It’s the best and no one’s heard of it – Car of the Year Skoda Kodiaq

A surprising Skoda has taken the big motoring prize for 2017. The Kodiaq, a family-focused SUV with a name inspired by an Alaskan bear, has trumped an all-star field to claim the Car of the Year award from News Corp.

It’s the first time a Skoda from the Czech Republic has even qualified for the COTY, although other cars from the Volkswagen Group — which owns Skoda — have claimed the prize a record-equalling four times.

The Kodiaq scored a unanimous win with the six COTY judges, who have nearly 100 years of motoring experience between them, trumping the Honda Civic Type R and Kia Stinger at the end of an intensive judging process.

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