Skoda had a heavy load in tow following the recent Towcar of the Year awards at London’s prestigious RAC club.
The Czech manufacturer scooped three of the seven gongs on offer. The 2.0-litre TDI Octavia Scout was the star of the show winning two, while the Roomster Scout 1.9 TDI was also victorious in its class.
The judges on the Towcar of the Year panel – now in its 25th year – named the Octavia Scout winner in both the £20,000-£25,000 category and the all-wheel drive under 1,800kg class. Priced from £19,690 (£20,035 with towbar and electrics) the Scout was praised for being “…an absolute delight to drive, with a willing engine, sweet gearbox and full-time four-wheel drive.” Low running costs also helped it to defeat rivals like the Volvo C30 and Nissan QASHQAI.
In the class for towcars under £16,000 the Skoda Roomster Scout 1.9 TDI was more than a match for the competition. The mini-MPV’s “roominess”, “well-sorted gearbox” and “nice conventional handbrake” helped it see off competition from the Fiat Bravo and Kia Cee’d. Costing from £14,070, the Roomster Scout 1.9 TDI will appeal to more than just the caravanning fraternity, however, thanks to an impressive 53.3mpg combined and 0-62mph time of 11.5 seconds.
The Caravan Club is the largest association of its kind in Europe with over a million members and has been running for 100 years. The Towcar of the Year awards are an industry standard and by far the most prestigious event on the caravanning calendar.
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