What Car? Car of the Year Awards 2012

Posted on January 12, 2012 by


The 35th annual What Car? Car of the Year awards ceremony took place last night at the Grosvenor Hotel, London.

Around 1,500 industry professionals came together to celebrate the achievements of the motoring world.

The awards reflected a good year for the German car market with 10 of the 16 awards going to the likes of Audi, VW and BMW. The overall award for the ‘Car of the Year’ was presented to the Volkswagen up! for its drive, looks and safety features.

What Car? editor-in-chief Chas Hallett said: ‘The Volkswagen Up is the best car we’ve seen this year because it combines refinement, quality, space and economy. It sets new standards for the £10,000 price bracket. It feels at home in town and copes admirably on the motorway; it is the right car for the time.

The winners from the other categories included:

Category/car List
What Car?
Target Price*
City car & Overall Winner Volkswagen Up 1.0 75 High Up £10,390 £10,390
Supermini Audi A1 1.4 TFSI 122 Sport £15,670 £15,413
Small family car Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 122 Match 5dr £19,115 £17,705
Family car Ford Mondeo 1.6 TDCi 115 Eco Zetec S/S £20,795 £19,020
Estate car Ford Mondeo Estate 2.0 TDCi 140 Zetec £22,145 £20,264
Performance car  Porsche 911 Carrera S PDK £83,629 £83,629
MPV Seat Alhambra 2.0 TDI 140 Ecomotive S £24,780 £23,395
Coupé  Audi TT 2.0 TFSI 211 Sport £27,140 £25,271
Hot hatch Renault Mégane Renaultsport 250 Cup £24,020 £22,561
SUV BMW X3 xDrive20d SE automatic £32,965 £32,416
Executive car BMW 3 Series 320d SE automatic £29,425 £29,425
Open-top car  Audi TT Roadster 2.0 TFSI 211 Sport £29,120 £27,110
Luxury car  Mercedes Benz S-Class S350 CDI Bluetec £60,005 £55,948
Ultra-low-carbon Kia
Safety Award  Volkswagen
Security Award  MG
Reader Award  Jaguar C-X16
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