Škoda is offering two UK limited-edition variants of its Octavia family car: the Octavia SE Connect and Octavia vRS Blackline. Škoda is also laying out exceptional offers for both limited edition Octavia versions. The Octavia SE Connect is inspired by the highly popular SE trim, but it is fitted with £1,680 worth of additional equipment.
Starting September 4, 2012, Škoda will be giving a 25 per cent discount off the Octavia SE Connect, which brings its OTR price from the initial £18,650 down to just £13,990, while the price of the estate body style is also brought down from £19,690 to £14,760 OTR. The Octavia SE Connect is powered by a 1.6 TDI CR 105PS DPF engine coupled with manual transmission.
The version is considered ideal for both fleet and retail customers as it returns just 119g/km of carbon dioxide emissions. Featured as standard for the Octavia SE Connect are 16-inch ‘Crateris’ alloy wheels, rear acoustic parking sensors and GSM II telephone preparation and metallic paint. The version also features Škoda’s mobile device interface (MDI) connectivity package and Maxidot functionality.
Octavia vRS Blackline, meanwhile, is the limited-edition version of Škoda’s performance flagship Octavia vRS family car. Offered with a range of extra equipment worth £1,900 at no additional cost, the Octavia vRS Blackline, comes in both hatch and estate body styles. Fitted as standard are 18-inch black alloy wheels and acoustic rear parking sensors as well as Amundsen satellite navigation system, DAB radio and vRS leather upholstery.
The Octavia vRS Blackline comes in three exterior colours: Candy White, Black Magic pearl effect or Race Blue metallic. The Octavia vRS Blackline is powered by Škoda’s 2.0-litre TDI CR 170PS DPF engine. Customers could choose between a six-speed manual or a six-speed DSG automatic transmissions. Prices for the Octavia vRS Blackline range from £21,260 to £23,495 OTR, depending on the chosen body style and gearbox. As an additional treat, Škoda’s legendary ‘pay no VAT’ still applies.
In terms of interior space, the new Skoda Octavia sets standard in its class. As Welsch described it, the interior space in the new Octavia could only be found in vehicle a class above. In terms of interior length (1,782 mm), knee room (73 mm), read head room (980 mm) and boost space (590 liters), the new Skoda Octavia bests its rivals in the compact segment. Compared to the previous generation, the new Skoda offers more front head room (plus 8 mm), as well as increased front and rear elbow width (plus 39 mm and plus 26 mm, respectively).
Meanwhile, in terms of exterior dimensions, the new Octavia is longer (by 90 mm) and wider (by 45 mm) than the previous generation. Its wheelbase is now also longer by 108 mm, which could explain why the new Skoda Octavia offers more interior space, especially in the rear cabin.
In terms of visual design, the new Skoda Octavia is also made to be uniquely elegant and dynamic, thanks to the painstaking work done by Skoda’s design team led by chief Jozef Kaban. The design team thoroughly reworked the exterior features of the Skoda Octavia, making sure that it would still be as appealing as the previous model. Welsch quipped that every line and gap on the new Octavia reveals the precision and detail that would make the vehicle stand out from the rest.
On the other hand, the front end of the new Skoda Octavia looks bolder and more assertive thanks to the renewed focus on horizontal lines and the relocation of the Skoda logo. Since the new Octavia has a longer wheelbase and shorter front overhang than its predecessor, it looks more dynamic when viewed from the sides. This dynamism is also helped by the fact that the C pillar of the new Octavia has been pulled backwards.