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Skoda OCTAVIA ESTATE 1.5 TSI SE L 5dr

Skoda OCTAVIA 1.5 TSI SE L 5dr
Skoda OCTAVIA 1.5 TSI SE L 5dr
Skoda OCTAVIA 1.5 TSI SE L 5dr
Skoda OCTAVIA 1.5 TSI SE L 5dr
Skoda OCTAVIA 1.5 TSI SE L 5dr
Skoda OCTAVIA 1.5 TSI SE L 5dr
Skoda OCTAVIA 1.5 TSI SE L 5dr
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Skoda OCTAVIA 1.5 TSI SE L 5dr
Skoda OCTAVIA 1.5 TSI SE L 5dr
Skoda OCTAVIA 1.5 TSI SE L 5dr
Skoda OCTAVIA 1.5 TSI SE L 5dr
Skoda OCTAVIA 1.5 TSI SE L 5dr
Skoda OCTAVIA 1.5 TSI SE L 5dr
Skoda OCTAVIA 1.5 TSI SE L 5dr

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG55.40
  • 0-62mph8.8 secs
  • Top Speed133 mph
  • C02116 g/km
  • BHP150
  • Torque184 lbs/f
  • P11D24%

Review

A Skoda Octavia was once the least sophisticated of all the Volkswagen Group's family hatchback products. Not any more. Almost nothing has been held back for this fourth generation version. It's still bigger and better value than most of its rivals, a Mondeo-sized medium range hatch for the price of a Focus-sized one. The difference now though, is that it's clever enough, once again, to change the way you think about Skoda.

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Skoda's fourth generation Octavia sharpens up its act. Jonathan Crouch reports

Background

You can trace the Skoda success story of the last few decades back to the original launch of one model: this one - the Octavia. Right from its very first appearance in 1996, this has been a car that's always super-sized its value proposition, offering more space than the class norm. For first and second generation versions, that class saw competition amongst Focus and Astra-class family hatches. The MK3 model of 2012 took a step up in the world, virtually big enough to compete with Mondeos and Insignias in the larger medium range segment and this fourth generation version continues to offer that kind of proposition. This Octavia though, is more sophisticated than ever before - and cleverer too - as it has to be to distance itself from the simpler, but not much smaller Scala model that hit the market in the Spring of 2019, not long before this car arrived. The Scala is the car to choose for Skoda motoring as it used to be, light on frills and cutting-edge technology but solid, reliable, value-laden and built to last. This Octavia, in contrast, is more a signpost to a direction the Czech brand wants to go in the future: one that shares the very latest technology with more luxurious brands in the Volkswagen Group stable.

Driving Experience

The powerplant range here has a familiar look if you're familiar with Skoda's borrowed Wolfsburg-sourced engineware. Volume sales are based around either a 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine, offered in either 115 or 150PS guises. Or the brand's usual 1.5 TSI EVO 150PS petrol powerplant, which gets the brand's 'e-TECH'-branded 48-volt mild hybrid engine tech when mated to DSG auto transmission. You can also talk to your dealer about an entry-level 1.0-litre three cylinder 110PS petrol unit, which in DSG auto form, also gets that mild hybrid technology. The top vRS sporting model offers two conventional engines, a 245PS 2.0-litre TSI petrol unit and a 200PS 2.0 TDI diesel, the latter available with the option of 4WD. If you want an extra does of electrification, the Octavia model line offers two plug-in hybrid 'iV' model options. This powertrain is offered in 204PS form or, with the sporty vRS iV, in uprated 245PS guise. Like its predecessor, this MK4 Octavia uses the Volkswagen Group's MQB front wheel drive and All-Wheel Drive platform, but in this case the revised version of it that recently debuted on the new-era MK8 Volkswagen Golf. Whatever flavour of Octavia you happen to prefer, it'll come with a fresh generation of drive assist technology. Previously, the optional 'ACC' 'Adaptive Cruise Control' system (now standard) merely braked and accelerated the car based around a pre-set speed. Now, it uses the car's front camera system, GPS data and a host of sensors to drive the car predictively. So when 'ACC' is set, the car knows in advance about bends, roundabouts and upcoming traffic flow, plus this Skoda will adapt itself to speed limits as you enter them.

