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Whether you’re switching from public transport to the car for work travel, or your post-lockdown holiday plans mean long drives rather than flights abroad, it’s possible you’ll be racking up big miles in your next car. If that’s the case this award will be one to watch, given it celebrates the cars best suited to long hours on the road.

There were five cars in contention for this prize with the Skoda Octavia and BMW 5 Series both scoring well. The clear winner by a huge margin, though, is the VW Golf, this model’s appearance in the shortlists for many categories this year a reflection of its all-round popularity and talent. You voted the Golf first in five of the 16 judging categories, including features and accessories, looks, ease of parking, safety equipment and how confidence inspiring it is to drive. Practicality, performance, quality and comfort were also praised.
What is it about the Golf owners love most? “The car’s ability to do all that I ask of it, performance and handling, long distance driving combined with economy, feeling safe with my eight-year-old in the car, overall comfort,” said one respondent, before concluding, “I really like this car.”

Can’t say it simpler than that.

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