The latest generation of the Volkswagen Golf has claimed another top award after being named the ‘Best Small Family Car' at the prestigious Fleet News Awards.

The award was presented to Volkswagen's Head of Fleet Services, Vincent Kinner at a ceremony in London's Grosvenor House Hotel last night.  On receiving the award Kinner said: ‘Since its launch in January, the Golf has been extremely well received.  This latest honour is one that we are particularly proud of and another endorsement of the Golf's many attributes.'

The judging panel for the Awards consisted of a number of key industry figures, including David Kershaw (Operations Director, Lloyds TSB Autolease), Jason King (Forecasting editor, Eurotaxglass's), Martin Ward (Manufacturer relationships manager, CAP), Simon Harris (Consumer editor, Parkers), Steve Jones (Pricing manager, Lex) Steve West (Head of vehicle purchasing, LeasePlan) and Julian Kirk (Deputy editor, Fleet News).

Commenting on the Golf's success, the judging panel said: ‘The latest evolution of the Golf has picked up where the previous model left off.  With an impressive range of economical and refined engines, superb build quality and strong residuals, the Golf offers fantastic value for money and has set the benchmark for the sector once again.'

Golf GT

The Fleet News award joins a growing number of accolades achieved by the Golf since its launch earlier this year, and echoes the opinions of What Car? magazine which also named the Golf as their ‘Best Small Family Car'.

Available with highly efficient and advanced direct-injection petrol and common rail diesel engines, standard equipment on the Golf range includes air conditioning, a CD stereo system and body-coloured exterior trim.  The Golf also features class-leading levels of safety with ABS, ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) and seven airbags, including for the first time a knee airbag, all standard.