Design and Build

The last Octavia took quite a big step forward in size; this one has grown more slightly, the hatchback version 19mm longer than before with the ever-popular estate variant now 22mm lengthier. In both cases, width has increased by 15mm. Visually, you'd certainly recognise this as an Octavia if you'd owned one before, but the car looks a little more mature and sophisticated now and features full-LED headlights as standard. LED lighting also features in the wider, thinner rear lamps. Where work was needed on this model line though, was in the cabin. Skoda interiors have always been smart and functional but a little dull. This one could almost fool you that you were sitting in a VW Passat, which is another way of saying that quite a big step forward in perceived quality has been now made. Softer-touch plastics, much more chrome trim and configurable LED ambient lighting all now feature and the new two-spoke multi-function steering wheel looks smart too. As is the current fashion, a digital instrument binnacle display is available, this one 10.25-inches in size. It's complemented by your choice of centre-dash screen; there are four choices, a base 8.25-inch monitor, then, if you can afford more, three 10-inch displays of varying functionality. As usual with an Octavia, back seat space is class-leading. As is boot capacity, which has grown to 600-litres in the hatch, or 640-litres in the estate.

Market and Model

For the time being, the core trim level is 'SE Technology' and pricing sits primarily in the £23,000-£25,000 bracket. Plus there are also 'SE First Edition' and 'SE L First Edition' launch variants. Whichever trim level you opt for, as usual, there's a premium of around £1,000 if you want the estate rather than the five-door hatch. As usual with a Skoda, all variants get as standard a range of practical 'Simply Clever' features. In this case, that means a helpful AdBlue nozzle for diesel variants and familiar touches like an ice scraper secreted in the fuel cap and a ticket clip on the driver's side A-pillar. If you've more to spend, a 'Sleep package' can be added that'll give you more comfortable rear seat head rests, stowed blankets and sun blinds. Other extras include massaging front seats, a head-up display and Matrix LED headlights that adapt to the road and other vehicles. As you'd expect, camera-driven safety kit provision has taken a step forward. The brand's 'Collision Avoidance Assistance' autonomous braking system is, as expected, standard right across the range, along with lane departure warning featuring steering assistance and predictive cruise control, which works alongside an updated traffic sign recognition set-up. If you specify your car correctly, you'll find that the cruise control set-up can combine with Skoda's 'Lane Keep Assist' and 'Traffic Jam Assist' systems to provide for a degree of semi-autonomous driving.

Cost of Ownership

You'll be wanting the WLTP emissions figures that'll determine this car's tax status. For the manual 1.5 TSI petrol, it's 127g/km (or 130g/km for the Estate). For the 2.0 TDI 115PS diesel manual, it's 113g/km (or 118g/km for the Estate). For the 2.0 TDI 150PS auto, it's 120g/km (or 123g/km for the Estate). The e-TECH system that features on Octavia 1.0 and 1.5 TSI petrol models fitted with DSG auto transmission is of course the same one we're increasingly seeing on various VW Group models. To recap, it pairs a 12-volt belt-driven starter motor with a small 48-volt lithium ion-battery, which stores energy that's recuperated under braking. The setup assists the petrol engine with a small electric boost, while also enabling this Skoda to coast with the engine completely disengaged at speed on the highway, improving efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions. Don't get your hopes up too high though, as to the effect all of this will have on your running costs. Experience with equivalent Audis has shown us that it doesn't make an enormous amount of difference. If a difference is what you want, then what you need is the Octavia iV (apparently the letters referenvce 'innovative car'), which is the brand's first plug-in model in this segment. Here, a 1.4 TSI petrol engine combines with an e-motor fed by a 13kWh lithium-ion battery pack and, when the cells are fully charged, will enable an Octavia iV to travel for a WLTP-rated all-electric driving range of 34 miles.

Summary

The Octavia name - based on the latin for 'eight' - is an almost inseparable part of Skoda's history, dating all the way back to 1959 when it arrived to designate the eighth design produced by the Czech brand following World War II. In modern era guise, Octavias have sold prolifically, enough, if placed end-to-end, to fill all three lanes of the complete M25. But those sales of course date back to a time when this was a slightly smaller and much less sophisticated car. How will modern era buyers cope with a version of this Skoda that's quite a lot more expensive and sophisticated. It'll be interesting to see. What's clear is that like its Korean competitors, Skoda sees a future in which it no longer competes as a 'value brand'. That market will be left to the Chinese. Instead, the Czech maker wants a higher quality image developed alongside higher quality products - cars like this one. They want the purchase of something like an Octavia to be viewed not as a cheaper choice but instead as rather a clever one. That time may already have arrived.

