New 2024 Skoda Octavia Sportline Revealed

For almost 30 years, the Skoda Octavia has stood out in the small car market. Since it hit the road in 1996, it has won over seven million customers in over 60 countries, showcasing its broad appeal. Compared to its relative, the VW Golf, the Octavia stands out with its bigger size and roomier inside, while keeping a look that’s easy on the eyes and simple. It’s no wonder it’s Skoda’s top-selling model, with nearly 192,000 units flying off the shelves last year alone.

Recently, the fourth version of the Octavia, which debuted in late 2019, has seen some tweaks. These changes are minor, aimed at sprucing up its look. Highlights of the update include the latest second-gen LED Matrix headlights, a refreshed grille, new alloy wheel styles, and updated LED rear lights that feature moving turn signals. The model range has been simplified to four options: SE Technology, SE L, SportLine, and the sporty vRS.

The Octavia’s inside has gotten a facelift too, with nine new Design Selections that use eco-friendly materials for the seats, dashboard, and door linings. Tech enhancements feature a standard 10-inch digital dashboard, a 10-inch Virtual Cockpit, and a new 13-inch screen for the infotainment system, a first for the Octavia series. Plus, Skoda has added an AI chatbot to the Laura voice assistant, making the car more interactive.

The latest Octavia introduces new tech features like Intelligent Park Assist and Remote Park Assist, along with an upgraded system for monitoring the driver’s focus and alertness. The engines have been updated for better fuel economy; the smaller 1.0 TSI and the plug-in hybrid models have been discontinued, now starting with two 1.5 TSI engine versions that offer mild-hybrid technology and DSG gearboxes, and going up to a stronger 2.0 TSI engine and two diesel variants.

The engine choices start with a 114 hp version and go up to a new 201 hp 2.0 TSI engine, with the top model being the Octavia vRS. The vRS features a 261 hp 2.0 TSI engine, giving it 20 hp more than before, and comes with a seven-speed DSG gearbox that uses the efficient Budack cycle.

The Octavia vRS also comes with special 18-inch Comet aerodynamic alloy wheels, with an option for 19-inch Elias wheels in silver or anthracite, and two unique vRS interior Design Selections: the RS Fabric Design Selection and the more upscale vRS Suite Design Selection. With these updates, the Octavia continues to be an attractive option for those looking for a mix of roominess, style, and tech in a compact car.

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