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Skoda Octavia gets a new mild-hybrid powertrain

22nd September 2020 | Steve Lumley

The new Skoda Octavia range is being boosted with the e-Tech models offering mild-hybrid technology.


The new Skoda Octavia range is to get a new 1.0-litre mild-hybrid petrol offering.

With a starting price of £23,000 for the fourth-generation model, the new powertrain is available to order now.

The turbocharged three-cylinder 1.0-litre mild-hybrid engine is mated to a 48v lithium-ion battery pack to deliver a combined output of 108 bhp.

CO2 emissions will be 115g/km, with fuel economy figures yet to be confirmed.

New mild-hybrid Octavia

The new mild-hybrid Octavia will also have a system for the car's engine to switch-off automatically so it will coast for extended periods. The electric motor will deliver power for functions, including the Octavia's power steering.

The mild-hybrid system works by recovering the energy generated during braking and sending it to the battery for use later.

The new 1.0-litre e-Tec engine is available for the Octavia SE First Edition, and also for the SE Technology trim which is aimed at company car drivers. The mild-hybrid will have a Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) rating of 26%.

The new Skoda Octavia will have three trims initially - the SE First Edition, the SE Technology and the SE L First Edition.

There are plans to introduce a new flagship vRS performance variant, along with an entry-level S model later this year.

New plug-in hybrid powertrain choice

There will shortly be a new plug-in hybrid powertrain choice for the Octavia, along with the option of either estate or hatchback body style.

The standard kit list includes 16-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors and LED headlights.

There's also a leather steering wheel, dual-zone air-conditioning, a 10.25-inch digital instrument binnacle, along with an infotainment system using an 8.25-inch display.

The SE L First Edition offers 17-inch alloy wheels, headlight washers and rear privacy glass. There are also heated front seats, a bigger 10-inch display and an ambient lighting system.

Octavia SE Technology for business drivers

The Octavia SE Technology for business drivers offers 16-inch alloy wheels, a 10-inch infotainment system that has satnav integrated, and front and rear parking sensors. The new model is just £250 more than the current version.

There are three other engines for the Octavia, including a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder petrol unit producing 148 bhp that is fitted as standard. It uses a six-speed manual box.

Skoda is also offering two 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engines producing either 148 bhp or 197 bhp - though this version will only become available in late 2020.

The more powerful diesel Octavia will also offer all-wheel drive and a seven-speed automatic gearbox as standard.

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