The Skoda Octavia has become a firm favourite on the UK’s roads. And rightly so. After all, it’s a treat to drive, the build quality is top-notch and it can swallow up a family and all their clobber. In a helpful way, not in a hungry monster way. That would be difficult to market in the brochure.
To reward its popularity and impressive sales figures, the pen-jockeys at Skoda HQ have given the old girl a bit of a freshen-up. The front and rear have been tweaked, including latest full-LED headlight tech up front. Inside, there’s loads of new tech, too. It all looks really rather good.
It’s nothing too drastic, more a tightening of the lines and a pulling together of some new tech. We can get on board with that. Our Dad’s new wife did something similar and it seemed to work for her.
As for engines, the two TSI and two TDI engines available from launch in the UK are: 1.0 TSI 115PS, 1.4 TSI 150PS, 1.6 TDI 115PS and 2.0 TDI 150PS. Excitingly, most will be available with a DSG transmission with six or seven gears. Though you can have the manual too.
Then of course there’s the tech. The tart-up means new infotainment systems. All You can have the Bolero, Amundsen and Columbus. Weird names. But anyway, now they all have capacitive displays in glass design that respond to light touch. The Columbus now features a full 9.2-inch display. The top system has a WLAN hotspot too, and, if desired, a SIM card module with an LTE speed for an ultra-fast connection to the Internet. So, YouTube while you drive, or something?
New features have been added to the numerous ‘Simply Clever’ solutions: a customisable key, allowing multiple users to save their own vehicle settings, as well as a heated steering wheel, bottle holders which facilitate the opening of bottles, and the estate version features a removable torch in the boot.
If this seems up your street, the new Octavia should be hitting the road in early 2017. So you best pop down to your local dealer sharpish – they’re going to be popular.