The new Octavia is a whole lot of car

The new Skoda Octavia
The new Skoda Octavia is available from this week, including at their local main dealers, Lahart’s of the Waterford Road, Kilkenny. The arrival will be marked with exciting Open Week events.

The new Skoda Octavia is available from this week, including at their local main dealers, Lahart’s of the Waterford Road, Kilkenny. The arrival will be marked with exciting Open Week events.

Unveiled internationally late last year the new Octavia is offered with three different specification variants (Active, Ambition and Elegance), both manual and automatic transmission options and five engine alternatives. Prices start from €18,995.

The Octavia impresses with unrivalled cabin and luggage capacity, innovative 5 star NCAP safety, modern new comfort features, low fuel consumption and a new range of touch screen audio and navigation systems.

Originally launched here in 1998, the Octavia has sold more than 40,600 units. Now as Skoda enters its 20th anniversary in Ireland, the third generation of the Octavia will see the brand challenge not only direct competitors in the medium family segment but thanks to its proportions challenge vehicles in the executive saloon class.

Grown significantly

The new Octavia has grown significantly in length and width. The new model is 90mm longer and 45mm wider than the outgoing Octavia. The wheelbase has grown by 108mm. Octavia breaks the mould for spaciousness in its model segment with interior length (1,782mm), more knee room (73mm) and more headroom at the back (980mm) as well as best in class boot volume of 590 litres.

The new Octavia is powered by the latest low emission TSI petrol engines as well as common rail diesel engines with Stop Start technology for excellent fuel economy.

Denis Lahart, dealer principal, Lahart’s Skoda said the specification levels had been improved for all versions of the new Octavia.

“Additional airbags, Electronic Stability Control for increased safety and Stop Start Technology for reduced emissions and improved fuel economy are now standard features across the range,” he added. “Stylish alloy wheels are now offered on all models with the exception of the entry Active model.

“In dimension terms the new Octavia is wider and has grown in length by 9cms allowing for increased cabin space and luggage capacity. Despite this growth the new Octavia has in fact shed up to 100kg in weight compared to its predecessor. Less weight equates to better fuel economy and the new Octavia in its 1.6 TDI version consumes only 3.8 litres for every 100km travelled.

“The new Octavia will be offered with attractive finance terms from €239 per month, inclusive of servicing form Skoda Finance.”

Engine range from launch - 1.2 TSi (86bhp), C02 121g/km, annual road tax 200 euro, entry price 18,995 euro; 1.6 TDi (105bhp) C02 99g/km, annual road tax 180 euro, entry level price 22,195 euro; 2.0 TDi (150bhp), C02 107, annual road toax 190 euro, entry level price 24,095 euro.

Specification

Active - Electronic Stability Control, front passenger and driver airbags, curtain airbags, fronts siee airbags, front electric windows, electrically adjustable and heated mirrors, 15” wheels with wheel covers, 4-speaker sound system, stop/start technology.

The Ambition costs 2,350 euro extra and the additional features include climatic air conditioning, leather steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake lever, Bluetooth phone connection, 8-speaker sound system, 16” alloy wheels, Maxi-DOT information dash display.

The top of the range Elegance cost 1,550 euro extra, and comes with dimming rear view mirror, dual zone climate control, MDI (MP3, USB, Storage device connection), wood decor interior trim, rear parking sensors, 17” alloy wheels, Bolero sound system and touch screen, sd Card and 6 cD>