The new Volkswagen ID.3 revealed at an event at Weston Airport, Dublin

Volkswagen ID.3 Preview In Dublin

The new Volkswagen ID.3 revealed at an event at Weston Airport, Dublin
The new Volkswagen ID.3 revealed at an event at Weston Airport, Dublin

Volkswagen Ireland gave us a preview of the exciting new ID.3 in Dublin. The ID.3 is a hugely significant vehicle being the first of a new generation of electric vehicles from Volkswagen. It’s built on the brand’s new modular electric drive matrix MEB platform and will be hitting Irish roads in summer 2020. Here's what we learned:

Pre-orders and deliveries

Over 400 people in Ireland have already pre-booked the new Volkswagen ID.3 online. The word from Volkswagen Ireland is that if you want to drive this car in 2020, then you need to pre-order now as once the quota of vehicles allocated for Ireland is reached, bookings can no longer be made. Customers who pre-ordered will receive their cars first when the ID.3 arrives in Ireland in summer 2020.

Pricing

The ID.3 1st  edition will start from less than €40,000, ID.3 1st Plus from less than €45,000, and the ID.3 Max from less than €50,000. These are the models that will arrive in Ireland first with 58 kWh battery, a range of 420 km (WLTP) and 204 hp. The new Volkswagen ID.3 will cost under €30,000 for the entry-level 45 kWh car with 330 km range, after government grants. This model will arrive in Ireland at the end of 2020.

Finance

Aside from PCP and Hire Purchase, Volkswagen is also offering the new ID plan to help buyers finance the car. It's a similar product structure to PCP but with a higher guaranteed future value, lower or no deposit, and 3 options upon contract end.

The interior of the new ID.3
The interior of the new ID.3

Specifications

We now know that in Ireland the ID.3 1st will have 18" alloys, wireless app connect, navigation with Internet, 100 kw DC charging, hello ID voice control and the ID light. The 1st Plus will have 19" alloys, privacy glass, matrix LED lights, bi colour appearance, rear view camera, design seats and interior ambient lighting with 30 colours. The 1st Max will have 20" alloys, panoramic roof, BEATS audio sound system, augmented reality head up display, and comfort seats with massage function.

Colours

There will be four colours available: Makena Turquoise, Manganese Grey, Moonstone Grey, and Glacier White.

Charging

Charging varies from 80% charge in just 27 minutes at an Ionity charger or 5.5 to 8.5 hours at home. Through the Volkswagen We Charge card, buyers can avail of free public charging for one year or 2000 kWh.

The ID.3 1st edition is expected in Ireland next summer
The ID.3 1st edition is expected in Ireland next summer

Caroline and the new Ford Focus Active!

Ford Focus Active Review (2019)

Caroline and the new Ford Focus Active!
Caroline and the new Ford Focus Active!

Caroline drives the new Ford Focus Active!

Ford has expanded the Focus range in Ireland with the arrival of the new Focus Active. Priced from €25,344, the Focus Active aims to bring crossover style to the compact class.

To that end, the Focus has been raised by 13 mm and styling has been tweaked for a more rugged look – grey skid plate front and rear, roof rails, new plastic cladding, dark grille with unique mesh pattern and special alloy wheel designs.

Inside, the Focus Active has unique seat upholstery, new trims and 'Active' scuff plates. The Active version also has two new drive modes, perfectly tuned for adventure – ‘Slippery’ and ‘Trail’!

The Ford Focus Active hatchback is crossover inspired
The Ford Focus Active hatchback is crossover inspired

What are my options?

In Ireland the Focus Active is available as a hatchback or estate (from €26,414) and engines include Ford’s acclaimed 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine and 1.5-litre TDCi diesel. My test car was a Ford Focus Active 1.5 TDCi with a 6-speed manual gearbox, priced from €27,353.

Standard equipment includes 17" 5-spoke two tone painted aluminium wheels, pre-collision assist, electronic parking brake, keyless start, LED daytime running lights, front fog lights with cornering lights, air con, cruise control, radio with 8" touchscreen display with DAB, Ford SYNC 3 with Voice Control, plus Bluetooth® and USB connectivity, navigation and six speakers.

