This is the latest series of awards from the motoring press to be bestowed upon Skoda. The brand has received two accolades at the prestigious Practical Caravan Towcar Awards 2010. The Octavia Estate 1.6 TDI CR GreenLine was given the Green Award and the Superb Estate 2.0 TDI CR 170 SE was named best car in the 1575-1724kg class.
Skoda has received a number of awards in the last few years from the Towcar Awards and these latest accolades follow the Superb Hatch, which won the top award in its class at last years awards. In addition to the Towcar awards, Skoda has also been recognised this year in the Which? awards and the Auto Express Driver Power survey.
Practical Caravan claims its awards, backed by What Car? and The Camping and Caravanning Club, are “the UK’s most vigorous and thorough towcar assessment programme”. All cars are put through a series of stringent tests by a panel of six judges who look at the cars ability to tow, the cost to buy and own the car, drive quality when not towing and practicality.
This years panel of judges were particularly impressed by the Superb Estate and its value for money and fuel economy. Practical caravan went on to say: “The estate is simply huge. There are 633 litres with the seats upright and a huge 1865 litres if they are folded forward. Rear-seat space is exceptional for a family estate, with enough head- and legroom to rival some luxury cars. Size isn’t everything, however, and fortunately the Superb tows, well, superbly… The Škoda’s stability was even more impressive than its acceleration.”
The Octavia Estate GreenLine was, according to Practical Caravan: “One of the best [‘green’ cars] we’ve tested.” The judges praised the GreenLine’s towing ability, price tag and fuel economy: “Official economy figures are exceptionally good for a car as large and roomy as this one. The Octavia’s 64.2mpg makes it one of the most fuel-efficient cars on test, and carbon dioxide emissions of 114g/km will keep road tax bills low, too.”