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!

The new Skoda Octavia Soleil

New Skoda Octavia Soleil Arrives In Ireland

The new Skoda Octavia Soleil
The new Skoda Octavia Soleil

Skoda Ireland has announced the arrival of the new Skoda Octavia Soleil, which goes on sale in Ireland from €24,700.

The Soleil model is derived from the Skoda brand's association with the internationally celebrated Cirque du Soleil circus.

In Ireland, the Skoda Octavia Soleil is available as a Combi estate or as a hatchback, with a range of engines including the 1.0 TSI 115bhp petrol and the 1.6 TDI 115bhp diesel, available with both manual and DSG automatic transmissions.

Standard features include 8" touchscreen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, LED headlights with AFS and headlight washers, half leather interior, heated seats, darkened rear SunSet glass and Skoda Care Connect, all featuring as a package for the first time in the Octavia.

Outside there are Soleil badges above the front wheels and unique 16” Velorum alloy wheels.

Raymond Leddy Head of Marketing & Product, Skoda Ireland said: “The Octavia Soleil is now available to test drive at your local Skoda dealer with vehicles available for 192 July delivery. To celebrate the launch of the Octavia Soleil, Skoda dealers will be providing 0% finance on all Soleil models up to the end of July. The Soleil is a limited edition Octavia with limited stock, so early discussions with your local Skoda dealer are recommended”

The Skoda Octavia blends affordability with practical features

Best Petrol Family Hatchbacks To Buy

I'm often asked by readers which petrol family hatchback should I buy? In 2018 I'm finding that many readers are facing a similar dilemma: they are all looking for an efficient petrol hatchback car. I haven't included every petrol hatchback on the Irish market but these are the ones that I would definitely be checking out if I was in the market for a new car.

1. Skoda Octavia 1.0TSI 

From €21,310

The Skoda Octavia is one of Ireland's favourite cars and it's no surprise: the car is priced so well considering how spacious it is. This car is really great value and it's available now with the Volkswagen Group's new 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine with 115hp.

The Skoda Octavia petrol hatchback
The Skoda Octavia

2. Honda Civic 1.0 VTEC Turbo

From €23,750

The new Honda Civic features an excellent 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine with 127hp. The Civic is spacious inside with a large boot and it's great fun to drive too.

Honda Civic petrol hatchback
The Honda Civic

3. Peugeot 308 1.2 PureTech

From €20,995

The Peugeot 308 range has just been facelifted and features Peugeot's award winning 1.2-litre PureTech turbo petrol engine with 110hp or 130hp. The 308 is also available as an 'SW' (estate) offering more boot space and rear legroom than the hatchback.

The Peugeot 308 petrol hatchback
The Peugeot 308

4. Volkswagen Golf 1.0TSI 110hp

From €23,095

The Volkswagen Golf is Ireland's bestselling hatchback for good reason. The new 1.0-litre Golf with 110hp is an absolute joy to drive.

The Volkswagen Golf petrol hatchback
The Volkswagen Golf

5. Toyota Auris 1.2 Petrol

From €24,250

Toyota is well-known for its hybrid range, but it still makes some very good petrol cars. The Toyota Auris is available with a 1.2-litre petrol engine with 116hp.

The Toyota Auris petrol hatchback
The Toyota Auris

6. Ford Focus 1.0 EcoBoost

From €25,175

The Ford Focus is due for replacement this year but it's still selling very well in Ireland. The Focus 1.0-litre turbo petrol EcoBoost with 125hp is fun to drive while also being a reasonable all rounder in other areas too.

Ford Focus petrol hatchback
The Ford Focus

7. Kia Cee'd 1.0 T-GDi

From €22,999

Kia's family hatchback goes a little under the radar but the Cee'd offers a 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine with 120hp in the sporty GT Line trim, which is well equipped with sporty features.

Kia Cee'd petrol hatchback
The Kia Cee'd

8. Opel Astra 1.0 Turbo

From €21,750

The former European Car of the Year winner has a quality and connected interior with sweet handling, and the Astra 1.0-litre turbo petrol is smooth and peppy with 105hp.

Opel Astra petrol hatchback
The Opel Astra

Caroline Kidd

2017 Skoda Octavia Ireland

Revisions For 2017 Skoda Octavia

An updated Skoda Octavia will go on sale in Ireland in early 2017 with a newly designed front and rear, new driver assistance systems, infotainment and connectivity, as well as new equipment.

The lines of the new Skoda Octavia have been further streamlined, especially at the front. The headlights are now split and feature full-LED technology.

Interior space remains one of the largest in the class with the hatch retaining boot space of 590 litres and 610 litres in the Combi estate. There is an optional electric tailgate for the Octavia estate.

The revision has brought new infotainment systems to the Skoda Octavia. All three systems – Bolero, Amundsen and Columbus – now come with a touchscreen. The Columbus now has a full 9.2-inch display with a WLAN hotspot.

New equipment on the 2017 Skoda Octavia includes the trailer assistant that will take over the steering when the vehicle is slowly reversing, Front Assist with pedestrian protection, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Traffic Alert as well as an optimised automatic parking feature.

Optional Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) allows the driver to regulate the steering and damping characteristics in the Comfort, Normal and Sport modes.

New ‘Simply Clever’ features have also been added: a customisable key, allowing multiple users to save their own vehicle settings, as well as a heated steering wheel, bottle holders which facilitate the opening of bottles, and the estate version features a removable torch in the boot.

Engines include the 1.0 TSI 115hp, 1.4 TSI 150hp, 1.6 TDI 115hp and 2.0 TDI 150hp. A manual gearbox or a 6- or 7-speed DSG automatic transmission will be available depending on the engine.

Caroline Kidd