The all-new, fourth-generation Skoda Octavia launches with two ‘First Edition’ models, three engine options and new safety and assistance systems.
Order books for the all-new Octavia range will open in June, with first deliveries expected in July. The car launches in the UK with hatch and estate body styles, two special ‘First Edition’ trims and three engine options.
Prices range from £22,390 for the 148hp 1.5-litre petrol SE First Edition hatch model to £29,515 for the 148hp 2.0-litre diesel automatic Estate SE L First Edition.
Additional derivatives and powertrain options will join the range later this year, including a model-entry S trim, a 1.0-litre petrol engine paired with a manual transmission, the introduction of mild hybrid DSG automatic on both the 1.0- and 1.5-litre petrols and PHEV (plug-in hybrid) models.
A sporty vRS model available in diesel, petrol and PHEV will also be added to the range. The Octavia vRS iV will be the first ever electrified vRS model.
UK trim grades
The launch range consists of three well-equipped trim grades: SE First Edition, SE Technology, and SE L First Edition.
The all-new Octavia is longer and wider than its predecessor, has an even larger boot and showcases the latest evolution of Skoda design language. There’s a new interior using higher quality materials, innovative connectivity features and new assistance systems.
All 2020 Octavia models get Skoda’s third-generation MIB infotainment system, Virtual Cockpit digital display, LED headlights, and Wireless Smartlink for Apple CarPlay, a new two-spoke leather multifunction steering wheel and rear parking sensors with manoeuvre assist.
Octavia SE First Edition – from £22,390
Until additions trims arrive later this year, the SE First Edition will be the range-entry trim grade in the new Octavia range. In terms of safety, the SE First Edition comes with front assist, lane assist and e-Call system that automatically alerts emergency services in the case of accident. SE First Edition models also feature an infotainment system with 8.25-inch touchscreen display, eight speakers and full smartphone connectivity. The cabin has five USB-C ports, including one in the rear-view mirror for connecting to a dashcam.
Octavia SE Technology – from £22,640
The SE Technology models have been specially developed for business users and add 16-inch Twister AERO alloy wheels, range-topping Columbus infotainment system with 10-inch touchscreen display, Remote Access and Infotainment online (1 year). Buyers also get voice control and front and rear parking sensors with manoeuvre assist.
Octavia SE L First Edition – from £25,150
Positioned at the top of the new Octavia launch range is the SE L First Edition, which showcases a range of advanced features and creature comforts. They ride 17-inch Rotare AERO alloy wheels, while the exterior is distinguished from other models in the range by chrome window surrounds and a chrome strip in the lower front bumper.
Inside, SE L First Edition models come with micro suede upholstery, heated front seats and LED ambient lighting, along with an electrically adjustable driver’s seat with memory and lumbar support. Skoda’s feature-laden Columbus infotainment system is also standard and comes with voice control, Remote Access and Infotainment online (1 year).
In terms of safety and assistance systems, the SE L First Edition comes with blind spot protection, front and rear parking sensors with manoeuvre assist and adaptive cruise control with follow to stop. Drive mode selection and keyless entry on all four doors with start/stop are also standard fit.
UK engines and transmissions at launch
The new Octavia range launches with three engine options with power outputs ranging from 113hp to 148hp. The petrol option is a 1.5 TSI 148hp while the entry-level diesel offering is a 2.0 TDI unit that develops 113hp.
Both drive through a six-speed manual gearbox. SE L First Edition customers have the additional option of a 2.0 TDI 148hp engine that comes with a seven-speed DSG gearbox as standard. More engine and transmission options will be added to the new Octavia range as the line-up expands throughout 2020.