First unveiled last month, the new Octavia focuses on offering dimensions and qualities typical of a midsize-car while maintaining a compact car price.
Despite its increased size – the new model is 90 mm longer and 45 mm wider that its predecessor – and larger amount of technology on board, the adoption of the VW Group’s new MQB modular platform allowed to achieve total weight savings of 102 kg compared to the past generation.
This was also possible thanks to the use of high- and ultra-tensile steels and a careful selection of materials.
|Left: The 2nd generation Octavia (2004-2012) – Right: the new model|
The design applies the brand’s language characterized by clean, precise surfacing.
Compared to the second-generation Octavia, the new model maintains the overall proportions, with the large rear end and hatch, introducing a number of elements that give the car a more modern look.
Among these are the new headlights and tail lights with their angular lines, the sharp character lines that span across the flanks and the more pronounced wheel-arches.
The increased wheelbase, the shorter front overhang and the C pillar pulled far backwards contribute to a more dynamic look, while the treatment of the front end, with the trademark grille and the hood lines that originate from the badge area make the model easily recognizable as a Škoda.
The high, sharp tornado line provides the car with optical stretch and highlights its coupé-like silhouette. A new characteristic is an upswept dynamic window line in the rear doors, the so-called “fin” – a subtle design idea that gives the car “a forceful appearance and direction.”
The interior has generous dimensions with a length of 1,782 mm, a knee room increased by 73 mm and a rear passengers headroom of 980 mm. The luggage capacity is also very generous, with a volume of 590 liters.