Skoda’s C-segment contender the Octavia is now in its third generation, and it carries an updated design language, inspired by the Skoda MissionL Concept.
The new Skoda Octavia has more interior length (1,782 mm), more knee room (73 mm) and more headroom at the back (980 mm). Boot volume is at 590 litres. Other interior dimensions have also increased significantly compared to the second generation Octavia: front head room: + 8 mm, front elbow width: + 39 mm, rear elbow width: + 26 mm. Other dimension changes – front head room: + 8 mm, front elbow width: + 39 mm, rear elbow width: + 26 mm.
Exterior-wise, the Octavia is 90 mm longer and 45 mm wider than the second-generation Octavia. At the same time, the wheelbase has grown by 108 mm, mainly benefiting the interior and space on the rear seats.
Different engines are available, with the top of the line being a 1.8 litre TSI petrol engine that produces 177 horsepower. The most economical version is the Octavia GreenLine, consuming just 3.4L/100km from it’s 108 horsepower 1.6 litre TDI diesel. Manual and DSG automatic gearboxes are available driving the front wheels, with all-wheel drive available soon.
Practicality-wise, there are various standard features and options. There’s a double-sided floor covering in the boot, an ice scraper is placed inside the filler flap, a warning vest holder is located underneath the driver’s seat and a rubbish bin inside the door panel, a multimedia holder for iPod/mobile phone/etc, a large overhead sunglasses compartment, and various other storage bays, holders and hooks.
In terms of safety features, there are a few interesting driver assist systems. From May 2013, there will be a Front Assistant/emergency braking function. Other features include Lane Assistant, which keeps the Octavia on track, multicollision-braking/automatic brake actuation in an accident, Crew Protect Assistant/securing of the vehicle in an accident situation, Driver Activity Assistant (fatigue detection) or an active front hatch for pedestrian protection. You can have the Octavia with up to 9 airbags, including rear side airbags for the first time in an Octavia.