Skoda has introduced eight new ‘Black Edition’ versions of its entire lineup – from the Citigo supermini to the Superb executive Hatch and Estate. The Black Edition is based on the mid-level SE trim and could be availed in either black or white exterior finish. Each of the eight Black Editions will receive at least £1,200 worth of optional extras.
Superb buyers will be eligible to receive over £3,200 of additional specification. Likewise, the customer benefit is up to £1,720, depending on the model. The details vary on each model, but featured equipment includes black alloy wheels, additional black exterior styling details, and sunset privacy glass.
The Black Edition also features ‘Amundsen’ satellite navigation, DAB digital radio, full leather upholstery, cruise control, floor mats and metallic/pearl effect paint.
Skoda expects the Octavia Black Edition -- available in both Hatch and Estate body styles – to be the most-sought among the limited edition models. The Octavia Black Edition could be powered by either the 2.0-liter TDI CR 140PS manual/DSG or 2.0-liter TDI CR 170PS manual/DSG.
The Octavia Black Edition carries a starting price of £21,685. Alasdair Stewart, Skoda Brand Director, remarked that while the Black Edition cars further enhance the “cutting-edge contemporary style” to the entire range, they still retain the brand’s core philosophy of value-for-money.
The full ‘on-the-road’ price list of Skoda Black Edition cars is: Citigo Black Edition: from £10,090; Fabia Black Edition: from £15,490; Roomster Black Edition: £15,490; Rapid Black Edition: £16,880; Rapid Spaceback Black Edition: £18,250; Octavia Black Edition: from £21,685; Superb Black Edition: from £23,630; Yeti Black Edition: £23,990.
The spaciousness of the new Skoda Octavia is the best in its class. Welsch noted that the space offered by the new Octavia is found only in higher classes. Indeed, the Octavia is the only car in the compact segment that offers more interior length at 1,782 mm, more knee room (plus 73 mm) and more rear headroom (plus 980 mm). It also offers the largest boot in its class at 590 liters. Compared to its predecessor, the new Skoda offers more front head room (plus 8 mm), more front elbow width (plus 39 mm) and more rear elbow width (plus 26 mm).
Being functional and spacious are not the only attributes of the new Octavia, as it is also visually enticing. Thanks to the efforts of Skoda design chief Jozef Kaban and his team, the Octavia boasts of a revised appearance overall. The looks of the third generation of the Octavia is now more dynamic and timelessly elegant. It is now more distinctive and more refined. Welsch remarked that each line and gap of the new Octavia is laden with precision and detail. Thanks to these refinements, the new Octavia has an unmistakable face in the crowd.
Compared to the second generation of the Octavia, the new third generation is longer by 90 mm and wider 45 mm wider. Likewise, the wheelbase of the new Octavia has increased by 108 mm, resulting to a roomier interior and larger cabin space.