The crossover won the best new car accolade and also the Crossover category title – the first award of its type – last night.
But the Yeti wasn’t the only Skoda winning awards, another four models walked away with honours – the Superb won Best Family Car and Best Estate Car awards, and Skoda also took the Driver Power Award for best reliability and owner satisfaction.
Auto Express editor in chief David Johns, said: ‘The result is a reflection of just how far Skoda has come and how good its cars now are. They have always represented fantastic value for money, but increasingly they have come to stand for great quality, driveability and reliability.
‘The Yeti, in particular, just blew our judges away. It is a car that combines the best of a family hatchback with the looks and go-anywhere ability of an SUV. Two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, it is a car that is truly worthy of being our Car of the Year.’
Another Volkswagen Group manufacturer was also in the spotlight at the ceremony – Bentley chief Dr Franz-Josef Paefgen was named 2010 Person of the Year, being hailed as having ‘worked wonders to establish the success of a peculiarly British brand’.
Two further manufacturers won two awards each; Peugeot’s brand new RCZ coupe claimed the Best Coupe and Best Design gongs, and Land Rover’s Freelander 2 and Discovery 4 scooped the Best Compact SUV and Large SUV titles respectively.
A unanimous decision from the judges resulted in the Nissan Leaf winning the coveted Special Award in ‘recognition of the best new innovation in the motor industry’, and the Oxford-built MINI went home with Best Premium Supermini by the magazine.
By James Batchelor