The ŠKODA Octavia is one of Ireland’s bestselling cars and looks set to get a further boost with the arrival of a new engine option in July.

ŠKODA is following the trend for small, turbocharged petrol engines with the introduction of the new three cylinder 1.0-litre TSI with 115bhp, which will replace the old 1.2-litre TSI 110hp in the Octavia range.

Despite the smaller engine capacity, the new engine offers more power and torque. It’s also more efficient and will return up to 63mpg compared to 58mpg in the 1.2-litre TSI. C02 emissions are down from 114g to 103g. Motor tax for 1.0-litre TSI Octavias will be €190 per year.

Reducing engine capacity in favour of turbo charging has become a popular trend in petrol technology. ŠKODA will be the first brand within the Volkswagen Group to use the new 1.0-litre TSI unit in cars built on the MQB platform.

The new Octavia 1.0-litre TSI petrol is available to order now, with Ambition trim cars starting at €22,880.

Caroline Kidd