The new Skoda Octavia goes on sale on the 16th March 2013 priced from £15,990 for the petrol 1.2 TSI 105PS model. Diesel models start at £18,040 for the 1.6 TDI CR 105PS model, which CO2 output is recorded at 99 g/km.
There is a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines, with power outputs ranging from 105PS (1.2 TSI, 1.6 TDI CR) to 150PS for the 2.0 TDI model. The new model weighs up to 102kg lighter than the current model, so you should expect to see improved fuel and Co2 emissions. There will be an eco Greenline model later in the year, which promises 83 mpg and emissions of 89 g/km from its 1.6 TDI CR 110PS engine. And should that be a bit too tame then there is an Octavia vRS engine is under development.
There are three Octavia trim levels ‘S’, ‘SE’ and ‘Elegance’. The standard equipment levels are very strong, and from the ‘SE’ on they might even be called impressive within the Octavia peers. With features like Intelligent Light Assistant (standard on Elegance) that will switch to high beam and back automatically, increasing comfort and safety in traffic. There are new touchscreen displays with proximity sensors and swiping functionality available on the higher-level systems audio and navigation systems.
Safety has been paramount in Skoda’s plans for the Octavia with a host of safety features making their debut Front Assistant, Driver Activity Assistant and Lane Assistant - Driver Alert (fatigue detection) fitted as standard from SE trim level and City Emergency Braking is available on an Octavia for the first time.
For example Front Assistant (standard on Elegance) does its best to avoid head-to-tail collisions by using a radar sensor integrated into the front end to continuously measure the distance to the vehicle ahead. The system reacts in up to four ways, depending on the distance detected. Should the sensors detect that a collision is inevitable, full braking force is applied. In a speed range of 3 to 18mph, the Front Assistant works in conjunction with the City Emergency Braking Function to bring the Octavia to a stop automatically if the driver does not react to an obstacle in the vehicle’s path.
A total of 12 exterior paint finishes three solid paints in Candy White, Corrida Red, and Pacific Blue, plus none metallic options, from Topaz Brown, Race Blue, Steel Grey, Brilliant Silver, Denim Blue, Rosso Brunello, Cappuccino Beige, and Petrol Blue to Black Magic with pearl effect.Published 16 January 2013