This Time its Parkers Guides Best New Cars for 2012 (yep more awards)
You’ve probably heard of “Parkers Guide” because it was a magazine you could buy that gave you an indication of what you’re car was likely to be worth if you were trying to sell it. Problem was, that irrespective of what your ‘Parkers’ said, the trade, were going to value your car completely differently, using different ‘trade-only’ publications such as Glass’s Guide or CAP Black Book, and you, not being in the trade, were therefore going to only get what the trade, using these publications, would decide to pay you, irrespective of what your ‘Parkers Guide’ said.
So Parkers guide tended to be looked on as something that perhaps you bought at the station whilst waiting for a train, as you could then spend your trip, seeing what ‘Parkers’ said your mates cars were worth, or what you might have to pay for your dream car. Interesting, but pretty much pointless.
Nowadays, Parkers has evolved into something much bigger, much more interesting and dare I say it, much more useful, but to access it, you’re going to need to use the web, but this does ensure that the stuff you’re going to read is mega up to date and it does allow you to look back over archives or road tests and reports about all sort of motor related stuff, in a way that the publication never could.
We have to say, the Parkers website is worth a visit, but it seems that to have some on-line or motoring credibility, you’ve got to give awards for what you think the best cars are and Parkers have just announced their choices for the best cars of 2012 and below is what they think.
Before you go on to see the Parkers choices, why oh why cant all these magazines, websites and other publications, get together and agree on the different categories for each award. If you’ve looked through the awards reports we’ve featured on our website, it’s completely confusing.
Perhaps we will give our own set of awards and confuse it further, but meantime, here is what Parkers say.
Parkers New Car Awards 2012 winners:
City Car (less than £9k, £9-11k)
Winner: Kia Picanto 1.0 1 5dr
Small Hatchback (less than £13k, £13-16k)
Winner: Volkswagen Polo 1.2TDI Match 3dr
Medium Hatchback (less than £16k-£16-20k)
Winner: Honda Civic Hatchback 1.4 i-VTEC SE 5dr
Family Hatchback (less than £18k, £18-25k)
Winner: Skoda Octavia 1.6 TDI S 5dr
People Carrier (less than £18k, £18k-plus)
Winner: Volkswagen Touran 1.6TDi BlueMotion Tech 5dr
Family Estate (less than £16k, £16-22k, £22k-plus)
Winner: Toyota Avensis Tourer 2.0D-4D TR 5dr
Crossover (less than £15k, £15-20k)
Winner: Nissan Juke Visia 1.5 dCi
Eco Car (less than £20k, £20k-plus)
Winner: Honda Jazz 1.3IMA HE Hybrid 5dr
4×4 (less than £20k, £20-30k, £30k-£40k, £40k-plus)
Winner: Range Rover Evoque 2.2 TD4 Pure
Sports Coupe (less than £25k, £25-40k, £40k-plus)
Winner: MINI Coupe 1.6 Cooper 3dr
Premium Executive (less than £30k, £30k-plus)
Winner: Audi A6 2.0 TDi S line 4dr
Overall Winner 2012: Honda Civic Hatchback 1.4 i-VTEC SE 5dr