Skoda has revealed major revisions to its best-selling model, the Octavia.
For its mid-life facelift, the model has undergone a drastic redesign. The headlights are now a split design that brings the Octavia’s face in to line with Skoda’s new ‘family’ look, which was first seen on the Kodiaq SUV.
The front bumper is now lower and features a crisp horizontal line that emphasises the width of the car, while the grille design has been tweaked to give a classier appearance.
In the UK, the range of engines is upped to two petrol and two diesel units. The petrol engines are a 1.0-litre turbo making 114bhp, and a 1.4-litre turbo making 148bhp. As for the diesels, they come as a 1.6- and 2.0-litre, also making 114bhp and 148bhp respectively.
Inside the infotainment system has had an overhaul. There are now three options with varying levels of technology called Bolero, Amundsen and Columbus, which all three come with capacitive displays that respond to light touches. The top-spec Columbus features a 9.2-inch display and, if desired, a SIM card module that allows for connection to the Internet.
New technology is everywhere on the refreshed Octavia. There’s a new towing assistant, which takes over the steering in slow reversing manoeuvres when a trailer is hooked up.
Safety technology includes crash avoidance sensors, blind spot detection and a reversing camera. In addition, creature comforts include a heated steering wheel, customisable key and a bottle opener.
Both the saloon and estate versions of the new Skoda Octavia will be available from the end of 2016, with deliveries expected in early 2017.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.