Winners in other categories include Lexus, Kia, Jaguar, Porsche, BMW, Audi and Range Rover
VW Golf tops ST-Torque Awards Straits Times senior correspondent and Torque consulting editor Christopher Tan (left) and Torque editor David Ting (right) presenting the top award for the Golf to Mr Colin Yong, Volkswagen Group Singapore senior manager for PR. -- PHOTO: ALVINN LIM

The motoring fraternity paid tribute to nine cars at the annual ST-Torque Awards on Tuesday. Each winner represents the best in its segment, standing tall among similar new models launched here last year.

The Lexus IS, which impressed judges with its unusual blend of styling, comfort and performance, emerged as the Best Executive Saloon.

The Kia Forte K3 bowled everyone over with its premium-class features, solid build and unmatched ride comfort. It clinched the Best Family Saloon title.

The Best Sports Car (Convertible) award went to Jaguar's storming F-Type, which sent rivals scurrying for cover with its hair-raising display of brawn and bravado.

The Porsche Cayman won the Best Sports Car (Coupe) trophy, while the BMW 4-series clinched the Best Notchback Coupe award.

Another BMW, the adrenaline-pumping M135i, was voted the year's Best Hot Hatch, while Audi's peerless RS4 Avant drove off with the Best Station Wagon title.

The lighter, swifter and more user-friendly Range Rover was named Best Sports Utility Vehicle.

Finally, the team from Life! and Torque magazine honoured the overall winner - the seventh- generation Volkswagen Golf, which was crowned ST Car of the Year 2013.

Volkswagen Group Singapore managing director Steffen Schwartz says: "Winning this prestigious award, especially against such strong competition, confirms that the Golf truly is in a class of its own."

The public approves too. The VW Golf was among the top five most popular models last year.

The Golf is the third Volkswagen that has been named ST Car of the Year. The others were the Scirocco (2009) and the Golf GTI (2005).

Meanwhile, Audi's win did not seem to surprise Mr Jeff Mannering, managing director of Audi Singapore.

"The RS4 Avant is a great car. It's just as much at home on the race track as it is in everyday driving," he says. "I'm glad that the judges shared our enthusiasm for it."

The ceremony marked the 10th anniversary of the ST Car of the Year awards and the third ST-Torque Awards.

Torque editor David Ting says the awards "are the strongest and most objective validation in Singapore of newly introduced cars".