All hail the car of the year!

9 January 2015

skoda fabia What Car!!! magazine has declared the Skoda Fabia to be their Car of the Year! We expect full frontal photoshoots in lad-mags soon.

The winning Skoda Fabia 1.2 TSI 90 SE beat 25 other new cars that made the overall shortlist, as well as winning the small car category.

It beat the key big boys in its class - the Ford Fiesta and VW Polo - for space and practicality. It also had good notes for the touchscreen technology and the Mirrorlink system, which works with Android phones to provide Sat Nav action.

And yet, still, Skoda is still a bit of a joke to some people, which seems rather unfair.

Other cars that did well in What Car!!! award dole-out, included the Hyundai i10 1.2 Premium in the Best City Car category, while Skoda's larger Octavia won the award for best family car.

Best electric car was the Audi A3 e-tron, with the same company's TT 2.0 TFSI Sport scooping the award for best coupé and the A3 Cabriolet 1.4 TFSI 150 Sport taking the gong for convertibles. Ford picked up good notices in the estate and hot hatchback categories, with the Mondeo Estate 1.6 TDCi 120 Econetic Zetec and Fiesta ST respectively.

The Citroën Grand C4 Picasso 1.6 e-HDi 115 Exclusive won the best MPV category, and the Nissan Qashqai – last year's overall winner – is still the magazine's favourite in the small SUV category. The best large SUV was the Range Rover Sport SDV6 HSE.

BMW's 520d SE automatic took the award for the leading executive car, with Porsche winning the sports car award with the Boxster 2.7 and Mercedes-Benz taking the luxury car prize with the S350 CDI Bluetec L SE Line.

What are What Car!!! readers looking forward to the most? Why, that would be the Honda HR-V SUV, due out later in 2015.

Jim Holder, What Car!!! editor, said: "The Fabia is a fully deserved winner of our most sought-after award – not just because of the fact it is a well-equipped and practical small car, but also because of the big name rivals it has disposed of in the process. We've driven and evaluated all of its rivals and, whichever way you cut it, the Fabia is the most rounded small car on sale in the UK today."

Well done Skoda, you one-time laughing stock!

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