March 30, 2015

What Car? – Car of the Year Awards 2011

The Audi A1 1.4 TFSI

Audi A1 1.4 TFSI – What Car? Car of the Year

We have a round-up of the 2011 What Car? Car of the Year Awards. With which we’re not completely in agreement.

Here we are again – at the start of a New Year – and it’s time once again for the What Car? Car of the year awards. Which means, as it always does, an enormous amount of emails in our inbox on this subject.

Every award winner sends out a press release telling us what we already know from the What Car Awards themselves – they bagged a gong.

But that doesn’t stop PR bods going in to overdrive and making sure we know who won what, and why. And it’s a difficult shout for us; it’s very hard to justify a story for every category of winner, but it’s interesting for Cars UK readers to see the opinions of What Car?  So we thought it was probably best to do a quick round-up of all the winners on the night, and perhaps a quick comment.

And although awards are meant to be objective, they never are. Subjectivity is simply an individuals objectivity, and unless we have Top Trumps for every winner it’s all just opinion.

So we’ll throw our two bobs worth in the comments for each winner. Feel free to do the same in the forum.

What Car? Car of the Year Awards 2011

CAR OF THE YEAR Audi A1 1.4 TFSI Sport

This is the car that should have been the Audi S1. Until Audi lost its bottle at the last minute and decided it couldn’t be an S1 without quattro. Good, but expensive.

Supermini – Audi A1 1.4 TFSI Sport

Ditto above

Small Family Car – Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 122 Match 5dr

It’s hard to go far wrong with a Golf. But it’s a bit uninspired as a choice.

Family Car Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCi 140 Zetec

Same as with the Golf above. Except it’s a Mondeo.

Estate Car – Ford Mondeo Estate 2.0 TDCi 140 Zetec

Ditto above. Yawn.

MPV – Seat Alhambra 2.0 TDI 140 Ecomotive S

Has What Car got a VW/Ford thing going on? The Peugeot 5008 is better than this. Probably.

Hot Hatch - Renault Mégane Renaultsport 250 Cup

Wow. It’s not a Ford or VW. And we are probably in agreement here.

Coupé – Audi TT 2.0 TFSI 211 Sport

Sorry, with money no object this is a daft winner. Factor in cost, and there’s much better value.

Open-Top – BMW Z4 sDrive23i

Same observation as the Audi TT.

Performance Car – Ferrari 458 Italia

You’ll get no argument from us. Really, the only contender.

Crossover Peugeot 3008 1.6 THP 156 Sport

Couldn’t agree more. As we never tire of telling anyone looking for a surprisingly good car capable of being fun as well as practical. If not exactly drop-dead gorgeous.

4×4 – Land Rover Discovery 3.0 SDV6 XS

Again, completely in agreement. Although we’d have the HSE. If you’re spending this much why not go that bit further and be spoilt?

Compact Executive – BMW 3 Series 320d ES

Almost right. We’d opt for the BMW 320d EfficientDynamics. Virtually the same but uses next to no fuel. The perfect posh rep-mobile.

Executive Jaguar XF 3.0D V6 Luxury

Again, almost right. We’d have the Jaguar XF Diesel S. Practically perfect in every way.

Luxury Car - Mercedes-Benz S-Class S350 CDI Bluetec

We see the point. But only if you’re buying the S-Class to be driven in. If you’re going to drive then you should get the Jaguar XJ

Ultra-Low-Carbon Car – Nissan Leaf

Codswallop. The Leaf isn’t even available yet. And if any ICE car launched where the furthest you could safely go (and get back) was 40 miles, and then you couldn’t use it again for 8 hours, we’d all laugh. Especially if it cost more than anything else comparable. Which is just what we’d do if idiots didn’t keep considering it a real car.

Security - Volkswagen

Such an exciting category we’re too overcome to comment.

Safety – Volvo

Ditto above.

We’re sure your opinions will be completely different to ours. And from What Car? And as they’re not our awards we can be flippant. As can you.

Which is exactly as it should be.

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