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Skoda Octavia

The Skoda Octavia hatchback and estate range now has two new engines, a 1.2 TSI 105bhp petrol engine and a 1.6 TDI CR 105bhp diesel engine with DSG dual-clutch transmission.

A 1.2 litre petrol engine may sound crazy in a family-sized hatchback or estate, but downsizing like this will be a trend that you’ll see more of. The idea being that as its capacity is smaller, so it’s more economical, but it also has decent performance thanks to its turbocharging and direct injection technology.

The result is that the Octavia 1.2 TSI hatch has CO2 emissions of 134g/km and 49.6mpg. Despite its 1,197cc engine, it has a 0-62mph time of 10.8 seconds. This new engine is available with both 6-speed manual and 7-speed DSG transmissions, in either hatchback or estate bodystyles and in S and SE trim levels.

The Octavia Estate 1.2 TSI 105bhp has CO2 emissions of 136g/km and economy of 48.7 mpg combined.

The recently introduced, latest-generation 1.6 TDI CR 105bhp diesel is now also available with 7-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox, resulting in CO2 emissions of 123g/km (the hatchback and estate both have the same figures). The 1.6 TDI CR 105bhp DSG is available with the same bodystyle and trim combinations as the 1.2 TSI, as well as in Elegance guise.

The Octavia range starts at £12,935 for the 1.2 TSI 105bhp S Hatchback with 6 speed manual transmission.