Skoda Octavia prices and specs announced
The all-new Skoda Octavia will be available to buy from 16 March with prices starting from £15,990.
The new Octavia is the third generation of the popular family hatchback, and will come with the choice of two petrol and two diesel engines, offering power outputs ranging from 104bhp to 148bhp.
The upcoming Octavia is 90mm longer and 45mm wider than the outgoing Octavia, yet it is more efficient. All models now come with stop-start as standard, and the new Octavia now weighs 102kg less than its predecessor.
Economy is up on all models when compared with the second-generation model, although the ‘Greenline’ model, which will boast up to 83mpg and emit just 89g/km of CO2, won’t be on sale in the UK until the end of the year.
The upcoming Octavia has gone up in price – the bottom-of-the-range model is now £2,600 more than on the old car – but there has been a step up in quality and kit at each trim level.
The Octavia will be offered in three trims levels. The S model starts at £15,990 and includes 16-inch alloy wheels, manual air-conditioning, Bluetooth and a DAB radio.
The mid-range SE trim adds height adjustment for the driver's seat, electronic stability control, front fog lights and automatic air-conditioning, while the top-of-the-range Elegance gets 17-inch alloy wheels, sat-nav, cruise control and leather upholstery.
Skoda claims that all new Octavias offer better value for money than the outgoing model. For example, the mid-range Octavia SE will include £2,200-worth of extra equipment, while only costing £1,200 more than the base S model.
Skoda's adaptive cruise assistant and traffic sign recognition make their debut on the Octavia. A touchscreen sat-nav and stereo system will be included as standard on all cars, too.