Milton Keynes, 25 January 2018: Leading ŠKODA’s silverware haul was the recently updated Octavia, which reclaimed the title of Best Family Car. The Octavia’s 2018 victory was the model’s third category triumph in five years – a remarkable achievement given the number of models competing in the sector. The judging panel praised the Octavia’s exceptional all-round ability, with What Car? Editor Steve Huntingford adding: “The Octavia has long been the car that we'd recommend to people looking for comfort and space from their family hatchback. But an update last year has made it better than ever. Our favoured 1.5-litre petrol engine is both strong and frugal, the suspension is perfectly judged for UK roads and the Octavia can take more luggage than most estate cars.”
Not to be outdone by its smaller sibling, the Superb Estate proved unbeatable once again, and was named Best Estate Car 2018 for the third year in a row. Despite the arrival of new models within the sector, the Superb’s cavernous interior, high quality, remarkable value for money and low running costs saw it rise to the top of the list once again.
Commenting on the Superb’s hat-trick of Estate Car titles, Steve Huntingford, What Car? Editor said: “The Superb Estate is classy, comfortable and so spacious that we struggle to think of another car that offers quite so much room inside. In addition, it’s exceptionally good value, offering all the quality and equipment of far more expensive cars. In short, it excels in every area a good estate car should.”
In addition to the two category awards, ŠKODA was also recognised as price point winners in four categories. With many class categories featuring models with vastly different prices, What Car? recognises models that are the best value within a set price bracket.
The recently revised Citigo was named a price point winner in the City Car category, while its supermini stablemate the Fabia was also named a winner in the Estate Car category (which was won by the Superb). The Superb was named a price point winner in the Executive Car category while the Karoq was a price point victor in the Family SUV category.
Further details of the What Car? Awards can be found in the February 2018 edition of the magazine and at
www.whatcar.com. Additional assets for all ŠKODA models are downloadable from
Emotion, dynamism and passion – ŠKODA combines all of these qualities with the ‘vRS’ initials. Even before its market launch, the Czech car manufacturer’s first high performance SUV, the ŠKODA KODIAQ vRS, proves that it can hold its own on the most challenging race track in the world. Racing driver Sabine Schmitz set the lap record for a seven-seater SUV at the Nürburgring’s legendary Nordschleife in the ŠKODA KODIAQ vRS, highlighting the car’s performance qualities. The KODIAQ vRS extends the range of vRS models in the ŠKODA line up.
A detailed report from the record breaking-lap with the video and photo-gallery, as well as the article with interviews with Sabine Schmitz and František Drábek, can be found on ŠKODA Storyboard. The material is freely downloadable and useable in media.
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