The renewal of the Octavia range has been phased, with the core models arriving in showrooms early this year, followed by sportier vRS editions and the rugged Scout four-wheel-drive. No doubt this was carefully planned to ensure maximum publicity for the facelifted medium car. Itís hard to miss the re-profiled front end, with split headlights that are bound to divide opinion, along with a bolder front grille. Inside the Octavia has had a technology overhaul with added safety equipment and new infotainment systems for the first time. Here we test the Paramedicís favourite vehicle for its carry-all ability and the reassurance of traction to all four wheels when the going gets slippery, and our test car came fitted with the lower powered 148bhp edition of the 2.0-litre TDI engine.
You can read the full report on this Skoda Octavia in the November 2017 issue of Diesel Car. Order a back issue by clicking here and choosing a single issue
Peppy engine and strong third gear. Seriously spacious interior and boot. Great quality, well thought out interior. Cheaper than rivals.
Controversial nose treatment. 20, 40, 60, 80 speedometer isnít tailored for UK roads. Fingerprints and dust on piano black surfaces. A spare wheel is a £100 option.