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.