The highly anticipated All-new ŠKODA OCTAVIA was unveiled to the world on the 11th November at the National Gallery in Prague. This event was attended by the worlds media and Andrej Babiš the Czech Prime Minister.

Meeting the New OCTAVIA

It has been sixty years since the production of the OCTAVIA started back in 1959 but now ŠKODA has unveiled its best model yet since its iconic relaunch back in 1996. The new ŠKODA OCTAVIA is more spacious, more connected, even more emotive and above all safer than ever before.

Already a major icon in its Czech home country as well as dominating many other markets all around the world the new OCTAVIA builds on from the many successes of its predecessors and now features a modern design and technology to match. it is both extremely practical and efficient alongside offering astonishing amounts of space and yet it still hold onto its exceptional value for money. The fourth-generation OCTAVIA will continue to be the brands top volume model.

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Optional, particularly back-friendly Ergo seats, which among other things offer an electric massage function, are available for the first time in a ŠKODA. In the top version, they can also be ventilated and bear the seal of approval of the German campaign for Healthier Backs. The optional head-up display is another first for a ŠKODA. It projects the most important information such as speed, navigation, detected traffic signs and activated driver assistance systems directly onto the – optionally heated – windscreen. The 4.2-inch, multifunction Maxi DOT 16-colour display comes as standard. Tri-zone Climatronic makes its debut in the OCTAVIA. Using the optional keyless vehicle entry system (KESSY), now any one of the car’s four doors can be opened first. The standard equipment also includes electric side windows and an electromechanical parking brake. The ŠKODA OCTAVIA is now also available with acoustic side windows at the front, which reduce road noise in the cabin even further.

The new OCTAVIA is the first ŠKODA ever to use shift-by-wire technology for DSG operation, which electronically transmits the driver’s gear selection to the transmission. In place of the familiar DSG lever, there is a new control module located in the centre console with a small rocker switch for selecting the drive modes as well as a button for the parking mode. Innovative full LED matrix headlights are available as an option, allowing the driver to leave the high beam on at all times without dazzling other road users. Full LED tail lights featuring crystalline elements and dynamic indicators are another option.

A whole range of new safety systems such as Collision Avoidance Assist, Turn Assist, Exit Warning and the local Traffic Warning function are also making their debut at ŠKODA. Other new features for the OCTAVIA include Area View, Side Assist and Predictive Cruise Control, which – together with the updated version of Traffic Sign Recognition and the further improved Lane Assist, as well as Traffic Jam Assist and Emergency Assist – forms the comprehensive Travel Assist system. Using Hands-on Detect, this system also checks whether the driver is touching the steering wheel consistently. Up to nine airbags, including a driver knee airbag and rear side airbags, protect occupants in the event of a collision.

The OCTAVIA offers a choice of four infotainment systems from the latest generation with screens measuring from 8.25 to 10 inches. Some of them can be operated using gesture control or by voice via the Laura ŠKODA Digital Assistant. The top-of-the-range Columbus infotainment system can – for the first time – display the navigation system’s maps in a different level of zoom than the 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit (which, by the way, has also been further improved, making it even more user-friendly). This new function can be adjusted through an innovative touch slider located below the display, which can also be used to control the volume.

Thanks to a built-in eSIM, the OCTAVIA is always online; access to the latest ŠKODA Connect mobile online services is therefore always possible. These include eCall, which is mandatory in the EU, comprehensive remote vehicle access and infotainment apps backed by online data. The car features up to five USB-C ports for charging or connecting media devices and USB sticks, one of which can optionally be housed in the overhead console above the rear-view mirror. Older devices with a USB-A 3.0 port can easily be connected using the USB-C to USB-A 3.0 adapter from the ŠKODA Genuine Accessories range. Furthermore, smartphones can be charged inductively, using the optional Phone Box. Finally, the acoustically optimised interior and the new optional CANTON sound system ensure a perfect audio experience.

For diesel cars, the range of the brand-typical Simply Clever features now also includes a convenient filler tube for AdBlue®, enabling it to be filled up using a lorry pump nozzle too. In the rear, two smartphone storage pockets on the front seatbacks are making their ŠKODA debut. The Sleep package for the back seat is now also an optional extra for the OCTAVIA. In addition, new retractable sun blinds for the rear side windows make it possible to block out the light. There is a multifunction storage pocket below the boot cover in both the hatchback and the OCTAVIA COMBI; the latter will also feature an automatically retractable load cover. The storage compartment with an umbrella and hand brush in the front doors is new. The funnel integrated into the lid of the windscreen washer tank is yet another new feature in the OCTAVIA.