Škoda makes win­ter out­doors great

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - MOTORS-SOUTHBUCKS -

WIN­TER has started to ex­ert its icy grip on the na­tion’s mo­tor­ing rou­tines. Thank­fully,y ŠKODA has its broad­est and most com­pre­hen­sive 4x4 line-up to date.

All ŠKODA 4x4 mod­els have been en­gi­neered to thwart the harsh­est of win­ter con­di­tions, and fea­ture the lat­est in all-wheel drive trans­mis­sion tech­nol­ogy. Prices range from £19,695 to £34,575.

The lat­est mem­ber of the ŠKODA 4x4 fam­ily, the all-new Oc­tavia Scout, ar­rived in UK show­rooms last month with prices start­ing from £25,315. The third model to wear the Scout badge, the lat­est ver­sion is based on the Oc­tavia Es­tate.

Fea­tures in­clude a Rough Road pack­age that of­fers ad­di­tional pro­tec­tion for the un­der­side of the car and a fifth-gen­er­a­tion Haldex clutch 4x4 sys­tem that de­liv­ers ex­cep­tional lev­els of trac­tion with greater ef­fi­ciency.

Thanks to a sys­tem that can de­tect slip­page and trans­fer drive within mil­lisec­onds, the Scout can trans­form from fam­ily run­about to off-road star in the blink of an eye. Power comes in the form of two ad­vanced 2.0 TDI diesel en­gines that pro­duce 150PS and 184PS; the lat­ter equipped with a DSG gear­box as stan­dard.

It’s not just the Scout that has 4x4 abil­ity. The tech­nol­ogy can also be spec­i­fied in the stan­dard Es­tate model.

Avail­able with ei­ther a 1.6 TDI 105PS en­gine and five-speed man­ual gear­box (in SE and El­e­gance trims) or a 2.0 TDI 150PS en­gine and sixspeed man­ual gear­box in SE, El­e­gance and Lau­rin & Klement spec­i­fi­ca­tion. Prices for the Oc­tavia 4x4 start from £21,965. Redesigned for 2014, the mul­ti­award-win­ning Yeti com­bines go-any­where abil­ity with the prac­ti­cal­ity, com­fort and value. With prices from £19,695, the Yeti Out­door 4x4 has been de­signed to de­liver ad­ven­ture re­gard­less of con­di­tions. Thanks to ground clear­ance of 180mm and an ad­vanced Haldex all-wheel-drive trans­mis­sion, the Yeti Out­door makes light work of rough roads, and is ca­pa­ble of tack­ling the most ar­du­ous of ter­rains with ease.

The Yeti Out­door also comes with the op­tion of an off-road but­ton. Fea­tures in­clude a sys­tem that lim­its down­hill speed on steep slopes (more than 8 per cent), and broader op­er­at­ing pa­ram­e­ters for the pulling away and hill start as­sis­tants. Com­bin­ing space, grace and the se­cu­rity of all-wheel-drive, the Su­perb Out­door and 4x4 mod­els de­liver the ul­ti­mate in no­com­pro­mises fam­ily mo­tor­ing. Launched ear­lier this year, the Su­perb Out­door and Out­door Plus mod­els sit along­side the ex­ist­ing 4x4 mod­els in the brand’s flag­ship range. Priced from £27,000 and avail­able with a choice of two 2.0 TDI en­gines (140PS or 170PS), Out­door mod­els fea­ture rugged body styling and a range of ad­ven­ture es­sen­tials in­clud­ing hill hold con­trol, heated washer jets and Amund­sen satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion (stan­dard on Out­door Plus).

Out­door mod­els fea­ture the same in­tel­li­gent Haldex all-wheel-drive sys­tem as the stan­dard 4x4 Su­perb mod­els which are avail­able in SE, El­e­gance and Lau­rin & Klement forms. Of­fered in both hatch and es­tate forms, en­gine op­tions range from a 2.0 TDI CR 140PS unit, to a 3.6 V6 260PS. Prices for Su­perb 4x4 mod­els start at just £25,960.

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