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PostHeaderIcon 13 Crossover Wagons You Could Buy Instead of an SUV

High-riding vehicles, like crossovers and SUVs are at the height of popularity right now, but they’re not the only way to go if you want practicality and some off-road capability. Crossover style raised wagons are a great alternative and while they can still drive you over a rough field or rutted road with ease, they’re better to drive on road and actually pretty stylish.

They are essentially the wagon versions of different cars which have gained extra ride height and plastic cladding on the outside to protect them from scratches in their most vulnerable points. These vehicles usually have standard all-wheel drive and are usually a higher trim level, so they are not cheap (compared to the vehicle they’re based on) but they also come with a lot of equipment.

Here’s a list of the 13 coolest crossover-style wagons you can buy today.

PostHeaderIcon Video of the Day: Tearing Down a 430,000-Mile Engine

High-mileage engines are something special. It’s not uncommon to see an engine go beyond 200,000 miles these days, but there was a time when anything above 250,000 that didn’t sport a Honda badge, meant you had to pray to the car gods it would start and get you to work each day. In this video, we’re looking at the teardown of a running engine from a Skoda Octavia – one that has amassed a total of 430,000 miles or just over 692,000 kilometers. The good news is that, once the teardown is complete, the mechanic on duty is giving the old girl a full rebuild to provide this 430,000-mile beast a new (hopefully long) lease on life. But, I’ll stop there and let you see what it looks like on the inside for yourself. Go ahead and click play, then fill up our comments section with stories about your highest-mileage car.

PostHeaderIcon 2018 Skoda Octavia vRS 245 UK Pricing Announced

Skoda Octavia vRS 245

The most powerful vRS car Skoda has ever made reaches the shores of Blighty in July with a starting price of £27,595. The 2018 Skoda Octavia vRS 245 comes in both hatchback and estate guises and a choice of a six-speed manual or a new seven-speed DSG transmission.

The heart of the Skoda Octavia vRS 245 is a 2.0 TSI four cylinder vRS powerplant with 245 horsepower, hence the name, coupled with a VAQ limited-slip differential. With the standard six-speed manual this bad boy can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 6.6 seconds for the hatchback and 6.7 seconds for the estate. With the DSG, which costs considerably more, those figures drop to 6.4 and 6.5 seconds respectively.

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The 2018 Skoda Octavia vRS 245 also looks the part, at lest for a performance car in this price range, what with the 19-inch ‘Xtreme’ gloss black alloy wheels, gloss black front grille, door mirror housings and exhaust tailpipes. Inside, the vRS 245’s cabin features heated and electrically adjustable vRS sports seats trimmed in Alcantara and decorative trim panels finished in gloss black.

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Other equipment highlights shared with the standard vRS range include Amundsen satellite navigation with eight-inch display and integrated Wi-Fi, full LED headlights with adaptive front light system and LED daytime running lights, LED interior light pack (10 colours) and a Super sport three-spoke leather multi-function steering wheel with vRS logo and paddles for DSG-equipped models.

  • Octavia vRS 245 Hatchback manual £27,595.00
  • Octavia vRS 245 Hatchback DSG £28,985.00
  • Octavia vRS 245 Estate manual £28,795.00
  • Octavia vRS 245 Estate DSG £30,185.00

The post 2018 Skoda Octavia vRS 245 UK Pricing Announced appeared first on Motorward.

PostHeaderIcon Official: Skoda Octavia vRS 245

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Well, the regular vRS version of the new Skoda Octavia has clearly not been satisfying, which is why the Czech car maker has gone ahead and launched an even hotter version. The 2017 Skoda Octavia vRS 245 is about the most badass Czech automobile you can buy. Granted, it still looks hella weird. But performance-wise it is a beauty.

As the names suggests, Skoda Octavia vRS 245 packs a 245 horsepower version of the 2.0 liter TSI engine, which means it is 15 hp more powerful than its ordinary siblings. If you think that much increase won’t make a blind bit of difference, well, it doesn’t really. Available as a hatchback or an estate, the 245 is pretty close to the original in terms of speed and acceleration with 0-60 mph in 6.6 or 6.7 seconds depending on the body style, and a top speed of 155 mph.

