2017 Skoda Octavia Review : More tech and a new look refresh

2017 Skoda Octavia Review : More tech and a new look refresh

If you have not earned it by the Skoda Octavia blend of practicality, comfort and interior quality – not to mention the great price value – then this new model is probably not going to change your mind. The changes are minor and, in any case, the new headlamps seem more difficult than in the past, but there is no discussion with the impressive Skoda range.

2017 Skoda Octavia Review

While the Skoda Octavia saloon remained a top of the third-generation family of the car launched in 2013, it began to feel a bit outdated. Now, however, stepping on the heels of the new VW Golf, there is a new version with more technology in the car, a cooler look and safety kit as well.

In the front, the main difference is the design division of the lighthouse, which in some models comes with LED technology. There is also a new lower bumper that has a detail line already shrugged off and fog lights. This is a very subtle facelift, but it brings the most modern car models on the Skoda like Kodiaq SUV.

2017 Skoda Octavia Review : More tech and a new look refresh

2017 Skoda Octavia Review : interior

The interior has not changed in a view, but the drive technology was a big improvement on the new Octavia. The car was equipped with a new 9.2-inch touch screen “Columbus” which is an excellent system and finally brings the capacitive touch technology in the car.

That means it is the smartphone or a tablet to use, with the glass screen requiring a light touch, film or tweak to control its functions. It is easy to use, looks great and really gives a modern touch to the Octavia. It even comes with a Wi-Fi hotspot.

This is not the standard on the SE The model we tested but you can have it as an option and this model comes with an 8 inch screen included. Also thrown in the cruise control are adaptive sensors, front and rear parking, full connectivity of smart phones, tinted glass and LED taillights.

2017 Skoda Octavia Review : More tech and a new look refresh

There is more safety equipment also available, and adaptive cruise control there is pedestrian detection for the autonomous emergency braking system, warning and a subsequent blind spot traffic alert. If you are going to use the Octavia as a towing car, as many do, there is a new feature that helps assist in steering the trailer during reverse.

There are no mechanical changes, and the general Octavia range of gasoline and diesel engines is still present. Next, we tested the 2.0-liter TDI diesel model, but it is also a choice of 1.0 and 1.4 liters of fuel and a smaller 1.6-liter diesel engine.

Although the 2.0-liter unit has a raw voice when accelerated, it can easily keep the low-turbo diesel in its rev range and torque to use when it needs to accelerate. The six-speed shift means manual speed change is not difficult, however, and is quieter than the 1.6-liter diesel version hum.

Driving the Skoda Octavia is not the most fun you can have in this class – rivals like the Ford Focus, Opel Astra and SEAT Leon are better curves – but the Skoda suits those looking for something a little more comfortable and convenient.

2017 Skoda Octavia Review : More tech and a new look refresh

While weight control is well judged, it is not very communicative and the flexible suspension means the Octavia does not feel as composed in turn as some of its competitors.

For the best balance between driving pleasure, driving comfort and refinement, you should consider the 1.0-liter gasoline model. Although the 2.0-liter diesel engine has run smoothly on Portuguese roads, the lighter gasoline was slightly better and is more fun to revolution while still having a lot of low-end energy as well.

For the economy, diesel, which makes more sense: economy 65.7mpg and emissions of 113 g / km means that it will be cheaper for those who make longer trips.

Whatever engine you use, you always get one of the largest cars in the Hatch class. There is 590 liters of trunk capacity, or 1,580 liters with folded rear seats. This is much more than the 380 / 1,270 liters figures for the new VW Golf – and practical features such as a hidden section under the trunk floor and a 12V jack mean it is easily one of the most practical rear windows that can be purchased .

There is plenty of room in the cabin as well, with the rear seats easily large enough for large adults to sit in comfort. Three children will be installed on the bench without obstacles, while the front passengers have plenty of seating adjustment options and storage space as well.

Technical specs

  • Model: Skoda Octavia SE L 2.0 TDI 150PS
  • Price: £23,150
  • Engine: 2.0-litre 4cyl diesel
  • Power/torque: 148bhp/340Nm
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive
  • 0-62mph/Top speed: 8.4s/136mph
  • Economy/CO2: 65.7mpg/113g/km
  • On sale : Now

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