Visually the the new Focus Active does carry a strong appearance and image thanks to the styling tweaks and slightly raised ride height. However, unfortunately this character hasn't found its way much into the interior of the car. It's rather plain inside. Changes are negligible though the Focus has a fine cabin with the latest technology features and seamless integration with smartphones. The car is nicely sized and accommodating, having improved interior space over the previous generation of the Focus.

The interior of the new Ford Focus Active
The interior of the new Ford Focus Active

Driving the new Ford Focus Active

Ford has modified the chassis of the Focus Active with unique springs, dampers, stabiliser bars, and front and rear knuckle geometries, to account for the raised ride height of the vehicle. On the road, the Focus Active still feels like a Focus though it's not quite as sharp with a less sporty, hunkered down feel through corners. Still it's athletic and good to drive - comfortable and smooth on the motorway, compact and agile around town. The 1.5-litre diesel performs well with 120 hp providing adequate rather than blistering power. Over a week of driving my fuel consumption averaged at an economical 5.1 l/100km.

Ford has also added a little more capability for adventurous souls. In addition to the Normal, Sport and Eco Selectable Drive Modes equipped as standard on all Focus models, the Focus Active now introduces Slippery mode, which adjusts ESC and traction control settings for increased confidence on surfaces with reduced grip such as mud, snow and ice. There's also a new Trail mode, which helps maintain momentum on soft surfaces such as sand.

The Ford Focus range now offers a number of different ‘flavours’, like the classic Titanium, the sporty ST-line and now the outdoorsy Active.

The crossover makeover has worked very well on the new Fiesta Active, with a great presence and spec at good value pricing.

However, for the Focus it has sacrificed a little of its sporty edge in the process. No surprises then that the ST-Line is still my favourite Focus!

The car follows market trends with crossover-inspired styling. In this regard, the Active makeover departs a different look for the Focus that is bound to garner it a few fans.

The Focus Active is available from €25,344
The Focus Active is available from €25,344

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Ford Focus Active 1.5 TDCi
Price:
€27,353 (Range from €23,364)
Engine: 1.5-litre turbo diesel
Power: 
120 hp
Torque: 300 Nm
0-100km/h: 
10 seconds
Top speed: 196 km/h
Fuel economy (WLTP):
4.5-4.9 l/100km
CO2 emissions:
93 g/km
Motor tax: 
€180 per year

 


Mazda has partnered with Taste of Dublin Festive Edition to celebrate arrival of new CX-30

Mazda Partner With Taste of Dublin Festive Edition

Mazda has partnered with Taste of Dublin Festive Edition to celebrate arrival of new CX-30
Mazda has partnered with Taste of Dublin Festive Edition to celebrate arrival of new CX-30

Mazda Ireland has partnered with Taste of Dublin Festive Edition to celebrate the arrival of the new CX-30.

First customer orders are officially arriving in dealerships the week of Taste of Dublin Festive Edition and the compact SUV will be showcased at the event. The new model has already been awarded a Golden Steering Wheel award and has achieved the highest ever score for adult occupant safety in the Euro NCAP safety rating where it was also awarded 5 stars.

The Mazda Live Stage will host entertainment at the event, where food lovers can enjoy lively music and fiery food. Some of Ireland's best loved chefs, including Rachel Allen, Mark Moriarty, Paul Kelly, and Sharon Hearne Smith, will demonstrate their cooking tips and tricks to hone your Christmas cooking skills.

Taste of Dublin Managing Director, Avril Bannerton commented; “We are absolutely are delighted to be partnering with Mazda Ireland for the inaugural Taste of Dublin Festive Edition.  This partnership will further build on the already well-established relationship between Taste and Mazda which is now enjoying a multi-event deal across three of Equinox Events’ portfolio events; Taste; Festive Edition, Thrive Festival and Taste of Dublin.”

