Kicking 2017 off in style
ŠKODA have won a hat-trick of awards at the annual What Car? awards. Our three winners were the all new Kodiaq, the Fabia Hatchback and the Superb Estate who each won their categories at the ceremony – which is widely regarded at the ‘Oscars of the automotive world.
The Kodiaq was awarded the coveted Best Large SUV 2017 title – a huge achievement ahead of its UK launch later in the year.
Commenting on the award, Steve Huntingford, What Car? Editor, said: “We had high expectations for the Czech brand’s first large SUV, and the Kodiaq doesn’t disappoint. Our favourite model costs a little more than £28,000, and for that you get seven seats, four-wheel drive, a punchy 148bhp diesel engine and generous equipment levels. It’s simply a brilliant large SUV.”
But the Fabia Hatchback was not to be outdone by the newest member of the ŠKODA family and continued its impressive run of awards by winning Best Small Car 2017. It was crowned overall Car of the Year 2015, the Fabia has retained its Best Small Car title for 3 consecutive years.
“Over the past 12 months, we’ve seen plenty of new small cars come and go, but the Fabia still sits at the top of the pile.” said Steve. “The Fabia not only feels agile and easy to drive in town, but is also more comfortable and refined at motorway speeds than many larger cars. Its solidly-built interior and impressive array of safety kit just set it further apart from rivals. Throw in its interior features and outstanding practicality, and it’s a clear winner.”
Finishing the trio of titles was the Superb Estate, taking top honours in the Estate Car category. Keeping up with the Fabia, the Superb retained its crown. “ŠKODA really has taken a lead in this class; the Superb retains the crown it won last year, and the Fabia isn’t far behind it. Practicality, performance, space, comfort and affordability are king here, and no car mixes all these things as phenomenally well as the Superb” said Steve.
ŠKODA was also awarded three price point wins on the night, with the Citigo winning Best City Car for £8,000-£10,000, Fabia Estate named Best Estate Car for less than £18,000 and the Superb gaining an award for Best Executive Car for under £25,000.