New SKODA Octavia Hatchback, Estate and Scout: performance, safety, practicality and simply clever features.
New SKODA Octavia Overview
ŠKODA claims its new Octavia is spacious, fuel efficient, fast, safe, capable off-road and loaded with clever features - but is it?
New SKODA Octavia Space
The SKODA Octavia is a “big car for small car money”, its manufacturer says. This third generation model has more head and legroom than its predecessor so there is plenty of room for 5. It has a larger boot too. Hatchback capacity is 590-litres rising to 1,580-litres with the rear seats folded flat. SKODA says boot space is “class leading”. Prices range from £16,285 to £27,740 on the road. The Estate, in contrast, tips the scales at 610-litres rising to 1,740-litres which is massive. All for £17,485 to £28,940. So yes, Octavia is a big car for small car money (in lower-spec form).
New SKODA Octavia Fuel Efficiency
The Octavia has “new technologies, improved aerodynamics and reduced vehicle weight” to minimise fuel consumption, ŠKODA says. True. The 1.6-litre TDI 110PS GreenLine III is the most fuel efficient trim. It averages 80.7mpg, hits 88.3mpg on the extra-urban cycle, and returns 72.4mpg in town. Such figures impress. Emissions are only 90g/km which – as road tax is based on emissions – ensures it can be taxed for free. Every trim incorporates start/stop technology that switches-off the engine when stationary to save fuel. This complements an energy recovery system that transfers kinetic energy (created through movement) to the battery or utilises it immediately to power electrical systems.
New SKODA Octavia Performance
ŠKODA says the vRS trim has “pulse-quickening performance” - and it does. The Hatchback 2.0-litre, 230PS, manual is the most potent version and hits 62mph in 6.7 seconds. The auto is only slightly slower. It sits on sports suspension too. Styling enhancements include a rear spoiler, front/rear diffusers and stainless steel exhaust pipes. Exclusive exterior colours include Rallye Green Metallic and Meteor Grey. The vRS is available in Estate guise too.
New SKODA Octavia Scout
The Scout trim ensures “you'll be ready for anything on or off road”, SKODA claims. This statement is justifiable. The Scout is based on the estate but has 4-wheel-drive and higher ground clearance for leaping over off-road hazards. It also has under body protection plates. Power comes via a 2.0-litre, 150PS, TDI diesel engine – teamed with manual transmission – or the 2.0-litre TDI 184PS DSG auto. The Scout also has rugged off-road styling cues such plastic body cladding and more bulbous front and rear bumpers.
New SKODA Octavia Safety
SKODA says the Octavia is “full of innovative technology” to keep its occupants safe. True. The crew protection assistant system recognises when a collision is likely based on (say) extreme braking. It then tightens the seatbelts and closes the windows to prevent debris hitting its passengers. Following an impact the brakes stay on to stop the car rolling into other hazards. The Octavia also brakes automatically to avoid a collision – or mitigate its severity - should the motorist not respond to a warning that the distance to a hazard is becoming critically short. Furthermore, a sensor monitors steering inputs for signs of fatigue such as sudden corrections. A warning to rest follows if necessary.
New SKODA Octavia Simply Clever Features
The Octavia has a wide range of “simply clever” feature, its manufacturer claims. The Hatchback's parcel shelf slides flat against the back of the rear seats so that taller items can be transported. Far better than removing it (as with most cars). It also has an ice scraper in the fuel filler cap, parking ticket holder on the windscreen, AUX-in socket to play tunes through (say) a mobile and a front fog light that turns with the steering to illuminate corners. The Octavia lives up to its manufacturer's claims.