VW Passat voted best Used Car 2009

VW Passat voted best Used Car 2009

The Volkswagen Passat has been named the Used Car of the Year for 2009.

Judges chose the Passat 1.9 TDI S for its classy image, drivability and reliability at a comparatively cheap price, in the Which Car? poll. A three-year-old model costs around £7,000.

Buyers on the look-out for an eco-friendly alternative could opt for the Toyota Prius, which won the green car honour. It does on average 65.7 miles to the gallon and car tax bills are £35 per year.

The Lexus RX400h took the award for the best SUV of the year. The hybrid 4x4 runs on petrol and electric power to reduce emissions and fuel consumption. A 2005 model costs less than half its original price at around £18,000.

Volkswagen's Golf GTI 5dr earned the votes for the best used sports car. Vauxhall's Vectra won the best used estate car, while Zafira was awarded the best used MPV for a third year in succession.

What Car?'s used car editor, Matt Sanger, said: "It's a strange time in the used car market, with prices still on the increase - in some cases up 30% year-on-year. Higher prices and limited availability of some cars had a huge effect on our judging, but our winners are all cars that are readily available and still represent great value."

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