The Skoda Octavia facelift brings more power and sharper styling; it's on sale now priced from £17,055 to £30,085

The Skoda Octavia facelift is on sale now, priced from £17,055 to £30,085. It undercuts the Ford Focus and Audi A3 but is more expensive than the new Hyundai i30 and outgoing Volkswagen Golf.

Prices for the Octavia vRS hot hatch start at £25,130 for a 227bhp 2.0-litre petrol model with a manual gearbox, and rise to £29,330 for the all-wheel-drive, automatic diesel.

The Octavia Estate starts from £18,225, while the all-wheel-drive Scout version starts from £26,525. The prices represent a marginal increase over the old model's, but the facelift gets extra kit to compensate.

Spec levels consist of S, SE, SE Technology, SE L and range-topping Laurin and Klement trims.

The 2017 updates brings new front and rear end designs, updated in-car tech and more potent vRS range-toppers.

The global engine line-up now consists of nine engines, ranging between 1.0 and 2.0-litre capacities and producing from 85bhp to 227bhp, although the lowest output engine won't be sold in Britain. 

Instead, the key units offered here will include a 113bp 1.0 three-cylinder petrol and a 147bhp 1.4 TSI four-cylinder petrol, as well as 1.6 and 2.0 TDI diesels that produce 113bhp and 147bhp respectively and offer up to 

As before, the top Octavia vRS model is available in turbocharged 2.0-litre diesel and petrol guises, but it gets more power. The petrol is the most potent, offering 227bhp, while the diesel produces 181bhp.

Front-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive layouts are available, as before.

Skoda’s best-selling model receives a new, more angular grille in the style of the recently launched Kodiaq SUV, along with new headlights, which are now LED units and divided into two sections, and redesigned tail-lights. The bonnet, meanwhile, gets a more streamlined appearance, and a range of newly designed 16in, 17in and 18in wheels are available.

Among the updates inside are new ‘Simply Clever’ features, such as a new bottle holder which is moulded to the shape of plastic bottle bottoms, allowing them to be opened one-handed. A torch is integrated into the bootlid of the estate, and a powered bootlid is also now an option.

There’s also a heated steering wheel and upgraded infotainment systems, of which three specifications are available: Bolero, Amundsen and range-topping Columbus. 9.2in touchscreens feature in the highest-spec models, and the touchscreens have all been redesigned to give a higher-quality feel.

An optional Comfort package comes with a customisable key, which can be programmed to save different drivers' settings, so multiple users can open the car and have their preferred seat adjustment, climate control and infotainment settings automatically applied.

Updated driver assistance technology includes trailer assistant, which will steer when you’re slowly reversing, and predictive pedestrian protection. A rear radar assists the updated parking assist system, which now has Blind Spot Detection and Rear Traffic Alert to warn drivers of approaching cars when reversing out of a space. There is also a reversing camera.

The biggest change to the options list is a black and brown colour scheme on the Ambition spec Octavia, while new textures have been applied to the interiors of other spec levels. There’s also updated upholstery and optional ambient lighting, which is standard in range-topping Style and Laurin & Klement specs.

Skoda CareConnect, which provides breakdown and emergency assistance, is also offered.

Order books for the facelifted Octavia saloon and estate are open and first UK deliveries are due around the end of March.

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27 October 2016
Although it's one of the most rounded cars at any price point the front lights remind me a the previous generation Mercedes E Class that if I remember divided opinion at the time.

Not sure yet if this is an improvement I would have to see one in the flesh I suppose

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27 October 2016
Note to self this is what my taxi will look like after my next night out though that wont narrow it down as they are all skoda's where I am or bland Passat's

27 October 2016
Ugh!

27 October 2016
I have just bought an Octavia and the same thing happened with my Volvo C30 before that and in both cases I have genuinely preferred my pre-facelift version

27 October 2016
It's not the split headlamps that bother me but the wide chrome bar that divides the grille.

Facelifts rarely work. This is another instance that it doesn't. Why temper with a perfectly decent design?

27 October 2016
I do wonder why these 'split lights' are suddenly Skoda'a signature, just as they were mastering simple elegant design. Still looks good but there's now an element of awkwardness about that front end.

The new technology on offer sounds good, alongside the other small improvements, but i am keen to give this new touch screen a whirl. Seems VW are the final ones to demo it when they unveil the new Golf in a few weeks, but I'm yet to be convinced by the new system...


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28 October 2016
Have to agree with some of the comments, the current Octavia is a clean, conservative design, perhaps restrained yes but handsome enough as the target market isn't for wacky designs.

This weird combination of old-Merc style split headlights (which never really suited that car either) and a grille split by a piece of shiny plastic (that truth be told looks like a moustache a 1930s Austrian man may grow...) does not suit the car at all.

Though it may look better in the flesh, this type of weird styling may have been better suited to the smaller Fabia or the Kodiac crossover SUV, both with presumably younger target markets in mind.

28 October 2016
The jury of Autocar readers seems to condemn the new headlamps almost unanimously. This makes me wonder why Skoda did't perform a customer survey before they decided the new headlamp design, that whould have revealed that they are about to make a mistake..

28 October 2016
It needed a butt-lift, not a face-lift. That "folded paper" look around the rear number-plate is just terrible.

3 November 2016
Uncle Mellow wrote:

It needed a butt-lift, not a face-lift. That "folded paper" look around the rear number-plate is just terrible.

I agree, those diagonal lines are a real jarring note on the rear design of various current Skodas. As for the front, the horizontal bottom edges of the headlamp units sit very awkwardly with the angles of the inner lights, which are neither within the grille shape or outside it. A very clumsy effort from Skoda.

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