Order books open for new Skoda Octavia

Skoda is now taking orders for the newly facelifted Skoda Octavia.

Design changes for the 2017 model year include a new front and rear design that bring the car into line with the rest of the manufacturer’s line-up.

The most obvious difference is in the headlight design, which is now split into four units. Full LED technology is available on the higher trims, while a new ‘crystalline’ detail has been added after being debuted on the Kodiaq SUV.

There are six engines on offer in two body styles, with seven trim levels that include the rugged Scout and sporty vRS. However, these two trims cannot be ordered just yet.

New technology is at the forefront of the model’s upgrades, with fully updated infotainment systems that feature a touchscreen measuring up to 9.2 inches, depending on the trim. The top-spec Columbus set-up includes an integrated WLAN hotspot for smartphones and a SIM card slot to allow the car to be connected to the internet.

Convenience features added to the option list – and standard on some higher trims – include a heated steering wheel, ambient lighting with 10 colour choices and a customisable key that lets multiple drivers save their own car settings.

The sporty vRS model has been given a 10bhp bump to 226bhp, as well as receiving a significant increase in equipment levels.

The entry-level model is the ‘S’ hatchback with a 1.0-litre petrol engine, which starts £17,055. At the other end of the range, the Laurin & Klement estate starts at £30,085.

Darren Cassey


January 27, 2017

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