SKODA OCTAVIA NAMED AUTO EXPRESS CAR OF THE YEAR

Published at, 13th October 2020
  • All-new Skoda Octavia scoops two category wins, plus Car of the Year crown
  • Ford, Renault and Mercedes also win big
  • Best cars in 24 categories named, plus special awards for customer satisfaction and individual brilliance

The all-new Skoda Octavia has been crowned Auto Express Car of the Year in the UK’s most prestigious new-car awards.

The announcement, made this afternoon in an online broadcast, saw the Octavia scoop the coveted title, as well as Compact Family Car of the Year and Estate Car of the Year. Auto Express’ team of expert judges praised the car’s blend of exceptional all-round abilities and outstanding value for money.

Steve Fowler, Editor-in-Chief of Auto Express, said: “Since launching in the UK in the late nineties, the Skoda Octavia has become a byword for space, practicality and comfort. In this latest generation, it adds handsome looks, efficient engines, improved tech and even a couple of hot versions into the mix. 

“It not only represents all the car you could ever need, but it’s all the car you could ever want, too. It is a very worthy winner, and the Auto Express Car of the Year 2020.”

Rod McLeod, Brand Director, Skoda UK, said: “The Octavia is a very special car for us; it’s built the foundations for the range we have today. Octavia has reinvented itself in terms of design and technology over more than two decades and I think a big part of its appeal remains its honesty, quality and ability to delight its owners. 

“The passion and skill of our design and engineering teams in the Czech Republic really are something remarkable. The love of detail and function – even the stuff you never see – is what makes Skoda unique.

“This award is testament to the incredible efforts of everyone involved both here in the UK and in the Czech Republic. Thank you to Auto Express for recognising what we do and why we love doing it.“

Ford was another big winner, with its Kuga, Transit Custom and Ranger pick-up each taking awards, while Ford’s Steven Armstrong, who heads up the firm’s operations in China, was the latest British executive to be inducted into the Auto Express Hall of Fame.

Other success stories included Renault and Mercedes, which each scooped three awards. 

The Auto Express New Car Awards celebrate the very best cars on sale, from city cars to performance models, and are voted for by the expert reviewers at Auto Express. Every car on sale is analysed according to specific criteria, and only the very best cars make the grade.

For the full story on all the winners and commended runners-­up, see the Auto Express Awards Special Issue, on sale 14 October, or go to https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/new-car-awards-2020.

Auto Express New Car Awards Winners 2020

City Car of the Year Volkswagen up!

Supermini of the Year Renault Clio

Compact Family Car of the Year Skoda Octavia

Family Car of the Year Skoda Superb

Estate Car of the Year Skoda Octavia Estate

Compact Executive Car of the Year Tesla Model 3

Executive Car of the Year Mercedes-Benz E-Class 

Small SUV of the Year Renault Captur

Mid-size SUV of the Year Ford Kuga 

Large SUV of the Year SEAT Tarraco

Small Premium SUV of the Year Mercedes-Benz GLA 

Mid-size Premium SUV of the Year Land Rover Defender 

Large Premium SUV of the Year BMW X5

Luxury Car of the Year Bentley Flying Spur

Hot Hatch of the Year Honda Civic Type R

Convertible of the Year MINI Convertible

Coupé of the Year Alpine A110

Performance Car of the Year Porsche 911

Affordable Electric Car of the Year Renault Zoe

Premium Electric Car of the Year Tesla Model 3

Affordable Hybrid Car of the Year Toyota Yaris

Premium Hybrid Car of the Year Mercedes-Benz E-Class 

Pick-up of the Year Ford Ranger

Van of the Year Ford Transit Custom

Driver Power Lexus

Hall of Fame Steven Armstrong

Car of the Year Skoda Octavia

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