The New 2017 Octavia brings together class-leading boot space, accomplished performance, innovative safety systems and a large amount of driver-convenience technology. It's the perfect solution for anyone who wants a sharply-styled hatchback or estate that offers a little bit extra.
ŠKODA has made revisions to the Octavia, which come into effect for the UK from April 2017. The changes include newly designed front and rear sections, state-of-the-art driver assistance, infotainment and connectivity systems and new equipment for both hatch and estate.
“The Octavia has always been in a class of its own in the compact segment,” says ŠKODA Auto CEO Bernhard Maier. “As the 'heart of the brand', the Octavia has decisively shaped ŠKODA’s outstanding development from the very start, and has made the company what it is today: an internationally successful automotive manufacturer with a presence in more than 100 markets worldwide.
The space available in the revised Octavia remains one of the largest in its class. Both the hatch and estate offer 1,782 millimetres of interior space and 73 millimetres of leg room in the rear. Their luggage compartments have 590 and 610 litres of space respectively, and 1,580 and 1,740 litres respectively with rear seats folded down. There is an optional electric tailgate available for the estate. The interior refresh includes a redesigned instrument panel and operating controls, new seat upholstery choices and the option of ambient lighting with 10 selectable colours.
'Simply Clever' features have been added, including folding tables and, on the estate, a magnetic LED torch. The bottle holders in the centre tunnel console are now shaped so that they interlock with the bottom of plastic bottles, allowing them to be opened with one hand.
Infotainment and connectivity
Enhanced infotainment systems are also available in the revised Octavia. The Bolero, Amundsen and Columbus gain touch-sensitive glass-fronted designs. The Columbus will feature a 9.2-inch display, a local area network (WLAN) hotspot and an optional SIM card module with Long Term Evolution (LTE) internet connectivity – the fastest available in any ŠKODA model.
Driver assistance systems
Trailer assistant, predictive pedestrian protection which complements front assist, parking assist, blind spot detection and rear traffic alert form the impressive array of driver assistance systems offered on the new model, while the rear-view camera displays the car’s immediate surroundings via the on-board monitor. Simply Clever solutions include a customisable key, allowing multiple users to save their own vehicle settings, as well as a heated steering wheel, bottle holders that allow people to open and close them using one hand and, on the estate, a removable torch in the boot.
Two TSI and two TDI engines will be available from launch in the UK with additonal engines for vRS and Scout (See Below):
For almost all engines in the revised Octavia range, a direct shift gearbox (DSG) with six or seven gears will be available in addition to manual.
A highlight in the chassis is the optional dynamic chassis control (DCC), which enables the driver to regulate the steering and damping characteristics in the comfort, normal and sport modes. The light alloy wheels range from 16 to 18 inches and come in numerous new designs.
The new Octavia vRS is available as a hatch or estate with two four-cylinder engines to choose from. While the 2.0 TDI diesel produces the same 184PS as the previous version, the power output of the 2.0 TSI petrol engine rises by 10PS to 230PS.
A new version of the Octavia, the vRS 245, will have its premiere at the Geneva motor show on 9 March 2017. The model has 245 PS, 15 PS more than the previous range-topping Octavia, the vRS 230. The vRS 245 can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 6.6 seconds (estate 6.7 seconds). Its electronically-limited top speed is 155 mph.
A seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission is available for the first time in the Octavia. The vRS 245 can also be ordered with a six-speed manual gearbox. The 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine makes 370 Nm of torque between 1,600 and 4,300 rpm, making it particularly flexible. In fifth gear, the Octavia vRS 245 with the manual gearbox can accelerate from 37 to 62 mph in just 6.4 seconds (estate 6.5 seconds) and 50 to 75 mph takes only 6.6 seconds (estate 6.8 seconds).
The vRS 245 also gets the Vorderachsquersperre (VAQ) electronically-regulated limited-slip differential. This translates to English as ‘front axle transverse lock’ and stops the driven wheel on the inside of a corner from spinning up under acceleration, giving maximum control and acceleration out of the bend.
The new Octavia Scout launches with two engine variants. Its state-of-the-art permanent all-wheel drive technology uses an electronically-controlled, hydraulic multi-plate clutch. The Scout has underbody protection and the ground clearance has been increased by 30mm compared to the standard model.
Experience the new ŠKODA Octavia from behind the wheel by getting in touch with a member of the team at Des Winks today to arrange a test drive.