What_Car_UK_-_August_2020

(Nancy Kaufman) #1

whatcar.com August 2020 11


FIRST LOOK


Highlanderis a bitbiggerthanToyota’sLandCruiser


TOYOTAMAYBEknownasa hybrid
specialistthesedays,butnoneofthe

SUVsin itsline-upthatbenetfromthis


fuel-savingtechnologyhavebeenable
tocarrymorethanvepeople– untilnow.

TheHighlander– a largeSUVthatrivals


thelikesoftheHyundaiSantaFeandKia
Sorento– is therstToyotatocombine

hybridpowerwithsevenseats.
AlthoughtheHighlanderis already

onsaleelsewherein theworld,it’sa


newcomertoBritishroads.Asin some
otherToyotaandLexusmodels,it’s

poweredbya 2.5-litrepetrolengineand


twoelectricmotors– oneoneachaxle,
givingit four-wheeldrivewhenneeded.

Combinedpoweroutputis 241bhp,with


CO 2 emissionsof146g/kmandofcialfuel
economyofupto42.8mpg.

Inside,theHighlanderfeaturesa partly
digitalinstrumentcluster,a largecentral

infotainmenttouchscreenandanarrayof


buttonstocontrolfeaturessuchastheair
conditioningandseatheating.

TheHighlander’smiddlerowofseatscan


beslidforwardsandbackwards,allowing
buyerstoprioritiseeitherluggagespaceor

legroom.Withupto 658 litresofspaceon


offerin ve-seatmode,thebootis a decent
size,althoughmostrivalscanholdeven

more.Theelectrictailgateis hands-free;


youjustneedtowaveyourfootunderthe
rearbumpertoopenorcloseit.

TheHighlanderfeaturesUSBportsin
boththesecondandthirdrows,allowing

everyonetochargetheirdeviceson


Toyota Highlander


New large SUV offers seven seats


and economy-boosting hybrid


power On sale Early 2021


Pricefrom£37,000(est)


Asspacious,practicaland


goodtodriveasever,but


witha muchclassierinterior


SAYS


the move, while a digital rear-view mirror
provides an unobstructed view behind.

Standard safety equipment includes


automatic emergency braking that can
detect cyclists and pedestrians and steer

the car away from an oncoming impact,
plus adaptive cruise control and lane-

keeping assistance.


The Highlander is expected to be priced
from around £37,000, making it competitive

with the likes of the Santa Fe.


SOME LIKE IT HOT


Fast vRS versions of the
Octavia will go on sale

later this year. As well as a


197bhp diesel, there will
be a 242bhp plug-in

hybridwithanelectric


rangeof 37miles.


SkodaOctaviaEstate2.0TDI 150
SEL FirstEdition

BUYER’S FILE


Price £31,
Engine 4cyl, 1968cc, diesel
Power 148bhp @ 3000-4200rpm
Torque 266Ib ft @ 1700-2750rpm
Gearbox 7-spd dual-clutch automatic
0-62mph 8.8sec
Top speed 138mph
Economy 60.3mpg (combined)
CO 2 , tax band 123g/km, 31%

The Octavia Estate’s ace


card is undoubtedly its


boot, which dwarfs those


of its immediate rivals.


At 640 litres with the rear


seatbacks up (30 litres up


on the old estate, equating


to roughly one carry-on


suitcase), it matches the far


larger Mercedes-Benz E-Class


Estate’s capacity and is just


20 litres shy of the larger


Superb Estate’s hold. To put


it another way, the Octavia can swallow an


impressive nine carry-on cases.


A height-adjustable boot floor is available to


maximise boot space or create a flat loading


area with a tiny lip at the entrance, and there


are levers in the boot for convenient folding of


the rear seatbacks. The boot also benefits from


handy hooks, cubbies and load separators to


keep your cargo from sloshing about too much.


There’s no doubt that the new Octavia has


trodden a familiar path for the most part,


but there’s nothing wrong with that. Like its


predecessor, this is an exceptionally spacious


and practical car that soothes you as you


drive. The main difference


is the improvement in the
ambience of the interior.

As a result, it’s a better all-


rounder than ever.
The only problem with the

diesel versions is that they


aren’t yet compliant with
the latest RDE2 emissions

regulations, so company car


drivers will be hit with the
4% diesel surcharge until late

this year, when those engines
will be updated. Apart from that, the diesel

Octavia is a great option for high-mileage


drivers or those who need to tow regularly. For
everyone else, the much cheaper 1.5 TSI petrol

model could be an even smarter choice.


You get fast USB-C connectivity and pockets for phones


Huge boot features handy levers for folding rear seats


New Octavia has sharper looks than its predecessor


Darren Moss
Darren.Moss@haymarket.com
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