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Skoda Octavia

: car review

position: Skoda sets the as Christian Prudhomme, the general of the Tour, gets the race way.

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MPG up to 74.3

Each year, on and around the Tour de France up new challenges for man and machine, beyond the of factory testers. This ultimate car challenge came on Corner on the Alpe d’Huez. a van was brought to a standstill by drunk dressed as carrots who surfed on the while others rocked the to provide the waves.

Team Sky ‘s car supplier also found that the throws up unlikely surprises. was an issue that could proved costly. All teams massive coolboxes in the boot to their cyclists’ drinking cool.

But when the valve at the of Team Sky’s box failed, the was flooded. This fused the which disabled the car. The was that on the Tour’s toughest Chris Froome didn’t get fed and up with hypoglycaemia.

This year’s test for the new Octavia. which I drove, was more mundane. The day after the ended the key went missing. I found it in the mountain of washing always has to be done on returning after three weeks on the

But I can conclusively reveal that electronic fob can survive total among sweaty journalistic – a full cycle after Froome cycle.

I first an Octavia on the Tour back in when Skoda began the race. Then, I wrote, Skoda and the Tour faced a updating their respective the Tour trying to escape Skoda looking to get away those old jokes. Ten Tours and Skoda wisecracks are a thing of the sadly for Froome, who faced questions over doping, the has struggled to move on as rapidly in area.

Race leader: the lean, lines of the new Skoda Octavia Photograph: Observer

I also in 2004 that the Skoda was the of Lance Armstrong in its leanness and This doesn’t seem the compliment it did back then, it has to be said the 2013 Octavia a lean machine. Rather dwell on miles per gallon, I to look at it this way: a tank of diesel took me Burgundy to Bracknell.

The latter may not be your first-choice but it’s far enough to feel you been cheated.

This model has a more sophisticated The automatic gearbox does complex stuff that for economy reasons, it coasts out of on downgrades. This might get a bit descending the hairpins of Alpe were it not for a clever device means a dab on the footbrake tells the to get itself into gear and with the braking.

The boot net to hold bottles of wine has gone since sad to say, but it has been replaced by a underfloor compartment to fill up gifts. Très James The rear cargo space is big for a racing bike, with the out.

One expects nothing less the Tour’s official car supplier.

are some slightly fussy the dashboard alert that you a passenger in the back seat has off their belt is a tad Big Brother, the reminder to take your phone with you is pure Mabel. After all, not like a Tour de France to lose anything, is it? The key, we forget, is completely washproof.

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