What Car? Awards 2021

ŠKODA has continued its remarkable run of success in the annual What Car? Awards by winning two categories outright and being named Best Buy in five key new car sectors.

The haul of seven awards makes 2021 one of ŠKODA’s most successful years at what is regarded as the ‘Oscars’ of the automotive world. The OCTAVIA iV was named Plug-in Hybrid of the Year and the SUPERB recorded its sixth successive win as Estate Car of the Year.

In addition, ŠKODA was also named as Best Buy winner in no fewer than five categories for FABIA, KAMIQ, KAROQ, SCALA and SUPERB.

Plug-In Hybrid of the Year

OCTAVIA Estate SE Technology 1.4 TSI iV 204PS

Leading ŠKODA’s silverware charge was the brand’s latest arrival, the new OCTAVIA iV. What Car? Editor Steve Huntingford, said: “The iV's official 282.5mpg shows what’s possible if you do lots of short journeys, while CO2 emissions of 31g/km drop it into the low 6% company car tax bracket. Crucially, you still get all the usual OCTAVIA Estate strengths; a comfortable ride, loads of standard equipment and a boot that's big enough to build a barn in.”

Estate Car of the Year

SUPERB Estate SE L 2.0 TDI 150PS

The SUPERB has now won the title every year since 2016 and shows no sign of losing its appeal with both the What Car? judges and British buyers. “The SUPERB Estate is the most complete wagon you’ll find, offering a smooth and reassuring drive, an enormous boot and the sort of rear space usually reserved for cars that are chauffeur driven.” commented Steve Huntingford.

Best Estate Car for value

FABIA Estate SE 1.0 TSI 95PS

The FABIA truly raises the bar, delivering high levels of safety and new assistance systems and technology usually seen in the luxury sector. It’s versatility and value for money give the car real standout.

Best Family Car for value

SCALA SE 1.0 TSI 110PS

Steve Huntingford commented: “The SCALA will set you back thousands less than similarly equipped rivals. What's more, it handles tidily, rides bumps smoothly and comfortably, and had an exceptionally roomy interior. It really is a car that gives you more for less.”

Best Executive Car for value

SUPERB SE Technology 1.5 TSI 150PS

The judging panel were impressed with the SUPERB’s comfort levels and practicality. Steve Huntingford commented: “Well equipped, comfy and oh so roomy in the front, back and boot, the SUPERB sets the standard among cars at its price point and challenges many that cost an awful lot more.”

Best small SUV for practicality

KAMIQ SE 1.0.TSI 95PS

Our stylish SUV offers an engine range that really pack a punch. Its compact dimensions and highly efficient drivetrains make it the perfect choice for buyers who need to combine urban driving with an adventurous, outdoor lifestyle.

Best family SUV for practicality

KAROQ SE L 1.5 TSI 150PS

The KAROQ’s spacious interior, thoughtful practicality features and exceptional design both inside and out, make it an easy decision when choosing your next family car. It’s an all-rounder that continues to outshine rivals.

What Car? 2021 Reviews

What Car? Awards 2020

ŠKODA drove off from the WhatCar? 2020 awards with two category wins and six price point victories. We scooped an impressive eight accolades this year, with the SCALA being crowned ‘Family Car of the Year’ and the SUPERB being awarded ‘Estate Car of the Year’ for the fifth year in a row.

In addition, the SUPERB and SUPERB iV (our first plug-in hybrid) also went on to win a price point award, along with the FABIA Hatch, FABIA Estate, KAMIQ and KAROQ.

Best Small Car between £14,000-£16,000

ŠKODA FABIA SE 1.0 TSI 95PS

The ŠKODA FABIA is a fine small car and incredible value for money if you choose carefully. What Car? awarded the 1.0 TSI 95PS in SE trim four out a five stars.

Best Estate Car less than £20,000

ŠKODA FABIA Estate SE 1.0 TSI 95PS

Explaining the FABIA's Esate's appeal, Steve Huntingford said: “It shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that the FABIA wins its price point. That’s because it’s an absolute bargain, netting buyers a lot of car for very little money.”

Family Car of the Year

ŠKODA SCALA SE 1.0 TSI 115PS

The SCALA saw off fierce competition to be named as the best in the sector. What Car? Editor Steve Huntingford said: “The SCALA is the latest in a long line of hugely impressive cars from ŠKODA, with its main strengths lying in its comfort and interior space."

Estate Car of the Year

ŠKODA SUPERB Estate SE Technology 2.0 TDI 150PS

Space is the name of the game in the estate car class, and so the ŠKODA SUPERB Estate wins for the fifth year in a row. With masses of storage room and total comfort for all passengers, it’s a brilliant estate car.

Best Family SUV for £20,000-£30,000

ŠKODA KAROQ SE L 1.5 TSI 150PS

You won't find a rival that offers a more cosseting ride than the KAROQ. Plus, it's extremely practical and its 1.5-litre petrol engine is punchy yet frugal. It's a very well-rounded family SUV.

Best Small SUV for less than £20,000

ŠKODA KAMIQ SE 1.0 TSI 95PS

The KAMIQ is the newest car in the ŠKODA range, but it saw off tough competition to be named best SUV for less than £20,000. Although it joined the ŠKODA range last November, the KAMIQ has already caused a stir in its sector.

Best Plug in Hybrid less than £35,000

ŠKODA SUPERB iV SE Technology 1.4 TSI 218PS DSG

There's so much to like about the new plug-in hybrid version of the SUPERB. Its smooth zero-emissions running will help you to relax behind the wheel, while its 218PS output is enough for brisk acceleration when needed.

Best Executive Car less than £30,000

ŠKODA SUPERB SE Technology 1.5 TSI 150PS

Nothing else in the executive car class offers as much space as the SUPERB, whether that’s up front, in the rear or in the boot. It’s truly limousine-like and it delivers an all-round package that is simply unbeatable for the money.

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