Skoda picked up two titles in the prestigious Practical Caravan Towcar Awards 2010. The Skoda Superb Estate 2.0 TDI CR 170 SE was named best car in the 1575-1724kg class, and the Skoda Octavia Estate 1.6 TDI CR GreenLine won the Green Award.
These are the latest in a string of awards for Skoda, closely following the brand's success in the Which? awards and the Auto Express Driver Power survey. The brand has also picked up a number of towcar titles in the past few years, with the Skoda Superb hatch winning its class in last year's Towcar Awards.
The Practical Caravan awards, backed by What Car? and The Camping and Caravanning Club, are based on vigorous and thorough towcar assessment. Each car is tested by a panel of six judges for its towing ability, buying and owning costs, drive quality when not towing and practicality.
Of the Skoda Superb, Practical Caravan said: "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 Skoda's stability was even more impressive than its acceleration." The judges were also impressed by the Skoda Superb Estate's value for money and fuel economy.
The Skoda Octavia Estate GreenLine was, according to Practical Caravan: "One of the best ['green' cars] we've tested." The judges praised the Skoda Octavia Estate 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."Published 18 June 2010