Golf wins ‘Used Car Hero’ at Autocar awards

Our popular hatchback has won the title of ‘Used Car Hero’ at the 2019 Autocar awards

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Just days after collecting the award for 'Best Car for New Drivers' at the Auto Trader new car awards 2019, the popular Volkswagen Golf has won the title of 'Used Car Hero'.

Autocar applauded Golf’s diverse model range, the eco credentials of the e-Golf, and the low running costs of its diesel and petrol engines. The publisher was ultimately impressed by Golf’s value for money on the used car market.

Volkswagen UK Managing Director Andrew Savvas collected the award on Tuesday 14 May during an awards evening held at the Silverstone Wing in Northamptonshire.

Autocar Editor Mark Tisshaw said: “The Volkswagen Golf has been crowned the 2019 Autocar ‘Used Car Hero’. We’ve picked out the nearly-new seventh generation version, which is available in many forms, from the electric e-Golf to the hot R version. Whichever version you choose, the used Golf blends affordability, versatility and reliability."

“The ‘Used Car Hero’ award, which we run with our used car guru James Ruppert, this year celebrates nearly new cars, and is awarded to a brilliant used car that's still on sale as a new one. The current Golf was the outstanding choice for the win this year, given there is next to no drop off in appeal for all the reasons you'd buy a new one still apply when buying used.

Barny Francis, National Used Car Manager at Volkswagen UK, who attended the awards, said: “Over the last 45 years the Volkswagen Golf has built a loyal following. It has long been a favourite of car buyers in the UK, and consistently ranks very highly as one of the UK’s best-selling new cars.

“Buyers have even more choice on the used market with the Golf, which is also one of the UK’s most searched for used cars. From economical diesels to high performance GTI and R models, with electrified powertrains like the all-electric e-Golf in-between, the Golf is truly the People’s Car, and so we are thrilled that Autocar has recognised its position with the ‘Used Car Hero’ award.”