Skoda has given the third-gen Octavia a mid-life facelift for the 2017 model year in the form of mildly altered front face and has added some equipment too.
In terms of exterior design, Skoda has given the front a new and fresh look with a dual-split headlamp units with the option of full LED technology, a taller grille with piano black finish and a tweaked front bumper with a wider air dam and sleeker fog lamps. The side and rear profile haven’t gone through a major rejig, save for the new 16-inch alloys and reworked detailing on the LED tail lamps.
Get inside the car and everything is so familiar. The interiors remain more or less similar to the outgoing Octavia, but there are subtle changes. For instance, Skoda has plonked in a larger 8.0-inch Amundsen infotainment system with connectivity for Mirror Link, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It also gets the much talked about hands-free parking system, which help reduce parking effort as sensors help identify a parking space and line the car up, taking over steering duties while the driver controls throttle and braking only.
Noteworthy features on the list now includes remote operated panoramic sunroof, cruise control, 12-way adjustable driver seat with memory function, on-board satellite navigation, ambient LED lighting in 10 programmable colours and tyre pressure monitoring system. On the safety front, the 2017 Octavia facelift gets 8 airbags with ABS, EBD, Traction Control, Hill Hold, ESP, driver fatigue detection system and auto dimming function for mirrors.
Under the hood, Skoda has carried forward the same set of engines, a 1.4-litre TSI petrol, 1.8-litre TSI petrol and a 2.0-litre TDI diesel mill with no mechanical changes. The 150 PS/ 250 Nm 1.4-litre TSI engine comes mated to a 6-speed manual transmission offers 16.7 KMPL, while the 180 PS/ 250 Nm 1.8-litre TSI comes paired to a 7-speed DSG gearbox delivers 15.1 KMPL. The 143 PS/320 Nm 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine comes paired either a 6-speed manual delivering 21 KMPL or 6-speed DSG gearbox rated at 19.5 KMPL.
A total of 4 colours on the 2017 Skoda Octavia facelift are on offer – Quartz Grey, Brilliant Silver, Candy White and Magic Black.
Prices of the 2017 Skoda Octavia facelift (Ex-showroom all India):
- Octavia Ambition 1.4 TSI MT: Rs. 15.49 lakh
- Octavia Style 1.4 TSI MT: Rs. 17.50 lakh
- Octavia Style 1.8 TSI AT: Rs. 18.59 lakh
- Octavia Style Plus 1.8 TSI AT: Rs. 20.90 lakh
- Octavia Ambition 2.0 TDI MT: Rs. 16.90 lakh
- Octavia Style 2.0 TDI MT: Rs. 18.96 lakh
- Octavia Style 2.0 TDI AT: Rs. 20.50 lakh
- Octavia Style Plus 2.0 TDI AT: Rs. 22.90 lakh
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