SKODA aims to set new standards in the compact area of the car market when its new Octavia family model arrives next year.
New safety systems, class-leading space, increased comfort and a powerful, efficient engine line-up are all part of the plan for the third generation Octavia.
And central to what the Czech brand calls ‘middle class qualities at a compact car price’ is Skoda’s range of Simply Clever ideas aimed at making life in the car easier.
In its overall package the Octavia has long been about offering extra, in the case of the new model courtesy of the blend of a saloon shape with the practicality of a large hatch.
And with more interior length, extra knee room and cabin space plus better headroom at the back than before, along with a boot volume of 590 litres, Skoda is claiming space normally only found in larger vehicles.
Style-wise, design chief Jozef Kaban has revised the car from head to toe making the marque’s top selling model look more distinctive and refined.
A sharp tornado line highlights the Octavia’s coupe-like silhouette while a special new characteristic is an upswept, more dynamic, window line in the rear doors.
New safety systems include an emergency braking function, Lane Assistant to keep the car on track, automatic braking in an accident, fatigue detection and an active front hatch for pedestrian protection.
That’s in addition to the likes of up to nine airbags including knee airbags and, for the first time in an Octavia, rear side bags.
A range of four newly developed TSI petrol and as many TDI diesel engines will be available, the 1.6 TDI GreenLine version producing CO2 emissions of only 89g/km.
And all bar entry level are available in a Green tec version with a start-stop system and brake energy recuperation.
Skoda is also planning a natural-gas version, with a sporty-trim Octavia RS also in the pipeline.
Infotainment sees touch displays with proximity sensors and swiping functionality in the higher level grades, while the new CANTON sound system and an acoustically optimised passenger space have been designed for more pure listening pleasure.
‘Simply Clever’ features – depending on trim level – include standard or optional items like foldable cargo sections and a double-sided floor covering for the boot, an ice scraper inside the filler cap, a rubbish bin in the door panel, a multimedia holder with space for an iPod or mobile phone and a large overhead sunglasses compartment.
Also on board are the fuel-error prevention function and a boot cover folding away behind the rear seats.