Brown is the new black. At least that’s what Skoda would like you to think, as it launches the all-new Octavia Laurin & Klement.
Slotting in neatly as the flagship of the Octavia range, the Laurin & Klement features what Skoda is calling “an exclusive and luxurious brown L&K interior”. It certainly makes a change from sombre grey or standard black.
The Octavia Laurin & Klement is offered in both hatchback or estate body styles, with a choice of either the 1.8-litre TSI petrol engine or the 2.0-litre TDI. Both are offered with either a six-speed manual gearbox or DSG automatic.
With prices starting from £26,570 for the 1.8-litre hatch, the Laurin & Klement boasts – amongst other things – 18-inch Turbine alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights, LED rear lights, brown Alcantara and leather upholstery, L&K interior and exterior badges, illuminated footwells, adaptive cruise control, lane assist, park assist and cornering front fog lights.
There’s no 4×4 option available on the hatchback, but anyone requiring some extra traction from their Laurin & Klement may wish to the consider the 4×4 estate which – at £28,665 – is the most expensive Octavia you can buy. It’s available with the 2.0-litre TDI engine.
The top trim Octavia feels a world away from the entry-level 1.2-litre S model, which can be yours for just £16,310. But it shows the strength and confidence of the Skoda brand that it can launch a Golf-based car for a price knocking on for £30,000.
And with 590 litres of luggage space in the hatch, a 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating and generous levels of equipment, it might just be the UK’s ultimate family car. And who said family cars can’t have brown interiors?