Unveiled internationally late last year, the new Octavia is offered with three different specification variants; both manual and automatic transmission options and five engine alternatives, with prices from €18,995.

The Octavia impresses with unrivalled luggage capacity, five-star NCAP score, low fuel consumption and a new range of touch screen audio and navigation systems.

Originally launched in Ireland in 1998, the Octavia has become a firm favourite with Irish motorists, with more than 40,600 Octavia's sold to the end of 2012.

Now as Škoda enters its 20th anniversary in Ireland, the third-generation of the Octavia will see Škoda challenge not only direct competitors in the medium family segment but - thanks to its proportions - also challenge vehicles in the Executive Saloon class.

The new Octavia has grown significantly in length and width: the new model is 90mm longer and 45mm wider than the outgoing Octavia.

The wheelbase has grown by 108mm, enabling the Octavia to break the mould for spaciousness in its model segment with interior length (1,782mm), more knee room (73mm) and more headroom at the back (980mm), as well as best-in-class boot volume of 590 litres.

The new Octavia is powered by the latest low emission TSI petrol engines as well as common rail diesel engines with Stop-Start technology for excellent fuel economy.