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Skoda doubles up on company car models for Octavia range

  • SE Sport and SE Technology added to Octavia range
  • Latter trim replaces outgoing SE Business spec
  • Available in both hatchback and estate bodystyles

Skoda has introduced two new special editions to the Octavia range for 2016, named SE Sport and SE Technology. Based on the standard SE models, both special editions aimed at company car drivers can be had in hatchback and estate bodystyles and are available to order now.

New SE Sport

This model is available with a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine producing 150hp, or a 1.6-litre diesel engine producing 110hp. Both engines can be had with either a manual or automatic gearbox, while standard specification includes 17-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, sports seats, a sports steering wheel, cruise control and sat-nav.

The cheapest SE Sport model will cost from £19,990 when fitted with the 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine. This equates to a £950 premium over the standard SE model but the extra kit would typically cost £3,150 if optioned individually.

SE Sport not for you? How about SE Technology?

The cheaper SE Technology will be more familiar to current Octavia customers, as it replaces the existing SE Business model. Costing an extra £275 over the outgoing SE Business model, the extra equipment would typically cost £1,830 on top of an SE.

There are no petrol engines available in this trim. The same 1.6-litre diesel engine and gearbox combinations as the SE Sport are offered, although a 150hp 2.0-litre diesel engine with a manual gearbox is on offer.

Standard equipment over the standard SE model includes satellite-navigation, adaptive cruise control on all but GreenLine III models, front and rear parking sensors and automatic headlights and wipers.

Company car drivers will also benefit financially with this SE Technology model as the smaller 16-inch alloy wheels lower the CO2 output enough for this model to sit one BIK tax band lower than the equivalent SE Sport model.

The cleanest model in the range is the 1.6 TDI SE Technology Greenline III 110 PS, and will cost a 20-percent taxpayer just over £67 a month thanks to a P11D price of £20,170. This engine also has the highest claimed fuel economy figure of 80.7mpg.

Head of sales operations, John French, told Parkers: "These new models are aimed at company car drivers and we've worked hard to reduce their P11D value and whole-life costs".