New ŠKODA Octavia has been summed up perectly by motoring journalists. Here’s what they had to say
“The car is bigger than its predecessor and sits on a stretched version of Volkswagen Group’s latest platform, giving it a longer wheelbase that rivals such as the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra. SKODA claims this means it will have more interior space than any car in its class”
“Among the optional extras available for the first time in an Octavia are adaptive cruise control, auto-dipping headlights and a traffic sign recognition system. Standard safety features include autonomous emergency braking, lane assist, a fatigue detection system and nine airbags.
“The ŠKODA Octavia isn’t normally the type of car to turn up and smack you around the face with its honesty. But this is a wonderful car. And the new one looks even better. Those smart, clean lines were revised from top to bottom by design chief Jozef Kaban and his team, and yes, while there’s certainly an air of a battery-farmed Volksvagen Group product, it’s still unpretentious. Which is the key really.”
Auto Express (on-line)
“ŠKODA’s design team likes to keep things simple, and the new Octavia’s clean-cut lines demonstrate this philosophy perfectly. Smaller headlights and a wider, lower grille add more aggression to the nose, while the longer wheelbase and shorter front and rear overhangs give a sportier profile. A pronounced flick at the rear window line – a ‘Hoffmeister kink’ – adds further character to the chiselled looks”