The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
The steering wheel in the Skoda Octavia has plenty of reach and rake adjustment and the seat has a good range of movement, so finding an ideal driving position is easy. A powered driver’s seat with a memory function does make getting comfortable even easier, but it’s only available on SE L and vRS models as part of an expensive option pack. All Octavias have adjustable lumbar support to help fend off back pain on long journeys.
Another feature that's standard across the range is an easy to read digital instrument display that takes the place of conventional analogue dials. A fully configurable instrument cluster with different layout and content options is standard from SE Technology, while a head-up display that projects your speed and other information on to the windscreen is on the options list of SE L and above.
To help relieve parking worries, entry-level SE trim comes with rear parking sensors, while SE Technology, and SE L get front parking sensors too. A rear-view camera is on the options list, as is a system called Park Assist that will steer the car into a space for you.
Bright LED headlights and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror are standard across the range, but they can be upgraded at a cost to clever adaptive matrix LED headlights that allow you to use the main beam more often without blinding other drivers.