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Tech and styling tweaks for 2017 Skoda Octavia

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Official Skoda snaps show off Kodiaq SUV-styling for the refreshed and revamped Skoda Octavia.

Official photos of the new 2017 Skoda Octavia reveal a new look which is definitely inspired by the Kodiaq SUV. The new model is expected to become available to buy in the UK in February with a price tag of around £17,000.

The Skoda Octavia’s mid-life facelift includes refreshed exterior styling, interior updates and a new infotainment system for both the estate and hatchback versions, whilst the mechanics are unchanged by the Czech manufacturer.

The rival to the Vauxhall Astra and VW Golf is still underpinned by a longer variant of the MQB chassis from the VW Group. This means that it will continue to have one of the largest cabins of any car in its class, even though the overall dimensions and wheelbase have not been changed.

Unchanged engine choices

Earlier this year, engine refinements resulted in the introduction of a turbocharged, three-cylinder petrol engine to the Skoda Octavia line-up and this will be carried over to the 2017 model. The engine line-up for the cars being sold in the UK will, therefore, include two petrol units and a pair of diesels.

In addition to the 1-0, 114bhp turbo, there is a 1.4 petrol turbo offering 148bhp. The diesels include a 2.0 and a 1.6-litre and the Scout and the vRS models of the Skoda Octavia will boast more powerful units when they are released next spring.

Changes inside and out

The styling changes to the exterior of the 2017 Skoda Octavia affect the front end and include new ‘split’ headlights which now mimic the family look seen on the Kodiaq SUV. The lower bumper section has also been refined and features crisp horizontal lines which are designed to emphasise its width.

Inside, the infotainment system has received a major overhaul for the Skoda Octavia 2017. Once again, this is influenced by new Kodiaq technology. The systems offered all benefit from capacitive touchscreens and include Swing, Balero, nav-equipped Amundsen and the rang-topping 9.2-inch Columbus.

The latter has the largest screen to ever make it into a Skoda Octavia and boasts a wireless hotspot. It can also come with its own SIM card module, allowing the car’s occupants to share broadband. Later next year, the new Skoda Octavia is also expected to be fitted with the digital instrument panel known as the Virtual Cockpit, which has been seen in various Audis and in the VW Passat.

Additional features for the Skoda Octavia

There are a number of additional Octavia features for 2017 and these are likely to make it into other vehicles in the range, either as standard additions or optional extras. They include a customisable key which can store driver preferences for a number of people, folding tables on the front seat backs, a removable torch for the boot in the estate, and a cosy heated steering wheel.

The 2017 Skoda Octavia also offers new assistance options such as a trailer assistant, which will steer when a towing car is reversing at slow speeds and a parking system upgrade to include an oncoming traffic warning when the car is being reversed out of a space.

One of the major selling points of the Skoda Octavia is its load bay and this is largely unchanged. With the rear seats upright, the hatchback can provide 590 litres of storage space or 1,580 litres with the seats folded down. The estate, meanwhile, can accommodate 610 litres or 1,740 without the rear seats. The latter now also has the option of an electric tailgate.

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