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All the ST-Line features plus bigger 18in wheels, power-folding door mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, privacy glass, automatic wipers, part-leather seats with six-way electric adjustment on the driver’s side, heated front seats, passenger height and lumbar adjustment, dual-zone climate control and an 8.0in infotainment screen with sat-nav. It’s a bit pricey but worth considering if you can stretch to it.
Engine:1.0 EcoBoost 125
This engine revs out smoothly but steadily, rather than with enthused gusto, and flat out through the gears it isn’t frisky enough to wake up your adrenal glands. However, officially it’ll still crack 0-62mph in 10.0sec; about what you can expect from a Skoda Octavia 1.0 TSI. What matters most is that it’s pretty flexible if you keep it revving above 2000rpm. It’s efficient, too, with claimed average fuel economy of 58.9mpg and 108g/km of CO2.