The Skoda Fabia has been named Car of the Year in awards organised by What Car?
In a ceremony in London tonight the victorious Fabia 1.2 TSI 90 SE was also named best small car.
The top award came 15 years after Volkswagen-owned Skoda first won the main prize.
What Car? editor Jim Holder said: "The Fabia is a fully-deserved winner of our most sought-after award - not just because of the fact it is a well-equipped and practical small car, but also because of the big name rivals it has disposed of in the process.
"We've driven and evaluated all of its rivals and, whichever way you cut it, the Fabia is the most rounded small car on sale in the UK today."
These were the winners:
CAR OF THE YEAR - Skoda Fabia 1.2 TSI 90 SE
CITY CAR - Hyundai i10 1.2 Premium
SMALL CAR - Skoda Fabia 1.2 TSI 90 SE
FAMILY CAR - Skoda Octavia 1.2 TSI 105 SE
ELECTRIC CAR - Audi A3 e-tron
COUPE - Audi TT 2.0 TFSI Sport
ESTATE CAR - Ford Mondeo Estate 1.6 TDCi 120 Econetic Zetec
MPV - Citroen Grand C4 Picasso 1.6 e-HDi 115 Exclusive
HOT HATCH - Ford Fiesta ST-2
CONVERTIBLE - Audi A3 Cabriolet 1.4 TFSI 150 Sport
SMALL SUV - Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi 110 N-tec 2WD
LARGE SUV - Range Rover Sport SDV6 HSE
EXECUTIVE CAR - BMW 520d SE automatic
SPORTS CAR - Porsche Boxster 2.7
LUXURY CAR - Mercedes-Benz S350 CDI Bluetec L SE Line
SAFETY - Land Rover Discovery Sport
READER AWARD - Honda HR-V
The cheapest cars to insure
Skoda is named Car of the Year
Price new: £5,995
Dacia has made a big impact in the UK with its line of affordable motors.
The Sandero is the foundation of the brand's offering and is famed for being the UK's cheapest car.
With a group two insurance classification it's also one of the cheapest cars to insure right now.
The entry level Access model is sparsely equipped, but it has a practical interior, big boot and low running costs.
Price new: £8,060
The Seat Mii is a small city car which Auto Express praises for its spacious interior, good build quality and supple ride.
All models are in insurance group one, bar the group two Sport version.
The Mii is available in three-door or five-door styles, but both measure just 3.5 metres, making it perfect for getting around town.
Price new: £8,090
The Skoda Citigo was crowned Auto Express Best City Car 2013.
The magazine praised its low running costs and practicality as well as its grown up driving experience.
Like its Mii stable mate the Citigo has group one insurance in all apart from its top specification model, making it one of the cheapest cars to insure.
Price new: £8,265
The third of the Volkswagen's group of three city cars to make the list is the Up!
Auto Express says the Up! was 'born to rule' city streets with its small dimensions and lightweight body.
There's three versions of this fun city car; Take Up! has a group one rating as does Move Up! while the higher spec High Up! gets a group two classification.
Price new: £8,345
The Hyundai i10 is another car which can get you a cheap insurance quote thanks to a group one insurance rating across all the 1.0-litre petrol models.
Auto Express says the new 2014 i10 offers big car features in a small package. And for £8,345 you also get Hyundai's five-year warranty and roadside assistance package.
Price new: £8,995
Vauxhall has managed to squeeze one of its full sized Corsas into insurance group two.
Auto Express says the 1.0-litre ecoFlex model has the lowest insurance costs of any mainstream supermini.
The eye-catching design, solid interior and big-car features make it an appealing buy for drivers.
Price new: £9,575
The Smart car caused a bit of a stir when it first appeared thanks to its dinky dimensions and bold two-seat layout, making it very useful for driving about town and absurdly easy to park.
The Smart ForTwo is the latest incarnation, which keeps to the same formula; it still has only two seats and is one of the smallest cars on the road measuring just 2.5 metres long,
The entry level 0.8- and 1.0-litre models qualify for group two insurance.
Price new: £11,810
The Peugeot Partner Tepee 1.6 VTi is the passenger version of the Partner van and according to Auto Express easily the most spacious new car that currently qualifies for a group two insurance rating.
It's got a boxy shape that provides plenty of room and has sliding doors which make it a very practical and flexible family car.
If you're after something smaller the Peugeot Bipper Tepee, which is the smallest of Peugeot's family of Tepee MPVs, also gets a group two insurance rating.