New Skoda Octavia wins first award
Tow Car of the Year 2013
The all new Skoda Octavia has just been voted ‘Tow Car of the Year 2013’; this is the first award for the new compact hatchback that only arrived in showrooms in March. A panel of industry and media experts voted the Octavia number one from a list of forty six vehicles. .Judges included the Editor and Tow Car Editor of Practical Caravan magazine, the Deputy Road Test Editor of What Car?, and the technical department at The Camping and Caravanning Club. David Motton, Tow Car Editor, Practical Caravan said “with three out of five weight classes awarded to new models this year, the strength in depth has never been greater. That makes the Skoda Octavia’s win all the more remarkable. The Octavia has been given the nod over brilliant cars like the BMW 330d Touring and Jaguar XF Sportbrake.” Most motorists who look for a towing car look at the towing capacity, the Skoda Octavia secured its spot in the up to 1424kg weight category. The 2.0 litre TDI 150 Elegance was the model that was used for all the tests. The towing tests are performed on a closed track and include 30-60mph acceleration, 30-0mph braking, a hill start and an emergency lane-change test. The aim is to find cars which are great to tow with, but which are also good value and easy to live with in everyday driving. There is no doubt that the Skoda Octavia fits the bill and is also the perfect family hatchback for everyday use. Alasdair Stewart, Brand Director for Skoda UK said "the all-new Octavia is an exceptionally practical family car, so for it to win its first award for towing, a practical family activity is very appropriate. We hope it will be the first of many honours." Five stars in Euro NCAP The Skoda Octavia is extremely spacious inside and boasts generous luggage space of approximately 590lites so great for luggage when on those touring holiday and comfortable on long journeys for passengers. The new Skoda Octavia has also been awarded five stars in the Euro NCAP crash tests it has some fantastic active safety systems which are normally only available oh higher cross vehicles. These include the front Assistant with emergency brake function, the Lane Assistant, keeping the Octavia in lane, multi collision brakes with automatic brake intervention during an accident, a crew Protect Assistant to safeguard the vehicle in accidents and the Driver Activity Assistant to recognise driver fatigue.