Not content with the launch of the affordable and spacious Rapid, Skoda quickly introduce its sister vehicle, the Rapid Spaceback with the same wheelbase as the Rapid, but 19cm shorter.
On sale at Derek Slack Motors in early 2014, the new Rapid Spaceback enters the competitive hatchback market with a sporty body aimed at a younger audience, but with family practicality at its heart in the spacious design and affordable price tag.
With near estate levels of space, BBC TopGear described the Rapid Spaceback as “perfect for the family” and we agree. Offering 415 liters of space with the seats up, rising to 1380 litres with the seats down, means it soundly beats its more expensive cousin the Golf – which offers 380 and 1318 litres.
Where the Spaceback earns points with its cabin space with plenty of rear headroom and legroom (I can testify even six-foot adults won’t struggle for space), the front is similarly spacious, with wide and supportive seats offering a comfortable driving experience.
A wide range of equipment will be available as standard including – 15” Dakara steel wheels, manual air conditioning, electrically adjustable heated door mirrors, ESC (including ABS, MRS, ASR, EDS and HBA).
Skoda’s include a host of other new styling features, with luxury trim, new electric power-steering and greater scope for personalisation. The Rapid Spaceback’s dynamic silhouette is marked by clear lines, a long wheelbase (2,602 mm) and a sharp, high tornado line.
The Rapid Spaceback will be available in Middlesbrough in early 2014 with the three petrol and two diesel engine options. The TSI petrol engines will offer a great blend of power and torque combined with low CO2 and impressive fuel economy, whilst the 1.6 TDI CR 90PS GreenTech diesel engine emits just 104g/km of CO2.
The new - limited edition, Subaru XV Black has landed dressed in classy crystal black silica. Adding to the already robust looks, Subaru include eye-catching extras making the XV Black Edition even more seductive.
Based on the SE model, the XV Black comes with the usual Subaru features including vehicle dynamic control, cruise, 17” alloy wheels and front, side, curtain knee bags. Additions include, silver under guards to the front, rear and side, with a cargo step panel and foldable cargo tray.
The XV Black is available in both six-speed, 2.0 diesel and 2.0 petrol engines with lineartronic auto transmission. Prices start from £24,495. We’ll keep you posted as soon as the XV Black Edition arrives at Derek Slack Motors in Middlesbrough.
Derek Slack Motors are pleased to announce the Superb Estate has won the 2014 Towcar of the Year award as voted for by The Caravan Club.
The Elegance 2.0 TDI 170PS 4x4 DSG topped both the £25,000-£31,000 and all-terrain under 1,800kg categories. The vast-yet-capable estate was singled out for its impressive all-round ability, as the judges’ comments explain: “With a loading limit of 100kg on the roof, 80kg on the towball and a boot that scored maximum marks, it’s a very tough act to follow. You wouldn’t know you were towing a caravan!”
The new Octavia was also a category winner with the 1.2 TSI 105PS SE hatch. It came first in the £16,000-£20,000 class, with the judges being particularly impressed by the engine’s performance.
This year’s nine-strong judging panel included caravan and motoring journalists, as well as members of the Caravan Club. Call 01642 256100 to arrange a test drive in the Skoda Superb Estate at Derek Slack Motors
Launched in Europe in 1996, the original Subaru Outback pioneered the ‘Crossover’ concept, combining the comfort, interior space and superior on-road handling of a family estate with the off-road capability and ground clearance of a sports utility vehicle.
Upgraded for the 2014 model year, Subaru engineers have now realised further improvements to the Outback, enhancing the car’s handling characteristics with revised suspension components and the latest incarnation of Subaru’s Vehicle Dynamics Control. The model also features a revised design for both the interior and exterior.
However the most significant change for the Outback is the introduction of a new powertrain pairing. A world first, Subaru engineers have combined the popular 2.0-litre Boxer diesel engine with a Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) – bringing improvements in driveability, fuel economy and emissions while also widening the car’s appeal immensely.
