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Volkswagen celebrates triple win of UK awards; Touran wins ninth consecutive What Car? trophy

Volkswagen celebrates triple win of UK awards; Touran wins ninth consecutive What Car? trophy

Volkswagen is enjoying a positive start to 2022, with awards from three separate UK publications presented to models across the brand’s range of vehicles. In the early influx of prizes, the Touran, Golf and ID.4 are all dubbed the best in their segment, with the ID.4 deemed ‘Family EV of the Year’ by Company Car Today; the Golf named ‘Medium Car of the Year’ by Company Car and Van; and the Touran collecting the ‘MPV of the Year’ title at the annual What Car? Awards.

The Golf is no stranger to critical acclaim, and continued its winning streak into 2022, with ‘Medium Car of the Year’ from Company Car and Van adding to its trophy haul. Defending its title, this is the second consecutive year that the Golf has won this prize.

The Golf’s win with Company Car and Van is attributed by the publication to its interior, technology and driving characteristics, with Editor, Andrew Walker, adding: “The benchmark car in its class, the Golf is still the one to beat and retains our Medium Car of the Year Award for 2022. Others have tried, and some have come close, but for us the Golf is still the stand-out five-door family hatchback, and is practically perfect in every way.”

The ID.4 was the next to be praised by UK media, with the expert panel at Company Car Today naming the ID.4 ‘Family EV of the Year’ at its 2022 CCT100 Awards. These are judged upon a number of criteria, including running costs, efficiency, practicality, breadth of range, performance and car park appeal.

Paul Barker, Editor of Company Car Today, said: “Volkswagen’s new ID.4 is another great step on the route to EVs being a mainstream part of the motoring landscape, offering a good variation of models to suit differing driver needs, plenty of space and practicality and enough range to banish anxiety. It’s sensible and stylish, and makes sense on a balance sheet and a driveway.”

Last but not least in the early flurry of triumphs, the Touran’s latest victory is its ninth from What Car? in the model’s current third generation, adding a remarkable sixth overall category win to its collection of What Car? trophies. This is n addition to two price point prizes, and its other accolade of ‘Best Used MPV’ from What Car?, which it was awarded in September. The Touran holds the dual titles of being What Car?’s reigning new ‘MPV of the Year’, as well as its ‘Best Used MPV’.

Of particular note to the judges were the Touran’s considerable practicality combined with hatchback-like handling, its seven-seat potential with flexible seating arrangements, and its refinement, equipment, value and quality – attributes touching every facet of the family-focused model.

Also at the prestigious What Car? Awards ceremony, two of Volkswagen’s battery electric models were recognised for their class-leading appeal. First. the e-up! city-car BEV was presented with ‘Best Value Small Electric Car’, while the big-selling ID.3 was judged to be ‘Best Small Electric Car for Long Distances.’

Steve Huntingford, Editor of What Car? said: “One of the things that makes the Touran so good is that it drives more like a well-sorted hatchback than a traditional MPV. Even when every seat is occupied, the comparatively small 1.5-litre engine is plenty strong enough. Plus, you get Isofix child seat points on all five rear seats, there's space for adults in all three rows, and interior quality feels a cut above rivals.”

Sarah Cox, Head of Marketing at Volkswagen UK, said: “There are very few things more satisfying than one of our cars winning an award, so kicking off the year with three separate titles for three very different vehicles in the Volkswagen UK line-up is even sweeter.

“Despite their diversity, the ID.4, Touran and Golf have much in common – practicality, quality and dependability – just like the rest of the range. These shared qualities helped Volkswagen to become number one in the UK across the last year, and satisfy customers and expert panels alike.”

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