The 2020 ŠKODA Octavia!
The 2020 ŠKODA Octavia!

The new ŠKODA Octavia will be available in Ireland from July 2020, Skoda Ireland has confirmed as the covers are taken off the all-new model of one of Ireland’s favourite cars. Prices and specifications will be available closer to the time.

The new Octavia is longer and wider than its predecessor, has an even larger boot and features the latest interpretation of ŠKODA’s design language. We’re told a new interior combines “an excellent amount of space and outstanding functionality with high-quality materials and clever details. Innovative connectivity and new assistance systems raise comfort and safety to an even higher level.”

The Combi estate model will have an even bigger boot growing 30 litres to 640 litres, while the hatchback has a capacity of 600 litres – 10 litres more than the previous generation.

New design features include a new front apron, new headlights with LED technology, and LED rear lights. Alloy wheels up to 19″ will be available along with new colours – Crystal Black, Lava Blue and Titanium Blue.

In the newly designed interior, the Octavia has a new two-spoke steering wheel, which can be heated as an option and – if ordered as a multifunction variant – comes with new control buttons and knurled scroll wheels, allowing drivers to operate a total of 14 different functions without removing their hands. The dashboard, which has also been redesigned, is modular and has been arranged in different levels, featuring a large, free-standing central display.

The interior of the new Octavia
The interior of the new Octavia

The centre console has chrome detail and there are new door trims and handles. Soft-touch materials have been chosen for a premium look, while new LED ambient lighting is also available. Four infotainment screens are available measuring from 8.25 to 10 inches.

New equipment will include head-up display, tri-zone climate control, keyless vehicle entry system (KESSY), as well as a standard fit 4.2-inch, multifunction Maxi DOT 16-colour display, electric side windows and an electromechanical parking brake.

The ŠKODA Octavia is now also available with acoustic side windows at the front, which reduce road noise in the cabin even further.The new Octavia will also be the first ŠKODA ever to use shift-by-wire technology for operating the DSG, which electronically transmits the driver’s gear selection to the transmission. In place of the familiar DSG lever, there is therefore a new control module located in the centre console with a small rocker switch for selecting the drive modes as well as a button for the parking mode.

The 2020 ŠKODA Octavia will also be the first ŠKODA ever to use shift-by-wire technology for operating the DSG, which electronically transmits the driver’s gear selection to the transmission. In place of the familiar DSG lever, there is therefore a new control module located in the centre console with a small rocker switch for selecting the drive modes as well as a button for the parking mode.

For the first time, the line-up includes a plug-in hybrid, the Octavia iV. Some of the petrol engines will also have mild hybrid technology. Diesel engines emit up to 80 per cent less nitrogen oxide we’re told. Engines for Ireland will be confirmed at a later date.

ŠKODA AUTO CEO, Bernhard Maier, said,

“For ŠKODA, the Octavia is of immense importance. That’s why we’ve completely redeveloped this car. The outcome is the best Octavia of all time – it is even more spacious, practical and even safer than ever before. By unveiling its latest generation just in time for its 60th anniversary, we have taken a major step forward. The Octavia has significantly contributed to the positive development of the company and the brand. Over the last six decades. I am very confident that the new generation will play its part in maintaining this positive development.”

With more than 6.5 million units produced, the Octavia is the bestselling model in the ŠKODA portfolio to date.

The new Octavia will arrive in Ireland in 2020!
The new Octavia will arrive in Ireland in 2020!