Škoda makes winter outdoors great
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.