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Firm's sales champion has been redesigned to offer more space and a superior infotainment set-up
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11 November 2019

Skoda will unveil the next generation version of its Octavia sales champion later today, giving us our first look at how it's been re-engineered to take on rivals like the Ford Focus and Mazda 3. 

Last week, the firm published design sketches that show how the interior has been radically overhauled. 

UPDATE: The 2020 Skoda Octavia has been officially revealed - read the full story here

Highlights of the redesign include a new multi-level instrument panel - a first for the Octavia - a reshaped, two-spoke steering wheel, and a free-standing central screen that has been positioned to reflect the recognisable silhouette of the brand's corporate grille design. Elsewhwere, the gear selector has been replaced with a small switch unit, while the Volkswagen Group's Climatronic three-zone air conditioning system makes its Octavia debut. 

Skoda claims the new interior offers more space than that of the outgoing Octavia.

The preview came after the recent accidental unveiling of the Octavia's front end design, where an official image was posted to Skoda's website.

Shared to a German Skoda forum, the press shot is said to have been taken from the brand's own configurator before being removed. As expected, we can see the new model takes heavily influence from the larger Skoda Superb, alongside the recently introduced Scala.

The 2020 Octavia ditches the controversial split headlamp design of the current car in favour of single units. These bookend a much larger grille, which brings the car into line with the rest of the range, while the influence of the Superb is clear in a new clamshell bonnet.

The Superb-esque accents are developed in the Octavia’s profile, particularly in the saloon version here. The car has deeper swage lines and more pronounced contours compared with the outgoing model, and an overall look that is more angular. In the estate version, spotted earlier this year in testing, a rear spoiler wraps around the sloping rear window. In both models, the tailgate and tail-light design bears no resemblance to today’s Octavia.

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It’s not expected that the fourth-gen Octavia will grow in exterior dimensions as it’ll make use of an updated version of the MQB platform used by today’s model, as well as the next-generation Golf. However, VW insiders tell us that the Mk8 Golf will use a greater percentage of lightweight metal, reducing kerbweight by around 50kg - that could also be the case for the Octavia.

The 2020 Octavia’s engine range will be familiar, featuring an updated iteration of the 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol at the bottom of the range, with the 1.5-litre ‘TSI Evo’ unit also available. Diesels will still feature prominently in the range in 1.6 and 2.0-litre form, while larger engine choices will also benefit from 48v mild hybrid technology to improve efficiency.

With the VW Group’s extensive electrification programme spreading across all brands, it’s very likely that a plug-in hybrid Octavia will be offered for the first time. However, the vRS performance brand is also still very much alive, so we should see more powerful options to make this the fastest Octavia yet.

It's not yet clear if today's unveiling will include the estate or the hatchback. Expect it to go on sale either right at the end of 2019 or early next year. 

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scotty5 6 November 2019

Best all round car on the market?

You don't need a multi-coloured sketch to know what the dash will look like - it'll be a bigger version of the Kamiq and Scala and no doubt be in the same shade of grey.

The current Octavia is probably one of the best all round cars you can buy with only two major flaws - aesthetics ( it's as dull as hell but given how well it sells, who knows that may be an attribute ) and my biggest bugbear - cabin noise. It sounds like tyre roar but I've been told it originates from the suspension. Whatever it is, the current car lacks soundproofing. Sort that and chances are I'll buy another.

230SL 6 November 2019

scotty5 wrote:

scotty5 wrote:

You don't need a multi-coloured sketch to know what the dash will look like - it'll be a bigger version of the Kamiq and Scala and no doubt be in the same shade of grey.

The current Octavia is probably one of the best all round cars you can buy with only two major flaws - aesthetics ( it's as dull as hell but given how well it sells, who knows that may be an attribute ) and my biggest bugbear - cabin noise. It sounds like tyre roar but I've been told it originates from the suspension. Whatever it is, the current car lacks soundproofing. Sort that and chances are I'll buy another.

I think VW do the Skoda cabin noise on purpose, we use to have a Superb and a Golf, both came with 18" rims, the Golf was far quieter inside.