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Exterior Features
Solid paint
Aero wiper + intermittent function
Auto dimming rear view mirror
Black roof rails
Body colour door mirrors and handles
Body coloured bumpers and protective side mouldings
Chrome trim to front bumper
Electric front and rear windows with child safety lock
Electrically adjustable heated folding and auto dimming door mirrors
Front fog lights
Full LED Headlights with adaptive front light system and LED daytime running lights
High gloss black front grille
High level third brake light
Intelligent light assist with high beam control
LED rear lights
Light assistant (coming/leaving home/tunnel light)
Privacy glass
Rain and light sensors
Rear mudflaps
Rear wiper
Telescopic front headlight washers
Tinted glass
Wheels
Tyre repair kit
17" Trius alloy wheels with anti theft wheel bolts
Driver Convenience
Acoustic rear parking sensors
Amundsen satellite navigation system with 8" touch screen, USB, SD card reader and integrated Wi-Fi
Bluetooth system
Cruise control
Drive mode selector
Driver alert system
Driver fatigue sensor
Driver personalisation including 3 keys
Driver profile selection
Electro-mechanical power steering
Front assist system
Multifunction colour trip computer
Outside temperature gauge
Proximity sensors
Service interval indicator
SmartLink with Apple Carplay/Android auto and MirrorLink
Stop/start system
Voice control system
Entertainment
8 loudspeakers
Auxiliary input socket
Bolero radio with 8" touchscreen display
DAB Digital radio
Multi device interface
Interior Features
3 spoke multi-function leather steering wheel
Air re-circulation and pollen filter
Chrome inner door handles
Driver + passenger vanity mirrors
Dual zone automatic air conditioning with humidity sensor and control
Floor mats
Front armrest with storage box
Front seatback pockets
Gear shift indicator
Glovebox with AC function
Height adjustable driver and passenger seat with lumbar support
Height adjustable front and rear head restraints
Height/reach adjust steering wheel
Illuminated glovebox
Interior light with door pillar switches
Lashing eyelets in luggage compartment
Luggage compartment lighting with two side lamps
Microsuede cloth/leather upholstery
Rear seat backrest release
Split folding rear seats with centre armrest and storage
Sunglasses storage
Two isofix child seat fitting in rear
Umbrella under front passenger seat
Variable boot floor
Safety
3 rear 3 point seatbelts + pretensioners
Automatic post collision braking
Driver and passenger front and side airbags
Drivers knee airbag
Energy recovery system
ESC including ABS, EBV, MSR, ASR, EDS, HBA, DSR
Fuel supply cut off
Head and curtain airbags
Height adjustable front seatbelts + pretensioners
Hill hold control
Passenger airbag deactivate switch
Seatbelt warning lamp
Tyre pressure monitor
Security
Alarm
Electronic engine immobiliser
Remote central locking
Technical
XDS electronic differential lock
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 113
NOx 0.033
Particles 0.0002
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 143
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 157
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 143
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High 149
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max 164
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min 149
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High 123
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max 137
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min 123
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low 179
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max 192
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min 179
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium 137
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max 153
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min 137
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1498
Compression Ratio 10.5:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 74.5
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 85.9
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears 6 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 52.3
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies No
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 61.4
EC Urban (mpg) 40.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 6.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max 7.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min 6.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max 6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min 5.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max 8.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min 7.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max 6.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min 6.1
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 40.4
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 44.8
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max 39.2
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min 42.8
WLTP - MPG - High - Max 47.1
WLTP - MPG - High - Min 52.3
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max 33.6
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min 35.8
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max 42.2
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min 46.3
General
Alternative Fuel Qualifying No
Badge Engine CC 1.5
Badge Power 150
Coin Description TSI
Coin Series SE L
Generation Mark 3
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 18E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 2
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 92
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 88
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 73
NCAP Safety Assist % 79
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Timing Belt Interval Mileage 112000
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 8.8
Engine Power - BHP 150
Engine Power - KW 110
Engine Power - RPM 5000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 184
Engine Torque - MKG 25.5
Engine Torque - NM 250
Engine Torque - RPM 1500
Top Speed 133
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle WLTP
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 225/45 R17
Tyre Size Rear 225/45 R17
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style TRIUS
Wheel Type 17" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1465
Height (including roof rails) 1495
Length 4667
Wheelbase 2686
Width 1814
Width (including mirrors) 2017
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 50
Gross Vehicle Weight 1872
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1740
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 610
Max. Loading Weight 645
Max. Roof Load 75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1700
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 650
Minimum Kerbweight 1227
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 10.4

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Optional Extras
Exterior Features
Metallic paint £595.00
Pearlescent paint £595.00
Towing bracket - removable and lockable £570.00
Towing preparation £180.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Brilliant silver £595.00
Metallic - Moon white £595.00
Metallic - Quartz grey £595.00
Metallic - Race blue £595.00
Pearl - Black magic £595.00
Solid - Energy blue FOC
Trim
Microsuede cloth/leather - Black FOC
Wheels
Temporary space saver wheel £195.00
* option prices shown are estimated