What Car? readers have awarded the BMW 1 Series Coupé the Best Car Overall accolade in the 2010 What Car? Reader Awards.
Second place went to the Rover Defender and third to the Alfa Romeo MiTo.
What Car? Editor in chief Steve Fowler said: “The results suggest that no one ever regrets buying a 1 Series Coupé, with the vast majority of readers dishing out a full five-star verdict. The entry level BMW was complimented for its driving ability as well as its fuel consumption. It’s a worthy winner.”
Skoda was named Best Manufacturer 2010, while Saab was the worst overall.
The Ford Focus CC was ranked as the worst car overall with the biggest number of complaints stemming from problems with leaky roofs. Over half of the readers involved in the research gave their Ford Focus CC only a one-star rating. However, more recent favourable reviews suggest that Ford may have got to the bottom of the leaky roof problem.
The award for best supermini went to Alfa Romeo for the MiTo, while the Skoda Octavia picked up the award for the best small family car. The open-top category was won by the Lotus Elise, and the Volkswagen Passat CC was the winner in the family car and compact executive category.
Ford collected the MPV prize for the Ford C-MAX, the Land Rover Defender won the crossover and 4×4 category, and the coupé category was awarded to the BMW 1 Series Coupé. The Mercedes-Benz CLS came top of the luxury and executive cars class, and the British-built MINI Clubman won the estate class.
The What Car? Reader Awards comprise the opinions of 30,000 whatcar.com readers who have experience of what the cars are like to own and live with on an every-day basis. The 2010 Reader Awards cover 170 cars.