The ceremony, held at the Hurlingham Club in London, also saw the Golf take the title of Used Family Car of the Year as judges praised its cabin quality, comfort, drivability, running costs and safety credentials.
What Car? editor in chief, Chas Hallett, said: ‘What clearly sets the Golf apart from other small family cars is its cabin.’
Meanwhile, Ford’s admired S-Max took best Used MPV, marking the third time that the multi-activity vehicle has claimed the title, while accolades were also presented to the Focus and Focus Estate.
The blue oval collected two more awards too, as the Focus 1.6 Zetec Climate hatchback and estate models took the top spots in the less than £6,000 category.
The diesel Mazda 6 Tourer took the title for Best Estate Car, after it was praised as ‘more than an impressive load carrier and great all-rounder’. It was also crowned the overall winner in the more than £6,000 category.
Vauxhall was recognised as the best manufacturer for its Network Q approved scheme while its Corsa 1.2 Design AC five-door picked up the small car award and the Astra 1.6 Exclusiv was best nearly new car in the category that considers any car up to 12 months old.
German manufacturer BMW saw its 320d win the best Used Executive and Luxury Car Award, beating its rivals Audi and Mercedes to the mark.
When rewarding outgoing models, the Renaultsport Clio 200 Cup was named Used Fun Car of the Year, with judges describing it as one of the best hot hatchbacks ever made.
In association with the What Car? Approved Used Awards, readers voted Honda as the car manufacturer they would trust the most when buying a new car.