SPACE is the final frontier for Skoda as it literally grows its Octavia range with the launch of the new, third-generation Octavia Estate.
Due to be given its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show next month, the new Octavia load-lugger follows hard on the heels of the recently launched Octavia hatchback and is a giant amongst medium sized rivals in the compact car segment.
Clearly Skoda believes that size matters, for the latest version of the Octavia hold-all has grown significantly, with 90mm more length front to back and an extra 45mm on its waistline.
It sits on a wheelbase some 11cm longer than its predecessor and this, claims the Czech company, endows the new estate with class record boot and interior space. In the back there's 73mm of rear leg room in front of the passengers’ knees and the newcomer has a best in segment boot capacity of 610 litres, which can be almost tripled to a massive 1,740 litres with the rear seats folded.
The Estate shares a number of what Skoda calls ‘Simply Clever’ details with the Octavia hatchback including a double-sided boot floor mat, a comprehensive net restraint system, multiple bag hooks, a waste bin and numerous bottle holders, multimedia device holders, an ice scraper in the fuel tank opening and a warning vest holder under the driver’s seat.
In addition, the Estate comes with a coat rack and a remote fold-down function for the rear-seat backrest and there is space for the luggage compartment’s retractable parcel shelf and roof bars under the adjustable and retractable variable boot floor.
When it goes on sale in the UK, two petrol and two diesel engines will be available which are claimed to be 17 per cent more economical than the previous generation engines. A fuel efficient GreenLine version will reach a consumption of 83.1mpg with CO2 emissions of only 89 g/km.