Skoda Octavia iV plug-in hybrid arrives with 43-mile range

Published 27 October 2020

The Skoda Octavia iV has an electric range of up to 43 miles and will cost from £30,765 when orders open next month.

The plug-in hybrid model combines a 1.4-litre petrol engine with an 85kW electric motor and 13kWh battery pack. Officially, it'll return up to 282.5mpg but - like all plug-in hybrid vehicles - its real-world consumption will depend heavily on how often it's charged.

Of most interest to company car drivers will be its six per cent BIK tax rate, which means it'll be cheaper to tax than equivalent diesel models.

Another perk of the Octavia iV's hybrid powertrain will be the performance on offer. Exact performance figures are yet to be announced but, with a combined power output of 204PS and a hefty 350Nm of torque, it's going to be pretty rapid for a sensible family hatchback. And, if you want hotter performance, there's also a vRS model available with plug-in hybrid power.

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The Skoda Octavia iV will feature a variety of different drive modes, allowing you to get the best from its hybrid setup. E-mode will keep the Octavia driving under electric power for as long as possible (ideal for tackling congested city centres), while Hybrid Auto mode will manage the flow of energy depending on the situation. Sport mode unleashes the full 204PS.

The car's on-board charger is rated at 3.6kW, meaning charging takes around three and a half hours using a standard 16A domestic charger.

The Octavia’s plug-in hybrid drivetrain is available in two familiar trim levels at launch: SE Technology and SE L. Both can be specified with hatch or estate body styles and come with a range of additional kit over equivalent petrol or diesel models. For example, both iV models feature 18-inch alloy wheels, decorative door sills and a storage compartment in the boot for the supplied charging cables.

Prices starting from £30,765 for the Octavia iV hatch SE Technology, topping out at £33,605 for the Octavia iV estate SE L. Orders will open next week with deliveries from early 2021.

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