Base model Skoda Octavia to use three-cylinder engine

Published 16 June 2016

Skoda has introduced a new base model Octavia – the company’s best selling vehicle – by ditching the four-cylinder 1.2-litre engine and putting a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo unit in its place.

Despite the displacement reduction there are advantages aplenty, of course, with the new engine more powerful and more efficient; power goes up to 115PS from 105PS, while efficiency improves from 57.7mpg with emissions of 114g/km to 62.8mpg and 104g/km.

Peak torque is 200Nm from 2000rpm, up by a significant 25Nm and helping shave 0.4 seconds from the 0-62mph time, which is now 9.9 seconds. There’s no difference in the economy rating whether you choose the standard six-speed manual or the seven-speed DSG.

That said, you can buy an aero package that lowers the ride height and tinkers with the body to improve aerodynamics, and adds low rolling resistance tyres, which will improve consumption and emissions: 64.2mpg and 102g/km, hatchback or estate.

The new engine puts the starting price of an Octavia at £16,660, which will get you an Octavia S 1.0 TSI with a manual, while the DSG automatic gearbox adds a £1250 premium.

In addition the Skoda Octavia now gets a feature called Skoda Phonebox, which includes wireless charging functionality and the ability to hook the phone up to the radio aerial wirelessly, improving data services and call clarity.

Click here to read our Skoda Octvia review



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