The Skoda Octavia iV
The perfect company car needs to be a multi-talented and versatile all-rounder – effortlessly tackling work, family and leisure commitments while keeping running costs low and driving enjoyment high. Welcome, then, to the Skoda Octavia iV.
One of the heroes of Skoda’s company car line-up, the Octavia iV – which is available as a sleek hatchback or practical estate – marries an advanced and efficient plug-in hybrid powertrain to the Octavia’s renowned versatile load space, advanced in-car infotainment technology, comforting safety features and eye-catching style.
In fact, our What Car? experts were so impressed with the Octavia iV plug-in hybrid’s fantastically low company car tax, impressive fuel efficiency, competitive price and comprehensive standard equipment, that we named it a 2021 What Car? Award winner.
So, here are eight features that make the Skoda Octavia iV a great company car.
Low benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax
The first and most impressive arrow in the Skoda Octavia iV’s vast quiver is its innovative plug-in hybrid powertrain – blending a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine with a 13kWh lithium-ion battery to deliver CO2 emissions as low as approximately 30g/km (WLTP tested).
That means incredibly low benefit-in-kind (BIK) rates and road tax costs. With a BIK rate of 7% for 2021/22, you’ll pay from as little as £36pm as an employee in the 20% tax bracket, and £72pm for a 40% tax band employee. Equally, with the Octavia iV in class B for Vehicle Excise Duty (VED), it’s road tax-free for the first 12 months and just £145pa in subsequent years.
Cut costs with plug-in hybrid fuel efficiency
It’s not just the big annual costs such as BIK and road taxes that make the Skoda Octavia iV a fantastically cost-effective company car to own. It’s the daily running costs, too.
With up to 43 miles of all-electric range, and the typical daily commute being just 23 miles, you can do most journeys exclusively on all-electric power. With home charging rates of around 17p per kWh, that means you can drive locally for as little as 5.2p per mile.
The Skoda Octavia iV’s hybrid powertrain also helps improve your fuel efficiency on longer trips. Blending a mix of lots of short all-electric trips with the occasional longer journey, that can mean long-term fuel efficiency as high as 188.3-282.5mpg (WLTP Weighted Combined), And that means less time (and money) spent in petrol stations.
Advanced tech with a premium feel
A great company car should boast cosseting comfort and impressive levels of equipment – and the Skoda Octavia iV really delivers on both of those fronts.
All Octavia iV models come with the 10.15 inch Virtual Cockpit cluster as standard, while head-up display helps gives you a commanding view of the road ahead, and intuitive Laura voice control lets you access navigation, music, hands-free phone calls and readable text messages without lifting a finger.
High-spec SE L trim comes with even more goodies, such as comfortable heated microsuede seats – perfect for those long motorway journeys – as well as Columbus satellite navigation with a crisp 10inch touchscreen display, keyless entry and electric mirrors, to name a few..
Skoda Connect: remote and in-touch
Skoda Connect gives the Skoda Octavia iV unparalleled internet access and connectivity, with everything from advanced journey planning to Laura voice control and a remote smartphone app that puts it all in the palm of your hand – letting you plan your trips from the comfort of home or the boardroom, before you even get in the car.
The Skoda Connect smartphone app has added functionality specifically for the Octavia iV’s plug-in hybrid powertrain – with the latest information about charging prices, charger types and charger locations all at your fingertips. Equally, the remote charging features let you m monitor and control your battery level wherever you are, while Remote Air Conditioning lets you pre-cool or pre-warm your car before your journey.
Tech that makes driving easier and safer
You’re going to spend a lot of time on the road in your company car, and that’s why Skoda makes advanced driving tech a top priority – making driving easier for you, and safer for both you and your passengers, whether it’s your colleagues, friends or family.
A plethora of standard and optional safety systems – such as Front Assist with Predictive Pedestrian Protection, Adaptive Lane Assist, and Adaptive Cruise Control – keep you safe while on the road, while parking sensors and Blind Spot Detection help you navigate tight and narrow urban car parks more easily.
Versatile space that adapts to your day
Every great company car needs plenty of space for people and luggage. The Skoda Octavia iV has both in bucketloads.
Using the optional ‘virtual pedal’, a simple waggle of your foot reveals the large 1.01m-wide access to the cavernous boot, making loading and unloading an ease. Remotely folding the rear seats provides up to 1,550 litres of versatile boot space in the Octavia Estate and around 1,405 in the hatchback. Equally, five comfortable seats make outings with friends and family relaxing, while a plethora of clever cubbies make storing smaller items a breeze.
It’s all just ‘Simply Clever’
Skoda is renowned for Simply Clever features that make everyday life easier, and there are a wealth of these that help to make the Skoda Octavia iV an even more compelling company car.
They include an umbrella in the door to keep you dry on the way to meetings, an ice scraper in the fuel filler cap for those early frosty morning starts and a ticket holder on the inside of the windscreen.
The option of vRS performance
Finally, the fun factor. Company cars of the past were thought of as dreary saloons with little poke and a bland driving experience. Not so, with the Skoda Octavia iV vRS.
Encompassing all of the versatility, practicality and comfort of the standard Octavia iV, the Skoda Octavia iV vRS injects an added dose of excitement into your daily drive thanks to a sports chassis with tuned suspension, body-hugging buckets seats and a 1.4-litre turbocharged plug-in hybrid powertrain with 245PS, 400Nm of torque and a 0-62 time of just 7.0 seconds – all while still achieving up to 256.8mpg (WLTP Weighted Combined).
So, those are eight features that should put the Skoda Octavia iV firmly on your company car shortlist.
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