Tickets can be purchased at www.dublin.tastefestivals.com and the event will run from November 28th to December 1st. Mazda will also run a competition for a €1,000 shopping spree, which you can enter at the Mazda stand.


The new Audi RS Q8

2020 Audi RS Q8 New Performance SUV

The new Audi RS Q8
The new Audi RS Q8

Audi has revealed the new Audi RS Q8, a new high performance SUV based on the Q8. It is expected in Ireland in the first half of 2020.

“For the first time in the 25-year history of Audi RS models, we are putting a large SUV coupe with the genes of a true high-performance sports car on the road,” said Oliver Hoffmann, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH. “With its biturbo V8 engine, the Audi RS Q8 is the prestigious spearhead of the RS model family.”

The new Audi RS Q8 will be the top model in Audi's Q range of SUVs. It's powered by an eight-cylinder 4.0-litre twin-turbo TFSI with cylinder deactivation technology and mild hybrid (MHEV) drive based on a 48-volt main electrical system. As a result, it can “glide” for up to 40 seconds with the engine switched off at speeds between 55 and 160 km/h.

The power output is a huge 600 hp and 800 Nm of torque between 2,200 and 4,500 rpm. 0 to 100 km/h is just 3.8 seconds.

The standard adaptive air suspension sport with controlled damping means the new RS Q8 is equally at home on the racetrack or an off-road trail. Its RS-specific damper tuning allows for a particularly broad spread between a setup biased toward comfort and an extremely sporty setup. Depending on driving situation and the driver’s wishes, the body’s ride height varies by up to 90 millimetres (3.5 in).

Pricing to be confirmed closer to launch in 2020.


The new Audi e-tron Sportback on the way to Ireland in 2020!

New Audi e-tron Sportback For 2020

The new Audi e-tron Sportback on the way to Ireland in 2020!
The new Audi e-tron Sportback on the way to Ireland in 2020!

Audi has confirmed a new SUV Coupé for the e-tron family. The electric Audi e-tron Sportback is scheduled to arrive in Ireland in the summer of 2020 with pricing to be confirmed at a later date.

The four-door model shares its powertrain with the Audi e-tron SUV and will be built at the same location in Brussels. According to Audi, it has up to 300 kW of power and a range of up to 446 kilometres from a single battery charge.

In terms of design, its roof extends flat over the muscular body, dropping down steeply to the rear—in typical coupé style— and flowing into the steeply raked D-pillars. The lower edge of the third side window rises towards the rear—a typical Sportback feature.

Its digital matrix LED headlights are a new feature now available for the first time in a mass-production vehicle. Their light is broken down into tiny pixels and can be controlled with exceptional precision.


Get your hands on a Duster at the Dacia Sales Event this November!

Dacia 201 Sales Event

Get your hands on a Duster at the Dacia Sales Event this November!
Get your hands on a Duster at the Dacia Sales Event this November!

Dacia Sales Events will take place across the brand’s network of 27 dealerships around Ireland from Thursday 21st – Saturday 23rd November.

According to a spokesperson for Dacia Ireland, "Customers can avail of unmissable offers on Ireland’s most affordable car brand. These simple and transparent new 201 offers deliver real and substantial savings to customers".

  • 201 Offer: ZERO DEPOSIT AND 4.9% APR on the Duster SUV, compact Sandero, Sandero Stepway SUV and Logan MCV
  • The rugged Dacia Duster SUV is from just €75 per week with Dacia Bank
  • These 201 offers, from Dacia Bank, are available on all orders taken from now until 31st January 2020
  • Customers can also avail of further offers at their local dealership

For more information, visit www.dacia.ie


The new Volkswagen T-Cross!

Volkswagen T-Cross 1.0 Petrol Review (2019)

The new Volkswagen T-Cross!
The new Volkswagen T-Cross!

Caroline drives the 2019 Volkswagen T-Cross!

B-segment crossovers are hot property these days, guaranteed success in a market that seems to adore an SUV-like high seating position and more ‘rugged’ styling than the traditional hatchbacks on which they are based.

