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2014 Skoda Octavia 132TSI Review

The Skoda Octavia is the Czech brand’s biggest-selling model and naturally at the forefront of the company’s bid to become more established. Since Skoda returned to our market in 2007 the Octavia has had to straddle both the small and medium car segments, but it can now focus on the latter after the recent arrival of the cheaper, Golf-sized Rapid Spaceback.

The sedan’s massive 568-litre boot not only extends to 1558L when the rear backrest is folded, but there are clever storage solutions back there, too. We know they’re clever because Skoda tells us as much – a ‘Simply clever’ pack is standard, and includes a double-sided rubber/carpet mat for the boot, boot folding hooks, storages boxes behind both rear wheel wells, and in the cabin, a rubbish bin for the driver’s door, removeable phone holder in the front cupholder, and storage bin under the passenger seat. No medium sedan can compete with this genuinely clever array of storage solutions.

The Skoda impresses from behind the wheel – not for an overt sense of style or outlandish design, but because of its inherent quality and feeling of solidity. As a result, there’s a feeling of comfort and long wearing usability to all the major controls and touch surfaces. The large touchscreen is easy to navigate and basic functions such as connecting your phone via Bluetooth are simple and fast. Our test vehicle was fitted with the optional Tech Pack and as such had the high-end Canton audio system, which may sound like a brand of stir-fry, but actually delivers stunning sound quality. The leather trim is comfortable and there’s ample room for adults in the second row.

This third-generation Skoda Octavia is brand new in every way compared with the nine-year-old outgoing model, and is based on the Volkswagen Group’s Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform, which cuts down production costs and rationalises models across a variety of brands.

Published: Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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