WhatCar? Magazine UCOTY Awards 2017
It’s been a busy few weeks for the person in charge of the Skoda UK trophy cabinet, with a host of awards from 3 different sources for both new and used Skodas.
The WhatCar? Used Car Awards are among the most respected in the industry, and provide welcome guidance to the millions of car buyers choosing their next car. Unlike other awards, the WhatCar? accolades take into account a wide range of buyer budgets and draw on a vast database of road test findings. In addition to the 15 different classes of car – from city cars to luxury SUVs – the judging panel divided each class into age segments.
The Citigo was named the Best Used City Car in the 4-6 year old age bracket. Launched in 2012, the Citigo has won numerous new car awards since its arrival and continues to set the standards for value, comfort and equipment. Commenting on the Citigo’s award, Alex Robbins, Used Cars Editor at WhatCar? said: “”The Citigo has always been one of our favourite city cars, and these early examples now make fantastic used buys. They’re superb value, and offer a sense of quality that few rivals can offer. Throw in the Citigo’s impressive showing in our Reliability Survey, and it’s easy to see why the Citigo makes so much sense in our 4-6-year-old City Car age group.”
Further up the size scale, the Fabia was also a winner – named Best Used Small Car in the 1-3 year old age bracket. A former WhatCar? New Car of the Year, the Fabia impressed the judging panel with its remarkable value for money, generous equipment levels and broad range of engines. “The Fabia is one of the most spacious small cars out there, and it’s impressively well equipped, too.” said Alex Robbins. “It’s also a delight to zip around town in, yet out on the motorway it does a commendable impersonation of a much bigger car, with comfort and refinement aplenty. No wonder it topped the tables in our 1-3-year-old Small Car age group.”
Completing ŠKODA’s triple crown of accolades, the Yeti was named the Best Used Small SUV in the 7-10 year old age bracket. As with ŠKODA’s other awards, the Yeti was singled out for its value for money and practicality. Alex Robbins said: “Compared with its rivals, the Yeti is great value and well equipped, and you get a choice of a great range of efficient engines and well-equipped trim levels. And of course you get a heap of space and versatility, too, thanks to that vast boot and clever tumbling rear seats. As 7-10-year-old Small SUVs go, we reckon it’s hard to beat.”
Unbeatable Škoda Kodiaq storms to victory in the 2017 TopGear Magazine Awards
The Škoda Kodiaq has added to its remarkable collection of industry accolades with a new title: TopGear Magazine Family SUV of the Year. Having already been crowned one of the magazine’s Best Cars in the World in 2016, Škoda’s innovative seven-seater SUV has reinforced its reputation as the most complete offering in the sector with its 2017 title.
The Kodiaq saw off fierce competition to take top spot in a sector of the market where premium brands often dominate. The TopGear Magazine judging panel praised the Kodiaq’s attention to detail, along with its exceptional value for money.
Commenting on the Kodiaq’s award, Charlie Turner, Editor in Chief of TopGear Magazine said: “The Kodiaq is a brilliantly thought-through, well-executed product.”
Škoda’s game-changing large SUV has been grabbing headlines since its arrival earlier this year. It has triumphed in numerous comparison tests and has won five key industry awards, including Auto Express Best Large SUV and What Car? Best Large SUV.
The Kodiaq is Škoda’s first seven-seater of the modern era, and the brand’s first foray into the large SUV sector. Launched in the UK in March, the range is set to expand further with the introduction of new Scout and Sportline models. Prices for the Kodiaq range start from £22,190.
Carbuyer best cars awards 2017
Cars from across the Škoda range have been named as the best in the business by online motoring title Carbuyer. The Citigo, Octavia, Superb and Kodiaq were all named as the best in their respective classes at the annual Carbuyer Best Car Awards ceremony in London – taking an astonishing seven titles.
Unlike other awards where cars are judged based on their size or price, the Carbuyer Awards focus on the needs of car buyers. The categories are driven by searches made on the Carbuyer website, meaning that the awards are more relevant to motorists looking for the perfect car.
Leading the way with three awards, the Citigo was named Best First Car, Best City Car and Best New Car for £10,000. The recently updated city car took a clear victory over its competitors in all three categories, and was praised by the judging panel for its design and value for money.
Commenting on the Citigo’s hat-trick of awards, Stuart Milne, Editor of Carbuyer said: “The Citigo is tremendous value for money, cheap to run and has those all-important good looks allied to a range of customisation options – making it the perfect car for city dwellers or first-time drivers. Its compact dimensions mean it’s a cinch to park and its small, efficient engines are more than capable of taking you on a long journey. Most importantly, it’s safe, with a five-star Euro NCAP rating.”
Further up the size scale, the new Octavia also took three key awards; Best Small Estate, Best Family Car and Best Car for under £300 per month for the Octavia Estate. Fully updated earlier this year, the best-selling Octavia impressed the judging panel with its high levels of technology and unbeatable day-to-day practicality.
Explaining the panel’s decision to award a trio of awards to the Octavia, Stuart Milne said: “The Octavia has long been a Carbuyer favourite, but a series of revisions made earlier this year means it’s better than ever. The Octavia is fantastically spacious whether you choose the hatchback or estate and is crammed with useful features like built-in umbrellas and an ice scraper behind the fuel filler cap. All things that make family motoring just that little bit easier.”
Underlining Škoda’s reputation in the estate car market, the Superb was also recognised for its incredible levels of space and practicality. For the second year running it was named Best Estate Car – comfortably seeing off the competition to take top spot.
“The Superb Estate is enjoyable to drive, reliable, safe and economical.” Said Stuart Milne. “It’s also a terrifically comfortable car for long motorway journeys. If you want a roomier car than this, you need to buy either a van or the biggest of SUVs. We recommend the Superb for anyone looking for a large and comfortable hatchback, but as an estate car it really is the obvious choice.”
Not be left out, the new Kodiaq completed Škoda’s haul of silverware with Best Tow Car Award. The judging panel took into account the SUV’s impressive towing capacity of up to 2,300kg, value for money and the availability of affordable towing accessories – including an electrically folding tow bar.