Skoda Octavia

Skoda Octavia Motability carThe new for 2013 Skoda Octavia is a medium sized hatchback (disguised as car with a boot) and an Estate, it is bigger than its rivals, the Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf and Vauxhall Astra, with a class leading 590 litres of luggage space on top of increased legroom for rear passengers thanks to a wheelbase increased by 10cm over the old model. The new Octavia is a smart looking car, not pulse racing in design but a distinct improvement on the old model. It is comfortable, despite the ride being a little firm, and the 102kg weight loss improves the handling.  Power comes from a collection of Volkswagen Group engines (Skoda is owned by Volkswagen) and all have their merits, The new Octavia offers excellent value and would be a wise choice for your shortlist.

 

Skoda Octavia Estate Motability car

The Skoda Octavia Estate offers all the benefits of the Hatchback with the advantage that you do not have to fight with the high boot lip, storage is increased to 610 litres and to a massive 1740 litres when the rear seats are folded flat. The estate attracts a circa £300 premium over the price of the Hatchback car.

 

 

Skoda Octavia Motability car dashThe Octavia trim levels are badged ‘S’, ‘SE’, ‘SE-L’ and L&K,  ‘S’ cars come well equipped with manual Air conditioning, 16″ alloy wheels, DAB radio, touch screen audio system with Bluetooth connectivity, daytime running lights, leather steering wheel, cooled glovebox and electric front windows, there is not a large jump in additional equipment with the ‘SE’ model aside from rear electric windows, lumbar support for the front seats, electronic climate control and rear parking sensors. The SE Sport comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights and LED brake lights. sports seats, cruise control, multifunction steering wheel and a sat-nav system. SE-L trim has a front armrest, something that should be standard across the range and leather seats. L&K has 18″ alloy’s, 9.2″ touchscreen satellite navigation, heated steering wheel and seats, adaptive cruise control, park assist and electric drivers seat.

 

Skoda Octavia Motability car bootThere are two petrol and two diesel engines to choose from, the 1.0 petrol is all new, it has 115bhp and can take the Octavia to 62 miles per hour from standstill in 9.9 seconds yet still return a claimed 62.8 miles per gallon, if you only do limited miles then this is the engine to go for, the 1.4 petrol with 150bhp offers hot hatch performance with a 0-62 time of 8.2 seconds and economy of 54.3 mpg but attracts a pricing premium, the same is true of the two diesel engines, the best value 1.6 litre with 115bhp can return 72.4 miles per gallon and still make it to 62mph in 10.6 seconds, the larger, and considerably more expensive, 150bhp two litre diesel offers lots of power, perfect for towing or if you travel with a full car, can return 68.9 miles per gallon.  All engines are available as a DSG automatic that barely dents either the performance or economy.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Spring Best Buy – Skoda Octavia Hatchback ‘SE’ 1.0 petrol 115 bhp 6 speed manual   –   £95 Advance Payment (£59.96 wpms) or Price reduced from previous quarter price£145 (£60.29 wpms) as Automatic

Spring Best Buy – Skoda Octavia Hatchback ‘L&K’ 2.0 litre 150 bhp diesel 6 speed manual   –  £845 Advance Payment (£64.80 + £29 wpms) or £895 (£64.80 + £79 wpms) as Automatic

Spring Best Buy – Skoda Octavia vRS 184 diesel or 230 petrol  Estate or Hatch Automatic   –  £1995 Advance Payment (£951 wpms)