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Bigger and better third-generation Octavia revealed

The new model is intended to offer middle-class qualities at compact-car price and is said to deliver class-leading room for passengers and luggage.

At 4,659mm long, the new Octavia is 90mm longer as well as 45mm longer, with a 108mm increase in the wheelbase, giving extra interior space, particularly for rear passengers. Boot space is up by 5 litres to 590.

Skoda also promises significant improvements in fuel consumption and emission figures thanks to the range of newly-developed petrol and diesel engines as well as a low drag coefficient and reduced vehicle weight.

Four TDI common-rail diesel engines will be offered and will include a 1.6 TDI 108bhp GreenLine version with CO2 emissions of 89g/km and official combined fuel consumption of 83mpg.

There’s also four petrol TSI engines, with a range-topping 177bhp 1.8 TSI. Petrol and diesel vRS versions are also on their way as well as a natural gas version.

All engines, except for entry-level versions, will be available in a Green tec version with a start-stop system and recuperation.

Skoda also promises innovative technology and the Octavia will feature news firsts including Adaptive Cruise Assistant, as well as future traffic-sign recognition as part of the “Traveller Assistant” package.

Other features will include Intelligent Light Assistant, which automatically switches to high beam and back, and Automatic Parking Assistant.

An electric panoramic sliding/tilting sunroof and foldable cargo segments and a double floor in the boot are also on offer.

The estate version will join the range from May while four-wheel-drive models will arrive in 2014.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.