What Car? names the Skoda Fabia as car of the year

Skoda Fabia
It's champagne showers for the Skoda Fabia
"We've driven and evaluated all of its rivals and, whichever way you cut it, the Fabia is the most rounded small car on sale in the UK today" What Car? editor, Jim Holder
  • | by Abbie Laughton-Coles

Why do Skodas have heated rear windscreens? To keep your hands warm while you're pushing them. Funny? Debatable. True? Not so much.

Skoda has been the butt of many jokes over the years and perhaps deservedly so around two decades ago. Well, look who's laughing now.

Skoda has silenced the unjustified haters once and for all with the Fabia being awarded the 2015 What Car? 'Car of the year' plaudit. This comes 15 years after it won the award for the first time in 2000, and the car has picked up prize after prize in the years since.

"The Fabia is a fully deserved winner of our most sought after award – not just because of the fact it's a well-equipped and practical small car, but also because of the big-name rivals it has disposed of in the process," said What Car? editor Jim Holder.

"We've driven and evaluated all of its rivals and, whichever way you cut it, the Fabia is the most rounded small car on sale in the UK today."

Not content with scooping the What Car? top prize, it's been raining awards for Skoda, which also racked up accolades for the Fabia in the small car category and the Octavia in the family car category. Time to pop the bubbly!

So just what caught the judge's eye on this little madame (or paní, if you'd prefer it in Czech)? Well it may have been the cheeky turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol engine, or perhaps the enticing 6.5-inch touchscreen that comes as standard, which can be synced to provide sat-nav. Phwoar, now you're talking.

"The Fabia undercuts rivals such as the Fiesta and Polo on price, but beats both for space and practicality," said director of testing at What Car? John McIlroy.

It's also got some pretty impressive green credentials with CO2 emissions of 109g/km, and all that for a very reasonable price, with the thriftiest version listed at £9,945 on the road.