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Skoda Octavia G-Tec (2020): Golf brother comes with natural gas drive

Skoda Octavia G-Tec (2020)
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In perspective, the VW brand will say goodbye to the development of natural gas drives. The group and (then) brand boss Herbert Diess announced this in the spring ( m or you can read more about it here ). But that does not automatically mean that other group brands will have to do without CNG technology. It is planned for the current product cycle anyway, which is why the new Caddy and the Golf 8 will definitely come on the market with natural gas drive. Just like the Czech Golf offshoot Skoda Octavia.

Economical and clean

The specific data are now known for its G-Tec variant. The 1.5-liter four-cylinder has an output of 130 hp and is said to be very economical thanks to its Miller combustion process. Skoda names natural gas consumption in the WLTP cycle of 3.4 to 3.6 kg /100 km. If the Octavia is fed with petrol, an average of 4.6 liters of fuel should be injected into the combustion chambers over the same route.

Filling up with natural gas is almost as easy as with a petrol or diesel.

Another advantage of CNG combustion is that CO2 emissions are at least 25 percent lower than when operating in petrol mode. The advantage becomes greater, the more bio-natural gas is filled up - Skoda mentions a 90 percent saving in the ideal case. The nitrogen oxide emissions (NOx) are also at a low level and soot particles are not produced at all during combustion.

Lower trunk volume

The total of three CNG tanks (one under the rear seats, two under the trunk floor) together hold 17.33 liters of natural gas. There is also anine liter gasoline reservoir. According to Skoda, the total range should be around 700 kilometers, with the proportion of CNG according to WLTP being around 500 kilometers. As a petrol engine (switching takes place automatically), the Octavia G-Tec is only on the road in exceptional situations. For example, when the fill level in the CNG tanks is so low that the tank pressure drops below 11 bar, or when the outside temperature is very cold of -10 degrees and less.

The three CNG tanks are located under the rear seat bench and the trunk floor.

From the outside, the Skoda Octavia G-Tec can hardly be made out as a natural gas representative of its series. Only the badge on the rear indicates the special status. Inside there is a specific view of the virtual cockpit, which can be used, for example, to track the fuel the Czech is currently using. Because of the additional tanks, the trunk is also shrinking: from 600 to 455 liters for the sedan and from 640 to 495 liters for the station wagon.

The base price is 30,276 euros

It will roll in autumn new Skoda Octavia G-Tec to dealers across Europe. Prices (including 16 percent VAT) start at € 30,276 for the sedan and € 30,959 for the Octavia G-Tec Combi with the basic Ambition equipment. In the better equipped style equipment, the natural gas Czech costs 32,606 or 33,289 euros. Initially, the model is only available in the First Edition, which is just as expensive as the style variants, but also includes the Columbus navigation system and the online infotainment package. The price advantage is 1,374 euros.


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