The Octavia has been at the heart of the Skoda brand for more than six decades and 2020 marks the arrival of an all-new fourth-generation model. The all-new Octavia range launches with two body styles, two special First Edition trim levels and three engine options. Prices range from £22,390 for the 1.5 TSI 148 bhp SE First Edition hatch model to £29,515 for the 2.0 TDI 148 bhp DSG Estate SE L First Edition. Diesels start at £23,300 for the 2.0 TDI 113 bhp SCR bhp hatch model.
Additional derivatives and powertrain options will join the range later this year, including an entry level S trim, a 1.0 TSI engine available with a manual transmission, the introduction of mHEV (mild hybrid) DSG on both the 1.0 TSI and 1.5 TSI, and PHEV (plug-in hybrid) models. A sporty vRS model, available in diesel, petrol and PHEV, will also be added to the range. The Octavia vRS iV will be the first ever electrified vRS model.
Skoda says the fourth-generation Octavia delivers better value and “raises the bar for practicality and space”.
The launch range consists of three trim grades: SE First Edition, SE Technology, and SE L First Edition. To celebrate the launch, all First Edition models incorporate high equipment levels with a host of technologies and safety systems.
Among the many highlights fitted to all models are third-generation MIB infotainment systems, Virtual Cockpit digital display, LED headlights, and Wireless Smartlink for Apple CarPlay. The all-new interior features a host of design features including a new two-spoke leather multifunction steering wheel, shift-by-wire DSG selector, and rear parking sensors with manoeuvre assist.
Octavia SE First Edition – diesels from £23,300
While the SE First Edition will initially be the entry-level trim grade in the new Octavia range, it has a specification list that most mid and high range models struggle to match. In terms of safety systems, the SE First Edition comes with Front assist, Lane assist and e-Call system that automatically alerts emergency services in the case of accident. SE First Edition models also feature an infotainment system with 8.25-inch touchscreen display, eight loudspeakers, and full smartphone connectivity. The cabin features five USB-C ports, including one in the rear-view mirror for connecting to a dashcam. Prices for the Octavia SE First Edition diesel range start from £23,300 for the 2.0 TDI 113 bhp SCR bhp hatch model.
Octavia SE L First Edition – diesels from £26,060
Positioned at the top of the new Octavia launch range is the SE L First Edition. The SE L First Edition showcases a range of the brand’s most advanced features and creature comforts. SE L First Edition models ride on 17-inch Rotare AERO alloy wheels, while the exterior is distinguished from other models in the range by chrome window surrounds and a chrome strip in the lower front bumper.
Inside, SE L First Edition models come with microsuede upholstery, heated front seats and LED ambient lighting, along with an electrically adjustable driver’s seat with memory and lumbar support. Skoda’s Columbus infotainment system is also standard, and comes with voice control, Remote Access and Infotainment online (1year). In terms of safety and assistance systems, the SE L First Edition comes with Blind spot protection, front and rear parking sensors with manoeuvre assist and Adaptive cruise control with follow to stop. Drive mode selection and keyless entry on all four doors with start/stop are also standard fit on all SE L First Edition models. Prices for diesel SE L First Edition models start from £26,060 for the 2.0 TDI 113 bhp SCR hatch.
Octavia SE Technology – diesels from £23,550
Octavia SE Technology models have been specially created to appeal to business users and add 16-inch Twister AERO alloy wheels, range-topping Columbus infotainment system with 10-inch touchscreen display, Remote Access, and Infotainment online (1 year). SE Technology buyers also get voice control and front and rear parking sensors with manoeuvre assist. Despite the significant specification boost over the SE First Edition, prices for the SE Technology diesels start at £23,550 for the 2.0 TDI 113 bhp SCR hatch model.
The new Octavia range launches with three engine options with power outputs ranging from 113 bhp to 148 bhp. The petrol option is a 1.5 TSI 148 bhp while the entry-level diesel offering is a 2.0 TDI unit that develops 113 bhp. Both drive through a six-speed manual gearbox. SE L First Edition customers have the additional option of a 2.0 TDI 148 bhp engine that comes with a seven-speed DSG gearbox as standard. More engine and transmission options will be added to the new Octavia range as the line-up expands throughout 2020.
The new fourth-generation Octavia will be open for order in June with cars in retailers from July.