What Car? Car of the Year Awards 2021
Plug-in Hybrid of the Year: Skoda Octavia Estate 1.4 TSI iV SE Technology
Estate Car of the Year: Skoda Superb Estate 2.0 TDI 150 SE L
Skoda walked away with two awards at the What Car? Awards 2021. The Skoda Octavia estate proves that a little goes a long way. The iV model may be one of the more expensive Octavia’s but it’s one of the cheaper plug-in hybrids available. The 282.5mpg shows what’s possible if you do a lot of short journeys and with an electric range of 41 miles even longer journeys are cost-effective. This combined with CO2 emissions of 31g/km it’s in the low 6% benefit-in-kind bracket. The car can go from 0-62 mph in just 7.8sec making it nippy and cost-effective. It comes with a lot of standard equipment and masses of interior space, along with a large boot.
The Skoda Superb does everything you’d expect of an estate car and then a bit extra. The 600-litre boot is spacious but it also has useful touches such as bag hooks, 12v charging port and a rechargeable torch to make it both ‘roomy and useful’. The theme continues throughout the superb with plenty of leg-room for rear passengers and even the tallest of drivers will be comfortable with heated electrically adjustable driver’s seat. On top of that’s, there’s an easy to use touchscreen which finishes off the interior which feels smart and solid. As you’d expect, the Superb is smooth and reassuring to drive, whichever of the many engines you choose. There’s a version for everyone, from plug-in hybrid to high-powered four-wheel drive, but the happiest medium is this punchy yet refined and economical 2.0-litre diesel. Essentially, the Superb Estate is the most complete car you’ll find, even before you consider how much it costs. But for this price? There’s no better choice.
In addition to claiming two outright category wins, ŠKODA was also named as Best Buy winners in no fewer than five categories. The FABIA was named Best Estate Car for value, while the SCALA also impressed the judges with its high equipment levels and space - taking the Best Family Car for value accolade.
ŠKODA’s popular SUVs were also recognised by the What Car? judging panel with both the KAMIQ and KAROQ winning awards for their practicality. The KAMIQ was named Best Small SUV for practicality, while its larger stablemate, the KAROQ, secured the title of Best Family SUV for practicality.
Completing ŠKODA’s remarkable haul of titles was the SUPERB, which was named Best Executive Car for value. The judging panel were impressed with the SUPERB’s comfort levels and practicality and singled-out the 1.5 TSI 150PS engine as its powertrain of choice.
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