The new Škoda Octavia 2024: a slight tweak to an excellent formula

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In the world of motoring, the Škoda Octavia 2024 has long been appreciated for its reliability, spaciousness and versatility. For the 2024 model year, this Czech manufacturer has added some significant upgrades to its flagship, consolidating its position on the market.

As you sift through the thick fog of automotive news, every now and then you come across a gem that commands attention with its dazzling presence. This is also the case with the Škoda Octavia 2024, a car that has long been a pillar of reliability, spaciousness and engineering ingenuity. With its latest facelift, the Octavia not only promises to continue this tradition, but also introduces some fresh, technologically advanced changes that have already piqued the interest of car enthusiasts.

The facelifted Octavia will retain its classic shape, with the addition of modern details such as advanced LED Matrix headlights of the second generation with a new light signature. This technology provides exceptional illumination of the road, but at the same time adds a unique aesthetic element with the Crystallinium crystal element, which gives the headlights a special blue color​​. Škoda announces that with new design elements, such as redesigned bumpers and an updated Škoda mask, the Octavia will acquire an even sportier and more noticeable appearance.
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The decline of the 2.0 TDI in the sports version was no surprise, as diesel engines have become less popular in Europe. So much so that for the first time, pure electric vehicles have outsold diesel vehicles in Europe, according to figures from the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA).

The sporty diesel has become a niche market and with increasingly strict emission regulations, the withdrawal of the diesel Octavia RS is a logical step. After all, the mechanically related Golf GTD has also been retired. Skoda is keeping quiet about the Octavia RS iV, a plug-in hybrid, even as VW continues to sell the Golf GTE.
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The regular Octavia has lost its three-cylinder 1.0 TSI engine, which means that the range now starts with the larger 1.5 TSI. This four-cylinder engine is available in standard and mild hybrid configurations, with a choice of 114 hp and 220 Nm (162 lb-ft) or 148 hp and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft). Non-electrified versions are equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, while those with 48V technology have a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The 1.5 TSI models are exclusively front-wheel drive.

The flagship, the 2024 Škoda Octavia – The front-wheel-drive only Octavia RS uses an upgraded 2.0 TSI engine that now produces 261 hp, 20 hp more than the outgoing model. It matches the power of the new Golf GTI and delivers 370 Nm (272 lb-ft) of torque, a figure that remains unchanged. Gone is the clutch pedal, echoing Wolfsburg's DSG-only hot hatchback.

In 2025, Škoda plans to introduce a petrol version with four-wheel drive, with a 2.0 TSI engine tuned to 201 hp, which transmits power to both axles via DSG. This is an increase of 13 hp compared to the previous model equipped with this engine. Torque remains the same, at 320 Nm (236 lb-ft).

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If you were Jeremy Clarkson for a moment, you might say: “And in a world where electric cars and hybrids are taking over, Skoda has left diesel in the dust with its Octavia RS – literally. And just when you think all is lost for petrol engine lovers, Škoda enters with 261 horses under the hood. It's not just a car, it's a statement that gasoline is still in the game. So, hand on heart and gas pedal under foot, we can say that the Octavia RS is ready for any challenge, except finding room for the clutch, because there is no more. Well done Škoda, well done!”

The Octavia's interior will also receive upgrades with a new 13-inch infotainment system screen that will be compatible with Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay, as well as a 10-inch screen for the driver. This means drivers will enjoy a more connected and intuitive user experience. These changes are now evident in virtually every update from every manufacturer.

Conclusion: Ready for the future

Škoda Octavia 2024 continues its successful path with new design features, technological upgrades and a diverse range of engines. With these innovations, Škoda not only preserves, but also builds on its legacy, which is based on quality, reliability and innovation. Octavia remains faithful to its long-standing tradition, while looking to the future with promising changes that promise to remain a popular choice among drivers in the future​​​​​​

Due to its many qualities and upcoming updates, the Škoda Octavia 2024 is poised to continue to occupy the place of one of the most popular vehicles on the European market, thus remaining the choice for those looking for a combination of comfort, reliability and modern technology.

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