Skoda Octavia

The 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.

 

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 £100 – £300 premium over the price of the Hatchback car.

 

Three trims are available, SE, SE Technology and SE L. SE trim has 16 inch Alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, lane assist,  10 inch touchscreen, LED headlights with LED daytime running lights and cruise control. SE Technology adds climatronic dual-zone air conditioning, Virtual Cockpit with 10.25″ display, satellite navigation, front and rear parking sensors. SE L trim has 17 inch alloys wheels, microsuede upholstery, rear privacy glass, heated front seats, adaptive cruise control and keyless entry.

 

 

There are two petrol and one diesel engine to choose from, the 1.0 petrol has 108bhp and can take the Octavia to 62 miles per hour from standstill in 10.8 seconds yet still return a claimed 54.8 miles per gallon, if you only do limited miles then this is the engine to go for. The 1.5 petrol with 148 bhp offers hot hatch performance with a 0-62 time of 8.2 seconds and economy of 52.2 mpg is a good allrounder. The 2.0 litre diesel offering with 114bhp can return 68.2 miles per gallon and still make it to 62 mph in 10.3 seconds. The larger, and considerably more expensive, 148 bhp two litre diesel offers lots of power, perfect for towing or if you travel with a full car, can return a claimed 67.6 miles per gallon. Diesel Prices for Q4 start at a whopping £2495.

New For Q4 is the Octavia PHEV, the plugin hybrid auto, able to travel for a claimed 44 miles on electric power alone from the 13kWh battery, the 85kW electric motor and the 1.4 litre petrol engine produce a combined 201 brake horse power that can sprint from 0-62 miles per hour in 7.7 seconds. Charging the Skoda Octavia iV plug-in hybrid takes about two hours from a 7.4kW home charge point. Like most plug-in hybrids, there is no rapid charging available

 Autumn Best Buy – Skoda Octavia iV Hatchback ‘SE Technology’ PHEV Auto  –  £3745 Advance Payment  (£2609 wpms) or £4995 (£3859 wpms) in SE L trim. Or £4195/£5195 as an estate

Full Skoda Octavia Prices

Autumn Best Buy – Skoda Octavia Hatchback ‘SE Technology’ 1.5 petrol 148bhp 6 speed manual  –  £1195 Advance Payment  (£59 wpms) or £1595 (£459 wpms) as an estate

Price reduced from previous quarter price Autumn Best Buy – Skoda Octavia Estate ‘SE Technology ‘ 1.5 petrol 148bhp 6 speed manual  –   £745 Advance Payment  (£68.47 wpms)