Skoda Octavia Greenline truly a fuel miser

PUBLISHED: 06:17 11 September 2014

Hugely-spacious Skoda Octavia Greenline III's fuel economy and C02 emissions figures shame many city runabouts.

Hugely-spacious Skoda Octavia Greenline III's fuel economy and C02 emissions figures shame many city runabouts.


A big car with a small thirst – that’s Skoda’s frugal Octavia Greenline, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Being a fuel-frugal sort of chap, more interested in miles per gallon than miles per hour (mean and boring some might say), many of my motoring milestones are to do with economy.

I recall an Audi 80 turbo diesel 20-odd years ago being the first car in which I managed 50mpg in real-world driving and a Mercedes-Benz C-Class nudging 60mpg on a long motorway run.

But they have rather paled into insignificance against the amazing achievements of Skoda’s new Octavia Greeline III – the Czech marque’s most fuel-efficient, minimal emission car.

Powered by a new 110PS version of the 1.6-litre turbo diesel, the hatchback and estate have an official combined fuel consumption figure of 88.3mpg with CO2 emissions of just 85g/km.

Skoda Octavia Greenline III

Price: £20,300

Engine: 1,598cc, 110PS, four-cylinder turbo diesel

Performance: 0-62mph 10.6 seconds; top speed 128mph

MPG: Urban 74.3; extra urban 94.2; combined 88.3

CO2 emissions: 85g/km

Benefit-in-kind tax rate: 14%

Insurance group: 15 (out of 50)

Warranty: Three years or 60,000 miles

Will it fit in the garage? Length 4,659mm; width (including door mirrors) 2,017mm; height 1,461mm

Pure fantasy, I hear many of you saying, but even in real-world driving I was regularly returning 72 to 76mpg keeping up with the flow of traffic in main road motoring. Even my eight-mile rush-hour commute, starting with a cold engine, gave 60mpg or slightly more.

With its tall, economy-focused gearing you need to work the Greenline III to get a spurt on, dropping down a couple of ratios rather than one to get the engine on the boil. But it remains refined so is not a hardship and the six-speed manual gearbox has a light precise shift. Low-down pulling power peaks at just 1,500rpm, making it a relaxed drive in traffic, but it feels flat at low revs if you ask too much of it.

The figures are all the more impressive given that the Octavia is not a little eco runaround but boasts loads of legroom in the back for three adults and a huge 590-litre hatchback boot that can swallow all their luggage – no wonder it finds favour with so many taxis and hire cars. Drop the 60/40 rear seat backs and it grows to 1,580 litres but there is a little step up from the boot floor.

The ride is firmer than I remember of the ‘standard’ Octavia but that is down to low rolling resistance tyres inflated to higher pressure to reduce friction on the road and boost economy.

The Greenline III costs £590 more than the SE, which has combined economy of 74.3mpg, but as well as being more frugal, it has an extra 5PS of power, six gears instead of five and cornering front fog lights.

Factor in the quality feel of the comfortable interior and it’s clear to see why the Octavia Greenline III appeals to fleet and private motorists looking to be kind to the enviroment and their wallets.

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