Just 12 months after being crowned the overall What Car? Car of the Year for 2015, the Fabia has underlined its remarkable value, design and quality by retaining its Small Car title for 2016. Judges nominated the 1.2 TSI 90PS SE model as its pick of the range, with What Car? Editorial Director, Jim Holder, commenting: “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 of the toughest competition in the business to scoop the 2016 Family Car title for the third year in a row. What Car? had no hesitation in choosing the Octavia, despite the arrival of new contenders in this hotly contested category. “Interior space is exceptional, and the boot is easily big enough to cope with most people’s requirements,” said the judges. “Factor in the excellent value the Octavia represents and that’s some very important boxes ticked for buyers.”
Completing ŠKODA’s hat-trick of category wins, the Superb 2.0 TDI 150PS SE Business took top honours in the Estate car category. “Raw capacity is no problem for the 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 – designed to highlight the best choices for buyers in fixed price ranges. The Citigo (1.0 MPI 60PS SE five-door) was named Best City Car in the under £10,000 price bracket, while the Fabia Estate (1.2 TSI 90PS SE) took victory in the under £18,000 price bracket in the Estate Car category. The Fabia Hatch (1.2 TSI 90PS SE) was also named Best Small Car in the £12,000-£15,000 bracket.
Further up the price and size scale, the Octavia Hatch (1.2 TSI 110PS SE) was selected as the Best 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 (under £25,000), and the Superb Estate (2.0 TDI 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 the largest – have been recognised by What Car? These awards mean a great deal to everyone at ŠKODA; we’re thrilled to add them to our ever-expanding collection of industry accolades.”
2016 Small Car of the Year: Fabia 1.2 TSI 90PS SE
2016 Family Car: Octavia 1.2 TSI 110PS SE
2016 Estate Car: Superb Estate 2.0 TDI 150PS SE Business
City Car (less than £10,000): Citigo 1.0 MPI 60PS SE five-door
Small Car (£12,000-£15,000): Fabia 1.2 TSI 90PS SE
Family Car (£16,000-£19,000): Octavia 1.2 TSI 110PS SE
Estate (less than £18,000): Fabia Estate 1.2 TSI 90PS SE
Estate (£18,000-£25,000): Superb Estate 2.0 TDI 150PS SE Business
Compact Executive Car (less than £25,000): Superb Hatch 2.0 TDI 150PS SE Business