Volkswagen has now furnished their showrooms with a full complement of SUVs with the eminent arrival of the baby to the clan – the new Volkswagen T-Cross. It slots in below the T-Roc.

Priced from €22,495, the T-Cross occupies that sweet spot of the market where the compact crossovers reside. It’s blessed with good looks and is a far more interesting car to look at than the Polo. Yes such desirability does carry a premium but it’s one that buyers have proven they are willing to pay.

In Ireland the new T-Cross is available in four trim lines and engines include a 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine (95hp or 115hp) and a 1.6-litre diesel (95hp). A manual gearbox comes as standard however a 7-speed DSG automatic is available.

The interior of the new T-Cross
The interior of the new T-Cross

How big is it?

The T-Cross sits on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform, and is 54 mm longer than the Polo and 138 mm higher. It’s a compact car but by class standards it is generously sized and four adults should be comfortable enough. The boot is one of the best in class, holding between 385- and 455-litres thanks to a sliding rear bench that can be moved by 14 cm.

Inside the T-Cross features the latest in Volkswagen design and technology. Cabin quality is very good, avoiding the cheap and nasty look. Volkswagen’s infotainment screens look and behave very well, with full smartphone compatibility.

Trim lines include the entry level ‘T-Cross’, followed by the ‘Life’ starting at €24,550, ‘Style’ starting at €26,795 and ‘R-Line’ starting at €27,995. The ‘Life’ model has 16” alloy wheels, 8” infotainment system, App Connect, Climatronic Air Conditioning, 2 USB interfaces and Adaptive Cruise Control. The ‘Style’ models adds 17” alloy wheels, LED headlights, and a Chrome package, while the ‘R-Line’ model gains 17” wheels and an R-Line exterior package.

The problem with the T-Cross is that it can get very expensive very quickly. Volkswagen are not after the budget end of the market with the T-Cross. The T-Cross R-line 1.0-litre DSG I was driving starts from €29,895, and at that price it would be in the market with larger cars.

The 2019 Volkswagen T-Cross is one of the best small SUVs on the market
The 2019 Volkswagen T-Cross is one of the best small SUVs on the market

On the road in the 2019 Volkswagen T-Cross

Small automatics are getting more and more popular and the T-Cross 1.0 DSG is a fine example of one. A 7-speed automatic gearbox is matched to a small 1.0 litre petrol engine and works amazingly well. It’s a pleasure to drive, smooth and smart with no dim-witted gear changes present here. Motor tax for this model is €200 per year and over a week of driving my average fuel consumption was 5.9 l/100km. The T-Cross is fun to drive, refined and comfortable for what it is.

The Volkswagen T-Cross recently won Irish Compact SUV of the Year at the Irish Car of the Year awards. The judges were unanimous in their recommendation of the new T-Cross. It feels like a larger and more substantial car than the Polo though there is not much between them in terms of dimensions. It’s a more expensive car to buy but Volkswagen has a good track record in selling SUVs. The T-Cross is a highly desirable small SUV and the 1.0-litre petrol engine is a perfect mate for it!

The T-Cross is available from €22,495
The T-Cross is available from €22,495

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Volkswagen T-Cross 1.0 TSI R Line DSG
Price:
€29,895 (Range from €22,495)
Engine: 1.0-litre turbo petrol
Power: 
115 hp
Torque: 200 Nm
0-100km/h: 
10.2 seconds
Top speed: 180 km/h
Fuel economy:
6.3 l/100km
CO2 emissions: 
111 g/km
Motor tax: 
€200 per year

 


The new Ford Mustang Mach-E!

2020 Ford Mustang Mach-E Revealed

The new Ford Mustang Mach-E!
The new Ford Mustang Mach-E!

For the first time in 55 years, Ford is expanding the Mustang family, bringing the famous pony into the electric age with Mustang Mach-E, an all-new, all-electric SUV.

Ford Ireland has already indicated that the new Ford Mustang Mach-E will be priced from €50,000 in Ireland when it arrives in late 2020.

