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ŠKODA completes title hat trick at the 2016 What Car? Awards


ŠKODA are once again celebrating after the What Car? 2016 awards thanks to 3 separate category wins and 6 price point victories.

Last year, the Fabia was crowned overall Car of the Year 2015 and has underlined its remarkable value, design and quality by retaining its Small Car title.

What Car? Editorial director Jim Holder commented: “The Fabia is a car that won’t leave those downsizing wanting; it’s well built, spacious, refined and is offered with a wide range of modern features and safety equipment. For the money, no other small car is as capable.”

The Octavia saw off some steep competition to scoop the 2016 Family Car title for the 3rd time in a row, with judges praising its practicality and high equipment levels.

Completing the hat trick of category wins, the new Superb won the Best Estate Car category. The What Car? panel found the new Superb’s combination of design, practicality and innovation impossible to resist.

“Raw capacity is no problem at all for the ŠKODA Superb Estate, which has one of the largest cabins available,” said Jim Holder. “Five adults will have no trouble getting comfortable for a long journey, and the boot is so big that none of them will have to pack light. It also gets neat touches such as a removable torch in the boot and Velcro dividers to stop stuff rolling around when you’re on the move. It really does feel like they’ve thought of everything that makes a great estate car.”

ŠKODA also performed exceptionally well in the What Car? price point categories – awards designed to highlight the best choices for buyers in a fixed price range. Once again, ŠKODA trounced the competition with six price point champions – more than any other manufacturer.

The Citigo (1.0 60PS SE 5dr) was named Best City Car in the less than £10,000 price bracket. The Fabia Estate (1.2 TSI SE) won in the less than £18,000 price bracket in the Estate car category The Fabia Hatch (1.2 TSI 90PS SE) was named Best Small car in the £12,000 – £25,000 price bracket.

The Octavia Hatch (1.2 TSI 110PS SE) was chosen as the Bet Family car in the £16,000 -£19,000 bracket, the Superb Hatch (2.0 TDI 150PS SE Business) took top honours in the Compact Executive Car sector (less than £25,000) while the Superb Estate (2.0 TSI 150PS SE Business) completed ŠKODA’s haul with victory in the £18,000 – £25,000 price bracket.

Commenting on ŠKODA’s exceptional performance, UK Brand Director Duncan Movassaghi said: “This has been a remarkable night for ŠKODA, and I’m delighted that our cars – from the smallest to he largest – have been recognised by What Car? These awards mean a great deal to everyone at ŠKODA, and we’re thrilles to add them to our ever expanding collection of industry accolades.”