Skoda Octavia Estate - Interior & comfort
A step up in quality gives the interior an upmarket feel
Both the exterior and interior now seem to exude a level of sophistication and quality that the Octavia has never quite reached before. Unfortunately, that's also reflected in the price, which easily hits close to £30,000 in a higher trim.
Add some of the new optional extras and the cost can spiral almost into BMW 3 Series territory. The extended winter pack, which includes heated front and rear seats and triple-zone climate control costs £1,000, while adding digital dials and a rear-view camera cost more than £500 and £400 respectively. Even the metallic paint colours cost more than £1,000 in most cases.
Skoda Octavia Estate dashboard
No mere makeover, the Octavia's interior takes a fresh new approach. Its dashboard is dominated by a wide span of metallic trim, above which sits a slim infotainment display. This measures 8.25-inches in entry-level cars and 10 inches in higher trims, with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality.
Soft-touch materials and ambient lighting help the Octavia feel more upmarket and it's pleasantly uncluttered inside, with even the volume taken care of by a slider at the bottom of the screen. Touch-sensitive controls have proved frustrating in some models but they work pretty well here, and can also be used to zoom in and out on the sat nav. Below this, there's a discreet row of rocker switches and a centre console with a small toggle-style gear selector for automatics. This frees up lots of space, even allowing your smartphone to sit in front of it and charge wirelessly (if you’ve chosen this optional function).
There are digital instrument dials (measuring 10.25 inches) with clear graphics, sitting behind a new two-spoke steering wheel. A built-in eSIM and modem means the Octavia is always connected, enabling features like eCall. They also allow owners to access vehicle information remotely. Up to five USB-C ports allow every occupant to charge their portable device while on the move. Clever touches include a conveniently placed USB-C port in the headlining next to the rear view mirror, which allows you to power a dashcam while keeping the wiring neat.
All versions of the Octavia Estate come well-equipped. Standard kit includes a DAB radio, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, sat nav, wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto connectivity. Dual-zone air conditioning and cruise control are also standard.
Two main trim levels are available, excluding the standalone vRS. As well as the kit mentioned above, SE-spec cars get 16-inch alloy wheels, keyless start, rear parking sensors and LED headlights.
A previous SE Technology version focused more on business users, but it’s a great fit for private buyers too. It benefits from front and rear parking sensors and the upgraded 10-inch touchscreen with sat nav.
Stepping up to the SE L model adds chrome exterior trim, rear privacy glass, headlight washers and heated and folding door mirrors. Inside the larger 10-inch infotainment touchscreen is standard, including voice control. Front heated seats, microsuede cloth upholstery and LED ambient interior lighting are also included. Additional safety features include adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors and blindspot detection.
There are plenty of options to pick from, with Matrix LED headlights and a panoramic sunroof being tempting, if costly, extras. There are also a host of accessories to ponder over.