1 July 2004

Ahead of the sales introduction of its replacement, Skoda is slashing prices on its current Octavia right across the range. The new model (right), road tested in this week's magazine, hits UK forecourts on 19 July; anyone hunting a keen deal can pick up one of the Czech manufacturer's outgoing cars for as much as £1660 less than before.

Skoda's base option, the 1.9 TDi-powered hatch in 90bhp Classic form, drops from £11,870 to £10,700. Above it, there are worthwhile savings to be made on Ambiente SE 1.9 TDi PD 130 and turbocharged 180bhp vRS hatches, which drop by £1,400 and £1,545 respectively - and bringing the hottest Octavia in under £14k. The biggest bargain is up for grabs on the special edition Laurin and Klement 110bhp TDi in estate guise, which drops from £16,800 to £15,140.

The price reductions turn a car that was great value to begin with into a veritable steal and, as the deals will run out with Skoda's stock, bargain-hunters would be well advised to act fast.

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