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15th January, 2014

The new Octavia improves Skoda's entrant in the small to mid-size segment. The Skoda Octavia, now in its third generation, was recently released in Australia. The new model features new design, high functionality, innovative safety and comfort systems and the typical Skoda price-value ratio.

Available as both a sedan and a wagon, the new Octavia has grown in length and width compared to its predecessor. The new model is 90 mm longer and 45 mm wider than the second-generation Octavia. At the same time, the wheelbase has grown by 108 mm, mainly benefiting the interior especially the space in the rear.

The Octavia offers more interior length (1,782 mm), more knee room (73 mm) and more headroom at the back (980 mm) than the previous model. Boot space is also a key feature of the new Octavia with 568 litres for the sedan and 588 litres for the wagon. Other interior dimensions have also increased significantly compared to the Octavia’s second generation: rear head room: + 16 mm, front elbow width: + 39 mm, rear elbow width: + 26 mm.

Offering customers a choice of standard equipment, the new Octavia is available in three specifications. The entry-level Ambition includes standard features such as seven airbags, multicollision brake, ESC and Bluetooth phone connection. Ambition Plus also receives 17-inch ‘Denom’ alloy wheels, cruise control and rear parking sensors. Range-topping Elegance receives standard inclusions such as 18-inch ‘Golus’ alloy wheels, leather trim, Columbus integrated satellite navigation unit and privacy glass.

In developing the new Skoda Octavia, an important goal was to make the car even safer. Accordingly, Skoda engineers developed a host of safety systems for the new Octavia including Front Assist/emergency braking function, multicollision- braking/automatic brake actuation in an accident, Passenger Protect Assist/preparation of the vehicle if a potential accident situation is detected or Driver Activity Assist (fatigue detection). These systems help avoid accidents or mitigate their consequences for occupants and other road users.

In addition, a long wheelbase and a rigid and light body structure combine to ensure stable handling in the new Skoda Octavia. In the event of an accident, a comprehensive package of passive safety elements provides protection for driver and occupants. In the area of passive safety, up to nine airbags, finely interacting with three-point safety belts, shield occupants from injury. Driver knee airbags (standard) and rear side airbags (standard for Ambition Plus and Elegance models) are available for the first time in a Skoda Octavia.

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Significant improvements in the Skoda Octavia’s consumption and emission figures have been made thanks to newly developed petrol and diesel engines, a low drag coefficient and reduced vehicle weight. Two petrol engines with cutting-edge TSI technology making 103kW and 132kW, and one modern TDI common-rail diesel engine with 110kW are available in both Octavia sedan and wagon variants, coupled with either a modern manual or automatic DSG transmission.

Despite its increased size and larger amount of technology on board, Skoda engineers have still succeeded in making the car up to 100 kilogrammes lighter than the Skoda Octavia’s second generation. This was achieved thanks to lightweight engineering and utilisation of high- and ultra-tensile steel.

Available for the first time in a Skoda is the Adaptive Cruise Control, which automatically maintains a pre-set distance to the car ahead. The Automatic Parking Assist makes parking the Octavia easier than ever.

Driving Mode Selection enables drivers to set certain vehicle driving characteristics at the push of the button.

Another feature is the electric panoramic sliding/tilting sunroof: a transparent panorama roof.

The new Octavia is also available with KESSY (Keyless-Entry-Start-and-Exit-System), the automatic door- and ignition-lock system.

The new Skoda Octavia has a new radio and radio navigation systems. Touch displays with proximity sensors and swiping functionality will be available in higher-level systems, while the new CANTON sound system is included in the optional Tech Pack.

Skoda Octavia prices*

Octavia Ambition 103TSI Manual from $21,690*
Octavia Ambition 103TSI DSG from $23,990*
Octavia Ambition Plus 103TSI Manual from $24,490*
Octavia Ambition Plus 103TSI DSG from $26,790*
Octavia Elegance 103TSI DSG from $32,190*
Octavia Elegance 132TSI DSG from $34,690*
Octavia Elegance 110TDI DSG from $35,490*

Wagon available at an additional $1,350*

Octavia RS models are due for an Australian release in the second quarter 2014.


* Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.



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