What is it?
The Skoda Octavia first graced our roads 20 years ago, faced with the unenviable task of breaking down Czech brand's poor public image.
Three generations on and with more than five million sold since its first appearance, those negative perceptions have crumbled like the Berlin wall and Skoda is intent on focusing on the future. But it acknowledges that its family hatchback has been at the heart of driving the firm forward, so as the Octavia breaches its third decade, Skoda has added a raft of new options and technology to its popular five-door.
What makes this particular Skoda Octavia special is the inclusion of an all-new 1.0 TSI engine, which is a direct replacement for the four-cylinder 1.2 TSI unit that has until now propped up the petrol-powered part of the range. It also means that the Octavia now follows the lead set by Volkswagen, Audi, Vauxhall and Ford, who all use turbocharged 1.0-litre units somewhere in their family hatchback line-ups.
There's more. Skoda has added a wireless phone charger, which also automatically connects to the infotainment, while those opting for SE trim and upwards can spec their car with an umbrella and matching storage unit under the passenger seat. Surprisingly, however, smaller Skoda Fabias in SE trim and above will get this option as standard.