There’s something delightfully German about the readers of a German car magazine voting for their favourite German cars.
It’s wonderfully patriotic and so very, very German.
And we mean this with the greatest level of affection. It’s not as though they haven’t got a fantastisch selection of autos to choose from.
Around 105,000 readers of Auto Motor und Sport voted for their favourite cars in 11 classes, before the magazine declared the winners. When the votes were counted, Volkswagen wheeled away with four class wins, Porsche claimed three, Mercedes two, with BMW and Audi grabbing one apiece.
Germany’s best German cars
Without further ado, allow us to reveal the best German cars according to German people:
- City car: Volkswagen Up
- Small car: Volkswagen Polo
- Compact class: Volkswagen Golf
- Middle class: Mercedes-Benz C-Class
- Upper middle class: BMW 5 Series
- Minivan: Volkswagen Transporter
- Luxury: Porsche Panamera
- Sports car: Porsche 911
- Convertible: Porsche 911
- Compact SUV: Audi Q3
- Large SUV: Mercedes-Benz G-Glass
Germany’s best imports
But the Auto Motor und Sport poll isn’t a total German love-in. Readers were also asked to name their best imports from each category.
It’s a decidedly Euro-centric list, with the Mazda MX-5 the sole representative of Japan. People of Germany, we salute the selection of the Alpine A110.
- City car: Abarth 595/695
- Small car: MINI Hatch
- Compact class: Skoda Octavia
- Middle class: Alfa Romeo Giulia
- Upper middle class: Volvo V90/S90
- Minivan: Renault Espace
- Luxury: Aston Martin Rapide S
- Sports car: Alpine A110
- Convertible: Mazda MX-5
- Compact SUV: Jaguar E-Pace
- Large SUV: Alfa Romeo Stelvio
Just over 3.4 million new cars were registered in Germany in 2018, as the market shrank by 0.2 percent. The Volkswagen Golf remained Europe’s best-selling car, but the market was hit by the effects of the diesel demise and WLTP emissions testing.