The Czech automaker’s best selling model has received a controversial update – which is something unique in the sea of bland VW group refreshes – and is now showcasing the not so quirky interior.
The facelifted Octavia is taking a lot of heat today due to the interesting split headlight design but the company decided that it’s not going to present a meager facelift. Skoda has also modified in many respects the cabin where buyers will find ambient lighting as standard for the Style and L&K trims. It will be featured in ten selectable shades and has been installed visibly in the door’s decorative strip. The cheaper Ambition version also has a new black and brown combination and an all-black instrument panel – and there are other, minor adjustments to the other trim levels.
There are also Simply Clever features – reshaped bottle holders in the center console that lock the bottom of PET bottles for easy one-hand opening. Or we could mention the optional folding table affixed to the backrests of the front seats, while the practical Octavia Combi has a removable LED flashlight in the trunk. Upscale features such as a heated steering wheel or a customizable key (saves driver’s seat position, infotainment settings, climate control, assistance systems, driving profile selection, even exterior and interior lighting) are making their debut on the Octavia. And the infotainment system versions have all been upgraded too. The Bolero 6.5-inch touchscreen has been taken to 8 inches, and the Columbus has grown from an 8-inch display to a bigger 9.2-inch option. There are also lots of features – Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, MirrorLink, and SmartGate, wireless charging functionality, and even an LTE module with Wi-Fi hotspot.