What makes a good caravan holiday a great caravan holiday? The answer, according to The Caravan Club, is the Škoda Superb 2.5 V6 TDI automatic. The Superb was named Towcar of the Year 2003 at the annual awards on Wednesday 25 September 2002.
In total, 41 vehicles were put through their paces at the Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire. Six judges assessed the towing performance of each vehicle with points awarded for traction, stability, braking, acceleration and hill starts. The vehicles were then tested for their user-friendliness and ability to accommodate passengers comfortably, along with typical amounts of caravanning holiday luggage and equipment.
The title is the first award for the Škoda Superb and follows on from the success of the Octavia 4x4 in the same competition last year, in which it came top of its price category. The Superb, described as "doing everything well", was marked "good" or "very good" for all of the areas considered, with particular praise for its smooth transmission, stable handling when towing and ability to recover from deliberately induced swaying.
Bob Black, the Chairman of The Caravan Club, commented, "Škoda had its first success in this competition with a class win in 2002, and has topped this for 2003 with another class win and the overall title with the Superb 2.5 V6 TDI Elegance. I think this shows how far the Škoda brand has come in recent years and I have no doubt this win will give a significant boost to the car’s towing credentials and overall appeal."
The Škoda Superb 2.5 V6 TDI Elegance is the flagship of the Škoda range and is available at an on-the-road price of just £24,500. This vehicle comes with high levels of standard equipment, including alloy wheels, Bi-xenon headlights, part leather upholstery, front and side airbags, sunroof, parking sensors, metallic paint, and heated front and rear seats to name but a few. With optimum torque of 310Nm at 1400rpm, this Superb is ideal for towing and offers a perfect package for those who love the thrill of the open road but are not prepared to compromise on safety, style or comfort.Published 2 October 2002