Is there a new Skoda Octavia coming soon?
A reader is considering buying a new Skoda Octavia. Should he buy the current car or wait for a new model?...
I am considering changing my car soon and have looked at the Skoda Octavia. The current car appears to have been on sale for quite a few years, so I was wondering if there is a new version going on sale soon?
If there is, do you have any details about it?
What Car? says…
The current Octavia has been on sale since 2013 and a replacement for it is due to go on sale in July. We have recently received details about the new, fourth-generation Octavia, which represents big improvements in many areas, including emissions and safety, over the current version.
The new Octaiva will have more interior space, a larger boot and plenty of new technology. Prices start at £22,390 for the 1.5 TSI petrol in SE trim, making it comparable to rivals such as the Ford Focus. A cheaper 1.0-litre petrol S version will go on sale later this year and could cost less than £20,000.
Alongside conventional petrol and diesel versions, a plug-in hybrid will be offered for the first time. Called iV, it uses the same 1.4-litre engine and electric motor as the five-star Volkswagen Passat GTE. With a pure-electric range of 34 miles, this version will suit you if you mainly do short trips.
And if you opt for the DSG automatic gearbox with the 1.5 petrol engine, you get 48-volt mild-hybrid technology that improves fuel economy and emissions. The 2.0 diesel from the previous Octavia is still on offer, but it now emits up to 80% less NOx emissions.
There have been plenty of improvements inside the Octavia too, including a new digital instrument cluster, a head-up display for the driver and a touchscreen infotainment system with physical shortcut buttons for ease of use while driving. The system can also be controlled using hand gestures and via Laura, Skoda’s virtual assistant.
All Octavia models all come with automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance and an e-call service, which alerts the emergency services in case of an accident. Other safety features available in the range include collision avoidance, turn assistance, junction exit warning, intelligent cruise control and a hands-on detection system that checks that the driver is touching the steering wheel.
We’ve not driven the Octavia hatchback yet, but expect to some time soon, so check back on the website for updates.
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