It beat six other cars to take first prize, which was awarded by a panel of 59 European motoring experts.
Volkswagen‘s latest supermini received 59 votes and 25 winning votes. The Toyota iQ was close behind with 58 votes and 20 winning votes.
Last year the Vauxhall Insignia took the crown, beating Ford’s Fiesta by one point.
Top seven cars of 2010
1. Volkswagen Polo – 347 points
2. Toyota iQ – 337 points
3. Vauxhall Astra – 221 points
4. Skoda Yeti – 158 points
5. Mercedes-Benz E-Class – 155 points
6. Peugeot 3008 – 144 points
7. Citroen C3 Picasso – 113 points
A German tuner has boosted the BMW 135i coupe to 350bhp – making it more powerful than the last generation BMW M3.
The BMW 135i coupe is a sleek two-door version of the baby 1 Series hot-hatch and comes with 300bhp as standard.
Now Hartge – who specialise in tuning BMWs – have upped the 135i coupe’s twin-turbocharged 3-litre engine to a massive 350bhp.
And the performance figures are on par with the new V8-powered BMW M3 – 0-62mph takes just 4.8 seconds, and the Hartge-tuned 135i coupe will hit a top speed of 174mph, which is faster than any standard BMW.
Audi has also announced revisions to its A6 range, which are available to order now.
All models get styling tweaks including new bumper designs, new front grille, new front fog lights and new LED running lights on S-Line and RS models.
A new Audi A6 ‘e’ model brings fuel economy to the fore. Its 2-litre TDI diesel engine is mated to a revised long-ratio gearbox and the body gets lowered suspension and aerodynamic tweaks to give it an average fuel economy of 53.3mpg and carbon dioxide emissions of just 139g/km.
Audi is also introducing a new performance engine, the 3-litre TFSI with 288bhp and 309lb/ft of pulling power – accelerating the A6 from 0-62mph in 5.9 seconds.
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The Audi A5 is being billed as the car to finally peg back the dominance of the brilliant BMW 3-Series coupe.
Designed to offer sportiness and practicality, the elegant-looking Audi seats four, has great performance and boasts an impressive 455-litre boot.
The 3.2-litre V6 model which produces 262bhp, accelerates from 0-62mph (100kph) in 6.1 seconds and has an electronically-limited top speed of 155mph.
Audi has just announced a new engine will replace its 1.8-litre Audi A5 offering, and the Audi A4 will get a more powerful diesel.
Since its launch the entry level Audi A5 has been fitted with a 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol engine offering 168bhp. This engine will now be phased out to make way for a 2-litre with 10bhp more, and with power which arrives earlier in the rev band.
Its emissions of 154g/km are nine per cent down on the 1.8-litre model, and place it in tax band D with an annual charge of £145.
Until now the Audi A4 has been available with 118bhp and 141bhp 2-litre turbocharged diesel engines. And now a more powerful 168bhp version has arrived, giving the Audi A4 diesel its best performance yet.
he Audi A4 168bhp 2-litre diesel is in tax band C with its annual charge of £120.
These are the new Audi A5 and S5 Cabriolets – the German car maker’s replacements for the convertible A4.
On sale in the spring, the Audi A5 and S5 Cabriolets will be fitted with a lightweight roof which takes just 15 seconds to open and 17 seconds to shut and can be operated at speeds of up to 31mph.
With the hood up, the Audi’s boot has a 380-litre capacity and this is only reduced to 320-litres when in convertible mode.
The A5 – which is the entry level to convertible ‘5’ ownership – is available with 2-litre and 3.2-litre petrol engines developing 209bhp and 259bhp respectively and a 3-litre diesel with 235bhp.
Both petrol models are front-wheel drive while the diesel gets the Quattro 4WD treatment with 60 per cent of the pulling power sent to the rear wheels
A Volkswagen Touareg SUV has amazed onlookers by towing a 500 seat Boeing 747.
The 4×4 towed the 155 tonne jumbo jet for 150 metres at 5mph at Dunsfield Aerodrome, south west London.
Tipping the scales at more than 7 tonnes, the Touareg was fitted with a special towing adaptor and 4.3 tonnes of metal ballast to increase stability.
The driver, Uwe Krieghoff, said: “I was a bit disappointed we couldn’t find anything heavier to tow.”