This article is from Management magazine
With each new model, Skoda moves away from its backward-looking image while getting closer to its past essence. In fact, if the Czech manufacturer has long been perceived as a producer of cheap “jaw harp” from Eastern countries, the Volkswagen group has been able to give it back its letters of nobility by bringing it closer to what it was originally. : a premium car brand from Central Europe.
Latest example: the fourth generation Octavia. Available in road sedan or station wagon, it is still improving in quality, style and size (4.69 meters), while remaining 10,000 euros cheaper than the VW Passat, older in design and non-existent in station wagon.
For a company that wants to remove diesel from its fleet, Skoda offers two versions suitable for long-distance drivers of everyday life. The first, equipped with a 110 horsepower 1.0 TSI mild hybrid engine, announces 3.8 liters per 100 kilometers on the highway. The second is a plug-in hybrid of 204 horsepower, more suited to managers who multiply short trips than to mobile salespeople. With a range of 60 kilometers in 100% electric mode, it offers real driving pleasure in a perfectly designed and silent interior. Equipment level, the business finish is richly equipped with, as standard, lane keeping assistance, adaptive cruise control, reversing camera or LED headlights.
If those who are resistant to connection will have every interest in opting for a light hybridization version, a company with a charging station will benefit from real advantages in driving in a plug-in hybrid. In addition to lower fuel consumption (1 liter per 100 on average for 12,000 kilometers traveled), the Octavia iV benefits from better damping. And, in addition to the total exemption from TVS as a plug-in hybrid, it can be deducted from the company’s balance sheet up to 20,300 euros for the car itself, but also a supplement on the battery, if the price thereof is mentioned by the concessionaire.
Even if the batteries amputate it by 150 liters compared to the non-rechargeable versions, the Octavia estate offers an appreciable trunk volume, which ranges from 490 to 1,555 liters, depending on the seat configuration.
Price : from 31,000 euros
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