The Vauxhall Corsa has been named the overall winner in WhatCar magazine’s car of the year 2007 awards.
Two other models appeared in the final shortlist for the accolade â€“ the Audi TT and the Citroen C4 Picasso, all of which “set new benchmarks for excellence in their class”, WhatCar said.
The Corsa 1.4 Club won the supermini category, with the magazine describing it as “spacious, refined, stylish, safe and good value”. WhatCar credited the model with excelling in a market that is difficult to succeed in.
Much development has taken place in the supermini sector in recent years, as these cars have evolved from being “shopping trolleys” to functioning as genuine family vehicles.
Prices have also remained fairly static, despite the fact that most superminis have been enlarged, becoming longer and wider, made safer and are more luxurious.
Commenting on its decision, WhatCar said: “From the moment we stepped inside the car, we knew it was a winner. Its quality hits you when you open the door â€“ the interior manages to look stylish without being faddish and it’s made with some outstanding materials.
“It’s a pleasure to spend time behind the steering wheel, and that’s before you’ve turned the ignition on.”
While the Corsa won the overall prize, Vauxhall’s Vectra 1.9 also took the best estate car award, with the magazine praising its practicality, drive quality and affordability.