The face lifted Skoda Octavia was launched in India and competitively priced to take on the Toyota Corolla Altis and Hyundai Elantra.
This isn’t an all new Skoda Octavia and but more of mid cycle face lift with changes to the design and interiors. The front of the car has received changes with a quad arrangement now as the headlight units are split in two on either sides. They are also LED units and should light up the roads really well when driving at night. Front grille also received some tweaks with a piano black finish now replacing the matte black plastics. There is a wider air dam as well at the front and sleeker fog lamps as well.
Sides are almost similar with no changes save for the new 16 inch wheels. Rear of the car hasn’t been tinkered with much except for LED tail lights with a slightly different design and tweaked bumpers. A welcome change is that the rear tyres are wider by 30 mm for the 1.8 litre TSI petrol and by 20 mm for the rest.
Engine options are as same as before with the two petrol options of 1.4 TSI and 1.8 TSI and the single diesel option of the 2.0 litre TDI mill. Gear box options are a six speed manual and a six speed DSG whereas the 1.8 TSI gets a seven speed dual clutch auto box.
There are lots of toys for the driver to play with like the new 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that has Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink. Hands free parking and 12 way adjustable seats with memory function are the other goodies. There is also a new steering wheel as well. Rear space is still one of the best in class with comfortable seating for three passengers.
Safety isn’t neglected in anyway as there are 8 airbags in the top end version with EBD (electronic brake distribution) and traction control as standard. Available in four colour options – Quartz Grey, Brilliant Silver, Candy White and Magic Black, the new Skoda Octavia face lift looks to be an appealing package.
Too lazy to type anything, so re quoting from the best F1 driver in the world:
“On a given day, a given circumstance, you think you have a limit. And you then go for this limit and you touch this limit, and you think, 'Okay, this is the limit'. And so you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high.”
― Ayrton Senna