The Volkswagen Golf has been awarded ‘Used Car Hero’ at the 2019 Autocar Awards in the UK. The citation said that it was in recognition of its numerous talents – namely the value it represents to customers on the used car market, from its flexibility and quality to its reliability.
The accolade comes after a successful week, where the Golf also collected the award for ‘Best Car for New Drivers’ at the Auto Trader New Car Awards 2019, it has now picked up the title Used Car Hero from Autocar. The award also comes as the current Golf faces strong challenges from SUV/ crossovers from within the German brands own range and from other competitors in those segments. The wave of compact SUV’s continues to spread across Europe.
The publication applauded the Golf’s versatile line-up, ranging from high-performance champions like the R and GTI models, to the value-packed entry-level Golf, the eco credentials of the e-Golf and the real-world usability of the diesel and petrol-engined variants on offer. The Golf’s value for money on the used market was of particular note to Autocar.
Speaking of the Golf’s win, Autocar Editor Mark Tisshaw said: “The Volkswagen Golf has been crowned the ‘2019 Autocar Used Car Hero’. We’ve picked out the nearly-new seventh generation version, which is available in many forms, from the electric e-Golf to the hot R version. Whichever version you choose, the used Golf blends affordability, versatility and reliability.
“The Used Car Hero award celebrates nearly new cars, and is awarded to a brilliant used car that’s still on sale as a new one. The current Golf was the outstanding choice for the win this year, given there is next to no drop off in appeal for all the reasons you’d buy a new one still apply when buying used.“
Over the last 45 years the Volkswagen Golf has built a loyal following. It has long been a favourite of car buyers in the UK and Ireland, and consistently ranks very highly as one of the best-selling new cars.