In terms of design there aren't any major changes on the inside and you get the same high quality dashboard as before. Despite being more than three years old, the dashboard still looks modern and the beige and black colour combo makes the ambience airy too. Quality like in the old car is top-notch and it is hard to point at any one thing that you could call cheap. With the update, Skoda have made subtle changes to uplift the cabin even more. Now you get new air-con vents, wood door garnish and the addition of ambient lighting with ten colour options. The biggest change however, is the new 8-inch infotainment system that replaces the smaller 6.5-inch found on the old car. This new system is of high quality and everything from the graphics to the way it functions makes it one of the best in business. Like with the old car, the one thing we miss is the tank like build quality you use to get from the now defunct Laura or even the VW Jetta. Although better than most of the competition, this MQB based car feels light and it doesn’t have the same solid door shut as the Skodas of the old.
Upfront the large seats are comfortable and the well contoured backrest keeps you into place. The host of steering and seat adjustments lets you find your ideal driving position quite easily too. At the rear the Octavia has loads of space and despite the sloping roof, headroom is adequate too. What could have made the rear seat experience even better though is a longer seat squab and better underthigh support. The wide cabin ensures decent comfort for even the third rear passenger, but like before they will also have their feet astride a sizable transmission tunnel.
The Octavia is so practical that it can put many SUV’s to shame. You get loads of cup, bottle holders and other storage spaces for knick-knacks. But it’s the massive 580-litre boot which is the icing on the cake. It’s well shaped, the loading lip is reasonably low and the hatch opening just makes it very easy to load large bags. You can also fold the rear seats to have your own king size bed in case your wife throws you out of the house.
The Octavia comes loaded with equipment too. You get key-less go, 8-inch colour touch screen infotainment system which is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible, leather seats, electric driver seat adjustment, LED headlamps and tail lamps, parking sensors with camera, auto-park, sunroof and dual-zone climate control amongst others. In terms of safety you get eight airbags, multi collision brake assist, fatigue detection, ESP and ABS.