With even more space for passengers and luggage, an elegant, coupé-style design and innovative assistance and infotainment systems, this new model comes with a range of powertrains that is more varied than ever before – for the first time, the Škoda Octavia will be available with plug-in hybrid and mild-hybrid technology, in addition to efficient petrol and diesel engines as well as a particularly eco-friendly natural gas (CNG) variant.
With a maximum five-star score in the Euro NCAP test, the Škoda Octavia is one of the safest vehicles in its class. A key factor contributing to this result is its intelligent material mix. In this fourth generation Octavia, over 20 per cent of the body is made from ultra-high-strength hot-formed steel. Another almost 14 per cent of the structure is composed of ultra-high-strength steel and multi-phase steel. This ensures supreme stability and safety combined with low weight, enabling superior fuel economy.
The Škoda Octavia has grown 19 millimetres in length compared to its predecessor, to 4,689 millimetres. At 1,829 millimetres, it has gained 15 millimetres in width. Coupled with a wheelbase of 2,686 millimetres, this allows for an even more generous interior than in the previous generation. All this means that the all-new Octavia hatchback is the most spacious car in its class. Luggage capacity has increased by another 10 litres to 600 litres. The modified dimensions also make for new proportions. In tandem with the new Škoda design language, they result in the Octavia hatchback looking even more dynamic and emotive than its predecessor.
The latest Octavia is available with numerous new assistance systems, some of them making their debut in a Škoda model. The new Collision Avoidance Assist supports the driver by actively increasing the steering moment in the event of an impending collision with a pedestrian, cyclist or another vehicle – ideally preventing the accident through a controlled evasive manoeuvre. Another new system, the Turn Assist, can detect other vehicles early on when turning in the face of oncoming traffic at an intersection, allowing it to warn the driver or even automatically stop the vehicle. The Exit Warning system lets the driver know if another vehicle or a cyclist is approaching from behind when opening the car door. The Local Traffic Warning function automatically flags up hazards in the car’s immediate vicinity, such as a tailback ahead.
With a choice of four infotainment systems from the latest-generation Modular Infotainment Matrix and a permanent online connection via an integrated eSIM, the Octavia provides advanced connectivity features. The central touchscreen display measures 8.25 to 10 inches on the diagonal, and some functions can be controlled via gestures or the Laura digital voice assistant. In another first, the top infotainment system Columbus can display navigation maps in a different zoom resolution than the enhanced 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit. The LTE connection through the eSIM ensures permanent access to the latest Škoda Connect Mobile Online Services, such as eCall (compulsory in EU countries), online-based infotainment applications and comprehensive remote vehicle access functions. In addition to the Phone Box for inductive smartphone charging there are up to five USB-C ports on board, including an optional one in the roof console above the rear-view mirror.