Skoda has been around now for the last 125 years which makes it one of the longest established car manufacturing in the world. Apart from a hiccup when the communists were running the show and the cars were below par they have become one of the best in the world with nine different models to tempt customers.

And for those 125 years of production there are around 1.25 million cars turned out every year from factories in the Czech Republic, China, Russia and India with more than 40,000 employees building the best.

Skoda has been run for the last 30 years by the German Volkswagen Group who must take the majority credit for the company’s success.The models share much of the equipment but the car which has been at the heart of the Skoda brand for the last 60 years is the Octavia, probably the best car in the fleet.

The fourth-generation Octavia in the UK arrived on our road this summer and naturally it is most advanced and sophisticated building on more than half a century of Octavia tradition setting new benchmarks for value, practicality and equipment.

It will continue where the predecessor left off and will continue staying as the brand’s biggest selling model. It will join the more than 2.5 million third-generation Octavias which have been sold worldwide, making it the most successful ŠKODA model ever.

The all-new Octavia’s style, performance and technology has proved a winning combination which helped the car to pick up both the Best Medium Car and Best Medium Estate Car titles in the award ceremonies. 

Ian Robertson, Editor and Publisher of DieselCar & EcoCar Magazine, said: “The Octavia has had a complete design overhaul for 2020 and we reckon this could be the best-looking Octavia so far. 

“In both hatchback and estate bodystyles, it has balanced proportions, crisp lines and attractive LED lights that makes it every inch the Superb’s smaller sibling. It’s different inside too, where analogue gauges are out, and digital screens are in, all carried out in the classiest way possible. 

“On the road, the Octavia is exceptionally well composed, with great agility and poise, and lots of punch from the super clean twin-dosing 2.0-litre TDI engines.”

There is a comprehensive launch range which consists of hatch and estate body styles, three engine options and a trio of value-packed trim grades: SE First Edition, SE Technology, and SE L First Edition and prices range from £22,390 OTR for the 1.5 TSI 150PS SE First Edition hatch model to £29,515 OTR for the 2.0 TDI 150PS DSG Estate SE L First Edition.

If you take the SE L First edition for example you’ll get the 115PS 2.0 litre diesel engine at price of just over £27,000. Emissions are 118-135g/km you’ll get around 60 miles to the gallon. There’s a six speed gearbox; a top speed of 127mph and 0.62mph in just over 10 seconds.

Retail customers looking to finance a new Octavia with a Solutions Personal Contract Plan can take advantage of a launch offer that features a £2,000 deposit contribution, 4.1% APR Representative, and the option to add a service plan (covering the Octavia’s first two services) for just £159.

The fourth-generation Octavia is longer and wider than its predecessor and has an even larger boot which is probably the biggest and best of any saloon on the market. The new interior combines outstanding functionality with high-quality materials and class-leading practicality.

Additional derivatives and powertrain options will join the range later this year, including an entry level S trim, a 1.0 TSI engine available with a manual transmission, the introduction of mHEV (mild hybrid) DSG on both the 1.0 TSI and 1.5 TSI, and PHEV (plug-in hybrid) models. A sporty vRS model, available in diesel, petrol and PHEV, will also be added to the range next year which will be extremely interesting. The Octavia vRS iV will be the first ever electrified vRS model.

All Skoda models handle well and the Octavia is no different. It is refined, smooth and extremely comfortable. Acceleration is excellent and if you don’t break the speed limits at all you will easily get more than 60 miles to the gallon.

Among the Octavia’s many technology highlights are third-generation MIB infotainment systems, Virtual Cockpit digital display, LED headlights, and Wireless Smartlink for Apple CarPlay. The all-new interior features a host of high-quality design features including a new two-spoke leather multifunction steering wheel, shift-by-wire DSG selector, and rear parking sensors with manoeuvre assist.