Rising to the top in a field of 51 original considerees, the new
Volkswagen Golf VI outpointed its two finalist rivals, the
Ford Fiesta and the
Toyota iQ, to claim 2009 World Car of the Year honors. With previous generations of VW's global best-seller accounting for more than 26 million units worldwide, this latest incarnation has big tire tracks to fill. In the minds of the 59 jurors who made the selection, clearly it succeeds in that quest. They stated that the new Golf "feels more expensive than other family hatches, thanks to its solid build and high quality cabin. Customers get a choice of nothing less than six engines including the punchy and efficient 158hp 1.4-litre TSI unit that features both a turbo and supercharger. The Golf is also available with the firm's new 2.0-litre common-rail diesel motor... It goes without saying that choosing between the slick six-speed manual and superb DSG twin-clutch gearbox can be difficult. Sitting on an outstanding chassis, the VW is more refined than its rivals, especially when highway cruising." Previous World Car of the Year winners were the Mazda2 /
Mazda Demio in 2008, the
Lexus LS460 in 2007, the
BMW 3-Series in 2006, and the
Audi A6 in 2005.