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Four-wheel-drive Octavia Estate

11 April 2005

Skoda has extended the Octavia Estate range with the launch of two four-wheel-drive versions.

Four-wheel-drive Octavia Estate has a raised ride height to cope better off-Tarmac

Skoda has extended the Octavia Estate range with the launch of two four-wheel-drive versions.

Powered by either a 105bhp 1.9-litre diesel engine (priced at £16,150) or a 150bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine (£16,750), the 4x4 estates cost just over £1500 more than the Ambiente front-drive versions on which they are based.

As well as four-wheel drive, the new estate cars have a raised ride-height to cope better off-Tarmac and an Electronic Stability Programme to make the most of the available grip.

Other specification improvements include front foglights, dual-zone climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearknob, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and a larger fuel tank.

In spite of the extra mechanical parts needed to send power to all four wheels, luggage capacity is unchanged, with 580 litres available with the seats up and 1620 litres with the rear seats folded.

Fuel economy is slightly worse than with two-wheel-drive models. The diesel returns 47.1mpg on the combined cycle, 6.2mpg down on the front-wheel-drive car. The petrol returns 31.7mpg, 5.5mpg worse than the front-wheel-drive version.

With their higher list price and emissions levels, the estate cars will be more expensive on tax for company car drivers, too. A lower-rate taxpayer will pay £53 a month for a four-wheel-drive diesel model compared with £39 for the two-wheel-drive version, and £82 for the petrol, compared with £60 for the two-wheel-drive model.

A higher-rate taxpayer will pay £96 a month for the diesel and £149 per month for the petrol.

The four-wheel-drive Octavia Estate is on sale now.

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