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Refreshed 2024 Skoda Octavia is all about the interior

Published: 14 February 2024 Updated: 14 February 2024

► Skoda Octavia hatch and estate updated for 2024
► Refreshed interior layout and new technology
► Power boost for petrol vRS, PHEVs are TBC

Skoda has announced updates for its popular Octavia hatchback and estate. The updated model will go on sale later in 2024 and benefits from some light tweaks inside and out.

In terms of exterior design, the only noticeable difference is the new lighting structure on the 2024 Skoda Octavia, with more aggressive day-running lights (DRLs) that can be had with new-generation matrix LED lights on higher-spec models.

The new 2024 Skoda Octavia: it’s all about the interior

The biggest change is arguably the interior design and technology, with a revised look to the dashboard and a reorganisation of some of the storage areas. The Octavia’s infotainment screen is larger and now features new-generation software.

Skoda Octavia interior (2024): now with ChatGPT

Skoda says that, like VW, it will also include ChatGPT into its voice assistant, making it smarter and able to conduct more tasks for drivers.

Specs available on the new Skoda Octavia hatch and estate don’t deviate from what we’ve become used to: SE Technology, SE L, SportLine and the sporty vRS. Well-specced SE L also features a range of ‘design selections’ with upholstery combos similar to those seen on the Enyaq, including Loft, Lodge, Lounge, Suite Black and Suite Cognac. 

Engines, specs

The Octavia’s engine range has been lightly tweaked, too, with a 114bhp petrol and diesel, 148bhp petrol and diesel engines and a punchier 262bhp 2.0-litre engine for the vRS performance hero (below).

Go-faster Skoda Octavia vRS Estate 2024

Skoda has confirmed a mid-pegging 201bhp petrol will arrive in 2025, and the range will likely include iV plug-in hybrid models soon, too. 

The conventional 114bhp and 148bhp engines are available with both a six-speed manual or a seven-speed auto (which includes mild hybrid assistance), while the vRS is auto only. The diesel vRS model no longer exists.

We will update this Skoda Octavia news story once we know the full specs, prices and further details on the PHEV models in due course.

By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, gamer, serial Lego-ist, lover of hot hatches