In recent years car buyers are becoming increasingly more astute when it comes to what they want from a car. People are becoming drawn away from glitz and glamour in favour of technological innovation and especially ease on the wallet. It seemingly is the year of the all-rounder, as WhatCar recently named the Skoda Fabia as their Car of the Year.
It is no secret that the Skoda brand has suffered from a branding stigma over recent years, but the Czech company’s dedication to quality in every aspect is starting to pay real dividends. Not only did the Fabia take the main title and Best Small Car Award, but the Octavia took the coveted prize as Best Family Car, 2 incredibly important and competitive markets.
Another hugely competitive sector in today’s automotive market is city cars. Worth noting that Skoda narrowly missed out on this one to thanks to the Citigo, however it was another understated manufacturer in Hyundai who toppled the rest in this one, with the i10 being deemed the ultimate urban run-around.
There were some usual suspects involved though. Mercedes maintained its place as the king of luxury, with the S350 Blutec L SE Line pipping Range Rover and Rolls to the post there.
There was also a triple crowning for Audi, who are always contenders in the majority of categories. This time around they took the award for Best Coupe for the newly launched TT Sport, the Best Convertible for the Audi A3 Cabriolet and yet another one for the A3 range in the electric field with their e-tron model.
And if 2 seats and the open road is your kind of thing, the Porsche Boxter 2.7 was the overall winner representing the under £50,000 category. For the cash-splashers the Ferrari 458 Speciale claimed the over £100,000 title, boasting a 0-60 of 3 seconds flat and a ludicrous top speed of 202mph.
Ford took the best hot hatch and best estate for the Fiesta ST-2 and Mondeo respectively, with BMW, Land Rover, Citroen, Nissan and Honda also winning 1 award each.