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Besides the beefed-up engine, Skoda Octavia vRS 245 comes with a somewhat unique exterior featuring various vRS logos and gloss black accents as well as new spoilers. It also gets 19 inch gloss black wheels, electronically regulated VAQ limited-slip differential as standard, a top-notch infotainment with WiFi, Sport mode for the traction control, and optional adaptive Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC). In terms of safety, there are Trailer Assist, Predictive Pedestrian Protection and Front Assist, Blind Spot Detect, Rear Traffic Alert, Manoeuvre Assist and Crew Protect.

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PostHeaderIcon Skoda Octavia vRS

For a while, Skoda was soldering on as a dated company that produced less-than-modern vehicles, but all that changed in 1996 when the brand introduced the Skoda Octavia. The car has since gone through a couple of redesigns and, for the 2017 model year, it went through a facelift. This facelift brought an even more modern design outside while upping the Octavia’s interior game and bringing some updates to the powertrain department as well. Skoda revealed the facelifted Octavia back in November of 2016, and just over a month later, the brand announced a range-topping version of its resident four-door: the Octavia vRS. The vRS brings a more aggressive set of fascias on the outside, some performance-focused tweaks to the chassis and suspension, and a small increase in power that’s enough to make it the “fastest series-production model in the history of the Octavia.”

Needless to say, Skoda is really excited about its new vRS, and in all honesty, it probably should be. But, you really need a trained eye and a good sense of logic to get through all of the PR talk that comes along with the announcement for this new “performance” model. Highlights do include an increase in 10 horsepower over that of the standard model, a slightly lowered suspension system, and it even comes stock with a pair of 18-inch wheels that can be swapped out for 19-inch models if you desire to do so.

All told, the vRS looks to be a fairly decent little compact car, and its looks certainly float the bill for something that will be passed off as a range-topping model. But, is there more to it than what meets the eye? Well, let’s dive on in and talk a little more about it.

Continue reading to learn more about the Skoda Octavia vRS.


PostHeaderIcon Is Skoda Coming To The U.S.?

Americans may not be familiar with the automotive brand Skoda, but over in Central Europe, the Czech manufacturer is considered as one of the region’s biggest automakers. The company is also regarded as one of the Volkswagen Group’s biggest money-makers alongside Audi and Porsche. That status could very well pave the way for the company to make its first ever foray into the North American market. Recent reports indicate that Skoda has filed a number of trademarks with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, specifically trademarking the names Skoda Superb, Octavia, and Yeti. Not surprisingly, those three models are some of Skoda’s biggest selling models in Europe.

The company hasn’t come out and explained the decision behind the trademarks, but there are a couple possibilities. The first is that Skoda simply wants those names protected and having them trademarked ensures that those names won’t be used by another automaker in the North American region. The second and more intriguing reason is that the Volkswagen Group could be planning to launch Skoda in the U.S., a possibility that has grown in the wake of the emissions scandal that has plagued Volkswagen. The drop in public trust for models with the VW badge has sullied the automaker’s status in the U.S., and it wasn’t even considered high in the first place. But with sales going south for VW models, the German auto conglomerate could mitigate that swoon by bringing in Skoda to either take Volkswagen’s place or just offer a new alternative for increasingly discerning U.S. customers.

Whether that situation happens is still up in the air, but the mere suggestion of Skoda entering the U.S. market is interesting to say the least. There are still a lot of questions that need to be answered, particularly the reception the brand will get from a market that’s largely unfamiliar with the brand and its status over in Europe.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Skoda Octavia vRS 230

Czech automaker Skoda began producing the Octavia way back in 1996, then it introduced the second-gen model in 2004 and the third-gen model in 2013. It was the start of the third-generation that saw the introduction of the vRS model, which was a more performance-oriented version of the compact liftback sedan. And now with the Geneva Auto Show set to start on March 3, 2015, Skoda is primed to unveil a special version of the vRS dubbed the Octavia vRS 230.

With a few more PS, the vRS 230 is officially the fastest Octavia ever built. The problem is that Skoda lives under the Volkswagen umbrella, and anything it can do, VW can do better. This means that regardless of how much leash VW gives Skoda to beef up the Octavia, it always leaves a little something in reserve to bump up the Octavia’s more expensive platform mate, the Passat.

Does the vRS 230 badge and its added power give the Octavia the oomph it needs to finally one-up the Passat?

Continue reading to find out.

Skoda Octavia vRS 230 originally appeared on topspeed.com on Wednesday, 25 February 2015 10:00 EST.

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