Skoda is continuing the push to electrify its range, and the latest addition is this – the Octavia iV. Available in both hatchback and estate forms, prices start at £30,765 and you can order one now.
The internal combustion bit is taken care of by the familiar 1.4-litre TSI engine, a four-cylinder petrol motor that makes 148bhp. That’s joined by an 85kW electric motor and 13kWh battery pack that Skoda say provides an electric-only range of up to 43 miles.
The headline figures are a claimed 188.3-282.5mpg on the WLTP cycle, with 22-33g/km CO2 emissions. A 3.6kW onboard charger means the battery can be fully replenished in around 3.5 hours from a domestic supply, while Skoda provides a variety of charging cables as standard; there’s one for Type 2 connections, one for 16-amp AC charging from a wall box, and a cable for topping up the battery from a 10-amp UK mains supply.
Trim levels have been kept simple, with a choice of just SE Technology or SE L. Both come generously equipped as standard – you won’t feel short-changed whichever you opt for – and the iV also gets 18-inch Vega Aero alloys wheels, decorative door sills, a storage compartment in the boot for the charging cables and revised instruments that display charge and driving mode information.
Speaking of which, there are four modes to choose from. E-Mode is for electric-only running while selecting Hybrid sees the electronic management system switch between the engine and motor for maximum efficiency. Hybrid Auto decides when to draw power from the battery and when to recharge it using recovered energy, and in Sport mode the driver gets the full combined outputs of 201bhp and 350Nm of torque.
Stepping up to SE L trim with a hatchback costs an additional £1760 over an SE Technology model, while estate prices range from £31,745 to £33,605. A combination of space, quality and all-round usability already makes the Skoda Octavia an attractive proposition, and the addition of this PHEV just serves to further broaden its appeal.
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