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New Skoda Octavia gains two plug-in hybrid options

16th Sep 2020 Danny Morgan


The new Skoda Octavia is on sale and it has received a raft of interior and exterior updates, as well as two new powertrain options – plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid.

 

What is it?

The fourth-generation of the manufacturer’s best-selling vehicle will now be available in petrol, diesel, mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants.

In fact, the Octavia will have two plug-in hybrid models – the Octavia iV and Octavia vRS iV both available in hatchback and an estate.

 

What’s new?

Plugged-in performance

Styling aside, the biggest change is the addition of a 13kWh battery which will provide a range of up to 37 miles when in pure electric mode.

It also means CO2 emissions are lower, which are from 30g/km.

If speed is your thing, then both plug-in hybrid Octavia’s should have enough for the daily drive, although the sporty Octavia vRS iV will complete the 0-62mph sprint in just 7.3 seconds which is actually 2.2 seconds quicker than the “normal” Octavia vRS.

That is because the 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine is joined by an 85kW electric motor and together they produce 400Nm of torque.

Charging and energy management

Charging both Octavia PHEVs is pretty quick taking two-and-a-half hours from a dedicated home charger.

As with all other plug-in hybrid cars, you can select different drive modes such as Hybrid, Electric, or Hold which will preserve the battery for later use. Or you can just leave it in hybrid mode and let the car do all the hard work and decide how best to use the petrol engine, electric motor and battery power.

You will also recover some energy during the braking process. Simply lift off the accelerator and the car will begin to slow down and recoup this energy back into the battery. You can also adjust how severe this regenerative braking system is.

Looks

Seeing as the Octavia sells around 400,000 units a year, the styling changes are subtle. If you want your Octavia to stand out, then go for the vRS version so you can get a black grille, diffuser, aeroflaps and window frames.

You also get a black rear spoiler in the hatch version, while the spoiler on the estate matches the body colour.

LED headlights come as standard as do the black 18-inch alloys, though you can get 19-inch alloys.

The interior is suitably sporty. The driver gets a sports seat, while the vRS logo is dotted throughout just to remind you and your passengers that this is the sporty Octavia.

Heads up

Interior tech also sees improvements and the new Octavia is the first Skoda to have the option of a head-up display.

As standard you will get a virtual cockpit measuring 10.25 inches.

Safety is also paramount, so the new Octavia features collision avoidance assist and turn assist which warns the driver of oncoming traffic in advance and can even stop the car.

You can also get a 360-degree virtual image when parking, showing you the surroundings so you can get that perfect parallel park or avoid those little scrapes.

Prices are yet to be confirmed but expected to be around £40,000.

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