With the new engine and gearbox combination the 2014 MY Subaru Outback will return 44.8 mpg and 166g/km CO2 on the combined cycle.
The Outback line-up has received a visual upgrade, refreshing the vehicle’s looks. Emphasising the Outback’s sense of toughness and its ability to tackle all roads and conditions, the latest model features body-coloured cladding in place of the previous iteration’s black plastic.
Customers now have a wider range of colours to choose from – including two new colours: Deep Sea Blue Pearl and Dark Grey Metallic – while larger fog lamps and the addition of a gloss black finish to the front headlamps give the car greater road presence than before. The alloy wheels now have a gunmetal finish as standard.
The upgraded cabin of the latest Outback features clearer and more modern instrumentation – including the addition of a liquid crystal instrument cluster display and new materials for a number of dashboard elements. Black metallic panels bring about a more modern and premium appearance and feel, while instruments within the cockpit have been moved to improve user-friendliness.
Engaging handling, in all conditions
Subaru engineers have worked hard to further improve the Outback’s ride and handling, notably through alterations to the car’s front and rear suspension. The result is a more stable ride and increased comfort for occupants.
The engine and front and rear suspension systems – the latter with a self-levelling feature as standard – are mounted on their own sub-frames, bringing about reduced vibration and noise. The fourth-generation Outback’s double-wishbone rear suspension is compact enough to give buyers a 526-litre luggage area (with the rear seats upright).
The Outback continues to offer a significant 200mm of ground clearance, while the placement of the compact, horizontally-opposed engine and transmission afford a typically Subaru-like low centre of gravity, endowing the Outback with high levels of cornering stability.
Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system features on all Outback models. For those equipped with a manual transmission, the AWD technology is accompanied by Active Torque Split, and for those with the Lineartronic CVT it is coupled with a centre differential with viscous limited slip differential. Both drivetrain layouts deliver reassuring driving dynamics in all conditions, both on- and off-road.
High levels of standard equipment
The 2014 MY Subaru Outback 2.0D Lineartronic variant will feature a new trim level, the SX. High levels of standard equipment are featured inside and out.
For the exterior there are new 17-inch gunmetal alloy wheels, along with body-coloured bumpers, body-coloured power folding door mirrors (with integrated LED indicator repeaters), and matching colour-coded door handles. Silver roof rails and a roof spoiler are other exterior accents, while a power-sliding glass sunroof (with sunshade) and UV protected front, side and rear glass also feature. Self-levelling automatic HID headlamps and rain sensing wipers add convenience for the driver.
Further highlights include front fog lights, pop-up headlight washers, heated mirrors, rear window defogger with timer, front and side window defrosters, and a windscreen wiper de-icer function.
Inside, the new SX model provides the Outback with a wealth of useful equipment. Audio and cruise control functions are present on the leather-trimmed steering wheel, while new sports seats at the front are heated to provide extra comfort when the weather turns cold.
For further comfort and convenience of driver and passengers, dual-zone automatic air-conditioning, Bluetooth® hands-free system, audio system with USB connectivity and a VGA centre display with rear vision camera are all present.
New speedometer and rev counter dials feature in the Outback’s upgraded instrument binnacle, while a one-touch lane change facility has also been added which activates the indicators to flash three times.
Additional features of leather interior and satellite navigation are available as dealer fit options if the customers wish to upgrade.
Derek Slack Motors will keep you posted when the new Subaru Outback lands in Middlesbrough-Teesside
Our recent itv commercial celebrating 40 years service, was not only well received by customers old and new, but we also had great fun in the making. The film production crew spent a long busy day producing film for the commercial and subsequent advertising in the new year. A big thank you to everyone involved in the making and to all those who took advantage of the special Skoda Fabia 13 reg offer at just £6973. As the north east’s oldest Skoda dealer we’re looking forward to many more years as your local family dealer.