SKODA Octavia Pulls its Weight in the Tow Car Awards 2015
SKODA pick up even more awards, in the ‘’Tow Car Awards’ with the ŠKODA Octavia 2.0-litre TDI CR 150PS Business winner in the ‘Up To 1,400kg’ car category. The award comes hot on the back of previous success with The ŠKODA Superb 2.0-litre TDI 170 4x4 Elegance and ŠKODA Superb Estate 2.0 TDI CR 170 SE both being successful winning their classes.
Steve Orton- General Manager at Derek Slack Motors, (the oldest SKODA dealership in the North East with nearly 25 years experience) said, “Those looking for summer trips away with a caravan will find the Octavia offers outstanding stability and speed, towing with the security of a much bigger car. Inside, space is cavernous, with lots of room for comfort making it practical for both towing and family duties
The Tow Car Awards are a joint venture between The Camping and Caravanning Club, Practical Caravan and What Car?. This year 56 cars were tested, the most since the awards began in 2007.
Each car goes through the same set of rigorous tests, towing a Swift Group caravan weighted to 85% of the car's kerb weight. The tests include stability, lane-change and hill-start, as well as the vehicle’s overall practicality and subjective input from the judges.
Read what the judges said…
“The Skoda holds on to its crown as our favourite tow car weighing less than 1400kg, and does so in some style.
As you’d expect of a former overall winner, it tows beautifully. Data from the Al-Ko ATC system shows just how stable car and caravan were when slowing from high speeds.
In the lane-change test the Octavia inspired confidence. On the third and fastest run the caravan was sliding dramatically, but the Skoda pulled it straight again without being dragged off its line.
The Skoda is happy to tow at a decent pace, too. The 2.0-litre diesel engine is used by the Volkswagen Group in a number of larger, heavier cars than the Octavia, so it has no trouble pulling the Skoda and a lightweight caravan. As the 30-60mph time of 12.2 seconds shows, if you’re stuck behind slower traffic you shouldn’t be there for long. With plenty of pulling power lower down the rev range there’s no need to work the gearbox hard.
Some smaller cars struggle with the hill start test, but so long as the Skoda’s handbrake was given a firm pull it held the car still on the 1-in-6 slope. Pulling to the top needed some balance of clutch and throttle, but by the standards of this class the Octavia took the hill in its stride.
We’re judging cars first and foremost on towing ability, but the Octavia is just as happy to put in a shift on the daily commute. It handles tidily, rides well and is quiet at speed.
It’s also immensely roomy, with more than enough space for tall adults to travel comfortably in the back. What’s more, the 590-litre boot is likely to impress owners as much as it impressed our practicality judges, who rated the Octavia the most practical small tow car by some margin.
The Skoda’s a safe place to put your money, too, with respectable resale values and low running costs. It’s hard to find any significant weakness.