Skoda Unveils The New Octavia

Tweaked looks, more sustainable stuff and a better standard kit are among the highlights.

Earlier this month, Skoda unveiled the refreshed compact twins – the Scala and the Kamiq. Now, with a similar makeover, the new Skoda Octavia has been revealed. The fourth-generation model has received cosmetic tweaks on the outside, new features and an upgraded standard equipment list. The use of sustainable materials has increased, and there are petrol, with or without mild-hybrid systems, and diesel engine options.

Outdoors, the new Skoda Octavia features revised front and rear aprons. As a result, the overall length has increased by 9mm. The grille also sees some tweaks, as do the front air curtains. The headlights and taillights are new, the former packing a new DRL signature. At the back, the 2D Skoda logo and lettering on the tailgate align with the brand’s latest corporate identity.

The new Skoda Octavia will be available in four trim levels – Essence, Selection, Sportline and RS. As standard, the headlights and taillights are powered by LEDs. However, the option of second-generation Matrix beam headlights is available in Selection and Sportline versions. They are standard on the RS models. Similarly, animated Coming/Leaving Home functions and dynamic indicators are standard on the Sportline and RS derivatives. In the Selection trim, those additions are optional extras.

Rounding off the exterior changes new wheel designs, which range between 16 and 19 inches in diameter. Colour options include three solid and seven metallic shades. The Mamba Green colour is reserved for the Sportline and RS variants, whereas the Phoenix Orange is only available with the Octavia Combi.

The interior theme depends on the trim level and the choice from nine Design Selections. Where the Essence and Sportline versions have just one theme each, the RS and Selection trims have two and five, respectively. In some, there’s more use of recycled materials. As standard, the new Skoda Octavia comes with a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, dual-zone automatic climate control and a 10-inch digital instrument cluster. The option for a 13-inch central screen is also available for the first time. A 15-watt wireless mobile charger comes into the equation from the Selection trim onwards. Also, the four USB-C ports now provide three times more power.

Powertrain options for the new Skoda Octavia comprise a 1.5 TSI (with and without mild-hybrid system) in two states of tune – 114hp/220Nm (with 6-speed MT) and 148hp/250Nm (with 7-speed AT). Next are two versions of the 2.0 TSI motor – 201hp/320Nm with AWD (due in 2025) and 261hp/370Nm. The 7-speed AT does its thing in both cases. Lastly, the 2.0 TDI. That is also available in two forms – 114hp/300Nm (with 6-speed MT) and 148hp/360Nm (with 7-speed AT).

New features like Attention and Drowsiness Assist, up to 10 airbags and Intelligent Park Assist up the safety and assistance quotients. And those wanting the new Skoda Octavia in the sportiest avatar will, like before, go with an RS version. Here, the most powerful petrol engine is the sole option. Another highlight, apart from the sporty exterior and interior, is a sports exhaust system with black tailpipes.

So, how do you like the new Skoda Octavia?

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