Skoda is introducing a new trim level to its best-selling Octavia range designed to make it better value. The new Octavia SE Drive builds on the specification of the SE model, and adds a number of key equipment upgrades.
Priced from £20,155 OTR, the SE Drive can be specified in both hatch and estate forms and comes with three engine options – two petrol and one diesel – with DSG transmission available on all three powerplants. The SE Drive engine range starts with a 1.0 TSI petrol unit with 113 bhp, with a more powerful 1.5 TSI 148 bhp unit just above it. The diesel option is a 1.6 TDI unit with 113 bhp capable of returning 56.5 – 49.6mpg on the WLTP combined cycle (SE Drive hatch with six-speed manual transmission).
All SE Drive models are equipped with 17-inch Denom alloy wheels as standard, along with Amundsen navigation with integrated WiFi and textile floor mats. Despite having additional equipment that would cost more than £1,300 if specified as individual options on an SE, the SE Drive commands only a £550 premium over the SE.
Among the many technology features included as standard are acoustic rear parking sensors, cruise control, Driver fatigue sensor, Driving mode selection and Driver personalisation (including three keys).
In terms of creature comforts, the SE Drive model comes with electrically adjustable and heated mirrors, a three-spoke leather multi-function steering wheel and dual-zone air conditioning with humidity sensor and control. And, in keeping with Skoda tradition, customers also benefit from an umbrella under the passenger seat.
The Octavia SE Drive is available to order now across the Skoda retailer network. Prices range from £20,155.00 for the 1.0 TSI hatch model up to £24,715.00 for the 1.6 TDI DSG model.