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Skoda breathes new life into popular Octavia

Skoda has refreshed the Octavia hatchback and estate with a subtle facelift and new technology and safety features. Picture: Skoda

Skoda has refreshed the Octavia hatchback and estate with a subtle facelift and new technology and safety features. Picture: Skoda

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Skoda has updated its popular Octavia range. Jack Evans finds out what's different about it.

Refreshed Skoda Octavia now has LED rear lights. Picture: SkodaRefreshed Skoda Octavia now has LED rear lights. Picture: Skoda

What’s new?

As far as refreshes go, this is a subtle one. The popular Skoda Octavia benefits from an smart updated face, claimed to make it look wider and sportier than before.

Look closely and you’ll see the headlights have been split in two, while the rear light units now use LEDs.

The rear track has been widened to increase stability levels at higher speeds.

Skoda Octavia fascia is user friendly. Picture: SkodaSkoda Octavia fascia is user friendly. Picture: Skoda

Inside, the infotainment system has been updated, with even base-spec cars receiving an eight-inch touchscreen. A wealth of safety equipment, including blind spot detection and predictive pedestrian protection, is now available, too.

Looks and image

The old Octavia wasn’t bad looking, though never one to set pulses racing. The new car is similar, save for those lights, and is more appealing in brighter colours.

Skoda Octavia hatchback has a huge 590-litre boot. Picture: SkodaSkoda Octavia hatchback has a huge 590-litre boot. Picture: Skoda

Skoda has been knocking it out of the park recently – the Kodiaq is a great example of that. As with many refreshes, there’s not a huge amount of new features to point out on the new Octavia – but it’s just as compelling to own as the outgoing car.

Space and practicality

There’s plenty of legroom in the back, even with a taller passenger up front. Headroom is also impressive all round, while large windows help give a better impression of space in the cabin.

Skoda Octavia's headlights have been split in two as part of the facelift. Picture: SkodaSkoda Octavia's headlights have been split in two as part of the facelift. Picture: Skoda

The hatchback boot is also excellently sized – 590 litres with the rear seats up, rising to a capacious 1,580 litres with them down. If you want even more space, the estate can offer up to 1,740 litres.

Behind the wheel

Thanks to its quiet, refined engine, the Octavia is a relaxing car to cover many miles in. The steering feels a touch light at times but it benefits town driving. At higher speeds, this lightness can be addressed by putting the car into Sport mode, which adds weight to the steering.

Fresh-faced Skoda Octavia. Picture: SkodaFresh-faced Skoda Octavia. Picture: Skoda

It’s hard to knock the Octavia’s ride. It’s a relatively softly sprung set-up, so has a tendency to ‘float’ over crests in the road, but gives good ride quality, even on the larger 18inch alloys on the test car, ironing creases in the road very well. Opt for a smaller wheel and there will be little to grumble about in terms of ride quality.

Value for money

SE L spec has a wealth of standard equipment. For a base price of £23,365, you get 17in alloy, rear parking sensors, Alcantara seats and full HD headlights. A full SmartLink suite comes as standard too, incorporating smartphone connectivity options such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The test car had options such as 18in alloys and £1,050 Columbus infotainment system with 9.2in touchscreen. Altogether, it came out at £26,695 – still huge value given the amount of technology and equipment.

Who would buy one?

The Octavia is a smart choice for those who want a great-value car loaded with standard equipment for a relatively small outlay. It’s immensely practical thanks to a large boot and plenty of rear legroom. It’s an ideal car for families, as well as business drivers who want good economy figures with decent performance.

TECH AND SPEC

Price: Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDI SE L hatchback £23,365. Hathcback range £17,195 to £28,630; estate £18,395 to £30,030
Engine: 1,968cc, 150PS, four-cylinder turbo diesel with six-speed manual gearbox

Performance: 0-62mph: 8.4 seconds; top speed 135mph

MPG: 65.7 combined

CO2 emissions: 113g/km

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