Cars can be about more than pistons, tyres and boot-space. They can let families define themselves: from urbanites to adventurers, and from long-haul Euro-roadtrippers to get-away-from-the-crowd adrenaline junkies.
Take Jack and Alice. This couple from the south-west don’t waste a second: when Alice isn’t working as a vet, and Jack is away from his architect’s desk, they spend their time making the most of the world around them. From running to paddle-boarding, the concept of chilling out doesn’t seem to have occurred.
An active, diverse lifestyle calls for a car that lives up to the challenge, mind you. If you’ve packed your belongings into a jam-packed waterproof bag for a spot of paddle-boarding, for instance, you don’t want to have to dig through everything when you get back to the beach, so it’s useful the new Skoda Octavia features keyless entry. Simply get close to the car and it unlocks itself, saving you a rummage through your bag to unlock it. All you need to do is touch the door handle.
Once the boot’s open, you’ll find 610 litres of space, increasing to over 1,740 litres with the rear seats folded down – easily enough for a few dogs and their favourite accessories, while the estate’s integrated roof rails allow you to add more storage for those times when your surfboard simply won’t fit.
Jack and Alice’s top of the range Laurin & Klement Octavia also has handsome 18in Turbine alloy wheels and full LED headlights with daytime running lights, making them more visible as they wind their way around the best the coast has to offer. The 9.2in touchscreen is the cherry on top, making the car’s built-in entertainment and navigation systems easy to access, while Bluetooth keeps the adventurous in touch while they’re on the road.
The Octavia range is as versatile as you. From the Octavia VRS, with its black sports alloy wheels and turbo-charged petrol engine developing more than 230 horsepower, to the go-anywhere Octavia Scout, which comes with all the treats you’d expect from an Octavia, plus increased underbody protection as well as a full-fledged off-road mode, including four wheel drive and a descent mode to make steep inclines easier.
For more information on the new Skoda Octavia, head to: skoda.co.uk/models/octavia