Skoda has introduced its fourth-generation Octavia, which is available in both hatchback and Combi (estate) models. The new Skoda Octavia looks more dynamic than before, thanks to shaper and more well-defined lines.
MORE ADVANCED CABIN
The all-new Skoda Octavia is only marginally larger than the older model, with a mere 19mm added to its length. The 2686mm wheelbase is the same as the previous one’s.
Space in the previous Skoda Octavia was plentiful, so the same can be expected here.
What looks very compelling in photos is the new cabin architecture and the accompanying high-tech features.
Following current trends, the Skoda Octavia cockpit is a digital affair. The analogue instrument cluster is now a screen, and the infotainment display is larger, too. The latter can even be up to 10 inches wide.
Skoda’s new digital assistant, Laura, is available here. Laura can be activated by saying, “Hey Laura!” At the moment, Laura can help drivers search for destinations, navigate infotainment and make phone calls.
Laura is unique because the driver can interrupt her reply with a new command. She does not have to finish her current response before addressing the new request.
Naturally, there are plans to give Laura more functionality outside of the vehicle.
Also making its debut in the Skoda Octavia is a heads-up display. In addition, there is mood lighting with selectable colours, and what Skoda calls “coordinated lighting scenarios”.
The outgoing Octavia has a boot capacity of 590 litres. In the new car, this has grown to 600 litres. In the Skoda Octavia Combi, the volume has increased by 30 litres to 640 litres. Both figures are with the rear seats up.
OTHER NEW FEATURES
For the first time, buyers can now specify an optional heads-up display. The keyless entry system now works with all doors, not just the front ones.
In terms of comfort, the Ergo seats are approved by the German Campaign for Healthier Backs. The Skoda Octavia Cna have up to five USB-C ports – handy for charging devices.
The gearbox is now a shift-by-wire unit. The conventional gearshift lever has been replaced by a rocker switch, which is similar to the one in the latest Porsche 911.
Meanwhile, new safety features include Collision Avoidance Assist, Turn Assist, Area View and Predictive Cruise Control.