ŠKODA Octavia Hatchback, Estate and Scout
SKODA says its Octavia is full of “simply clever features” - and it is. This small family class vehicle - that rivals cars such as the Vauxhall Astra – is available in Hatchback, Estate and Scout guise.
The Hatchback's “simply clever features” include the class leading cargo capacity that eclipses some family estate cars. Capacity is 590-litres rising to 1,580 with the rear seats flat. It also has a range of extras to make life easier, some of which are cost extras.
The parcel shelf in the boot – rather than having to be removed to make space for tall items - folds flat against the rear seats.
It complements the reversible boot floor that has carpet one side for clean luggage and rubber on the reverse for dirty. The boot also has luggage hooks and a netting system to keep cargo in place.
The cabin is “simply clever” too. It has a windscreen mounted parking ticket holder to stop tickets being blown out of sight as the doors close. There is a draw in the driver's seat large enough for an emergency jacket and the door pockets swallow a 1.5-litre bottle.
The Estate's “simply clever features” build on its sibling's strengths. Cargo capacity increases to 610-litres/1,740-litres and it has an optional electric tailgate (available on all trims).
The electric tailgate works via a button on the key fob, dashboard or lower edge of the boot. When parked somewhere with a low roof, the height to which it travels can be pre-set to a suitable level.
The Octavia Scout builds on the Estate's strengths. “Simply clever features” include the 4-wheel-drive system that ensures it has more traction than its siblings. It also benefits from higher ground clearance which is important when negotiating off-road obstacles.
The Octavia Scout also has a “Rough Road Package” that adds under floor shielding to protect the most important components from the rocks, flying debris, and filth associated with off-road motoring.
The Octavia range is versatile, practical and easy to live with. Motorists choose from a range of efficient engines, manual or auto transmission, and benefit from the company's robust build quality.
In certain forms, the Octavia has a very high equipment specification that includes: satellite navigation, a rear view parking camera, heated front seats, fog lights that turn with the steering wheel, Bluetooth, and a key-less entry/start system.