The big novelty is the small 1.2 liter TSI unit. A perfect example of downsizing, it uses turbocharging technology to offer 105 HP. It is available with both 6-speed manual and 7-speed DSG gearboxes, for the hatchback an the estate versions of the car and can be matched with the S and the SE trim levels. The engine has already proved its balance capabilities, as it was first introduced on the Yeti crossover.
On the Octavia, the 1.2 TSI offers a CO2 emissions figure of 134 g/km and returns a combined fuel economy of 49.6 (UK) MPG. Maybe more impressive for its 1,197 cc displacement is the time in which it enables the Octavia to reach the first hundred: 10.8 seconds. These figures are estimates.
The diesel downsizing promoter, the 1.6 TDI common-rail 105 HP unit had already been available for the Octavia range, but now its capabilities will be put to a better use with the introduction of the 7-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox. Matted to it and sitting under the Octavia’s bonnet, the engine has a CO2 emission figure of 123 g/km. The unit is available with the same bodystyle and trim combinations as the 1.2 TSI as well as in the Elegance version.
We like the new 1.2 TSI engine (for a civil non-performance car), at least as far as we can tell by reading the specs.