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Price £21,405 On sale Now What’s new? Facelifted Oc­tavia sam­pled with trusty 1.4 petrol en­gine and adap­tive dampers The pres­ence of a 1.4-litre petrol en­gine and adap­tive dampers goes some way to liven­ing up the straight­laced Oc­tavia, which we tested re­cently as a less than in­spir­ing 1.6 diesel. This tur­bocharged petrol is smooth, quiet and re­spon­sive, and with the dampers in Sport mode the Oc­tavia feels sharper than a con­ven­tion­ally sprung ver­sion.

That said, on un­du­lat­ing B-roads, and de­spite hav­ing three sus­pen­sion modes, the Skoda never truly set­tles. In Com­fort it feels un­der-damped, while in Nor­mal and Sport you have to deal with a fid­gety low-speed ride.

We’d forego the adap­tive dampers and put the money saved to­wards the 1.4 TSI’S fuel bill, which will be slightly higher than the diesel’s.

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