The Octavia is available in S, SE, SE Technology, SE L and Laurin & Klement trims. Hot hatch models are badged vRS.
All versions come with air conditioning, alloy wheels and the excellent infotainment system we detailed in the earlier section. There are a few key options you can’t add to the S, though, so it’s worth stepping up to SE.
SE is our favourite for private buyers, because it adds rear parking sensors, manual driver and passenger lumbar adjustment, a front centre armrest, a multi-function steering wheel, cruise control, dual-zone climate control and rear electric windows. Despite this, it remains competitively priced.
The one to go for if you’re a company car user is SE Technology. It includes Infotainment Online connectivity with wi-fi hotspot, plus front and rear parking sensors and adaptive cruise control.
Some of the options we think are worthwhile considering include metallic paint (for better resale values), a rear-view camera, a spare wheel and the Simply Clever package. This adds a double-sided rubberised and carpeted boot floor, rear-seat tablet holders and a waste bin.