Skoda has released the first pictures of the updated Octavia hatchback and estate models.
The Octavia has been Skoda’s top seller since its launch in 1996. In the UK last year, the firm sold 23,068 Octavias, more than 20% of which were range-topping vRS sport models.The new model gives this popular car a mid-life update and contains a mix of design changes and spec tweaks that should ensure demand remains strong.
Among the highlights of the new model are:
- Updated front end, with changes to radiator grill, headlights and air inlets;
- New generation infotainment systems with a choice of 8″ or 9.2″ touchscreen models. Available features include wifi hotspot, inductive charging and mobile broadband;
- Additional safety systems are available — Trailer Assist, the Predictive Pedestrian Protection function, Blind Spot Detect and Rear Traffic Alert;
- A choice of two TSI petrol engines and three TDI diesels. Power choices range from 115PS to 184PS, plus the 155mph, 230PS 2.0TSI petrol engine available on the vRS model only.
Fans of the vRS will be interested to know that Skoda has boosted the sporting credentials of this model with some chassis tweaks. The new sports chassis lowers the body by 15 mm, while the rear track is 30 mm wider than before. A choice of 18 or 19 inch wheels is available.
Under the bonnet — or rather in the computer — of this range-topping model are an ESC stability system with VAG’s XDS+ electronic differential lock, which is designed to reduce understeer when cornering fast., a Performance Mode Select system and the optional Performance Sound Generator, which promises an unbeatable soundtrack.