The Octavia is available in S, SE, SE Technology, SE L and Laurin & Klement (L&K) trims. Hot-hatch models are badged vRS.
Even the most basic S trim comes with air-conditioning, alloy wheels, an 8.0in touchscreen, Smartlink featuring Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink, Bluetooth, a DAB radio and a USB socket. There are a few key options you can’t add to S, though, which is why it’s worth stepping up to SE grade.
So 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 an upgraded infotainment system with online connectivity that puts a range of downloadable information at your disposal, plus an in-built sat-nav and wifi hotspot. Front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency city braking are also standard. However, it is offered only with the 1.6 TDI 115 or 2.0 TDI 150 diesel engine, and restricted finance options.
SE L trim brings Alcantara and leather seat trim, adaptive cruise control, LED headlights, privacy glass and a drive-mode selection switch. A nice added extra is the handy umbrella kept under the passenger’s seat.
Meanwhile Laurin & Klement, as the range-topper, gets everything including automatic lights and wipers, an automatic parking system, an upgraded stereo, a 9.2in touchscreen, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, electrically adjustable front seats with memory, park assist and lane assist. However, while it’s lavishly equipped, it’s also too expensive to recommend.
Sporty vRS models have sports suspension, sports seats, LED headlights, 18in alloys, cruise control, lane assist and more aggressive-looking bodywork.