Report 2   When the Skoda Superb left the Diesel Car fleet, I spoke of the build quality of its interior and reliability. However, the Superb’s replacement is proving a somewhat less bulletproof proposition. It’s not that the Octavia has broken down or gone into limp mode, like the Peugeot 508 we ran last year […]

Skoda Octavia Estate SE-L FIRST EDITION 2.0 TDI

First Report   When you’re renovating your house, a roomy estate car is pretty much ideal. That’s why I had mixed feelings when I handed over the keys to the enormous Skoda Superb and replaced it with the slightly smaller Octavia. Still, with a 640-litre boot to play with, it isn’t like I’ve replaced an […]

Skoda adds diesel option to the Octavia vRS range

Skoda has added a third powertrain option to its new Octavia vRS line-up with the introduction of a 2.0 TDI model priced from £32,260. It joins the 2.0 TSI petrol and 1.4 TSI PHEV models already unveiled last month and introduces the option of four-wheel drive for the first time on the fourth-generation Octavia vRS. 

Plug-in hybrid Skoda Octavia now on sale

Skoda is continuing its electrification programme with the addition of a new iV plug-in hybrid model to its award-winning Octavia range. Using the same petrol/electric drivetrain technology seen in the Superb iV and the Octavia vRS iV, the new Octavia iV is priced from £30,795 and is available in hatch and estate forms. Thanks to […]

Mild hybrid e-TEC models join Skoda Octavia line-up

The new fourth-generation Skoda Octavia range is set to expand with the addition of a new, efficient 1.0 e-TEC engine. The new unit, which is equipped with a seven speed DSG gearbox as standard is the brand’s first mHEV or mild hybrid powertrain and is available in two trim variants from £23,005.

Bright Spark

If there’s one thing every motoring journalist dreads, it’s a request from a family member, friend or casual acquaintance for specific car buying advice. If things go wrong, you can be on the hook for a long time. For years, I negotiated this particular minefield by telling people to get a Skoda Octavia. How could […]

All-electric Skoda Enyaq iV starts at £33,450

Skoda has announced UK prices and specifications for the all-new Enyaq iV SUV – the brand’s first series-production vehicle to be based on the Volkswagen Group’s modular electrification toolkit (MEB). The all-electric SUV will be available in the UK with two battery size options, two (rear-wheel drive) and four-wheel drive transmission and various model variants with prices starting from £33,450 (excluding UK Plug-in Car Grant).

Remote charging for Skodas via Amazon Alexa

Drivers of Skoda’s all-electric Citigoe iV and Superb iV plug-in hybrid can now use Amazon Alexa voice assistants to start or stop charging remotely and check on the remaining range of their cars, all from the comfort of their home. The new features are part of a raft of upgrades added to the Skoda Connect service, with iV owners now able to perform a range of actions to simplify the charging and management of their electric vehicle.

Skoda Octavia vRS gets plug-in option

Skoda is continuing the tradition of its performance vRS models in the fourth-generation Octavia. This model is the first from Skoda offered in three different drive systems. In addition to the Octavia vRS versions with either a petrol or a diesel engine, the Octavia vRS iV – the brand’s first vRS plug-in hybrid – is now being launched. Both the 2.0 TSI Octavia vRS and the Octavia vRS iV have an output of 180 kW (242 bhp). The 2.0 TDI produces 147 kW (197 bhp) and is the only model in the vRS range to be available with all-wheel drive on request. All three variants feature sporty bodywork detailing including vRS-typical black touches.

New Skoda Octavia is open for business

Skoda is targeting fleet customers and company car drivers with the launch of all-new Octavia SE Technology models. The brand has developed a significant presence in the fleet sector, largely thanks to these SE Technology variants that have been created specifically to meet the demands of company car drivers.