“A mid-life facelift last year re­freshed the cur­rent Octavia. It’s now a large fam­ily hatch­back and comes equipped with ev­ery­thing as­so­ci­ated with that seg­ment.”

Belfast Telegraph - NI Carfinder - - Front Page -

sporty Octavia RS series, all-wheel drive Octavia Combi 4x4, fru­gal Octavia Green­line, gas-pow­ered Octavia G-TEC (not so com­mon in the UK and Ire­land) and the out­doorsy Octavia Scout.

UN­DER THE BON­NET The en­gine port­fo­lio com­prises the lat­est Group petrol and diesel units with power out­puts rang­ing from 63kw (86 PS) to 180kw (245 PS).

Depend­ing on the en­gine ver­sion, the Skoda Octavia is also avail­able with ad­vanced di­rect-shift trans­mis­sion (DSG) and all-wheel drive.

OCTAVIA VRS As well as the stan­dard Oc­tavias and as­so­ci­ated es­tate ver­sions, a range of de­riv­a­tive mod­els has been added to the Octavia fam­ily.

The sporty VRS vari­ant has re­ceived a new range-top­per: the VRS 245, the fastest and most pow­er­ful Skoda Octavia ever.

Avail­able as a hatch­back and a combi es­tate, the VRS 245 has a 2.0 TSI en­gine that pro­duces 245 PS and al­lows the com­pact sports car to sprint from 0 to 62mph in just 6.6 sec­onds (6.7 sec­onds for the es­tate.

It also has new light­ing sys­tems an in­te­grated Wi-fi hotspot and nu­mer­ous driver as­sis­tance sys­tems im­prove com­fort and safety in the car. drive tech­nol­ogy with an elec­tron­i­cally con­trolled, hy­draulic multi-plate clutch.

Ground clear­ance for the com­pact five-door was in­creased by 30mm in com­par­i­son to the es­tate, help­ing the com­pact five-door master rough ter­rain. It boasts good climb­ing ca­pa­bil­ity, a high tow­ing ca­pac­ity and elec­tronic dif­fer­en­tial lock (EDL) as stan­dard on front and rear axles. WHO WOULD BUY ONE? The Octavia will suit any­one with a re­quire­ment for a large fam­ily car, a good tower or an ac­tive out­doors life­style (in par­tic­u­lar the Scout).

Ad­di­tion­ally, any­one look­ing for power and ex­cite­ment should check out RS mod­els. All cars have good de­pre­ci­a­tion value and there is a vi­brant used mar­ket­place.

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