This is the second year in a row Volkswagen has taken the prestigious title, with city car the Volkswagen up! named last year’s winner.
The World Car of the Year jury is made up of 66 motoring journalists from 23 countries.
In delivering their verdict, the jury said: ‘The Golf is just the right size – it’s spacious, practical and comfortable.
‘It has got a fresh, progressive design, a new range of engines, plus an impressive list of equipment and safety systems. If there is a car for everyone, the Golf is it.’
The Mark 7 Volkswagen Golf has also been named European Car of the Year.
Operations Director of Volkswagen passenger cars, Paul Burke said the award is testament to the work that has gone into the new Mark 7 Golf.
He added: ‘This new Golf is a really superb car that has received incredible praise from critics and customers alike and this second, major award for Golf is more than justified.
‘We have been taken aback with the demand for the car on what is a challenging year for our market but it does show that many loyal customers see buying the Golf as a sound investment.’
Over the coming months, Golf enthusiasts can expect to see the sportier Volkswagen Golf GTI and the Volkswagen GTD on Irish roads, while the Golf Estate will be available to order from the middle of next month. The new Golf TDI Bluemotion is also expected later this year.
The new Volkswagen Golf is available in Ireland from €19,995.
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