …

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