Prices and specs for the new Skoda Octavia hatchback have been revealed, ahead of the car's launch in March.
The entry-level 1.2 TSI (our favourite version of the outgoing model) will cost from £15,990, while the range-topping 2.0 TDI will be priced at £21,990.
This represents a price hike of almost £2000, although as Skoda is quick to point out, the new Octavia is bigger and much better equipped than the car it replaces.
Even entry-level S versions come with alloy wheels, air-conditioning, Bluetooth, a DAB radio, a six-disc CD changer and seven airbags.
Until now, the Octavia has been the budget offering in the VW Group's small family hatch line-up, but this new model will be pricier than entry-level versions of the Seat Leon.
The repositioning also creates a wider price gap between Skoda's own Rapid saloon, which starts at £12,995.
2013 Skoda Octavia prices
1.2 TSI S £15,990
1.2 TSI SE £17,190
1.4 TSI SE £18,390
1.4 TSI Elegance £20,240
1.6 TDI S £18,040
1.6 TDI SE £19,240
1.6 TDI Elegance £21,090
2.0 TDI SE £20,140
2.0 TDI Elegance £21,990
2013 Skoda Octavia specs
S model features
16-inch alloy wheels
Electric front windows
Height-adjustable driver's seat
Leather-trimmed steering wheel
Touch-screen six-disc CD changer
SE model features (above S)
Rear parking sensors
Dual-zone climate control
Height-adjustable passenger seat
Rear electric windows
Driving mode selection (Eco/Comfort/Sport)
Driver alert system (fatigue detection)
Elegance model features (above SE)
Alcantara and leather trim
Electrically folding door mirrors
High beam assist
Automatic lights and wipers
Multi-function steering wheel
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