2014 Skoda Octavia Greenline - Full UK Pricing and Specs

What is it?

The most frugal version of the new Skoda Octavia and the latest in Skoda's range of ultra-efficient diesels.

Anything new?

The Octavia itself is fairly new following its launch last year, but the Greenline adds an extra layer of head-over-heart desirability with fantastic economy figures and low tax ratings.

Skoda has been making Greenline versions of its cars for some time. The basic premise is to pair a compact diesel engine with a set of low rolling resistance tyres inflated to higher pressure, some wind-cheating alloys, and energy recovery under braking. Stop-start is also standard.

What powers the Greenline then?

You'll find a 1.6-litre TDI turbodiesel engine under the bonnet, producing 110 PS. That's not a lot, but doesn't really need to be - the existing 1.6 TDI has passable performance and if you're buying a Greenline, it isn't for racing between traffic lights.

The headline figures are 88.3 mpg combined, and 85 g/km of CO2. The latter, if you've not gathered already, means Band A VED and zero tax. Company users will appreciate the low 13% BIK rating.

How much does it cost?

A not unreasonable 20,150. That puts it somewhere between the regular 1.6 TDI in SE and Elegance trim levels, each missing out on the Greenline's economy by 14 mpg. With 105 PS, they're actually a little slower too - against all odds, the Greenline is the performance model of the 1.6 TDI options, with a 10.6-second 0-60 time and 128 mph top speed.

Anything else?

Greenline decorative tinsel amounts to front cornering fog lights, Greenline badges on the front and rear, and a Greenline moniker on the gearstick.

Any rivals?

As usual, there's an equivalent Volkswagen Golf - the 1.6 TDI BlueMotion. At 21,270 in five-door trim, it's only a little more expensive and does have the more prestigious badge. Economy is identical too, though it does lose out on space to the larger Octavia.

The other VAG eco-triplet is the SEAT Leon Ecomotive. It's less frugal at 85.6 mpg, but cheaper too at 19,660.

In a line:

One of the most sensible family cars gets even more sensible.

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