Škoda renews the Octavia it markets since March 2013 (Octavia 2013 information). In addition to changing its appearance, it has improved the equipment, adding new elements and optimizing others already available, and has made adjustments in the chassis to improve its response.
Modifications and variants of Škoda Octavia
These modifications affect the two body variants, the saloon and the family and the sports versions Octavia RS (to be ordered in the spring of 2017). There is also a version of the family variant called Octavia Scout, with the body ready to move on unpaved roads, which will not be available until the end of the year. Anyone who wants an Octavia 2017 can buy it now from 20 840 euros with body saloon and from 21 790 with family body, both with the 1.0 TSI engine 115 hp (technical data and prices). These prices do not yet include discounts. The first deliveries will begin in mid-March.
The design has changed little and has slightly increased the length of the body (11 mm more in the saloon and 8 mm in the family). They are new bumpers, the interior design of the pilots and, above all, the headlights, which are now divided into two parts and can be halogen, combine halogens and ledes or have LEDs for all lighting and adaptive lighting functions.
Changes in the chassis and structure are slight. They have been to increase the width of the rear track, which is 20 or 30 mm greater depending on the version, readjust the suspension and slightly improve the soundproofing in the rear wheel arches.
Skoda has made small changes in the cabin and says that it has improved the handling of the controls of the air conditioning and the subjection of the sports seats. It has also added the option of environmental lighting in the doors configurable in ten colors (previously could only be white). Other elements added are steering heating, folding tables on the front backrests, keys that store user preferences, new beverage stands, two USB ports for rear seats (picture) and, on the Octavia Combi, a removable flashlight In the trunk (picture). You can choose thirteen body colors, new upholstery and five levels of equipment: Active, Ambition, Like, Style and L & K.
There are new systems of assistance to the driving: the detection of pedestrians, the one of vehicles in the blind angle of the mirrors and the one of those that circulate in the back when it leaves behind of a parking lot. In addition, the emergency brake booster with obstacle detection and emergency braking in the city (between 10 and 60 km / h) has been optimized, as well as the parking attendant.
There are four multimedia systems available: Swing, Bolero, Amundsen and Columbus. Except for the Swing, which retains the standard 6.5-inch screen, all have new screens that Škoda says they respond better to pressure with their fingers and feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Bolero and Amundsen systems have an 8-inch screen and have an approach sensor. In the most advanced system (Columbus) the screen has 9.2 inches (picture) and the possibility of installing a SIM card to have internet connection and wifi network for passengers. Under the center console is a new wireless recharging surface for mobile devices.
ŠKODA Connect system provides various services
Škoda offers various connectivity services through the ŠKODA Connect system: one to provide information and entertainment (free of charge for the first year and at an annual cost from the second), another to provide assistance and assistance to the occupants (Care Connect) and The possibility of remote access to some parameters of the configuration of the car through a mobile application (app SKODA Connect).
The range of engines consists of three petrol: 1.0 TSI three-cylinder and 115 hp, 1.4 TSI 150 hp and 1.8 TSI 180 hp; Two Diesel: 1.6 TDI of 115 hp and 2.0 TDI of 150 hp; And one of natural gas: 1.4 TSI G-TEC 110 hp. Before the end of 2017 Škoda will add to the offer the engine 1.5 TSI that incorporates the new Audi A3, although without date defined for the moment. The change can be manual five or six ratios or automatic (DSG) for all versions, six or seven gears depending on power.
In the 1.8 TFSI gasoline Combi the traction can be front or total and the Combi Diesel 2.0 TDI is associated as standard to the all-wheel drive DSG with seven gears. The all-wheel drive versions feature the XDS + system, which emulates the operation of a self-locking differential through stability control to improve the effect of traction when accelerating in corners.
For versions with 150 horses or more, a suspension with variable hardness cushions (DCC chassis) is optionally available. Škoda plans to implement equipment elements such as a display for instrumentation similar to that which can be fitted on the Audi A4 or the Volkswagen Passat (virtual cockpit), which will be available in “about one year”. Other elements such as the electric parking brake ‘will not be available until the next Octavia generation’.
The Octavia 2013 is a model that stands out for the amplitude of its passenger compartment and the capacity of the trunk. It is also comfortable and enjoyable to drive.