Autocar.co.uk readers know a great vehicle when they drive one, and nearly a fifth of the 7,500 polled chose the Range Rover as their "Car of the Decade".
Voters could suggest their own "star car", but in the end, of the 17 great cars launched during the past ten years for readers to choose from, it was no contest.
The Range Rover, a car launched in 2001 to widespread acclaim was a "fine choice", according to Autocar editor Chas Hallett. “Most polls like this have results skewed towards the latter end of their timescale, but not this one. That the Range Rover was launched nine years ago yet remains a benchmark speaks volumes for the brilliance of its design – and for the taste of the people who voted for it.”
The Range Rover saw off strong showings from the MkII Lotus Elise, which took second place with 12.5 per cent of the vote, and the million-dollar Bugatti Veyron and even the sleeper Nissan GT-R, which each polled 8.8 percent of the total to finish joint third.
Autocar associate editor Hilton Holloway added to the accolades, saying: “The Range Rover defined a new type of luxury. Technically sophisticated, beautifully detailed, modern and yet retrospective. It was an overwhelming presence, but in way that the majority could admire.”.
Here are the top ten, listed in order of votes received:
1. Range Rover
2. Lotus Elise Mk2
3. Bugatti Veyron and Nissan GT-R
5. Vauxhall VX220
6. Toyota Prius Mk2
7. Tata Nano
8. Mini Cooper
9. Ford Focus
10. Jaguar XF
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