It will be available with standard and extended-range battery options with either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive powered by permanent magnet motors. Equipped with an extended-range battery and rear-wheel drive, Mustang Mach‑E has a targeted pure-electric driving range of up to 600 km (more than 370 miles) according to the World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP). In extended-range all-wheel drive configurations, Mustang Mach-E is targeting 337 PS (248 kW) and 565 Nm of torque.

Ford also will offer a special performance version. The Mustang Mach-E GT is targeting 0-to-100 km/h acceleration in less than 5 seconds, as well as an estimated 465 PS (342 kW) and 830 Nm of torque.

The Mustang Mach-E will feature three unique drive modes – Whisper, Engage and Unbridled. Features include custom-designed vehicle responsiveness such as sportier steering controls, ambient lighting, sounds tuned for an authentic all-electric experience, and dynamic cluster animations that are tied to driving behaviour.

Mustang Mach-E will be available with Brembo’s all-new performance Flexira aluminium callipers, which maintain the functionality of a fixed calliper while being designed with the dimensions of a floating calliper. The Mustang Mach-E GT is also equipped with MagneRide® damping system, an adaptive suspension technology that lets drivers hug the road while delivering an exciting, comfortable ride.

Interior of the new Mach-E
Interior of the new Mach-E

The next-generation SYNC® communications and entertainment system will debut in the new Mach-E with a sleek and modern interface that uses machine learning to quickly learn drivers’ preferences and gets even better over time, thanks to advanced over-the-air updates. Next-generation SYNC’s 15.5-inch screen and simple interface ditches complicated menus, making it easier to access features with touch, swipe and pinch controls that every smartphone owner will be comfortable using. The system also introduces wireless compatibility with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and AppLink apps from smartphones and mobile devices.

Using Ford’s new all-electric architecture that places batteries inside the underbody, Ford engineers and designers were able to create a vehicle that’s not only true to Mustang but also maximises SUV space for five passengers and luggage. At the front there is 100 litres of cargo space and the boot offers 402 litres of space.

A limited First Edition will be available in extended-range, all-wheel drive configuration, with exclusive Grabber Blue Metallic paint, full-length panorama roof, contrasting seat stitching and a scuff plate marked "First Edition."

Mustang Mach-E will be available in both standard-range (75.7 kWh lithium-ion battery) and extended-range (98.8 kWh battery), which has a targeted WLTP driving range of up to 600 km (more than 370 miles) in rear-wheel drive configuration.

These advanced batteries feature 288 lithium-ion cells for the standard-range specification and 376 lithium-ion cells for the extended-range specification. Designed to help maximise interior space and contribute to optimised driving dynamics with a low centre of gravity, the battery is located on the floor between the vehicle’s two axles – and tested at temperatures as extreme as minus 40 degrees Celsius. The batteries are secured inside a waterproof battery case surrounded by crash absorption protection. The battery uses an advanced active liquid heating and cooling system to regulate temperatures for optimised performance in extreme weather and to improve charging times.

Ford's new electric SUV is expected to retail from €50,000 in Ireland
Ford's new electric SUV is expected to retail from €50,000 in Ireland

As electric vehicle owners do 80 per cent of their charging at home, Ford offers a Ford Connected Wallbox solution, delivering up to five times the charging power of a typical domestic socket – meaning customers can add an estimated average range of 62 km (38 miles) per charging hour, based on extended-range, rear-wheel drive configuration. The Ford Home Charge Cable, included with the vehicle, can add an estimated average range of 14 km (9 miles) per charging hour using a typical European domestic outlet.

Ford also is a founder member and shareholder in the IONITY consortium that aims to build 400 high-power-charging stations in key European locations by end of 2020. This enables a significant reduction in charging times for all-electric vehicles compared with existing systems – ideal for long distance journeys. With peak charging power of 150 kW, the Mustang Mach-E with an extended-range battery and rear-wheel drive can add driving range of up to 93 km  within 10 minutes of charge time on a DC fast-charging station. The standard-range Mustang Mach‑E is estimated to charge from 10 per cent to 80 per cent in approximately 38 minutes while charging on a DC fast-charging station.


