Thank you www.news.com.au for the great write up.
Its a Skoda. The Kodiaq. A family seven seater that trumps the very best of the newcomers that arrived in Australian showrooms over the past year.
The Kodiaq is the first car of the year champion from the Czech brand that once was the butt of cruel jokes about its reliability.
One of the worlds oldest car makers and part of the giant Volkswagen group. Skoda was introduced locally in 2007 and has struggled to gain a foothold in the competitive local market.
The Kodiaqs victory will surprise many it was rated a 34-1 chance with bookmaker Sportsbet but it scored a unanimous victory in the final run-off.
The Skoda is built off the same underpinnings as the VW Tiguan, which took the car of the year prize in 2016, but its improved in many ways.
Its cabin works as a comfy five-seater or occasional seven-seater and smile-inducing little touches include a built-in torch, a pair of umbrellas, iPad holders, a rubbish bin and pop-out rubber strips on the doors to prevent carpark dings.
Its the Swiss Army knife of cars. I love it, says judge Joshua Dowling.
The Kodiaq, from about $46,000 on the road, comes with a five-year warranty, which makes it a winner on the value front. A rare downside is Skoda resale values, which do not yet match the quality of its cars, largely because the brand is relatively unknown.
The Kodiaq had to beat one of the toughest fields in the 21-year history of News Corps Car of the Year, with 10 contenders ranging from the baby Kia Picanto city car priced at $15,690 drive-away to the luxury Audi Q5 SUV from $72,400 on the road.