Skoda Kodiaq wins carsales 2020 award
For the 2020 carsales Best Family SUV award, nine seven-seat SUVs currently available in the Australian market were assessed on a wide range of criteria that is deemed important to family buyers.
The nine SUVs that were nominated for the Best Family SUV award for 2020 were:
- Holden Acadia,
- Hyundai Santa Fe,
- Kia Sorento,
- Mazda CX-8 Mazda CX-9,
- Nissan Pathfinder,
- Skoda Kodiaq,
- Toyota Kluger,
- and VW Tiguan Allspace.
Each of these nine vehicles were assessed in categories that included:
- cabin and cargo space;
- child safety and accommodation;
- infotainment and technology;
- driveability and performance;
- cost of ownership factors;
- and design.
Understandably, given the range of the seven assessment criterias, the expectations of Australian family buyers and the difference in price of the best-selling model variants tested here, there were many different winners in each of the categories – all of which were scored against a weighted average ranking.
This complex process was aimed at determining which seven-seat SUV is truly the best overall for modern family buyers It is important to remember that in the end, the top spot in the 2020 carsales Best Family SUV award will always be reserved for the vehicle that performs best against the scoreboard overall – the one that amasses the highest number of points across the field.
This year’s winner was the Skoda Kodiaq Sportline 132TSI 4×4. The 2020 Kodiaq has a recommended retail price of $52,490, an automatic transition, 2.0L 4-Cylinder engine, fuel consumption of 7.6 (L/100km) and power of 132kW.
This tremendous five-seater SUV trumped in both the value and styling sections of the test. It ranked second in the technology and accommodation categories and third in the on-road driving performance and child safety and accommodation fields.
In terms of both affordability and cost of ownership, the Skoda Kodiaq really beat its contemporaries by a convincing margin. When the fuel and tyre costs of the Kodiaq were measured over a three-year period (also factoring in insurance, finance, depreciation and aftersales costs) the Czech-built model was voted as the best value vehicle for family buyers in Australia.
Whether a new SUV is aesthetically pleasing or not plays a big part in the purchasing process. After much thought by the judges of the award, the Skoda Kodiaq came up on top in this category. It was deemed the most contemporary and attractive SUV of this group and the one vehicle which is least likely to show its age as the years go by.
Overall, Skoda’s biggest SUV tallied an impressive score of 89.9 per cent to take out the 2020 carsales Best Family SUV Award.
It is the second Skoda model to win a carsales award in 2020 so far. The Skoda Fabia won the Best First Car award in December, and many of its quality and value traits are clearly recognisable in its larger sibling.
You could say that Volkswagen’s Czech brand is on a roll. The Skoda Kodiaq is a deserved winner in the family SUV segment.