Car of the Year 2009

Raymond Lai
4 Dec 2009

We reveal the winners of oneshift's 2009 car of the Year awards!

Best Hatchback and Frugal Car - Volkswagen Golf Sport

The Golf Sport has the honour of being the only car to take two category wins this year. The styling and overall feel of the car might be rather similar to the previous generation Mk V Golf but the people’s hatchback is much improved in many ways thanks to an even more appealing interior and the ultra efficient seven-speed DSG twin clutch gearbox.

With sufficient cabin space for a small family of four, the Golf Sport is a practical proposition as well. But its biggest draw is still the way it performs and this even though, the engine only displaces only 1390cc.

The Golf Sport is indeed a frugal car as I personally discovered when I took one up to Kuala Lumpur and Genting earlier in the year. After more than 1000km of (mostly enthusiastic) driving, the Golf returned an average fuel consumption number of almost  10 litres per 100km. The tall seventh gear not only helps fuel economy but also means that there’s no loud din from the engine at high cruising speeds.

In the hatchback class, the Golf Sport decimates the competition with a 71% win percentage. Its victory was less convincing in the Frugal Car class, having to fight off the equally brilliant 1.3 Honda Jazz in the category.

TOTAL VOTES GARNERED (Frugal car): 67.54 percent
TOTAL VOTES GARNERED (hatchback): 70.56 percent

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Engine Capacity 1390cc TurbochargedSupercharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 160bhp @ 5800rpm
Torque 240Nm @ 2000rpm
Power to Weight 124.4 bhp per ton


Acceleration 8s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 220 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 16.7 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed DSG
Drive Type FF


Body Type 5 Door Hatch
(L x W x H)
(4199 x 1786 x 1479) mm
Wheelbase 2578 mm
Turning Circle 5.45 metres
Kerb Weight 1286 kg
Boot Capacity 350 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 55 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs