• Nov 4th 2010 at 8:20AM
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2011 Skoda Octavia Scout – Click above for high-res image

If you want a Volkswagen, you'll buy a Volkswagen. Right? That may be simple enough in the North American market, but overseas buyers can opt for Seat or Skoda versions of the same vehicles. Seats often offer more power and sportiness compared to the VW models they're based on, while Skoda tends to offer a lower price point with more space and equipment. In this case, Skoda has announced the availability of a new all-wheel drive system on a variety of its models.

The fourth-generation Haldex system is similar to those used in transverse-engined models from other Volkswagen Group models like the Volkswagen Golf and Audi A3 and TT, unlike the Torsen systems found in longitudinally-engined cars like Audi's sedans. The addition of the system to the Superb and Octavia – along with a new 2.0-liter TDI with DSG – joins the Yeti in the Czech brand's line-up of all-wheel drive models.

The system channels up to 96% of power to the front wheels – effectively shutting down the all-wheel drive system – under normal conditions, and kicks in under limited-traction circumstances. Details in the press release after the jump.

[Source: Skoda]
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  • Automatic DSG transmission now offered with 2.0 TDI CR 140bhp four-wheel drive on Octavia and Superb model lines
  • Extended portfolio of engines with automatic transmission and four-wheel drive
  • Available from November 2010, prices starting at£21,705
Building on its multi-award winning product line-up, Škoda has announced the introduction of a four-wheel drive 2.0 TDI CR 140bhp engine with automatic DSG transmission to hatchback and estate versions of the Superb, Octavia Estate and Octavia Scout.

The advanced four-wheel drive system is designed to tackle those challenging conditions that would leave two-wheel drive competitors stranded. Power distribution is controlled electronically by a fourth-generation Haldex clutch. Under normal traction conditions, 96% of the total power is directed to the front axle. In adverse weather conditions – similar to those experienced in the UK last winter – the Haldex system reacts in a split second to redirect power to those wheels with better traction, greatly increasing driving safety.

The 4×4′s capabilities aren't limited to wintery conditions. In summer months the 4×4 technology will ensure that towing caravans and trailers is easier and safer, and because drive to the rear wheels is disengaged when not required, there's little adverse effect on fuel consumption.

The introduction of an automatic twin-clutch DSG gearbox to the existing 2.0 TDI CR 140bhp engine adds to Škoda's broad range of four-wheel drive cars which now includes Octavia Estate, Octavia Scout, Yeti, Superb hatch, and Superb Estate.

Available to order in the UK from November 2010, with prices starting at £21,705.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Skoda's the car company I wish we had in NA the most. More affordable than a VW and more reliable than a VW, all while still retaining a lot of the great teutonic characteristics.
      I think once people drove once of these things, they'd be hard-pressed to get a VW over the Skoda equivalent......which is maybe why VW doesn't want to bring it over. They've been too good.

        • 4 Years Ago
        In Europe the myth goes: Skodas are more reliable as they are assembled in the Czech Republic, by Czech workers, while VW's are assembled in Germany by immigrant Turkish workers. There is no intended differentiation by origin of the people, it's just what people say. I have had both, liked both. True, two Passats of mine have broken down, none of my Skodas.
        • 4 Years Ago
        that better reliabilty is a internet mythos... both get the engines trannys electronic everything from the same VAG plants and VAG suppliers the only different is that the same chassies engines trannys suspensions brakes are covered by different pressed body panels and the VW logo replaced by a Skoda logo
        • 4 Years Ago
        some VWs (Touareg among others) are assembled in Slovakia
      • 4 Years Ago
      And then you add a gallery of pictures of the Skoda Fabia Scout? A car that you cannot get with ANY 4x4 drive train! LOL
      • 4 Years Ago
      Haldex awd has been available on the Octavia for 10 years. The news is that now you can have it with DSG.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, this is true. It's nothing new that Octavia has 4x4. And it has been available also to Superb from day one. Now it has been added to Superb Estate and every 4x4 model is now available also with DSG when opt for the 2.0TDI. This combination has been long waited in Europe.

        I bought a Skoda Octavia Estate a year ago and the car has been great. When I was ordering it they didn't have this 4x4 + DSG combination. It took me a long time to deside which will be more important for me in normal life and I went for the 1.8TSI DSG package.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like a 2006 CRV, just slightly bigger.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Richard - Except that the engines and transmissions *are* VW's, not less advanced. As for quality/content differences - those are fading as well. When I was in CZ last April, the new Superbs underscore why Skodas aren't sold in the US: why buy the Passat? The Superbs have gotten THAT good (and attractive). Not only that, but the Octavias are better than decent, too.

        Basically, I understood that when VW bought the controlling interest in Skoda, an implicit agreement was made that Skoda was never to sell in the US, which is a crying shame.
        • 4 Years Ago
        In Europe perhaps customers are willing to pay a premium price for a VW in order to have higher quality materials and more advanced transmissions and engines compared to a similar model Skoda.

        But here in the U.S., where we see that the new Jetta has been cheapened in order to reduce the MSRP, I wonder if it would not have been better to just introduce the Skoda cars as the cheap alternatives to a more content-rich VW.
      • 4 Years Ago
      AB, not sure where you got these news, but Skoda Octavia 4x4 2.0 TDI DSG is listed as an available model in the Russian Skoda web site price list, meaning it's not exactly 'fresh' news... Maybe it's that they are switching to an updated Haldex device version that should matter (though I hardly imagine that would bring any significantly new experience with this system since it's a pretty simple device with certain obvious inherent limitations). Also not all longitudinal quattros are Torsen-based anymore (RS4, A7, Q7) - I guess you must now this but simply failed to convey appropriate detail in this write-up...
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