The 2012 Honest John Awards winners

17 May 2012 saw the second Honest John Awards, and the winners have been announced below. The Honest John Awards aren’t based on judges opinions, but on reader popularity.

We’ve analysed the stats for and found out which car reviews our readers have been looking at the most – the winner of each class is based on the review that was read the most times.

The shortlists for each category are detailed below in no particular order, followed by the winners for each category. There is also a ‘car of the year’ award, which goes to the most popular car overall across all of the categories.

Most popular small hatchback

Ford Fiesta
Audi A1
Hyundai i10
Honda Jazz
Kia Picanto

The winner: Kia Picanto 

Most popular small family car

Volkswagen Golf
Honda Civic
Skoda Octavia
Ford Focus
Vauxhall Astra

The winner: Ford Focus

Most popular large family car

Ford Mondeo
Skoda Superb Estate
Hyundai i40
Volkswagen Passat

The winner: Ford Mondeo

Most popular compact executive car

Audi A4 (2008-)
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Lexus IS
Honda Accord
BMW 3-Series (05-12) 

The winner: BMW 3 Series

Most popular large executive car

Audi A6
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Lexus GS
Jaguar XF
BMW 5 Series

The winner: Jaguar XF

Most popular MPV

Vauxhall Zafira
Ford C-MAX
Citroen Berlingo
Volkswagen Touran
Citroen C4 Picasso

The winner: Ford C-MAX

Most popular crossover

Hyundai ix35
Skoda Yeti
Nissan Qashqai
Ford Kuga
Kia Sportage

The winner: Skoda Yeti

Most popular 4x4

Land Rover Freelander
Honda CR-V
Hyundai Santa Fe
Volkswagen Tiguan
Toyota RAV-4

The winner: Honda CR-V

Most popular performance car

SEAT Leon Cupra R
Volkswagen Scirocco R
Porsche Cayman
Audi RS3

The winner: Porsche Cayman

Most popular convertible

Volkswagen Eos
Fiat 500C
BMW 3 Series Convertible
Mazda MX-5

The winner: Mazda MX-5

Car of the year

Ford Mondeo
Volkswagen Golf
Skoda Yeti
Ford Focus
Hyundai ix35

The winner: Ford Focus

There were also three additional awards - Best MoT Performer, Best Real MPG Performer, and Most Rated Car. 

The Best MoT Performer award was given to the mainstream car that performed best in its first MoT test, based on our MoT Files data. The winner was the Suzuki Splash.

The Best Real MPG Performer award went to the car that did best in our Real MPG area of the site - the Toyota RAV-4 2.2 D4D - which managed to match and in many cases exceed its official fuel consumption figure when driven by Honest John readers. 

The Most Rated Car Award went to the Skoda Yeti, which scores consistently well in our reader reviews.


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