Skoda Octavia named Best Family Car

The Skoda Octavia scooped a string of top awards, including Best Family Car, from consumer buying guide Parkers.

The Octavia finished in first place in both the under £18,000 and the £18,000-£25,000 price categories. In the lower price bracket the Octavia 1.6 TDI S bagged top spot and in the higher price class the Octavia 1.6 TDI Elegance with DSG transmission came first.

To complete the clean sweep, the entry level S-spec was named Britain's number one Family Hatchback. The awards marked the second straight year the Czech firm has won praise, after the popular Octavia S 1.2 TSI won the Family Car bracket in 2011.

Kieren Puffett, editor of Parkers, said the brand was clearly the best car and the best value for money in the family market. He said: "As every family motorist knows, you not only need a car that is hugely practical, spacious and well-equipped but it also must be cheap to run and deliver the most car for the money."

Skoda's reliability means that the Octavia rarelybreaks down or requires servicing and its impressive engine performance makes it one of the most sought after family cars.

Copyright Press Association 2012