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Land Rover wins favourite car award

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The 4x4 Land Rover Defender is "putting a big smile on owner's faces", especially now it has won a top vehicle award.

Although it may be sneered at by some as a member of the "Chelsea tractor" family, readers of What Car? magazine voted it their favourite car.

But despite the high praise for the vehicle's strength and durability, leaving owners confident about their safety while driving it, they still found it important to arrange comprehensive car insurance.

Steve Fowler, What Car? group editor, said: "The Land Rover Defender has bags of ability and does exactly what it's designed to do perfectly.

"Together with its no-nonsense approach and strong durability, the Defender is putting a big smile on owners' faces."

The least-popular car in the poll was the Ford Focus coupe cabriolet, while the Fiat 500 made it as the top supermini.

Readers made the Jaguar XJ the best executive and luxury car and the Ford Mondeo the top estate car.

The Audi A5 was rated the best coupe, the Skoda Octavia the best small family car and the Mazda MX-5 the best open top.

Top performance car was the Porsche 911, while the Mercedes-Benz C-Class topped the family and compact executive category, and the Ford C-Max was the best MPV (multi-purpose vehicle).

The Citroen C3 was the last-placed supermini, while the Volvo S40 was the least-popular small family car and the Volkswagen Passat came bottom in the family and compact executive category.

© Press Association 2009