The new Mercedes-Benz CLA!

2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA180 Petrol Review

The new Mercedes-Benz CLA!
The new Mercedes-Benz CLA!

Caroline drives the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA!

The new Mercedes-Benz CLA is yet another addition to Mercedes-Benz recently updated line of compact cars. A spin-off of the new A-Class, the CLA is a stylish and prestigious four door coupé priced from €34,110 in Ireland.

The new CLA drips with style and kerb appeal. While Mercedes has also recently launched a new A-Class saloon, the CLA is an altogether more elegant looking car. To accommodate the new A-Class saloon, the CLA has moved up a gear to occupy a more salubrious position.

Despite relatively compact dimensions, it has presence and yeah, it looks expensive! The designers have done a wonderful job with the proportions and features like the frameless doors give it exclusivity.

The interior of the new CLA
The interior of the new CLA

The fantastic interior of the new CLA

Inside the CLA carries the latest Benz interior, which is a very good thing. According to Mercedes-Benz, all elements are arranged according to the themes of ‘high tech’ and ‘youthful avant-garde’. Sounds good to me. It follows the dashboard theme of the A-Class but with some more stylish mods. There is a sportier and even more sophisticated vibe.

My AMG Line test car had a dual tone colour scheme of black and beige with sporty seats all round. There is excellent technology at your fingertips with the MBUX infotainment system and the widescreen display is completely free-standing. crystal-clear digital screens. It all works together very well. Mercedes is totally winning at compact premium car interiors right now.

The new CLA is available in three trim lines: Style, Progressive and AMG Line. Standard equipment includes active lane keeping assist, cruise control, heated front seats, keyless go, leather multifuction steering wheel, MBUX multimedia system, 7” screen, reversing camera, auto lights and wipers, climate control and 16” alloys. My AMG Line test car had aluminium pedals, sports seats, leather, 18” alloys, and AMG bodystyling for the ultimate sporty look.

The new platform beneath the CLA has stretched out more space making it a better buy and interior space is okay for four adults. The boot is 460 litres and practical enough for this type of car. A slightly more practical CLA ‘shooting brake’ is available from €35,930.

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA sits on a new platform and is bigger inside
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA sits on a new platform and is bigger inside

The new CLA is available with a range of petrol and diesel engines. The bestselling model in Ireland is expected to be a CLA180 petrol version priced from €34,110 and a CLA180d automatic version priced from €37,300.

Driving the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA

My test car was a CLA180 with a 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine putting out 136hp. This engine is also available with 163hp (CLA200) and other derivatives include CLA 220, 250, 200d, and 220d. For a small capacity engine it is very impressive and is more than capable of the job in the CLA. It doesn’t get too noisy and it works well with the 7-speed automatic gearbox. Over a week of driving my average fuel consumption was 6.2 l/100km.

A wider track and a lower centre of gravity are the two key features that give the CLA the sportiest driving characteristics of all models in the new generation of compacts from Mercedes-Benz. The technical specification includes a decoupled multi-link axle at the rear for reduced noise and vibration, a Direct-Steer system as standard and hydromounts at the front. A stabiliser bar with a larger diameter reduces body roll. An active adaptive damping system is available, giving the driver the choice between comfort or a more uncompromising sporty tuning. The ESP® has been specially adapted to the CLA’s potentially high cornering speeds and handling performance.

On the road the CLA is agile and sporty to drive. The A-Class pedigree is good anyway but the modifications make it even more enjoyable, though the ride can be a bit more harsh over rough surfaces.

Would you buy it?

The Mercedes-Benz CLA is a highly desirable car with drop dead gorgeous looks, high quality cabin and fun driving character. You do pay a premium for the sexy coupe design and prestige of this model and it’s not really any bigger or more practical than an A-Class. But it is oh so seductive and fun to drive. Easy to recommend if you are looking for something a little bit special in this price range.

