Mladá Boleslav, 21 January 2020 – Spacious, versatile and ideally equipped for winter road
conditions: ŠKODA vehicles, such as the KODIAQ SUV and the COMBI versions of the
SUPERB and OCTAVIA, are perfect companions on a skiing holiday. They offer ample space
for skis, snowboards and all holiday luggage as well as smart features for drivers and
passengers including heated windscreens, steering wheels, front and rear seats. Thanks to
optional or, depending on the model, standard all-wheel drive, exploring snow-covered ski
areas in the mountains is also not a problem provided you follow a few pointers before
starting your journey.
Before safely setting off on your long-awaited skiing holiday, you should first make your ŠKODA fit
for winter, which means, among other things, switching to winter tyres with sufficient tread, topping
up the anti-freeze in the radiator and windscreen washer fluid and having the battery checked – in
short, the standard winter programme recommended for every driver as the cold season
approaches. A comprehensive winter health check as well as a battery test can be performed by
any ŠKODA dealer.
Proper loading is also important: skis or snowboards and thick winter clothing for the whole family
take up a lot of space in the car. The ŠKODA KODIAQ, SUPERB COMBI and OCTAVIA COMBI
are ideally equipped for this. They all offer the largest boot capacity in their class and, on request,
special ski bags for loading through the middle of the rear seats to stow the ‘slats’ cleanly and
safely. If all three seats in the back are occupied, skis and snowboards can be stored on special ski
and snowboard racks, which are available as ŠKODA Genuine Accessories. All of these
accessories have been specifically designed and tested for ŠKODA vehicles, making them a
Roof boxes are even more convenient and offer up to 380 litres of additional storage space. They
can hold a large part of your holiday luggage, making it possible to avoid folding down the rear seat
and giving passengers more space and increased comfort. The roof boxes are lockable,
aerodynamically optimised and available in black, silver and white.
Roof boxes have yet another advantage: after a long day on the slopes, you can store at least
some of the clothes that have become sweaty or damp during the day. In the vehicle interior, these
could steam up the windows, which may affect visibility. The best remedy for condensation on
windows is the air conditioning system because when the air conditioning is activated – regardless
of its temperature – the air flowing out of the vents is dry. This means it can absorb the condensed
water responsible for steaming up the windows. It is most effective if the dry air is blown directly
onto the windscreen at maximum fan speed. Heated front and rear seats and a heated steering
wheel offer drivers and passengers increased comfort; a heated windscreen and heated windshield
washer nozzles ensure a clear front view at all times. Custom-designed rubber floor mats and the
protective luggage-compartment mat from ŠKODA’s range of Genuine Accessories keep the floor
of your car clean and effectively prevent wet carpets due to melting snow from winter boots.
The ŠKODA KODIAQ, SUPERB and OCTAVIA not only offer generously proportioned and
extremely versatile interiors with enough room for passengers and equipment but are also available
with all-wheel drive as standard or as an option depending on the engine, trim level or variant. This
enables them to handle the abundant snow around the ski resort safely. For additional support in
extreme winter weather, snow chains are available from ŠKODA Genuine Accessories, along with
alloy wheels approved for use with snow chains. Putting snow chains on is something drivers
should practise at home before setting off on their holiday. A short test run of about 50 metres will
show whether the chains are properly fitted and not too loose. If everything is in order, you’ll be able
to tackle even deep snow.
More tips for a safe skiing holiday you can find on the ŠKODA Storyboard.