Best Family Car 2018: Why the SKODA Octavia Is Right For You

The SKODA Octavia has always been one of the most practical cars in its class.  Most of its competitors have less space for passengers and less space for luggage than the Octavia - but there's more to a family car than just space right?

In fact - on top generous boot and interior space - the Octavia is full of the SKODA 'Simply Clever' features that we know and love. Need to scrape the ice off your window before work? No problem, there's an ice-scraper located in your fuel cap. What about keeping your car tidy with kids on long journeys? With practical bins located in the doors, there will be no mess left behind! Hate it when you place your parking ticket on the dash and it blows off when you open the door? Yep, we do too! In the SKODA Octavia you get a really useful ticket holder to make sure that your ticket stays put. 

Not only is it a Simply Clever car, the Octavia also boasts the best rear space of any family hatch. There's loads of head and elbow room so there'll be no fighting in the back of the car on long journeys! Speaking of spending a lot of time in the back of the car, as an optional extra the central armrest comes with two cup holders on SE models, but comes as standard on SE L upwards. On top of this document pockets on the backs of the front seats are standard and deep door pockets are roomy enough to hold a 1.0 litre drinks bottle (or lots of ipads and toys to keep kids entertained). 

On top of this rear seat space, the Octavia's huge boot space is a definitely a huge advantage. Despite its sloping lid, its as tall as most hatches and much much longer! While most cars in this class can fit around five carry-on suitcases in their boot, the Octavia boot is so long it can fit up to 11 carry-on suitcases!  

The boot also has some fantastic features such as velcro restraints that are clipped neatly to the side of the boot. These can be used to restrain an item -you simply unclip them and stick them to the boot floor to lock them in place - no more shopping bags tipping over and bruising your bananas while going around a roundabout! Like to go on country walks? Or need somewhere to keep muddy football boots? You can add various practical add-ons, including a double-sided boot floor, which has carpet on one side and a washable rubber surface on the other. 

There are 6 trims available for the Octavia and all boast these fantastic simply clever features. But which one is right for you? 

vRS - The sporty vRS trim comes with sports suspension, sports seats, LED headlights, 18" alloy wheels, cruise control, lane-keeping assistance and a sporty looking bodywork 

S - Even this entry-level trim comes with all the bells and whistles! You get air-conditioning, electric windows and door mirrors, alloy wheels, an 8" touchscreen, Smartlink + featuring Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink, Bluetooth, a DAB and a USB socket. 

SE - This trim adds rear parking sensors. manual driver and passenger lumbar adjustment, a front centre armrest, a multi-function steering wheel and cruise control 

SE Technology - This is a fantastic company car. It includes an upgraded infotainment system with online connectivity that puts a range of downloadable information at your disposal, plus a built-in sat-nav and wifi hotspot. 

SE L - The SE L brings with it Alcantara and leather seat trim, LED headlights, power-folding door mirrors, privacy glass and automatic emergency braking. 

Laurin and Klement - This is a little more expensive but it adds some fantastic features such as 18" alloy wheels, adaptive cruise control, a Canton premium sound system, keyless go and entry, park assist and lane-keeping assistance

The SKODA Octavia is available from Pulman SKODA - located in Belmont Industrial Estate, Durham. Why not book your test drive with us and check out some of these Simply Clever features for yourself! 


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