12.11.2019PHEV option for new Skoda Octavia
Skoda has revealed its new Octavia, with the latest generation due to be available with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
The popular hatchback and estate will be fitted with the VW Group's latest PHEV set-up. This sees a 1.4 litre TSI petrol engine work with an electric motor for a combined power output of 204hp. The 75 kW electric motor is powered by a 13 kWh battery, which Skoda says is good for an electric-only range of 34 miles on a single charge.
Performance and fuel economy specifications are yet to be announced, but the Octavia iV plug-in hybrid will join the forthcoming Skoda Superb iV PHEV and pure-electric Citigo-e in the electrified line-up.
Because the Octavia sits on the same platform as the new Golf, there will be also hybrid and mild hybrid options coming down the line, alongside the range of conventional petrol and diesel units.
No fuel economy figures are quoted yet for any powertrain, but manual and DSG transmissions will be on offer, with the a shift-by-wire DSG gearbox new to Skoda. Front- or four-wheel drive systems will be available.
The interior features a significantly redesigned cabin, with a greater focus on technology. A new infotainment screen and steering wheel are the most obvious changes, though there are more subtle improvements too, such as the USB-C only sockets, wireless phone charging, and in-built connectivity. Head-up display, gesture control and a new voice control assistant - which Skoda calls Laura - are included on certain trim levels.
It wouldn't be a Skoda without some clever little ideas that make a difference to day-to-day life. For example, the rear seat pockets have a small pouch added to hold things like a mobile phone, without it dropping all the way to the bottom of the conventional pocket. There's also an in-built funnel for refilling the screen wash, a storage pocket below the boot cover, and the addition of an umbrella and hand brush in the front doors.
The new Octavia is a little longer than the outgoing models - around 2cm for both estate and hatch - and is slightly wider too. This frees up occupant space in what was a far from squashed interior in the previous model.