Updated Skoda Octavia now available

 Published 14th March 2024
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When you hear a car has sold more than seven million units in its lifetime it’s a pretty safe option to consider leasing one. Almost 30 years since the launch of the first modern generation Skoda Octavia people have come to expect big things from the best-selling model in the range. Skoda has learned a lot in that time and this experience shows in the fact each generation has been progressively better than the last. Which means that safe lease option also happens to be a very, very, very good car.

The current fourth-generation model has now had a bit of a refresh and the newly upgraded Skoda Octavia is ready to continue the success. A smartened front end, new assistance systems, and state-of-the-art infotainment will ensure the updated bestseller maintains its position as one of the most successful models in Europe.

Skoda has updated both the hatchback and estate versions of the Octavia so it won’t matter which one you choose - although there is an argument to be made for the estate being the slightly better looking and more practical of the two.

What’s included in the Octavia’s refresh?

The changes include a new, upgraded design with revamped front and rear bumpers and an updated grille. Redesigned front and rear aprons increase the overall length of the car and the lowered air intakes give it a more dynamic look. Also new are the LED Matrix beam headlights and LED rear lights. Front and rear LED lights are standard on all models of the new Octavia with higher specification versions also getting the added benefit of the clever Matrix system and animated indicators. There are also a few new alloy wheel designs for you to choose from.

Skoda has also updated the range structure for the new Octavia

Both hatchback and estate versions can be specified in one of four trim levels – SE Technology, SE L, SportLine and vRS – as well as nine Design Selections for the interior.

The equally updated interior of the new Octavia obviously comes with even more standard equipment than before as well.

There’s a free-standing 10-inch infotainment display in combination with a 10-inch Digital Display, voice assistant, dual-zone climate control, wireless charging, USB-C ports, and keyless operation. While it’s not fitted as standard there is also an option to upgrade the display to a 13-inch screen. There are also a range of new choices for the upholstery, trim, and door panels too. Skoda has also provided many of its Simply Clever features, so in true James Bond fashion you’ll also find an ice scraper hidden in the petrol cap, an umbrella concealed in the front door, and a little hand brush in its own secret compartment.

Once you’ve chosen your trim level your next decision is the powertrain

The line-up of the updated Octavia starts with either a 1.5 TSI petrol engine or a 2.0 TDI diesel. Both produce around 116bhp and come with a manual six-speed gearbox. If you go down the diesel route you can also have the same 2.0-litre engine with an improved power output of 150bhp and a seven-speed automatic gearbox.

The majority of the engine choices for the new Octavia are petrol options either with or without a mild-hybrid boost. Alongside the 116bhp option there is also a 150bhp version of the same 1.5-litre engine, both of which can also specified with the 48v mild-hybrid system and automatic gearbox combination for improved efficiency. Sitting above them is a 204bhp 2.0-litre variant that also comes with all-wheel drive and the automatic gearbox as standard.

And if none of those piques your interest there’s always the range-topping Skoda Octavia vRS to consider. Not only do you get 265bhp to play with, but you also get lowered sports suspension, limited slip differential, side skirts and diffusers, sports exhausts, vRS-exclusive wheel and trim options, and updated engine software to make the most of it all.

Skoda itself describes the modern Octavia as “the backbone” of the brand. It’s versatile, attractive, and great value for money. As we said at the top of the page, the updated Skoda Octavia isn’t just a safe lease option, it’s also a very good car. Choose which version you want to lease here: Hatch or Estate.

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