Fully in keeping with Škoda’s cunning marketing pitch - deceptively large on the outside - the outgoing Octavia looked deliberately bigger than it really was.
Not so with the all-new model, which, thanks to a longer wheelbase, is clearly the most spacious Octavia to date.
It seats four average size adults in complete comfort and now qualifies in almost every respect as a genuine long-distance cruiser.
That goes for both the new 5-door hatchback and the new 5-door estate that made its UK showroom appearance only last month with prices starting at Ł16,790.
That translates into an Ł800 price premium over the earlier launched new 5-door hatchback.
Škoda’s genuinely all-new Octavia has gained Club-Class comfort for its rear-seat passengers and their luggage, while retaining the all-round appealing value-for-money qualities that have always attracted cheque ready Octavia buyers in droves.
Last year, whilst impeded by the changeover to the all-new Octavia range, Škoda still built 406,360 Octavias – 43 per cent of the 943,400 cars built by the Czech carmaker that year.
AID compiled figures reveal that almost a quarter of a million (244,000) of these were sold in Europe, with a further 143,000 sold in China...more
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