Skoda’s top selling model has now gone through the mid life cycle refresh and came out sporting a new appearance for the front end as well as additional equipment and technical features trickling down from the Superb.
The facelifted Octavia has been rumored for months to come with a split headlight design and this fresh look certainly has the power to break the usual evolutional styling upgrade cycle deployed throughout the VW group. It’s going to make the car stand out in the crowded compact car market, though the dual headlight setup resembling the Mercedes E-Class W212 generation idea might not be the cup of tea for everyone. The new headlights also feature full LED technology in lieu of the bi-xenon + LED daytime running lights combo used before. The front bumper is also slightly modified with reworked fog lights while at the back it seems there are new graphics for the LED taillights – and new alloy options from 16 to 18 inches complete the exterior changes.
Inside the cabin, the most expensive Columbus infotainment system option is now packing a larger 9.2-inch touchscreen display just like in the Kodiaq and the physical controls have been switched to capacitive-touch buttons- while there’s also ambient lighting available as an option now. Skoda is also treating the Octavia to new assistance systems taken from the Superb, such as predictive pedestrian protection in the Front Assist system, Rear Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Detection, as well as a trailer assistant. The engine range is as extensive as always, with five gasoline and four diesel options from one to two liters and with power in between 84 horsepower (63 kilowatts) and 184 hp (135 kW), with six- or seven-speed DSG and all-wheel drive.