Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDI 150 Elegance took the award in the up to 1,424 kg weight category. Weighing 1,330 kgs kerb weight, Škoda proved its mettle in outstanding towing facilities besides its excellent driving capabilities and all this at a reasonable price. It also proved a fact that tow cars need not necessarily be either heavy or fuel guzzlers and neither should they be highly priced. Each car was put through a series of tests which included lane changing maneuver, 30-60 mph acceleration, 30-0 mph braking and hill start tests.
The Dacia Duster also received a Best Budget 4×4 award at the function held at The Sculpture Gallery in Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire. This Duster dCi 110 Ambiance 4×4 costs £13,495 and is ideally suited for adventure and camping. TheTow Car Awards was a joint venture between Practical Caravan, What Car? along with The Camping and Caravanning Club. Both the Škoda Octavia and Dacia Duster were launched in 2013 and have already impressed judges and jury alike, making them winners in their categories.
David Motton, Tow Car Editor, Practical Caravan, commented: “With three out of five weight classes awarded to new models this year, the strength in depth has never been greater. That makes the ŠKODA 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.”
“Owning a car that treads lightly on the scales needn’t be a barrier to enjoying your caravanning,” added Motton. “The ŠKODA tows brilliantly, is extremely practical, good to drive and costs less than you’d think. Most importantly, it proves that a great tow car doesn’t need to be heavy, thirsty or expensive.”
Alasdair Stewart, Brand Director for ŠKODA 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.”