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The Ford Mondeo was a double winner at this year's What Car? Awards, being named both the UK's best family car and the best estate car for the second consecutive year.

Ford Mondeo 1.6 TDCi 115PS Zetec model won the best family car award, while the two-litre version was named the best estate in a repeat of the car's double success at the What Car? Awards last year and in 2009.

What Car? praised the Ford Mondeo

Chas Hallett, What Car? editor-in-chief, praised the Mondeo's ability to keep pace with a host of new rivals that have entered the market in recent years.

"Ford has worked hard to keep the Mondeo refreshed and it has succeeded; this is still a great all-round package, either as a hatchback or an estate," he commented.

The news could help boost demand for the already immensely popular Mondeo, which in turn could see increased supply of used Ford car parts becoming available.

The winning Zetec model already accounts for 38 per cent of Mondeo sales in the UK, with the standard specification including 16in alloy wheels, cruise control, traction control and Emergency Brake Assist.

"Ford are delighted that Mondeo has once again been recognised as the best all-rounder," said Mark Ovenden, Ford Britain managing director.

"Appealing to family and business executives alike thanks to its elegant exterior styling and wealth of technology features, it also offers new powertrains which meet the low-carbon needs of our customers."

Other winners at this year awards included the Volkswagen Up, which was named car of the year, and the new BMW 3 Series saloon, which won the award for best compact executive car for the seventh consecutive year.

"To have this consistent recognition, across the generations, for all of the hard work that goes into producing BMW’s core model is a great honour," said Tim Abbott, managing director of BMW UK.

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