2017 Skoda Octavia given major mid-cycle facelift with new design elements

Article by Christian A., on October 31, 2016

Skoda has implemented a significant facelift on its best-selling model, the Skoda Octavia. To be launched by the of the year, the 2017 Skoda Octavia – in its mid-cycle refresh – features new design elements both on the front and the rear, as marked by dual-faced split headlights that could be availed with the latest full-LED technology.

It also features the latest generation of infotainment systems, mid-class driver assistance systems and technologies. Available either as a saloon or an estate, the new Skoda Octavia could also be powered by any of the five TSI and four TDI engines, all boasting of high performance and low fuel consumption.

Skoda will commence sales of the refreshed Octavia by the end of the year, with initial deliveries to start early 2017.

Exterior Design

In particular, the facelift of the Skoda Octavia involves several elements on the front end. For instance, the Skoda Octavia comes with adjacent headlights – available in LED units -- forming a crystalline-like dual face. The refreshed car now features streamlined lines, a slightly revised front bumper and redesigned fog lights.

In addition, the Skoda logo is now a lot easier to notice and has more character. Apparently, there are no visible revisions on the car’s profile except for the fact that the 2017 Skoda Octavia is now available with new alloy wheel designs with sizes ranging from 16 inches to 18 inches. Its rear end, meanwhile, features refreshed graphics for its LED taillights.

Interior Design

Inside, the Skoda Octavia boasts of a generous interior with both the saloon and estate versions offering 1,782 mm of cabin space and 73 mm of rear legroom. The saloon and estate versions offer cargo capacity of 590 liters and 610 liters, respectively and up to 1,580 liters and 1,740 liters, respectively, when the rear seat backrests are folded.

The new Skoda Octavia could now be availed with new infotainment systems and navigation systems – Amundsen, Bolero, Columbus and Swing – all featuring capacitive displays that could respond to light touch. The Columbus is specified with a full 9.2-inch display, a WLAN hotspot and an available SIM card module with an LTE speed. Connectivity solutions include Infotainment Online and CareConnect.

Likewise, the refreshed Octavia comes with assistance systems used so far in the mid-class. These include a trailer assistant (when Octavia is used for towing); Front Assist with predictive pedestrian protection; and parking assistant. Blind Spot Detection and Rear Traffic Alert makes use of the rear radar for safer lane changes and reversing out of a parking space. In addition, the refreshed Octavia features a rear-view camera that could display what is behind the car on the on-board monitor.

The Octavia comes with an array of ‘Simply Clever’ solutions like a customizable key, a heated steering wheel, bottle holders that could help open PET bottles, and folding tables on the back of the front seats. The estate version of the Octavia (Combi) has a removable torch in the boot.


All available TSI (five) and TDI (four) engines – with displacements between from 1.0 to 2.0 liters – develop an output ranging from 63 kW (84 hp) to 135 kW (184 hp). These engines could be paired to a manual gearbox or the available DSG transmission (six or seven gears).

The 1.8 l TSI and the 2.0 l TDI engines are configured with all-wheel drive 4×4. Moreover, the new Octavia could be availed with the optional Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) – through Comfort, Normal and Sport modes – that could regulate the steering and damping attributes.

Press Release


ŠKODA has made major revisions to its best-selling model, the OCTAVIA. Available internationally at the end of the year, early 2017 in the UK, the model features a newly designed front and rear section, state-of-the-art driver assistance systems, infotainment and connectivity, as well as additional new equipment which further enhance the OCTAVIA’s appeal. The compact model is available in Hatch and Estate form.

“The ŠKODA OCTAVIA has always been in a class of its own in the compact segment,” says ŠKODA CEO Bernhard Maier. “As the 'heart of the brand', the Octavia has decisively shaped ŠKODA’s outstanding development from the very start, and has made the company what it is today: an internationally successful automotive manufacturer with a presence in more than 100 markets worldwide. With the now extensively revised ŠKODA OCTAVIA, we are keen to continue this development sustainably.”

The ŠKODA OCTAVIA is the Czech automaker’s best-selling model. At the upper end of its segment, ŠKODA’s bestseller has set new standards in terms of space, functionality, safety and comfort technology, design and value for money. In the 20 years since the 1996 reintroduction of the ŠKODA OCTAVIA, five million customers from all over the world have opted for an OCTAVIA. With the extensively revised version of the ŠKODA OCTAVIA, the brand plans to continue the success story of its predecessors and to further strengthen ŠKODA’s position in the international markets.

The lines of the new ŠKODA OCTAVIA have been further streamlined, especially at the front. The two adjacent headlights form the dual face with a crystalline look and feature full-LED technology. The brand logo has gained even more presence, with the front of the car featuring a more powerful and wider appearance.

The space available in the revised ŠKODA OCTAVIA remains one of the largest in its class. Both the saloon and estate offer 1782 millimetres of interior space and 73 millimetres of legroom in the rear. Their luggage compartments measure 590 and 610 litres, respectively; with folded rear seat backrests up to 1580 and 1740 litres respectively. There is an optional electric tailgate available for OCTAVIA Estate.

The revision has brought new infotainment systems to the ŠKODA OCTAVIA. All three systems – Bolero, Amundsen and Columbus – now have capacitive displays in glass design that respond to light touch. The Columbus now features a full 9.2-inch display; the top system has a WLAN hotspot and, if desired, a SIM card module with an LTE speed for an ultra-fast connection to the Internet.

The revised ŠKODA OCTAVIA also offers state-of-the-art solutions for connectivity. ŠKODA Connect is divided into Infotainment Online and CareConnect. CareConnect is available in all equipment variants of the revised ŠKODA OCTAVIA.

The revised ŠKODA OCTAVIA is also moving ahead with assistance systems. If the OCTAVIA is used as a towing vehicle, the trailer assistant will take over the steering when the vehicle is slowly reversing. Predictive pedestrian protection complements Front Assist. In addition, the parking assistant has been further optimised. Thanks to the rear radar, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Traffic Alert ensure safe lane changes and also help while reversing out of a parking space. The rear-view camera displays the car’s immediate surroundings via the on-board monitor.

New features have been added to the ŠKODA OCTAVIA’s numerous ‘Simply Clever’ solutions: a customisable key, allowing multiple users to save their own vehicle settings, as well as a heated steering wheel, bottle holders which facilitate the opening of bottles, and the estate version features a removable torch in the boot.

The two TSI and two TDI engines available from launch in the UK are: 1.0 TSI 115PS, 1.4 TSI 150PS, 1.6 TDI 115PS and 2.0 TDI 150PS. For almost all engines in the revised ŠKODA OCTAVIA, a DSG transmission with six or seven gears is available in addition to manual transmission.

A highlight in the chassis is the optional Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC), which enables the driver to regulate the steering and damping characteristics in the Comfort, Normal and Sport modes. The light alloy wheels range from 16 to 18 inches and come in numerous new designs.

The revised ŠKODA OCTAVIA saloon and estate version will be available in the first markets from the end of the year. Deliveries will begin in early 2017.

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