Skoda Refreshes The Popular Octavia Range For 2024

Skoda Refreshes The Popular Octavia Range For 2024

Skoda Refreshes The Popular Octavia Range For 2024
Posted in Car News On By Aaron

With an impressive track record of over 7 million units sold, the Skoda Octavia range stands out as the brand's top-selling model. It's got a model update for 2024.

Skoda Auto is revamping both the hatchback and estate versions of its iconic Octavia. With an impressive track record of over 7 million units sold, it stands out as the brand's top-selling model.

Now, entering its fourth modern generation, the Octavia boasts a refreshed appearance, highlighted by an updated Skoda grille and advanced second-generation LED Matrix beam headlights.

Enhancing customer satisfaction, there's a more extensive array of standard features, such as a 10-inch Digital Display and dual-zone Climatronic.

Additionally, the incorporation of sustainable materials within the car has been increased, aligning with eco-conscious trends. Furthermore, the inclusion of additional safety and assistance systems bolsters both active and passive safety, while a revamped range structure offers greater personalisation options.

The latest iteration of the modern Octavia embarks on its next production phase with renewed vigour. The facelift introduces a fresh design ethos, featuring redesigned front and rear bumpers, along with an updated Skoda grille.

Notable additions include the second-generation LED Matrix beam headlights, revised LED rear lights with animated indicators, and a selection of new alloy wheel designs. The revised range structure now encompasses four trim levels – SE Technology, SE L, SportLine, and vRS – along with nine Design Selections for the interior.

Complementing the interior enhancements, which include the integration of new sustainable materials for seats, dashboard, and door panels, certain model variants now come standard with a 10-inch Digital Display.

The well-received 10-inch Virtual Cockpit, introduced during the launch of the fourth-generation Octavia, remains available. For the first time in the Octavia series, a 13-inch infotainment display is offered as an option.

An image of the 2024 Skoda Octavia facelift update

Additionally, the integration of the ChatGPT chatbot into the Laura voice assistant introduces a host of advanced functionalities, surpassing previous voice command capabilities. Intelligent Park Assist and Remote Park Assist make their Octavia debuts, adding to the suite of convenience features.

The engine lineup encompasses two 1.5 TSI petrol engines, optionally available with mild-hybrid technology, two power-boosted 2.0 TSI petrol engines, and two diesel variants, with power outputs ranging from 116 PS (85 kW) to 265 PS (195 kW).

Furthermore, Skoda Auto has expanded its comprehensive portfolio of active and passive safety features.

A new Attention and Drowsiness Assist utilises a broad range of data and parameters to evaluate driver behaviour, enhancing safety on the road. Moreover, the updated Octavia is equipped with up to 10 airbags, providing enhanced protection for occupants.

The updated Skoda CI is reflected in the new two-dimensional Skoda logo and the lettering on the tailgate of the latest Octavia model.

Both the hatchback and estate variants are offered in four trim levels: SE Technology, SE L, SportLine, and vRS. Notably, the best-selling model from the Czech car manufacturer now showcases redesigned front and rear aprons, extending the overall length of the hatchback and estate by nine millimetres to 4,698 millimetres.

An image of the 2024 Skoda Octavia facelift update

The redesign includes revamped lower air intakes, Air Curtains, and transitions to the front wheel arches on the front apron, resulting in a more dynamic appearance. Additionally, the sides of the Skoda grille have been adjusted to align with the height of the new headlights.

Standard basic headlights now exclusively feature LED technology. Optionally, the second-generation LED Matrix beam headlights are available for Selection and Sportline trim levels, while they are standard on vRS models.

These headlights introduce a fresh light signature and incorporate two LED modules enhanced by the new Crystallinium element, which accentuates the headlamp contours, resembling coloured crystal glass.

The outer bi-LED module handles the low and high beam, while the inner module boasts 36 individual matrix segments arranged in two rows, providing improved illumination. The full LED rear lights, included as standard, come in two versions.

The base variant is featured with the SE Technology and SE L trim levels, while the top version includes an animated Coming/Leaving Home function and animated indicators extending into the tailgate, along with the upper part of the C-shaped light cluster.

An image of the 2024 Skoda Octavia facelift update

This top version is standard on the Sportline and vRS models but can also be optioned for SE L.

The range of alloy wheels, standard across all trims except the entry-level SE Technology model, sees new additions. This includes silver 16-inch Matar wheels, aerodynamically optimised and standard with the Selection trim level.

The Octavia Sportline offers new black, glossy machined 17-inch Slagard aero wheels. Further options encompass the 18-inch Lerna and the vRS-specific 19-inch Elias wheels in glossy machined silver or anthracite with black Aero trims.

The Octavia's colour palette comprises three solid colours and seven metallic finishes, with Hyper Green exclusive to Sportline and vRS models, while Phoenix Orange is solely available on the Octavia Estate.

The updated Octavia now boasts even more extensive standard equipment, featuring a free-standing central 10-inch infotainment display paired with a 10-inch Digital Display.

