New 2024 Skoda Octavia on sale now: still the king of family cars? 

May 09, 2024 by

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The new Skoda Octavia is available to order now, and it’s still great value for money. 

  • New Skoda Octavia revealed
  • Facelift brings minor styling changes
  • New infotainment technology
  • Updated range of engines
  • More power for the sporty vRS
  • On sale later this year

This is the updated Skoda Octavia, and this cavernous family hatchback is available to order now with prices starting from £26,775.

In addition to the tweaked exterior styling, this Volkswagen Golf alternative gets improved technology and a revised range of engines, all while retaining its cavernous practicality.

New Skoda Octavia price and specs

The new Skoda Octavia starts from £26,775 for the hatchback, or £27,755 for the estate. On paper that’s around £7,000 more than the outgoing car, however Skoda has dropped the entry-level SE model meaning you get more equipment as standard.

The range now kicks off with the SE Technology, so this new model is only around £1,000 more expensive than the comparable previous car. You can also choose between SE L and SportLine trim levels. The flagship vRS will go on sale at a later date

So how does the Octavia stack up against its alternatives? Well it’s almost £2,000 cheaper than a Ford Focus, it’s a smidge cheaper than a Volkswagen Golf and the Vauxhall Astra costs around the same. The Octavia blows all these cars out of the water when it comes to practicality though, with a massive boot and loads of interior space.

New Skoda Octavia SE Technology: from £26,775

Entry-level SE Technology versions of the new Octavia come with plenty of standard equipment. You get:

  • 13-inch touchscreen
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Digital driver’s display
  • Wireless phone charging
  • 16-inch alloy wheels

New Skoda Octavia SE L: From £31,250

The SE L is the sweet spot of the Octavia range, because your extra cash gets you some desirable upgrades including:

  • Half leather seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Keyless entry
  • 17-inch alloy wheels

New Skoda Octavia SportLine: From £32,255

If you want to add a touch of sportiness to your Octavia, the SportLine gets a handful of styling upgrades for not much added cash such as:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Lowered sports suspension
  • More aggressive-looking bodykit
  • Sports seats

New Skoda Octavia vRS: Price TBC

The vRS sits at the top of the Octavia tree, offering hot-hatch performance with the same level of practicality as the standard car. Prices are yet to be confirmed, however a figure of around £35,000 seems likely. Go for the vRS and you get:

  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Matrix LED headlights
  • Power tailgate
  • 265hp 2.0-litre engine
  • Bespoke interior trim

New Skoda Octavia design

This is just a mid-life facelift for the Skoda Octavia, so the styling has only been given a minor nip and tuck to modernise things a bit.

The main change comes up front with a fresh set of headlights. They have the same basic sleek shape as before, but the daytime running lights now cut into the front bumper a bit like they do on the Peugeot 508. The lower bumper is also new, with larger intakes lending the car a more sporty appearance.

There’s a range of new alloy wheels to choose from, starting at 16-inches and rising to 19-inch rims for the spicy vRS version. The rear lights now have a slightly different LED light pattern, and the lower bumper has been tweaked as well.

New Skoda Octavia interior and infotainment

While the new Skoda Octavia’s basic dashboard design has stayed the same, there’s a raft of new technology available inside and some new interior trim options.

As standard you still get a 10.0-inch touchscreen, however a new 13.0-inch screen is now available as an option for the first time. It’s similar to the system you get in the Volkswagen ID7, and both setups have ChatGPT AI integration for more advanced voice commands.

Skoda is continuing to uphold its reputation for ultimate practicality by adding some new ‘Simply Clever’ features to the updated Octavia. Joining the ice scraper in the fuel door and the umbrella in the door is a new tablet holder for the rear seats and a new storage box for occupants to store bags and bottles.

New Skoda Octavia engines

The new Skoda Octavia is available with a similar range of petrol and diesel engines to the outgoing car. The range kicks off with a 1.5-litre petrol with 116hp and a six-speed manual gearbox, or you can get it with an automatic transmission.

There’s another 1.5-litre petrol with 150hp, and this is also available with either manual or automatic gearboxes. If diesel power takes your fancy then there are two to choose from. They’re both 2.0-litre units, one with 116hp and one with 150hp.

New Skoda Octavia vRS gets more power

If you want a family-friendly car with hot-hatch performance, the Octavia vRS is still here to scratch that itch. It still uses a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, however it now makes 265hp. That’s 20hp more than the outgoing car.

It’s also exactly the same as you get in the recently-revised Volkswagen Golf GTI, however you get 15hp more in a Ford Focus ST. Skoda has also removed the option of a manual gearbox in the Octavia vRS, with all cars now getting a seven-speed automatic.

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