Skoda has updated its Octavia and Superb range with new 2.0 TDI CR 140bhp four-wheel drive models; both come with an automatic twin-clutch gearbox.
Both models will be available to order in the UK this month and add to Skoda’s current 4×4 profile alongside the Yeti.
Four-wheel drive system
Although both the Octavia and Superb are large family cars rather than traditional 4x4s, Skoda says the addition of a four-wheel drive system will put them at an advantage against the competition when conditions become difficult.
The power distribution is controlled electronically by a Haldex multi-plate clutch. Under normal traction conditions, 96% of the total power is fed to the front axle, but when conditions worsen the system redirects power to the wheels that have the best traction.
Skoda also says the four-wheel drive Octavia and Superb models will make good tow cars.
And because the Haldex clutch disengages drive to the rear wheels when it’s not needed, there is little change to the fuel consumption, Skoda claims.
DSG gearbox and prices from £21,705
As well as four-wheel drive, this model is available with a 4×4 DSG gearbox, the same as you’ll find in Volkswagens and Audis.
The DSG has two clutches – one predicts which gear of the six you’ll need next and picks it, and the second engages the gear when the time is right. This results in smoother, faster gearchanges.
Four-wheel drive variants will be available for the Octavia estate and Scout, priced at £21,705 and £22,830 respectively.
The Superb hatchback in Elegance trim will cost £25,410, and prices for the estate version start from £24,230 in SE trim or £26,705 for Elegance trim.