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The Skoda Fabia, priced from £10,500, was named the best new car to buy this year at the ceremony held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. Beating highly prestigious badges Jaguar and Porsche, the Skoda Fabia was praised by industry experts for its “punchy and flexible performance with impressive efficiency credentials”.
Skoda also picked up the top prize for the small car category. Beating rivals such as Ford Fiesta and VW Polo to the prestigious accolade, the vehicle was praised by judges for offering a generous amount of space and practicality. Judges were also impressed with the technology which came as standard – a 6.5-inch touch-screen and ‘mirrorlink’ system that can sync with Android phones to provide sat-nav.
There are 16 categories awarded at the ceremony, but only the car that delivers the very best against the judging panel’s strict criteria wins the overall prize. The winning Skoda Fabia 1.2 TSI 90 SE model beat competition from 25 other vehicles that made the overall shortlist, including the Jaguar F-Type, Lamborghini Huracan and Porsche Macan.
Jim Holder, WhatCar? 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.’
The Skoda Octavia was crowned the best family car, the Audi A3 e-tron best electric car and Citroen Grand C4 Picasso top MPV. Last year’s overall winner, the Nissan Qashqai remained a favourite with the judges, scooping the small SUV car of the year. Included in the What Car? award categories this year was a brand new award for safety which went to the Land Rover Discovery Sport.
See below for a full list of winners from the What Car? Motor of the Year 2015 awards.
Overall car of the year: Skoda Fabia
City car: Hyundai i10
Convertible car: Audi A3 Cabriolet
Coupe: Audi TT
Electric car: Audi A3 e-tron
Estate car: Ford Mondeo
Executive car: BMW 520d SE automatic
Family car: Skoda Octavia
Hot hatch: Ford Fiesta ST-2
Large SUV: Range Rover Sport