The all-new Volkswagen Golf Mk7 has claimed the title of European Car of the Year for 2013.

The new seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf took top spot in the European awards, with the 58-member COTY jury awarding it a total of 414 points, relegating the freshest affordable sports car on the market, the Toyota 86/Subaru BR-Z twins, to second with 202 points, while in third place was the recently released Volvo V40 with 189 points.

The win for Golf is its first since the third-generation Volkswagen small car took victory in 1992 and comes after the Up! finished second in last year’s awards behind the Opel Ampera/Chevrolet Volt.

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According to COTY, every generation of Volkswagen Golf has finished in the top three of the awards for the past 38 years, with the original Golf coming runner-up in 1975.

The COTY jury, representing 22 European countries, recognised the new Golf for its overall balance and its outstanding achievements in safety, fuel efficiency, dynamics and comfort. Noted highlights included the Golf Mk7’s new lightweight MQB platform-based structure, heightened cabin quality and space, and the hatchback’s road behaviour, ride and aural comfort. Extra credit was also handed out to Volkswagen with a nod for retaining the iconic car’s traditional image.

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The new Volkswagen Golf launches locally next month with the initial line-up to be joined later by the 162kW/350Nm Golf GTI (and the 169kW Golf GTI Performance model) and the 135kW/380Nm Golf GTD diesel.

The European Car of the Year aims to establish one decisive winner based on a criteria of design, comfort, safety, economy, handling, performance, functionality, environmental requirements, driver satisfaction, price, technical innovation and value for money, with no categories, sub-divisions or class winners selected.




  • Resident

    Let the negative comments start.

    Good work on Volkswagen’s part, following on from the Polo’s win in 2010.

    • Don Quay

      Yes, I saw the headline and thought which troll is going to make their usual comments about DSG, injectors, light bulbs and the usual stuff.

      • Jrjrjrj

        they don’t need to do it if you become the troll and do it yourself…..

        • Don Quay

          That was not my intention. I was referring to some others who claim to have heard from someone who said their cousin once met a bloke whose girlfriend’s brother worked once with a guy who once went to school with………

          You know how it goes, all sorts of unverified third hand horror stories.

    • Zaccy16

      yep completely agree, VW are kicking lots of goals at the moment!

    • Gfh

      I feel sorry for the team at Audi who did the A3.

    • Fgs

      It’s very interesting to see the scores judges gave the top eight cars on the website.

  • Golfschwein

    I suspected it would. I look forward to my first drive in April.

  • Karl Sass

    “The European Car of the Year aims to establish one decisive winner based on a criteria of design, comfort, safety, economy, handling, performance, functionality, environmental requirements, driver satisfaction, price, technical innovation and value for money,”
    I can think of a few criteria missing from that list : (

  • LowRezFez

    Based on the criteria this is a deserving winner. My criteria extend to ownership factors, so my assessment would be different. Still, well done VW.

  • HaplessPossum

    I’ve had a brilliant experience with Volkswagens as my two Golfs (Mk4 SE and Mk6 118TSI) have been absolutely faultless so far.

    • Zaccy16

      yep my polos been faultless to, my friends passat has been faultless etc..!

  • Tony Abbotts No1 Fan

    I like the look of the interior, it seems to give the impression of a much more expensive car, if that makes sense

  • tonyW

    The impressive aspecty about this win is that it just didn’t win – in terms of points it absolutely thrashed the other finalists. And included in those those other finalist was one of its main segment competitors in the new V40. Very impressive.

    • Guest12

      The result doesn’t bode too well for the V40…

  • nugsdad

    Yea and GT86 / BRZ wins Japanese car of the year, New Rangie wins UK COTY, Corvette Stingray wins US COTY and VF Commodore wins Australian, .Mahindra wins India…. Cherry wins China and Hyundai wins Korea  zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    • matt

      now ya gettin’ it

    • Car Fanatic

      I’d be inclined to agree if it were German car of the year, but Europe is made up of many countries. Stop having a whinge.

      Well done VW

  • Mike

    “Extra credit was also handed out to Volkswagen with a nod for retaining the iconic car’s traditional image.”

    Food for thought for those demanding “more adventurous” design. This is primarily a car for the European market, and in that market a conservative, understated design works best. VW knows better than to chase Korean Baroque.

  • Daniel

    Predictable but as a product, probably very deserving. It looks great and I especially like the interior. Everything I’ve read about it so far has been very enthusiastic. It’s a bit of a boring world where a VW hatch seems to win two in three world COTYs, but hey, if it deserves it and it fits the bill there isn’t much else to say. 

  • Barry

    Agreed the rolf and polio are great cars in European conditions.

    • Ted

      I do agree with that as well, shame they are not in Aust !!

      • Barry

        If they ever do sort out there reliability in AU conditions Ted.I have no doubt rolf will challenge Mazda3.

  • Dudeface

    Looking forward to seeing what they do with the new Golf R. If they keep the same specs as the new S3 it will be a very quick car

    • Peteshipard

      Just had conformation that the Audi s3 will be detuned for the Australian market again, 209KW.

      • nugsdad

         fair enough seeing as our speed limits are also detuned

      • Mick

        Chipping will fix that and give you a bit more on top.

  • Peteshipard

    No link sorry, was at local Audi dealership and enquiring about the new s3, salesman showed me a few but not all specs for the new model but one was the power output for OZ, which stated 209KW. Once again blaming our hot climate.

    • Theo

      Who cares? Not a single S3 will be sold now that there’s the A45AMG.

  • Peteshipard

    After the summer we have just gone through, it may not be such a bad thing. 11KW less will not be felt in the real world I don’t think anyway. Kudos for the BMW & Mercedes for not detuning, but driving a AMG 2.0lt with 265KW in 40°+ I would be a little nervous. Amazing output though!

  • Theo

    As if the award’s not rigged. Who do you think the judges are, scientists!?

    • Golfschwein

      Would it have been rigged if they gave it to the Toyota 86?

      • Theo

        If it’s that good why doesn’t it win the bogus award EVERY year?

        • Golfschwein

          Golfschwein emits delighted chortle: it’s only for…NEW…cars.

  • Tone

    Nice to see that VW’s cheques keep clearing.

  • Guest

    More of the Volkswagen fap fap fap fap craze.  

  • Alfred

    Getting rave reviews everywhere.
    This widens the gap again by quite a margin.

    • Alexsmart

      Guest.
      The VW Golf MK6 with DSG gearbox 7 speed auto has a big problems, shuddering. The problems starts at 20.000 klm and all cars with DSG 7speed auto gerabox Audi,Jetta,Passat has big problems and is very expensive to fix it.