A What Car? Awards Success Story
It seems only last month that we were celebrating our brand’s successes at the 2016 What Car? awards but with the arrival of the 2017 awards this month, we waited impatiently to find out which cars came out on top.
Luckily we weren’t disappointed as the awards came thick and fast for ŠKODA, Audi, SEAT and Volkswagen. An incredible nine awards were won on the night, so grab a cup of tea and join us as we take a look at the winners!
Best Small Car
The mighty ŠKODA Fabia can do no wrong and took the title of Best Small Car. The team picked the Fabia 1.2 TSI 90 SE, with its top speed of 113mph as the top choice, commenting that the car ‘feels agile and easy to drive in town, but is also more comfortable and refined at motorway speeds than many larger cars’. We’re big fans, and the brand’s award cabinet speaks for itself. We can think of no more worthy winner.
Best Family Car
Picking up the award for Best Family Car was the Audi A3 Sportback, offering a 0-62mph of 8.1 seconds and a top speed of 136mph. The A3 took the title thanks to its premium feel over its rivals, with the What Car? team commenting that ‘it has a number of strengths… and no major weakness’. The A3 picked up the overall Car of the Year award back in 2013 so the new facelifted model is a strong choice for families looking for sharp looks, premium materials, and clever technology.
Best Small SUV
The SEAT Ateca has been receiving praise all over Europe and we think it’s one of the most stylish small SUVs money can buy. To take the title in this category the winner must offer a comfortable, spacious interior, capability on all roads, a competitive price and be practical for all situations. The SEAT’s win comes thanks to its keen pricing against competitors and engines with impressive performance. Of course, its fun drive, agility and high specifications meant it was an easy choice for the What Car? team!
Best Large SUV
Another win for the Czech brand, ŠKODA’s latest Kodiaq model took home the Best Large SUV award. It’s price ensures it stands out from the crowd, and great interior equipment means you needn’t compromise with the capable Kodiaq. It’s a sensible choice for the larger family and offers a comfortable ride for all, no matter how long the journey.
Best Luxury SUV
It seems choosing the Q7 as the Best Luxury SUV category winner wasn’t too difficult a decision as What Car? describe Audi’s largest model as an ‘unquestionably better all-rounder’ than an entry level Range Rover. The vehicle offers space and practicality (with three rows of seats), with stylish road presence and a cabin packed full of the latest technology. The team praised the infotainment system, describing it as ‘one of the best on the market’ and concluded that ‘luxury SUVs don’t get any more spacious, comfy, luxurious or sophisticated’.
Heading over to Volkswagen this time, the Best MPV title was awarded to the Touran and in particular the 1.6 TDI 115 SE. The well-built, practical car fought off tough competition but came out on top thanks to its well-built interior, masses of space and strong engine options. It’s a great car for all the family and makes long journeys a breeze, and there’s even space for all the luggage too!
Best Estate Car
Not another award for ŠKODA? Yes, this time for the brilliant ŠKODA Superb in the Best Estate Car category. If you’re looking for an estate, be it for personal or business use, then the Superb offers some very clever features and technologies, alongside sharp, head-turning styling. What Car? describe the boot as ‘simply colossal’ and praised the fuel economy and comfort. It’s a real winner in our books.
The winner of this coveted category deserves special recognition for claiming another victory alongside this one. The Audi TT takes the title once again, (for the fifteenth time may we add), making it the most awarded car in What Car? history. It’s sleek, comfortable, incredibly classy inside and packed full of technology to make for one of the most rewarding driving experiences. It really is a vehicle that needs to be driven to be understood, and it’s one of our all-time favourite cars.
Best Executive Car
Yet another victory for the four rings, Audi took home the award for Best Executive Car thanks to its A4, and in particular the 3.0 TDI 218 Sport. The team commented, ‘it’s the smoothest, quietest and best-finished car in its class… the A4 manages these feats only because Audi set out not to just compete, but to build the most complete executive car on the planet, and it’s certainly done so’. The A4 is simply stunning, and the perfect statement on the road.
Should you want any more information on any of the vehicles mentioned, please don’t hesitate to contact your local Vindis centre. Our demos are waiting for you, and our teams can’t wait to share our passion for these incredible vehicles.