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Message posted by Skoda Bob on 14/5/2013 at 1:27am
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Message posted by Tentz on 14/5/2013 at 8:27am
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Typical car salesman, telling customers they can tow at 120%. No interest in safety, don't even ask if their licence allows them to drive it, just gimme yer money........

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Quote: Originally posted by Tentz on 14/5/2013
Typical car salesman, telling customers they can tow at 120%. No interest in safety, don't even ask if their licence allows them to drive it, just gimme yer money........
So you cannot wait to get your hands on one ehh, I bet it will be the 4x4 version just in case you get stuck on the wrong type of grass

Message posted by sunshinetours on 14/5/2013 at 12:47pm
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My car weighs 1700kg and can tow 2000kg, should I tow 2000kg Bob?

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Quote: Originally posted by sunshinetours on 14/5/2013
My car weighs 1700kg and can tow 2000kg, should I tow 2000kg Bob?


I take it you did not click on any of the blue drop downs to get the full facts

 

No I would not, but some do without any problem


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What full facts? - I believe you that the top 2.0TDi models can legally tow 1600kg if that is what you mean. Many diessls can tow over their own kerbweight legally

Point is it is pretty pointless in real life if you maintain a guideline car to trailer weight of 85%

Message posted by audicab26 on 14/5/2013 at 5:35pm
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Looks like the heaviest version weighs just 1292kg + fuel and driver I guess, so at 85% your looking at towing a van with a MPTLM of around 1100kgs. Unless I'm missing something?

The current Skoda range has a lot going for it and the new Octavia looks like a really nice car, but I wouldn't want to tow 1600kgs with it, sounds like a recipe for disaster. I've no idea why manufacturers provide these meaningless tow weights?

I sell cars for a living (albeit to fleet customers) and if ever anyone asks for a tow bar I always find out what they are planning to tow and do my best to advise. The amount of people who think they can safely rely on the stated max towing weight is scary.

Message posted by LlaniDavis on 14/5/2013 at 5:39pm
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1292kg is the UNLADEN weight, not the Kerb weight!!

Message posted by audicab26 on 14/5/2013 at 5:43pm
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Quote: Originally posted by LlaniDavis on 14/5/20131292kg is the UNLADEN weight, not the Kerb weight!!



I did ask if I was missing something! Should have read it properly, I'm supposed to be working not great at this multi tasking lark.

However, I'd be surprised if the kerb weight of even the heaviest/dearest version is much higher than the 1600kgs it's meant to be able to tow, and most of the range probably significantly less?

Still think it looks like nice car though!


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Message posted by ST1100 on 14/5/2013 at 7:17pm
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Quote: Originally posted by LlaniDavis on 14/5/2013
1292kg is the UNLADEN weight, not the Kerb weight!!
According to Skoda's website it is the kerbweight.

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Quote: Originally posted by ST1100 on 14/5/2013
Quote: Originally posted by LlaniDavis on 14/5/2013
1292kg is the UNLADEN weight, not the Kerb weight!!
According to Skoda's website it is the kerbweight.




https://tools.skoda.co.uk/brochure_newoctavia.pdf

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Towing weights, braked: 1.2 TSI: 1300kg; 1.4 TSI: 1500kg; 1.6 TDI: 1500kg; 2.0 TDI: 1600kg

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The towing weight is the max weight towable. The 85% guide is for towing caravans, never heard of this 85% guide being law though, the way some people are going on about it.
I see a lot of people towing cars on trailers, even boats, a tow car can pull other things, not just caravans!

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Quote: Originally posted by LlaniDavis on 14/5/2013
1292kg is the UNLADEN weight, not the Kerb weight!!



The outgoing range all have kerbweights around 1250 - 1350kg so Audicab is right from what I can see. Take the quoted unladen weights, add driver and fuel and the kerbweights are still nowhere near 1500 or 1600 kg.

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