Takeitslowly 6 November 2019

230SL wrote:

230SL wrote:

scotty5 wrote:

You don't need a multi-coloured sketch to know what the dash will look like - it'll be a bigger version of the Kamiq and Scala and no doubt be in the same shade of grey.

The current Octavia is probably one of the best all round cars you can buy with only two major flaws - aesthetics ( it's as dull as hell but given how well it sells, who knows that may be an attribute ) and my biggest bugbear - cabin noise. It sounds like tyre roar but I've been told it originates from the suspension. Whatever it is, the current car lacks soundproofing. Sort that and chances are I'll buy another.

I think VW do the Skoda cabin noise on purpose, we use to have a Superb and a Golf, both came with 18" rims, the Golf was far quieter inside.

 

"On purpose"?. Did it not, (clearly not) occur to you that the Golf has as befits position in the heirarchy, more soundproofing, model for model against the Octavia?. Why expect Golf buyers to put up with higher noise levels for extra money paid...answer, save up your pocket money and by the Golf and STOP whingeing.

Citytiger 11 November 2019

scotty5 wrote:

scotty5 wrote:

You don't need a multi-coloured sketch to know what the dash will look like - it'll be a bigger version of the Kamiq and Scala and no doubt be in the same shade of grey.

The current Octavia is probably one of the best all round cars you can buy with only two major flaws - aesthetics ( it's as dull as hell but given how well it sells, who knows that may be an attribute ) and my biggest bugbear - cabin noise. It sounds like tyre roar but I've been told it originates from the suspension. Whatever it is, the current car lacks soundproofing. Sort that and chances are I'll buy another.

I suspect the cabin noise is probably down to the size of the thing, its just a big empty echo chamber.. 

Bar room lawyer 6 November 2019

Generic VAG design

It looks like they will use the same instrument panel, display screen as the new (?) Golf! 

 

gavsmit 22 October 2019

I think it looks great....

...but VW reliability (e.g. the farcical, ongoing 1.5 TSi issue), what VW did regarding Dieselgate, Skoda's eye-watering prices and the fact that they'll be so many on the roads (e.g. minicabs) puts me off. 

 

Takeitslowly 31 October 2019

gavsmit wrote:

gavsmit wrote:

...but VW reliability (e.g. the farcical, ongoing 1.5 TSi issue), what VW did regarding Dieselgate, Skoda's eye-watering prices and the fact that they'll be so many on the roads (e.g. minicabs) puts me off. 

 

 

Ongoing no longer, catch up prior to posting.

gavsmit 6 November 2019

Takeitslowly

Is it painful for you if you don't take it slowly?

And the 1.5 TSi issue remains ongoing because lots of angry customers still haven't got their cars fixed.

Takeitslowly 6 November 2019

gavsmit wrote:

gavsmit wrote:

Is it painful for you if you don't take it slowly?

And the 1.5 TSi issue remains ongoing because lots of angry customers still haven't got their cars fixed.

 

Have you got IT in you, to explain what YOU mean by IT?.

 

There was a permanent fix announced weeks ago and it takes TIME, for owners to be informed and for the work to be done...it is NOT an ONGOING issue anymore...got it?. Fool

gavsmit 7 November 2019

Pointless trolling

I'm sure all the disappointed and angry VW / Skoda / Seat 1.5 TSi owners will appreciate your explanation of the situation as no longer 'ongoing'.

Now prove yourself the true fool by having the last word in response to this post, and feel free to play with the caps lock too, because I will not be fueling your sorry hatred any further.

Citytiger 11 November 2019

Takeitslowly wrote:

Takeitslowly wrote:

There was a permanent fix announced weeks ago and it takes TIME, for owners to be informed and for the work to be done...it is NOT an ONGOING issue anymore...got it?. Fool

If its anything like the diesel fix, that actually made lots of cars less reliable, caused more faliures, and in some cases wasnt actually a fix, many customers will be very wary of getting their cars "fixed". VW continue to take their customers for granted.