Volkswagen Golf 8 Named The Sunday Times' Car of the Year 2020
This year, VW is celebrating a quadruple win at The Sunday Times Motor Awards. Not only did the latest Golf take home the titles ‘Car of the Year’ and ‘Family Car of the Year’, but the new up! GTI won ‘Value Car of the Year’ and the brand was crowned overall ‘Manufacturer of the Year’.
Because of the current circumstances, the Sunday Times’ annual automotive awards were held digitally this year. Volkswagen came home with a multitude of titles, summing up a fantastic year for the brand.
The all-new 8th generation Golf was so far ahead of its competitors, it was crowned overall Car of the Year for 2020.
In addition to specific vehicle awards, The Sunday Times also reserved particular praise for Volkswagen’s newly launched range of MEB-based ID. cars, of which the ID.3 has already met UK roads.
Volkswagen’s rest of the year is set to continue this momentum, with the imminent arrival of the updated Arteon, new Arteon Shooting Brake and the revised Tiguan.
Furthermore, high-performance R variants of the Tiguan and Touareg will arrive in early 2021, shortly followed by the Arteon R, and the ID.4 – the next chapter in the Volkswagen ID. story.
The series versions of the ID.3 will also open for order in the coming weeks, making the wider line-up of the ground-breaking electric hatchback available too.
The Golf 8 has been celebrated by experts since its launch earlier this year; its dependable blend of quality, innovation and driving experience appeal to everyone.
Will Dron, Editor of The Sunday Times’ Driving.co.uk, commented on VW’s wins this year: ‘The Golf continues to be the benchmark against which all other family cars are judged. The new model is the perfect blend of forward-thinking and everyday practicality, with a modern but familiar shape and a strikingly high tech, minimalist interior. Its astonishingly wide selection of powertrains will suit every type of driver, too.
‘The up! GTI, meanwhile, captures the spirit of the original Golf GTI — a pocket rocket that's great fun to drive but won't break the bank.
‘And while Volkswagen is still developing high quality cars that are testament to its esteemed heritage, we also had to recognise the brand for its renewed focus on hybrid and electric models — the ID. range is one to watch and its arrival could mark another significant moment in the history of motoring.’
Andrew Savvas, Managing Director of Volkswagen UK, commented on the brand’s latest accolades: ‘During a year like 2020, recognition like this is inspiring for all at Volkswagen UK, with our icon – the Golf – awarded with ‘Family Car of the Year’ as well as the overall ‘Car of the Year’ title by The Sunday Times.
‘The up! GTI’s success as ‘Value Car of the Year’ is also pleasing, given its status as a through-and-through driver’s car with GTI DNA running through it. It is a great value, brilliantly fun package.
‘To win the ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ award, though, is something else entirely. This recognises every car we offer, from the up! itself to the Touareg luxury SUV, and includes hot-off-the-press models like the newly-introduced ID.3, the upcoming ID.4, updated Tiguan, and a raft of exciting R models to set pulses racing.
‘It also recognises the level of investment we are making, compared with other car brands, in the field of e-mobility. I am really pleased and proud for Volkswagen to receive this prestigious accolade.’
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