Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

New Octavia an Even Better Buy

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

New Octavia an Even Better Buy

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Byline: STEWART SMITH

SKODA has given its big-selling Octavia a facelift and has gone to town offering a bigger list of useful standard and optional driving aids and safety gear for the hatchback and estate models with prices now starting at PS17,055.

At launch the UK range features six engines, two body styles and seven trim levels - including Scout and VRS.

The range structure remains familiar with S, SE, SE Technology, SE L and Laurin & Klement. Order books for Scout and VRS models will open later.

The new look isn't that dramatic, but changes to the front include a quad split headlight design, the bumper has been lowered and lengthened fog light have moved higher up making it more like the more modern design of the recently launched Skoda Kodiaq.

It also comes with a larger radiator grille and wider honeycomb air inlets in the redesigned bumper. The front headlights are available with adaptive lights featuring full-LED.

Space available in the revised Octavia remains one of the largest in its class. Both the saloon and estate offer luggage compartments measuring 590 and 610 litres, respectively, and with folded rear seat backrests, up to 1,580 and 1,740 litres, making this a practical family car or for fleet use.

Inside, the Octavia comes with a redesigned centre console with a new-generation infotainment system plus all the heating and ventilation controls have been updated a heated steering wheel is also available as an option.

The interior also features many of Skoda's "Simply Clever" features, including standard and optional equipment including heated steering wheel ambient lighting with ten colour choices, and even a bottle holder which grips the bottle base and allows you to open the top using one hand.

There is increased technology and equipment on the new Octavia and all models, including the entry level S, feature alloy wheels, touchscreen infotainment systems, SmartLink ensuring that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity is standard across the model range, LED rear lights, air conditioning, XDS electronic differential lock and automatic post-collision braking system. …

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