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First published: 27th October 2016

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Revised version of Skoda Octavia will go on sale in 2017

Next year's changes to Skoda's biggest-selling model include a new look and more technology to tempt buyers away from the Vauxhall Astra and Ford Focus

First published: 27th October 2016
  • New look for front and rear of the car
  • Includes full-LED headlights and the latest infotainment systems
  • Two petrol and two diesel engines available
A revised version of the Skoda Octavia will go on sale early next year, featuring a new look and improved technology for both the hatchback and estate models.

The most obvious changes are to the car’s styling. At the front, the headlights feature full-LED technology, while the Skoda badge sits in a more prominent position, much like the front of the recently unveiled Kodiaq SUV. There’s also a new range of alloy wheels, running from 16 to 18 inches in diameter.

Inside, meanwhile, buyers of the revised Octavia (a rival for the Vauxhall Astra and Ford Focus) can choose from three new infotainment systems – the Bolero, Amundsen and Columbus – which have a 9.2-inch touch-screen display. There are also several new features available, including a customisable key (allowing drivers to save their own vehicle settings), and a heated steering wheel, while the Octavia estate features a removable torch in the boot, as well as the option of an electrically operated tailgate.
Among the new driver assistance systems on offer is the trailer assistant, which will steer automatically when the vehicle is towing and reversing slowly. Predictive pedestrian protection is added to the Front Assist system, and thanks to the rear radar, the Blind Spot Detection and Rear Traffic Alert systems ensure safe lane changes and also help while reversing out of a parking space.

The revised line-up includes a total of four engines. The 1.0- and 1.4-litre petrol engines are joined by 1.6- and 2.0-litre diesel units, with power outputs from 113 to 138bhp, and buyers can also specify the optional Dynamic Chassis Control system, which lets the driver choose between Comfort, Normal and Sport modes.

Prices for the revised car are yet to be confirmed, but we don’t expect a significant rise on the current range, which starts at just under £17,000. First deliveries will begin in early 2017.

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