In a nutsell:
- Skoda’s new ‘iV’ is the most fuel efficient Octavia ever built.
- A plug-in hybrid, it’s capable of returning up to 282 mpg.
- Also boasts healthy power output of 204 PS.
- Available in hatch and estate body styles with two trim levels available from launch; SE Technology and SE L.
- Significant savings possible for company car drivers thanks to low BiK rate of 6%.
- Priced from £30,765, order books open now.
Say hello to the most fuel-efficient Skoda Octavia ever built - the new iV plug-in hybrid.
The Octavia has long been a good option for anyone looking for a mile-munching workhorse, whether you want to to lease as an individual or for a business fleet.
And this latest incarnation improves practicality considerably - with a bank-balance pleasing fuel economy of between 188 and 282 miles to the gallon, depending on which model you choose.
You’re not going to get hammered for tax either, with CO2 output at an impressive 22-33g/km on the combined cycle.
Meanwhile lease costs for the Octavia iV should also be friendly, too, with prices beginning at just £30,765.
This new plug-in Octavia is available as either a hatch or an estate, and all forms are powered by a four-cylinder 1.4 TSI petrol engine combined with a 85kW electric motor.
The total power output of the hybrid system is 204PS while torque is a very healthy 350Nm.
You can cruise for up to 43 miles on electric power alone and there’s a choice of driving modes to switch to depending on how much juice you want to consume.
For example, in ‘Hybrid’ mode the car opts for a power output of 150 PS, but if you switch it into ‘Sport’ it’ll unleash the full 204 PS.
Charging should be a doddle, too, taking just 3.5 hours to go from empty to full when using your typical domestic or workplace 16A hook up.
Meanwhile there are two trim levels available at launch - the ‘SE Technology’ and the ever-so-slightly more expensive, by a couple of grand, ‘SE L’.
Both models have 18-inch alloys, decorative door sills and a handy storage compartment in the boot for the supplied charging cables.
Both iV models also feature unique instrumentation and displays that show the vehicle state of charge along with the various driving modes.
And whichever iV you go for, you’ll get a trusty DSG automatic gearbox as standard.
All in all, it’s a tempting package that continues to uphold the Octavia’s reputation as an affordable, dependable all-rounder.
What’s more, all iVs are eligible for a 6% business-in-kind (BIK) tax rate, perfect for company car drivers.
If the iV doesn’t take your fancy, and is perhaps underpowered, fear not - because Skoda also recently updated its sporty Octavia vRS model as well.
And like the iV, the vRS can also be had as an environmentally-friendly plug-in hybrid.
Here the same 1.4 litre petrol in the iV is married to a more powerful motor, producing a combined 245 hp. That allows the vRS hybrid to spring from 0-62mph in just 7.3 seconds.
Meanwhile the vRS can also be had with a non-hybrid 2.0 litre TSI petrol engine, as well as a turbo-charged diesel that delivers 197 hp.
The Octavia iV is available to order now.
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