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Initial launch range will include three engines and starts from £22,390, with a sub-£20k variant due later in year

Skoda has revealed UK pricing and spec details for the new Octavia ahead of orders opening in June.

The fourth generation of the Czech brand's global best-seller will be priced from £22,390 until cheaper derivatives arrive later in the year, such as the 1.0-litre TSI S variant, which is expected to start from under £20,000. 

The current base price is for an SE First Edition hatchback powered by the 148bhp 1.5 TSI petrol engine. A 113bhp 2.0-litre diesel can be had for £910 more, while the estate adds £980 to the base price. Standard kit includes front assist, lane keep assist, an 8.25in touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay, a Virtual Cockpit instrument display and LED headlights.

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Other available trim levels include the business-focused SE Technology (from £22,460) and current range-topping SE L First Edition (from £25,150). A 148bhp diesel with DSG dual-clutch automatic in SE L First Edition trim is priced from £28,640. The first examples of the new Octavia will arrive in retailers throughout July. 

Among the additional variants due to arrive at a later date are mild-hybrid DSG versions of the 1.0 and 1.5 TSI petrols, more powerful diesels and petrols, a plug-in hybrid and the Octavia vRS, which will be offered in petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid forms.

Skoda calls the Octavia its “heart and engine” – more than six million have been produced since 1996 – and the new Mk4 version is said to build on the existing car’s strengths with more interior space, better functionality and higher levels of safety and comfort.

The Octavia’s exterior design has been brought into line with Skoda’s latest non-SUV models, the Skoda Scala and updated Skoda Superb. The front end takes inspiration from the Scala, with the old car’s split headlight design ditched in favour of redesigned units with standard-fit LED tech (full-matrix LEDs optional). LED tail-lights also feature.

A lower roofline is claimed to give the hatchback a more coupé-like stance and aerodynamic efficiency is said to be greatly improved on both the hatch and estate.

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At just under 4.69m long in both bodystyles, it’s 19mm longer than the outgoing hatch and 22mm longer than the old estate. It’s also 15mm wider than both. That means 30 litres more boot space for the estate and 10 more for the saloon – and even more generous passenger room. Both cars can be had with new paint finishes and optional Chrome or Dynamic trim detail packages.

The interior takes a more substantial step forward, not just in technology but also, Skoda claims, in perceived quality. A variety of soft-touch materials aims to lift the cabin’s appeal, as does multi-colour ambient lighting. Optional ‘Ergo’ seats are described as being “particularly back friendly”, with a massaging function and seat ventilation on top models for the first time.

The dashboard is dominated by a free-standing touchscreen display that measures 8.25in or 10.0in, depending on spec, and Skoda has introduced gesture control and an advanced voice-controlled digital assistant called Laura.

A redesigned 10.25in Virtual Cockpit is available on certain trims, as is a new head-up display. The model also includes a built-in eSIM for always-on connectivity. Like the Scala, the Octavia uses only the latest USB-C connections. Wireless charging is also offered. Three-zone climate control makes its debut, too, as does optional acoustic window glass. Further tech includes an enlarged suite of driver assistance features, such as an enhanced predictive cruise control and predictive pedestrian and cyclist protection.

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The new Octavia shares its underpinnings with the recently revealed Mk8 Golf. This means a reworked version of the MQB platform and an engine line-up that includes both mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid options. The basic range kicks off with a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol engine, putting out 108bhp. A 148bhp 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol is also available. Both can be had in mild-hybrid form, with near-identical performance but claimed efficiency gains.

The flagship petrol engine for now is a 187bhp non-hybrid 2.0-litre TSI with all-wheel drive and a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Just one diesel, in three states of tune, will be offered initially: a 2.0-litre unit with 197bhp, 148bhp and 114bhp. The 197bhp version will offer the most torque, 295lb ft, and be all-wheel drive and DSG only, achieving 0-62mph in 7.1sec. There will be no mild-hybrid diesels at launch.

However, a plug-in hybrid petrol option will be available for the first time in the Octavia. It’s powered by a 1.4-litre engine and a 101bhp electric motor – via a six-speed DSG gearbox – for a combined 201bhp, a 34-mile all-electric range and 0-62mph in 7.9sec.

No economy figures are quoted. The boot capacity in the plug-in hybrid reduces substantially, though, to 450 litres in the hatch and 490 in the estate. The Mk4 Octavia also includes a new-to-Skoda innovation of a shift-by-wire DSG gearbox.


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gavsmit 4 May 2020

Expensive or not.....

All cars are ridiculously expensive now, and a new model is the perfect excuse to jump a further few thousand quid.

But there are smaller cars out there selling for thousands more, so hard to criticise the price hike for the large Octavia, as sad as that is. Will hopefully attract some hefty discounts once the mini cab firms start buying them up.

Still a shame Skoda don't provide a 5 year warranty as standard.

Citytiger 4 May 2020

Ah yes

the Octavia, which is a Golf/Focus (C-segment) car that now believes its a Mondeo/Passat (D-segment) car and has priced itself accordingly. 

scotty5 4 May 2020

Citytiger wrote:

Citytiger wrote:

the Octavia, which is a Golf/Focus (C-segment) car that now believes its a Mondeo/Passat (D-segment) car and has priced itself accordingly. 

Based on what? As far as I can make out it's still cheaper than a Golf and similar in price than a Focus. And better than both!

writeangle 12 November 2019


My car has  toushscreen though unfortunately isnot a hybrid Octavia. I would like to see an Alexa style voice entry as an alternative to using  touchscreens. Touchscreens are fiddly to use and take your eyes from the road.