Milton Keynes, 12 June 2019: Judges have now named the OCTAVIA as its number one choice every year since 2014 – a Tow Car Awards record.
Despite the continual arrival of new challengers over the years, the OCTAVIA has proved to be the perfect all-rounder for owners looking to tow. 2019 marks the first time a petrol-powered version has been named as the winner, with the 1.5 TSI 150PS DSG drivetrain highlighted as the model of choice in the Up to 1400kg category.
The annual Tow Car Awards is a joint venture between Practical Caravan, What Car?, and The Camping and Caravanning Club and has been naming the best tow cars in the industry since 2007.
The judging procedure for 2019 saw 40 shortlisted cars assessed in four key categories; towing, everyday driving, practicality and owning. Towing tests included hill starts, emergency lane changes and stability assessments with a ballasted caravan attached. As in previous years, the OCTAVIA comfortably outscored its rivals to take the top spot.
Commenting on the OCTAVIA’s repeat victory, David Motton, tow car editor for Practical Caravan said: “If you think it's predictable that the Skoda OCTAVIA has won our lightest weight class, you'd be right. This is win number six. However, this is the first time we've tested a petrol OCTAVIA rather than a diesel.
"Forget any notion of a petrol engine being gutless and needing to be revved hard when towing. The 1.5-litre engine has 184lb ft of torque, enough to pull a caravan weighted to 85% of the car's kerbweight in a lively 10.6 seconds. As a car to live with every day the OCTAVIA has a clear edge over the competition. The huge boot has room for a full load of holiday luggage, and rear-seat space is more generous than you'd find in many much larger cars.”
The OCTAVIA’s latest award is the latest in a long line of towing accolades for ŠKODA. The KODIAQ, SUPERB and OCTAVIA have won 10 major towing awards over the course of the last three years, including overall Tow Car of the Year for the KODIAQ in 2018.
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