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Skoda Octavia 2020 MK4 Buyers guide inc. VRS

OK, so it’s only been 3 days since Skoda unveiled the mighty MK4 2020 Octavia but is it too soon to start the second in our line up of Octavia buyers guides?

It’s still early days so you’ll have to excuse the blanks, but this article promises to be our best buyers guide from what the media is heralding as the “best value” car of the year. We’ll be sure to update this buyers guide when the Skoda PR and marketing machine drops its mother load.

When will it be released?

The Octavia 2020 is due for release in… you guessed it…. 2020. 

How much will it cost?

The current MK3 Octava starts at as little as £18,610 and continues all the way to over £30k. The key to the Octavias popularity has always been its good great value, especially when you compare it to its brothers and sisters in the VW group. Expect extry level pricing inline with the current marque however with a hybrid powertrain confirmed you could see into the £40k mark in a high trim level.

What trim levels will be available?

Coming soon! But please let there be a VRS…

Will there be a VRS model?

Skoda is keeping very quiet on this one. There were a couple of “reported” leaks claiming a VRS model more here was in the works but these have been little more than some very convincing photoshopped efforts by the Skoda community. Personally, I’m hopeful that the MK4 will welcome in a new breed of VRS. Skoda is lagging far behind in the performance game against the mighty Golf R, T-ROC R and offerings from Cupra. It is time for them to raise the bar and give the Skoda community what it’s always wanted, a VRS with the power it’s always deserved with an option for a 4×4 drivetrain.

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Skoda officially reveals the Octavia Mk4

In what was a rather strange event, Skoda has finally unveiled all-new fourth generation Skoda Octavia.

Reminiscent of a Eurovision showreel, musicians and dancers accompanied the CEO of Skoda, Bernhard Maier in hatching welcoming the new Octavia from its polygon”egg”.

This “simply clever” show has to be hands down one of the strangest car reveals we’ve seen in a long while. Berny was joined on stage by a number of executives from Skoda, all struggling to kerb their scripted enthusiasm in all it’s cringy glory.

Despite all this, the Skoda showcased what in my opinion is a beautiful evolution of my favourite family mover. Taking cues from the all-new Superb, the new Octavia drips in understated class. It’s crisp and clean lines complement a well-proportioned body which even in non-VRS trim looks stunning. 

Unfortunately, there was no sign of a VRS model but we’re confident that one will be confirmed in the near future.

Octavia Highlights

  • 6.5 million Octavias “delivered”
  • The Octavia represented 31% of Skoda’s global car production in 2018
  • Skoda will be electrifying the entire Skoda range
  • The Octavia Combi is the best selling estate in Europe

What’s changed in the Mk4

Despite the corporate cue card “buzzwords” we managed to salvage a few highlights from the event. We’ll confirm more when the press pack drops.

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GPF / PPF Removal Delete FAQ – Is it illegal?

So you’ve got a car equipped with a GPF / PPF (Gasoline Particulate Filter / Petrol Particulate Filter) and you want it removed / deleted? Is it legal? Do you have to remap the car?  Want to know more? You’ve come to the right place.

Since our DPF removal FAQs have been so popular with diesel drivers, we thought it only right to help out fellow petrol-powered cousins who are looking to remove their GPF / PPF filters for good.

What is a GPF / PPF?

(Taken from our page  The Gasoline Particulate Filter FAQ)

A GPF (Gasoline Particulate Filter) is an inline exhaust filter designed to capture soot particulates in direct injection petrol engines (GDI). Much like a DPF, it comprises of a honeycomb-like filter structure made from a synthetic ceramic material.

As exhaust gasses pass through the filter, soot particles are captured. These filters are highly efficient, capturing in excess of 90% of airborne particulates which would otherwise be released into the atmosphere.

