What you need to know about new Skoda Octavia
Design and practicality:
Available in both Hatch and Estate form as well as vRS and Scout variants, the Octavia gains a new front end for 2017 with a wider grille as well as full-LED headlights with optional with Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) and LED tail lights.
The facelifted model also offers enhanced practicality through the addition of further ‘Simply Clever’ features, covering two USB ports in the rear, folding tray tables on the back of the front seats, bottle holders that make the opening of PET bottles easier, and a removable LED torch in the Estate’s boot. Other new features include a customisable key, allowing multiple users to save their own vehicle settings, as well as a heated steering wheel.
An updated range of driver assistance systems is also on offer, with new features covering Trailer Assist, Predictive Pedestrian Protection, Blind Spot Detect and Rear Traffic Alert. The Octavia also introduces a Crew Protect Assist that works together with Front Assist including the City Emergency Braking function, while the Park Assist features is updated with a rear radar.
The facelifted Octavia also brings a major overhaul of the infotainment systems, with three levels on offer, all with a glass design with capacitive displays. The entry-level system features an 8.0-inch disply while the top-range version comes with a 9.2-inch display and provides passengers with a Wi-Fi hotspot as well as offering an optional extra LTE module for super fast data transfer. In addition, Phonebox enables inductive smartphone charging.
Skoda has also updated its connectivity features, which are divided into two categories: the Infotainment Online services, which provide information and entertainment, and the Care Connect services, which takes care of assistance and support. Other online services, including remote access to the car, operate using the Skoda Connect app on the driver’s smartphone.
The UK line-up from launch covers two TSI engines and two TDI engines: a 113bhp 1.0-litre TSI, 148bhp 1.4 TSI, 113 1.6 TDI and 148bhp 2.0 TDI. All engines with offered with manual gearboxes with a six-speed DSG transmission available for almost all of the engines; all-wheel drive is also available for the 2.0 TDI.
The vRS will be available with a 181bhp 2.0-litre TDI and a 227bhp 2.0-litre TSI, which offers 10bhp more than before, making it the most powerful and fastest series-production model in the history of the Skoda Octavia.
The more rugged Scout variant is offered with the 148bhp and 181bhp 2.0 TDI units.
CO2 and economy figures are due at the end of the month.
Order books are now open for the model with prices and specifications to be announced in the coming days. First deliveries are due towards the end of Q1.