The standard 8.0in colour touchscreen is extremely high definition and is the medium through which you control the Octavia’s infotainment system. The system includes a digital radio, Bluetooth and audio streaming. Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink are also standard, which allow you you use some of your smartphone’s apps through the touchscreen, including Google or Apple Maps. The touchscreen is responsive, has logical menu layouts, and the big icons are easy to prod when you’re on the move.
An upgraded system with factory-fitted sat-nav and on-board wifi is standard on SE L, SE Technology and includes a 9.2in touchscreen on Laurin & Klement trims (it’s an option on SE and vRS). With these systems you also get on-board connectivity that allows web browsing and live data access, including traffic and weather reports, and the availability of local parking spaces.
With eight speakers as standard, the stereo’s sound quality is good by class standards, but it is still a little tinny. An upmarket 10-speaker system is an option on most versions, and standard on Laurin & Klement.