Accolade for 'Chelsea tractor'

Accolade for 'Chelsea tractor'

Many dismiss it as a "Chelsea tractor" forever clogging up the roads on school runs, but the 4x4 Land Rover Defender has been awarded a top accolade by What Car? magazine.

Readers voted it their favourite car, while the least-popular was the Ford Focus coupe cabriolet.

Magazine group editor Steve Fowler said: "The Land Rover Defender has bags of ability and does exactly what it's designed to do perfectly. Together with its no-nonsense approach and strong durability, the Defender is putting a big smile on owners' faces."

Readers made the Fiat 500 the top supermini, while the Jaguar XJ was the best executive and luxury car and the Ford Mondeo the top estate car.

The Audi A5 was rated the best coupe, the Skoda Octavia the best small family car and the Mazda MX-5 the best open top.

Top performance car was the Porsche 911, while the Mercedes-Benz C-Class topped the family and compact executive category and the Ford C-Max was the best MPV (multi-purpose vehicle).

The Citroen C3 was the last-placed supermini, while the Volvo S40 was the least-popular small family car and the Volkswagen Passat came bottom in the family and compact executive category.

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