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Volkswagen Golf named Car of the Year for 2014

Press release   •   May 16, 2014 09:01 BST

The Volkswagen Golf has added once more to its trophy cabinet, claiming not only the Small Family Car award for the second year running, but also the overall Car of the Year accolade for 2014.  The awards were presented earlier this evening at an event in London.

Commenting on the award, editor of, Dan Harrison said: ‘Winning Car of the Year for 2014 and Small Family Car shows the enduring popularity of the Volkswagen Golf.  The car sets the quality benchmark in its class and is a great all-round hatchback with the usual Volkswagen build quality and refinement.  We think it's a very impressive car and our users clearly agree, with the Golf getting more views than any other review on the site.’

Unlike most awards which are allocated according to the views of a panel of judges, the awards recognise and reward the cars, classics and vans that users search for most on the site; put simply, the reviews which create the most interest among the website’s users are the winners.  The data to measure this is taken from Google Analytics and calculates the number of page views each review has had over the 12 months from April 2013 to April 2014.  The site gets around 1.6 million visits every month with the majority of these users viewing car reviews.

The seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf was launched in the UK in January 2013 and since then has claimed a raft of top accolades and titles, including World Car of the Year and European Car of the Year.  Its popularity is due in large part to its key values of safety, quality, value for money and technology, all of which have been integral to the Golf brand for the past 40 years.  Since launch in 1974, over 30 million Golfs have been sold.  In addition there’s a Golf for every need, taste and budget, from the parsimonious BlueMotion through the GTI to the range-topping R, as well as the capacious Golf Estate and the Golf SV which goes on sale in July.

The website was set up in 2000 to help consumers with advice on buying, selling and running cars.  Since then Honest John himself has answered more than 650,000 questions.

For more information on the multi-award-winning Volkswagen Golf, please visit your local Volkswagen Retailer or



Volkswagen Group UK is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Europe’s largest carmaker and one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers.  From its UK headquarters in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, it controls the sourcing, marketing and distribution of all vehicles and parts in the UK for Volkswagen Group vehicles, including Volkswagen Passenger Cars and Commercial Vehicles, Audi, SEAT and ŠKODA cars. 

Volkswagen UK is one of the country’s largest importers, accounting for almost one in ten of every car sold. The company sells a wide range of vehicles which range from compact city cars through the best-selling and renowned Golf, Polo and Beetle models, to luxury saloons and 4x4s. 

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