Skoda Debuts New Octavia Combi

The new Czech version of the VW Jetta gets a longer roof and more space in time for the Geneva Motor Show.

The newOctavia estate (or Combi, as Skoda likes to call it) has had its world premiereat the Geneva Motor Show, looking decidedly bigger than its predecessor. In factthe third-generation Octavia Combi has grown by 90 mm in length and boasts 45 mmmore girth than the outgoing model. An extra 110 mm in the wheelbase makes itthe most spacious car in its class, according to the Czech carmaker, withrear-seat passengers receiving a whopping 73 mm of legroom in front of theirknees, the highest in its segment.

A 610-liter boot is also the biggest in class and with the rear backrests folded down the Combi offers an impressive 1,740 liters of loading space. Engines are shared with the Octavia sedan, made up of four gasoline and four diesel units, including a fuel efficient GreenLine version that returns 83.1 mpg. A vRS wagon will arrive later in the year with a turbocharged 2.0-liter packing over 200 hp. New electronic comfort systems include the new Adaptive Cruise Control, and Intelligent Light Assistant. On the show floor at Geneva is also an all-wheel drive Combi 4x4, which features a fifth-generation Haldex AWD system introduced on the Golf VII 4Motion.

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