News round-up: top-spec Skoda Octavia on sale, Kia recalls and most powerful Audi R8

  • Octavia Laurin and Klement priced from £26,570
  • Kia recalls announced
  • Audi R8 LMX is most powerful R8 yet
Skoda Octavia Laurin and Klement starts at £26,570
Skoda Octavia Laurin and Klement starts at £26,570

Skoda
The range-topping Laurin and Klement trim for the Skoda Octavia is now available. The specification includes 18-inch alloys, adaptive xenon headlights, brown Alcantara and leather upholstery, an electric memory seat for the driver, adaptive cruise control and an upgraded sound system.

Laurin and Klement trim is only available with the 178bhp 1.8-litre petrol or 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel. You can get either engine with a DSG automatic gearbox, and four-wheel drive if you go for the manual estate. Prices start at £26,570 for the 1.8 TSI hatch.

Kia
Kia is recalling around 7000 examples of its Sportage and Soul models in the UK due to a potential fault with their seatbelt pre-tensioner system. The recall affects Sportage SUVs built between October 2011 and November 2012, and some Soul models built between August 2011 and March 2012. Kia will replace the necessary components free of charge and will contact owners by post.

Audi
The Audi R8 LMX is the most powerful version of the company's flagship sports car so far, and Audi claims it will also be the first production car to come with laser headlights as standard. The 562bhp R8 has a top speed of 198mph, and a 0-62mph time of 3.4 seconds. The official fuel economy is 21.9mpg, and it emits 299g/km of CO2.

The R8 LMX will make its first public appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June, when it will also be able to order. Only 99 cars will be available in the UK, and they'll cost from £160,025.

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