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The Mercury Cars Guide : November 28th 2009
2--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, November 28, 2009 Magnificent Golf manages WINNER: Volkswagen Golf was judged Not too hot, not too cold and, crucially, not too expensive.'' Volkswagen Golf. It's as simple as that in the final judgment for Carsguide Car of the Year in 2009. Paul Gover reports on the best of the year T HE Mercedes-Benz E Class is good, the Ford Fiesta is better, but the Golf is best of all from more than 100 new cars that landed in Australia over the past year. After an intensive two-day test program, based in Brisbane and including everything from freeways and country roads to a hit-out at the Lakeside racetrack, the Golf emerged as the first choice with six of the nine COTY judges. They assessed the German hatch- back and its rivals for everything from value and safety to fuel econ- omy, ride, handling and quality. The Golf's final margin, with cars scored 10-1 by each judge, was an 86-78 point victory over the Fiesta, with the Mercedes-Benz third on 63. Despite its green credentials, the hybrid Toyota Prius finished last with only 15 points. The Fiesta might have been runner- up in the Carsguide COTY contest but the Econetic version scooped a win for 2009 when it took the Green Car of the Year award. The Golf tested for the COTY contest was the 1.4-litre twincharge model with a DSG manu-matic gearbox. It is priced at $32,990 but the Golf range starts at $25,990. ''Not too hot, not too cold and, crucially, not too expensive,'' says Kevin Hepworth of the Daily Tele- graph. But some cars were not rated so highly, including the super-quick Nissan GT-R that was only placed eighth. ''Sure, it's an engineering and tech- nological tour-de-force, but it's im- possible to live with. And you can't get past the fact that the brute is just plain ugly,'' says Karla Pincott. The final field for Carsguide COTY 2009 was loaded with affordable, real- world cars including the popular Mazda3, the mid-sized Subaru Lib- erty, the Hyundai i30CW station wagon --- sister to the i30 that won COTY in 2007 --- and the compact Holden Cruze that will go into local production in Adelaide next year. what the judges said Paul Gover, national motoring editor: ''The right car won. The Golf was voted World Car of the Year when it landed in Europe and now it has claimed the big prize in Australia. ''I was surprised by the poor showing of the Prius, but it was shown up as a car --- not a science experiment --- in this field.'' Kevin Hepworth, Daily Telegraph, Sydney: ''The E is all class. Outside the price range of most people but what you get for your money is a taste of the good life with automotive best practice. ''Fast, furious and a technological battleship but GT-R would be the hardest of any of the finalists to live with on a day-to-day basis, even if you managed to keep your licence.'' Neil Dowling, Sunday Times, Perth: ''In a world of rapid change, Volkswagen stood back and reappraised its family hatchback. ''Changes to the Golf appear small yet the car is far better built, technologically breathtaking and has driving characteristics and safety beyond its pricetag. ''The Prius is a highly-advanced car that showcases Toyota's ability to bridge technologies of the past and future. Clever, but too far too fast.'' Stuart Martin, Adelaide Advertiser: ''Golf feels solid and completes its designated tasks with German efficiency and even a little bit of flair. ''While it didn't end up in the top spot on my votes, Godzilla proved to be greater than the sum of its parts, both on the track --- and on the road.'' Keith Didham, The Mercury: ''VW's latest Golf is a cracker and best car in the pack, but personally at the end of the day, it's the Mercedes Benz E250 I would be happy owning. ''It won't appeal to all and it has its shortcomings in what's offered as standard equipment, but it's so sweet to drive, has the solid quality and safety you expect from this brand and is superbly comfortable. ''As much as I love the raw grunt and seat of your pants handling, the GT-R doesn't cut it for me. 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