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New Skoda Octavia 4x4 Estate

Tue, 23 Jan 2001
The Skoda Octavia 4x4 Estate goes on sale on 1st February priced at a reasonable £16,200 on the road. It has the same sophisticated Haldex clutched 4x4 system as the Audi TT, together with ABS, EDS, ASR and ESP, so traction is not going to be a problem in winter driving conditions. The engine is the VAG 150bhp 1.8 litre 20v Turbo as found in Golfs and Audis, giving the car a top speed of 130mph plus. Wheels are 16" alloys so drivers should not feel as much weight transfer as they can in Octavias with tall profile tyres. Ride height is 21mm (0.9 inches) higher to provide better ground clearance. The fuel tank is slightly larger, yet luggage capacity with the rear seats up is 448 litres (15.9 cubic feet). Trim is to Elegance spec, mechanical warranty 3 years, paint warranty 3 years and body warranty 10 years. The car will be a useful alternative to a Subaru, which had this market pretty much to itself until now.

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