Skoda’s new Octavia
Skoda has released a new facelifted model of the Octavia. Whilst the initial impression could perhaps be that little has changed, this is unsurprising given that the Octavia is the most popular of Skoda’s range in the UK – there are also a broad range of improvements that are not immediately obvious, such as improved fuel economy and storage.
Both the estate and the hatchback offer an impressive amount of space – the hatchback’s 590-litre boot capacity exceeds that of many of its rivals, and the estate not only offers 1740 litres of space with the seats down, but also has a folding passenger seat to permit longer items to be easily transported. Practicality is writ large on the design; from simple touches such as a built-in ice scraper, to improved access due to the sill sitting lower, and a one-touch seat-fold lever in the boot of the estate.
Equally impressive is the fact that this new model is around 100kg lighter than its predecessor, despite being larger. The benefits of this are obvious – this has a marked effect on the fuel economy of the car, with the 1.6 TDI demonstrating CO2 emissions of 99g/km and a combined fuel economy figure of 74.3mpg, which has been achieved whilst improving rather than sacrificing storage.
The entry-level S model comes with a very respectable amount of equipment as standard; 16-inch alloy wheels, hill start assist, climate control, stop/start, touch screen infotainment, DAB radio, aux-in and USB are all included. The SE adds, amongst other things, dual climate control and voice control for mobile phones, while the top-of-the-range Elegance comes with larger alloys, leather upholstery and satellite navigation.
All in all, the Octavia looks set to continue Skoda’s burgeoning reputation as a manufacturer of reliable vehicles, offering all the advantages of a Volkswagen with perhaps greater practicality, and at a much reduced price. Click here for great deals on the new Skoda Octavia.