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  • Metallic paint
  • Rear-view camera
  • Spare wheel
  • Simply Clever package

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Our pick
1.5 TSI
Our favourite engine in the Octavia range is this punchy 1.5-litre turbo petrol. We reckon it&#39;s worth the extra over the entry-level 1.0 TSI.
2.0 TDI CR
This engine is available only in the vRS and offers very strong performance. However, if you want power and economy, you’d be better off with the lower-powered 2.0-litre diesel, above.
2.0 TSI
Only available in the vRS model and provides prodigious pace. Comes with a choice of a slick six-speed manual or quick-shifting dual-clutch automatic gearbox. There are sweeter hot-hatches to drive out there, but none offer the vRS’s the blend of speed and practicality.
2.0 TDI CR
Worth the extra if you want good economy but also strong performance. It’s also slightly more refined than the 1.6, emitting fewer vibrations at low revs and benefiting from a six-speed manual gearbox as standard.
1.6 TDI CR
A good engine if value for money is a priority, because it’s super-economical. However, the five-speed gearbox makes it a little noisy on the motorway, it’s not the most muted engine when revved hard, and neither is it that quick.
1.4 TSI
This engine is no longer on sale.
1.0 TI S
The best-value engine in the range for low-mileage drivers. Doesn’t feel strained at all, despite the car’s size. It’s refined, easy to drive smoothly, feels punchy enough around town and manages adequately on the motorway. All this and it’s cheap to

Miles per gallon

Official fuel economy figure

42.8-72.4 mpg

CO2 Emissions

Official emissions rating

103-149 g/km

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Boot capacity

How much space is there?

1580 litres

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