It is no surprise that the ŠKODA Octavia has been named WhatCar?’s ‘Best family car’ for the third consecutive year. It is smart, spacious, and streamlined, packed with innovative features and storage solutions. New for 2016 is the vRS model, raising the performance bar for family vehicles.
Strong lines, sharp angles and a broad grille define the Octavia, which commands significant on-road presence. The versatile and spacious Hatch and Estate models provide the foundation of the range. For the adventurers out there, the Scout is outfitted with ŠKODA’s ‘Rough Road Package’ featuring underbody protection for when you venture off the beaten track. The brand new vRS model, available as a Hatch or an Estate, is the peak of the range. It is kitted out with a racy rear spoiler and twin stainless steel exhaust pipes.
Quality, comfort and convenience structure the interior of the Octavia. The resilient seats, which can also be upholstered in leather, are designed with ergonomics in mind. Height adjustment comes as standard on the driver’s seat, with passenger seat adjustment optional. Storage is a top priority, with load-through access into the boot that contains a class-leading 580 litres of space in the Hatch and 610 litres in the Estate. With the rear seats down, the Octavia really delivers on space, with 1,580 litres in the Hatch, and 1,740 litres in the Estate – perfect for those bulkier loads.
Engines and Performance
With a wide range of engine options, you can tailor the Octavia to suit your drive. The benchmark of the petrol range is the versatile 1.4-litre TSI, which packs 152bhp and returns up to 67.3mpg. A 2.0-litre TSI engine sits at the top of the petrol range, providing a seriously impressive 233bhp.
The diesel range begins with the economical 1.6-litre TDI, which returns up to 74.3mpg combined and emits 100g/km of CO2. The Greenline III variant, available on the S, SE, and SE L, emits even less CO2 – at 90g/km. It is kinder to the environment and your wallet, being exempt from vehicle excise duty. The 2.0-litre TDI, which comes in a choice of 152bhp or 186bhp, represents the middle of the range, returning 70.6mpg and 64.2mpg respectively. The Octavia vRS features the powerful 2.0-litre TDI 4x4 DSG vRS, for a fast drive.
Technology and safety
The Octavia is packed with technology that engages directly with the road. Driving mode selection, included at the SE trim level and above, offers four driving modes – normal, sport, eco, and a configurable individual mode. The Octavia automatically tweaks the engine torque, accelerator sensitivity and other components to suit the different driving conditions. Park assist, available for all trims excluding S, does the job for you, steering into a space whilst you control the clutch.
It is essential that you can rely on your car’s safety features. That is why the Octavia is fitted with seven airbags, with the option of rear side airbags. It also utilises an Automatic post collision braking system, bringing the car under control should a collision occur. Preventative safety measures include a Driver fatigue sensor to ensure you take regular breaks, and Crew protection assistant that tightens seatbelts and closes the sunroof if it senses an imminent collision.
There is a lot more to learn about the award-winning ŠKODA Octavia. Give us a call today or complete an online enquiry form to organise a test drive with North Wales ŠKODA.