Two Skoda models were victorious at the What Car? Car of the Year Awards. Citroën, Nissan, Volkswagen, BMW and Audi also took home silverware
7 January 2015

The Skoda Fabia has won the most prestigious motoring award in the UK – What Car? Car of the Year, in association with Warranty Direct.

The Czech model, which also won the Small Car category at last night’s ceremony, scooped the main prize exactly 15 years after winning it for the first time in 2000.

What Car?’s Car of the Year Awards are the most highly prized by manufacturers and the car-buying public alike. Awards are presented in 16 categories in total, but only the car that best delivers against the judging panel’s stringent criteria wins the overall Car of the Year prize.

The winning Skoda Fabia 1.2 TSI 90 SE model beat stiff competition from 25 other vehicles that made the overall Car of the Year shortlist. A full list of category winners can be seen here.

What Car?’s panel of judges praised the Fabia’s turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol engine, which combines punchy and flexible performance with impressive efficiency credentials.

It also beats its main rivals in the small car class – the Ford Fiesta and VW Polo – for both space and practicality, while the technology that comes as standard on the Fabia includes a brilliant 6.5-inch touchscreen display and a ‘Mirrorlink’ system that can sync with Android phones to provide sat nav.

What Car? editor, Jim Holder, said: "The Fabia is a fully deserved winner of our most sought after award – not only because of the fact that 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."

A full list of category winners can be seen at whatcar.com/awards, but 2015 winners include another Skoda, the Octavia, in the Family Car sector, the Audi A3 e-tron (electric car), Citroën Grand C4 Picasso (MPV) and the Sunderland-built Nissan Qashqai which, as last year’s Car of the Year winner, is still a favourite in the small SUV category.

Land Rover’s Discovery Sport won the inaugural What Car? Car of the Year Safety Award, presented in conjunction with Thatcham Research, the UK’s only Euro NCAP crash test centre. 

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7 January 2015
Sorry its why I don't read What car and choose Autocar -the winners are dull. Skoda Fabia instead of Fiesta Ecoboost, Audi e-tron (or whatever they call it!) instead of BMW i3 etc etc.

8 January 2015
mgbv8man wrote:

Sorry its why I don't read What car and choose Autocar -the winners are dull. Skoda Fabia instead of Fiesta Ecoboost, Audi e-tron (or whatever they call it!) instead of BMW i3 etc etc.

As the new Fabia is not available in the UK I am amazed you can make a comparison with a Fiesta. Whilst I don't like the last generation Fabia's looks I think this a massive improvement and looks good. Shame there have decided to drop the VRS version

8 January 2015
mgbv8man wrote:

Sorry its why I don't read What car and choose Autocar -the winners are dull. Skoda Fabia instead of Fiesta Ecoboost, Audi e-tron (or whatever they call it!) instead of BMW i3 etc etc.

...I came here to post an almost identical comment. What Car? has motoring priorities that are at total odds with car enthusiasts. They love a bland econobox over there.

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8 January 2015
...well no one in their right mind buys WhatCar unless they are actively in the buying process and wanting to read reviews/compare pricing et. Its a pretty 'dry' read and not targeted at entertaining the reader.
TBH I wouldn't really call Autocar an 'enthusiasts magazine either...unlike EVO or Car Magazine...though it tries to be with endless photo's of sideways cars melting the rear tyres!

9 January 2015
I sometimes think of buying What Car and then I realise I would need to re-mortgage the house to pay for a copy and put it back!

9 January 2015
mgbv8man wrote:

Sorry its why I don't read What car and choose Autocar -the winners are dull. Skoda Fabia instead of Fiesta Ecoboost, Audi e-tron (or whatever they call it!) instead of BMW i3 etc etc.

If you are relying on Autocar to be well informed, then you will not learn much

8 January 2015
VW must be happy nearly 40% of the winners are from their group, it pays to advertise if you see what I mean, nudge nudge.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

8 January 2015
It's not even mid January yet.

Are What Car? saying that nothing is going to be better than this product from the Stevie Wonder school of design for the rest of the year?

MrJ

8 January 2015
I can see why it's a What Car? winner, because it outpoints the opposition in many ways.

But CoTY winners are rarely exciting, so nothing's changed there.

Three things mark it down for me:

* Anodyne styling, though better than previous iterations.

* No iPhone option for the Mirrorlink satnav.

* No vRS version.

8 January 2015
I honestly thought for a split second that it is 1st of April today when I first saw the article!

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