In Germany, theses filters are referred to as Otto particle filter (Ottopartikelfilter or OPF)

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How to replace a Ford C-Max Mk 2 battery inc TDI 2011–2019

When I get a call from the Wife during the day it means one of 2 things. Someone has been hurt or something is broken. Luckily for me, it was the latter. I really didn’t want to spend my afternoon in A&E with one of the kids.

Upon hearing in great detail on how her 2011 Ford Grand C-Max 1.6tdi wouldn’t start and “just make this clicky noise”, it was pretty obvious that the battery was at fault. I was over in Peterborough, so I popped it at Milfiled Autos for a new battery. £80 later (when the f**k did batteries get so expensive?!) I was on the way to swap out her battery and drive it home. Like most “simple” tasks I undertake, it’s wasn’t going to be that easy. 

Under the bonnet of the C-Max you might first think that at the battery was located in the boot. Nope, they just put it as far back as they can and make it as awkward as possible to get at. Since I was only equipped with some basic spanners, I opted to jump it using the VRS and head home to get wrenching.

On this unfortunate occasion, YouTube was of very little help but I managed to find this little gem hiding away on a Ford owners club form website. 

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How to fix “Exhaust filter limit reached. drive to clean now” (Ford GPF Filter)

We were surprised to see comments by Ford owners on our GPF / Gasoline Particulate filter FAQ asking about the error “Exhaust filter limit reached. drive to clean now“.

We were made to believe that unlike the DPF filter, the GPF was a “maintenance free” filter which would “clean” itself under normal driving conditions. Unfortunately, that doesn’t look like it’s the case.

I’ve been through all the new Ford Ecoboost manuals I can find online and unfortunately, I can’t see anything about the GPF or related error anywhere. As you would expect, there is a section dedicated to the DPF but the Gasoline Particulate filter is not mentioned anywhere.

Some of the Ford forums suggest that this error could be due to a sensor malfunction however we’ve seen comments with increasing frequency from owners with cars under a year old.

Could it be that like a DPF, the GPF requires the same sort of conditions for regeneration? If so this is going to pi** a lot of owners off, especially those that have moved over to petrol cars from diesel cars due to low milages or driving habits that we’re ideal for modern diesel cars.

Is this the start of GPF regeneration issues for petrol car owners?

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VAG DPF Review (Andriod) – VAG DPF Monitor app

Are you looking to buy a VW, Skoda, Audi or Seat diesel car equipped with a DPF? Are you the lucky owner of a VW Group diesel car?  If you answered yes to at least one of these, you need this app.

What does VAG DPF do?

VAG DPF is an android (only) app which lets you monitor, track and log data from a wide range of sensors related to your DPF and diesel emissions system. The app lets you view information on DPF regeneration, the DPF burn cycle and most importantly the oil ash content of the filter itself. 

Depending on your engine/vehicle, the app lets you display live DPF data available from your ECU. See below for a screenshot from the app running on a Motorola Moto G3 I keep in the car just for this and resetting the dreaded EML (engine management light) – VW life 😉

The data displayed is pretty self-explanatory. The key value for me is the Oil Ash Residue reading. We’ll go further into this later in the article.

Before you can use the app, you’ll need to get yourself an ODB2 dongle, that leads us on to…

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Skoda “leaks” the new Octavia Mk4 before it’s official unveiling / VRS

Is anything sacred these days? Is this an unfortunate leak or a clever PR exercise to get people interested before the big Octavia MK4 unveiling on November 11th?

If it was a PR exercise, Skoda nailed it. My news feed has been filled with images of the New Skoda Octavia MK4 naked and in all it’s glory. The image you see above was “apparently” leaked from the Skoda car configurator but the source of the leak has yet to be confirmed.

Honestly, I rather like it. The design language takes its queue from the “new” Superb, In fact, I initially thought it was a Suberb before I saw the Octavia number plate. 

Is this the new VRS?

Not only was the monochrome configurator image of the MK4 leaked, what could be the MK4 VRS was revealed/leaked too. 

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