The new Skoda Octavia, the third-generation family hatchback, has been unveiled. The Octavia is bigger than ever and offers class-leading interior space. The Octavia, which is based on the stretched variant of the Volkswagen Group’s new MQB platform, is now longer by 90mm than its predecessor to 4659mm.
It is wider by 45mm to 1814mm. However, the major increase can be found in the wheelbase, which has increased by 108mm to 2686mm. The bigger Octavia then keeps its odd position of being bigger than its competitors (VW Golf, Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra). However, it’s not as big as those from the higher class.
For instance, a Ford Mondeo is 125mm shorter. The new Octavia features what Skoda refers to as class-leading interior space, with an interior length of 1782mm as well as bigger head, knee and legroom for front and rear passengers. Boot space is bigger too, by only five litres to 590. It remains as the biggest in its class, even larger than the 380 liters of the Golf.
Its entry-level engine is a 1.4 TSI with 120bhp and 147lb ft. It’s also available with a more potent 1.4 with 138bhp and 184lb ft. Originally, the top-of-the-line range-topping petrol model will be the 1.8 TSI, with 177bhp and 184lb ft. But just a few short months after the launch, Skoda will launch the 2.0-litre turbo engine from the Golf GTI in a hot new Octavia vRS.
The diesels boast a 103bhp 1.6, and there’s a very economic 108bhp Greenline version of the 1.6 that has a fuel economy rating of 83mpg and CO2 emissions of 89g/km. In addition, there are two 2.0 TDIs available, with 147bhp and 181bhp.
The vRS will be launched in July 2013 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Just like on the current Octavia, both petrol and diesel vRS models will be offered. Furthermore, six-speed manual and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearboxes will be offered. It is believed that the DSG was redesigned to handle higher torque outputs.