Volkswagen Golf hatchback takes the award for the best compact family car. Why it won? A whole year has passed since the Golf picked up its first Compact Family Car award, but its appeal is undimmed. With its classy looks, high-quality cabin and executive car refinement, the VW still sets the standard. Better still, it's great to drive, excellent value and has a brilliant range of engines - including the innovative turbocharged TSI petrol units.
Adding to the Golf's long list of credits is a solid gold image. Despite its humble hatchback origins, the desirable VW is as much at home on the school run as it is parked outside a high-class hotel. And don't forget the depth of the line-up.
Take a look at the price lists and you will find three and five-door hatchbacks, practical estates, environmentally friendly BlueMotion models and scorching hot hatches. It's going to take something special to topple the VW in 2011.