By Stewart Smith on 2017-09-06 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
More power for Skoda
WITH increased demand for petrol-powered motors Skoda is expanding its engine line-up with the addition of a new 1.5 TSI engine to the Octavia range.
The 150bhp turbo power pack is a substantially updated version of the existing 1.4 TSI unit and is packed with new technologies designed to boost efficiency and performance.
The four-cylinder petrol engine is available on Octavia SE, SE Technology and SE L models in both hatch and estate body styles and features a new, fully-variable, map-controlled oil pump and a polymer-coated main crankshaft bearing and a more efficient indirect intercooling unit with improved cooling performance.
The Octavia 1.5 TSI comes with six-speed manual transmission as standard and a seven-speed DSG gearbox, replacing the six-speed unit offered with the 1.4 TSI engine, is an option.
Fuel consumption is a claimed 57.7mpg with CO2emissions of 113g/km. When specified with DSG transmission it also returns 57.7mpg and emits 114g/km of CO2.
In terms of performance, the new engine can propel the Octavia from rest to 62mph in 8.2 seconds and has a top speed of up to 136mph.
Prices for Octavia models equipped with the new 1.5 TSI engine range from £19,830 for the SE hatch version to £24,315 for the SE L estate.
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