Breaking new ground for the model series, a 13-inch display is now available as an option. As a first, the AI-based ChatGPT chatbot is seamlessly integrated into the Laura voice assistant as standard, introducing a plethora of new capabilities surpassing previous voice commands.

An image of the 2024 Skoda Octavia facelift update

Standard on all models is a dual-zone Climatronic system, while from the Selection trim level upwards, the interior is equipped with a 15-watt Phone Box offering inductive fast-charging for smartphones and a cooling function.

USB-C ports now deliver an output of 45 watts, providing three times more charging power than before. Making its debut in the Octavia, the upgraded Kessy keyless vehicle access system automatically unlocks or locks the vehicle as soon as the driver enters or leaves an area within 1.5 metres of the car while carrying the key.

Inside, the updated Skoda Octavia features new upholstery, trim, and door panel designs. Skoda incorporates sustainable materials in some of the nine Design Selections, aligned with the four trim levels SE Technology, SE L, SportLine, and vRS.

Examples include recycled fabrics in the Lodge and Sportline Design Selections and sustainably treated leather in the Suite Design Selection. The perforated leather in the Suite Design Selection, available in Black and Cognac colours, marks a first for the Octavia, tanned using sustainable materials such as coffee husks to replace traditional chemicals.

Notably, the ergonomic front seats of this optional Design Selection carry an AGR (Healthy Back Campaign) seal of approval and feature ventilation and massage functions. Another first for the Octavia, Unique Dark Chrome trim elements adorn the interior, along with the steering wheel now showcasing the new two-dimensional Skoda logo.

The updated Octavia introduces a range of new Simply Clever features. For the estate variant, an optional automatic retractable luggage compartment cover facilitates easier access to the cargo area.

Additionally, a dedicated storage box designed to hold rear passengers' bags, cups, and bottles makes its debut. Enhancing practicality, the multifunction pocket in the luggage compartment now incorporates two variable hooks.

Furthermore, the optional tablet holder, previously available only on the back of the front seats, is now also offered for the sports seats. Emphasising sustainability, the ice scraper housed in the fuel filler flap and the optional umbrella stored in the front door are now crafted from sustainable materials.

An image of the 2024 Skoda Octavia facelift update

Additionally, the hand brush included in the dedicated front door compartment remains part of the standard equipment.

The powertrain lineup of the updated Octavia begins with a 1.5 TSI petrol engine and a 2.0 TDI diesel, both delivering 116 PS (85 kW) of power and paired with a manual 6-speed gearbox.

The entry-level petrol engine, also available with mild-hybrid technology and DSG, offers 150 PS (110 kW) and features energy recovery during braking, stored in a 48-volt lithium-ion battery.

This system supports the internal combustion engine with electric power surges or enables the Octavia to coast with the engine completely switched off when less power is required.

Both 1.5 TSI engines can deactivate two cylinders using ACT+ active cylinder deactivation to reduce fuel consumption. Equipped with variable turbine geometry and superior thermal efficiency, both 2.0 TSI engines inject fuel at a pressure of 350 bar and feature variable valve lift.

Enhanced air intake and friction optimisation contribute to increased power output. The 204 PS (150 kW) variant, featuring all-wheel drive as standard, operates on the Budack cycle with an increased compression ratio of 12.2:1, delivering 14 PS (10 kW) more power than its predecessor.

In the Octavia vRS, the top petrol engine now generates 265 PS (195 kW), representing a 20 PS (15 kW) increase compared to the previous model.

In both 2.0 TDI engines, a crankshaft drive with steel pistons effectively reduces heat losses while simultaneously enhancing combustion speed.

An image of the 2024 Skoda Octavia facelift update

Injection pressure is set at 2,200 bar, and the turbocharger benefits from variable turbine geometry, ensuring optimal boost pressure across a wide rev range for a smoother power curve.

The exhaust gas treatment system, strategically positioned near the engine, has been optimised to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions. It employs a twin-dosing process to inject AdBlue upstream of two SCR catalytic converters arranged in series.

The new Intelligent Park Assist, available exclusively with automatic transmission, empowers the Octavia to autonomously navigate parallel and perpendicular parking spaces.

Beyond steering control, akin to Park Assist in other Skoda models, it now manages brakes, speed, and direction of travel (both forward and reverse). If an obstacle is detected, the system halts the car automatically.

The forthcoming Remote Park Assist, also exclusive to automatic transmission, takes this functionality further. It enables the driver to remotely control Intelligent Park Assist manoeuvres from outside the vehicle via the MySkoda app.

Utilising Bluetooth communication between the vehicle and smartphone, the driver, within four metres of the Octavia, can select the desired manoeuvre type and exit direction within the app. The maximum speed during manoeuvring is capped at 6 mph (9.5 km/h).

You can lease the brand new 2024 Skoda Octavia by visiting our Skoda Octavia leasing page for more info.

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