What Car? magazine has hailed Skoda’s Octavia estate vehicle as the Best Buy Estate under £15,000.
The model beat the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra and Kia Cee’d to the gong at a ceremony held at the Grosvenor House hotel in London.
Available to customers from £12,995, the Octavia 1.6 FSI Classic proves that motorists do not "need to have a large budget to buy a practical estate with loads of room".
What Car? editor Steve Fowler added that the vehicle is an "attractive proposition".
"As an overall package, the Octavia is still ahead of its rivals. The boot is large, free from intrusions and quick to expand to its full size, thanks to its easy-to-fold rear seats," he said.
This comes as the Ford Mondeo took three prizes at the 2008 BusinessCar awards.
Estate Car of the Year, Upper Medium Car of the Year and Business Car of the Year were all picked up by the firm.