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My best and worst cars of 2010

2010 was an interesting year according to the popularity polls. Despite Ford's Focus CC being the best seller in 2010, it did not fare well in the polls and, because of its leaky roof, was voted worst car at the What Car? Reader Awards.

Even the Skoda, the butt of more than a few jokes in the 60's and 70's, came away with the 2010 Best Manufacturer award and its Octavia triumphed in the Small Family category.

Everyone has their favorites, of course, as well as their list of something they wouldn't buy in a million years (even if handed the cash). For me, my best three, best and worst cars for 2010 have to be:

Best cars
  1. BMW 1 series coupe is my favourite. It has the same superb 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine as the 3 series; it has great steering, good fuel economy and an overall fine ride quality about it.
  2. The Alfa Romeo MiTo with its ultra-frugal MultiAir petrol and MultiJet diesel engines claims to cut fuel consumption by up to 25 per cent The MiTo is a fast and fun hatch, full of panache and character.
  3. Off-roading must go to the Land Rover Defender which can take you anywhere at full speed. The interior is cramped but surprisingly comfortable even after a long run.
Worst cars
  1. The Honda CR-Z with its hybrid power was underpowered to say the least and did not live up to its sports car hype. 122bhp of absolute slowness, no thanks.
  2. Saab 9-5 was noisy, slow and had far too much vibration for a 'luxury' car. I had hoped spykers acquisition of this GM leftover would have produced something more than the same old same old.
  3. I added Subaru because it just is not economical. It has very bad fuel economy at 27mpg, is expensive to insure - group 18 - and has £405 annual road tax. ouch!

My personal survey is based on economy, reliability and style - in that order. Do you have different criteria for your own survey?

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