2013 Skoda Octavia Unveiled Ahead Of Australian Debut

Mike Stevens | Dec 12, 2012

Skoda has pulled the wraps from its new 2013 Octavia, revealing the final look of the third-generation small car.

As expected, the new model draws on the looks of the smaller Rapid, wearing a no-nonsense suit of sharp lines and understated modern features.

The latest update to Skoda's signature grille design dominates the front end, flanked by new Audi-like headlights and a wide lower grille with integrated foglight frames.

The theme continues at the rear end, with tail-lights again reminiscent of Audis past (the Typ 4F A6 in particular), while adopting the same chiseled edges previewed by the earlier VisionD concept.

Built on the same MQB platform that underpins the new Golf and Audi's new A3 range, the 2013 Octavia is larger all-round than its predecessor.

At 4659mm long and 1814mm wide, the small car has been stretched by 90 and 45mm respectively. The wheelbase is also longer, growing 108mm to 2686mm.

Inside, the Octavia gains 39mm in front elbow room, and 26mm in rear elbow room. Rear storage is also among the greatest in the segment, listed at 590 litres.

The cabin of the 2013 model brings a more upmarket look to the Skoda range while holding to the typical Volkswagen Group style, with minimal highlights and a largely black appearance.

New features in the cabin include an upgraded infotainment package, and depending on the specification, there is also Adaptive Cruise Assistant and road-sign recognition.

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Intelligent Light Assistant is also featured - essentially an automatic high-beam control - along with Driving Mode Selection and a panoramic sunroof.

Engine options will include a range of eight petrol and diesel engines, all turbocharged.

Among them will be am 89kW 1.4 litre petrol, a 131kW 1.8 litre petrol, and an 81kW 1.6 diesel - the latter returning fuel figures as low as 3.4 l/100km.

Manual and DSG automatic transmissions will be offered, and depending on the market, all-wheel-drive options will also be available.

Skoda has confirmed that a wagon version of the new Octavia, along with the range-topping 2.0 litre turbocharged Octavia RS, will debut later in 2013.


The new Octavia is scheduled for its global debut at March's Geneva Motor Show, with an Australian debut likely to occur in the second half of 2013.

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  • BH says,
    3 years ago
    looks good
  • Gaz says,
    3 years ago
    That thing looks fantastic. Reminds me of an Audi A4 from the rear. Cannot wait to see the wagon and RS, especially the RS TDi. AWD sounds the biz, especially if it's stuck into the RS models.
  • Ben says,
    3 years ago
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    It's now dodged a couple of the whacks with the ugly stick (but not all), to leave it just a very bland slab lacking any real style.
    "understated .... features" is understating it!
    • Balthazaaaaargh says,
      3 years ago
      I reckon it's a matter of perspective; taste being subjective and all.

      I'm not personally looking for the latest stylish new trends, curvy lines and futuristic features.

      I quite like the look of this one. Where you see bland and plain, I see subtle, understated (a positive term in my mind) and even somewhat classy looks.

      Audi is my favourite brand when it comes to styling in prestige models, for the same reason. Some of their models are a bit more 'out there', but they're generally a classic and timeless look in my opinion.

      This new Skoda, while obviously no Audi an not as handsome, certainly takes some pages from Audi's playbook (and from parent Volkswagen's, etc).
  • col says,
    3 years ago
    I really like the clean lines on this car than the rapid.
  • cyclone says,
    3 years ago
    1 like
    All vw group brands have sure lost their independence. All now seem to have a hand me down element. Audi to skoda. In this case. May as well buy a top of the range used a4 over probably a new base model octavia
  • Marcelito says,
    3 years ago
    This is awesome looking inside and out...great job Skoda.
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