The CLA is available from €34,110
The CLA is available from €34,110

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Mercedes-Benz CLA180 Coupe
Price:
€40,527 (Range from €34,110)
Engine: 1.3-litre turbo petrol
Power: 
136 hp
Torque: 200 Nm
0-100km/h: 
9 seconds
Top speed: 216 km/h
Fuel economy (WLTP):
5.4-5.7 l/100km
CO2 emissions (WLTP): 
123 g/km
Motor tax: 
€270 per year

 


The 2020 ŠKODA Octavia!

2020 ŠKODA Octavia Revealed!

The 2020 ŠKODA Octavia!
The 2020 ŠKODA Octavia!

The new ŠKODA Octavia will be available in Ireland from July 2020, Skoda Ireland has confirmed as the covers are taken off the all-new model of one of Ireland's favourite cars. Prices and specifications will be available closer to the time.

The new Octavia is longer and wider than its predecessor, has an even larger boot and features the latest interpretation of ŠKODA's design language. We're told a new interior combines "an excellent amount of space and outstanding functionality with high-quality materials and clever details. Innovative connectivity and new assistance systems raise comfort and safety to an even higher level."

The Combi estate model will have an even bigger boot growing 30 litres to 640 litres, while the hatchback has a capacity of 600 litres – 10 litres more than the previous generation.

New design features include a new front apron, new headlights with LED technology, and LED rear lights. Alloy wheels up to 19" will be available along with new colours - Crystal Black, Lava Blue and Titanium Blue.

In the newly designed interior, the Octavia has a new two-spoke steering wheel, which can be heated as an option and – if ordered as a multifunction variant – comes with new control buttons and knurled scroll wheels, allowing drivers to operate a total of 14 different functions without removing their hands. The dashboard, which has also been redesigned, is modular and has been arranged in different levels, featuring a large, free-standing central display.

The interior of the new Octavia
The interior of the new Octavia

The centre console has chrome detail and there are new door trims and handles. Soft-touch materials have been chosen for a premium look, while new LED ambient lighting is also available. Four infotainment screens are available measuring from 8.25 to 10 inches.

New equipment will include head-up display, tri-zone climate control, keyless vehicle entry system (KESSY), as well as a standard fit 4.2-inch, multifunction Maxi DOT 16-colour display, electric side windows and an electromechanical parking brake.

The ŠKODA Octavia is now also available with acoustic side windows at the front, which reduce road noise in the cabin even further.The new Octavia will also be the first ŠKODA ever to use shift-by-wire technology for operating the DSG, which electronically transmits the driver’s gear selection to the transmission. In place of the familiar DSG lever, there is therefore a new control module located in the centre console with a small rocker switch for selecting the drive modes as well as a button for the parking mode.

The 2020 ŠKODA Octavia will also be the first ŠKODA ever to use shift-by-wire technology for operating the DSG, which electronically transmits the driver’s gear selection to the transmission. In place of the familiar DSG lever, there is therefore a new control module located in the centre console with a small rocker switch for selecting the drive modes as well as a button for the parking mode.

For the first time, the line-up includes a plug-in hybrid, the Octavia iV. Some of the petrol engines will also have mild hybrid technology. Diesel engines emit up to 80 per cent less nitrogen oxide we're told. Engines for Ireland will be confirmed at a later date.

ŠKODA AUTO CEO, Bernhard Maier, said,

“For ŠKODA, the Octavia is of immense importance. That’s why we’ve completely redeveloped this car. The outcome is the best Octavia of all time – it is even more spacious, practical and even safer than ever before. By unveiling its latest generation just in time for its 60th anniversary, we have taken a major step forward. The Octavia has significantly contributed to the positive development of the company and the brand. Over the last six decades. I am very confident that the new generation will play its part in maintaining this positive development.”

With more than 6.5 million units produced, the Octavia is the bestselling model in the ŠKODA portfolio to date.

The new Octavia will arrive in Ireland in 2020!
The new Octavia will arrive in Ireland in 2020!