Platform Sharing Promises High Standard of Build and Toys for the New Octavia
Since its amalgamation into the VW Group, Skoda have undergone a transformation from what was at one time regarded as something of a joke of a manufacturer to a producer of high quality cars that still provide a value for money proposition.
The new Octavia seems not to buck this trend, platform sharing with the new VW Golf, Audi A3 and Seat Leon and having prices likely to start from £16,000.00 when it goes on sale next March.
The car itself is longer and wider than its predecessor and the manufacturer claims that this means an unrivalled rear knee and headroom compared with other cars in its class. Also coming out on top is its bootspace which at 590 litres significantly expands on anything provided by others in the same category.
In terms of engines, it is expected that Skoda will launch the car with its Greenline 110bhp version of the 1.6 TDi. Now featuring stop/start technology and brake energy recuperation, this engine gives a quite amazing 83.1mpg whilst producing a mere 89g/km CO2. You would have thought that this engine will figure very favourably on any fleet purchaser's lists.
Although yet to be revealed, you can expect to see a range of TSi petrol turbos going through the range from entry level to the sporty RS trim.
A number of features more normally seen in the premium bracket of cars are to be offered ranging from adaptive cruise control to intelligent headlights and an auto park version.