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The Octavia feels safe with so much technology on-board

Safety and After Sales Service – Safety features on the 2017 Skoda Octavia include – 8 airbags on the top variant, 6 airbags on the mid variant and 4 airbags on the base variant. Along with that, you get ABS with EBD and HBA, Anti Slip Regulation with Motor Slip Regulation, Electronic Differential Lock, ESC, Multi Collision Braking, TPMS and an iBuzz Fatigue Alert which is only available on the top trim. Talking about service, while Skoda is taking some efforts to change their perception in customers’ minds, we cannot deny the fact that majority of the customer base still thinks that the automaker has poor service. Along with that, spare parts are known to be expensive too.

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With these enhancements, the Octavia feels much more appealing now

Verdict – With this update, an already good product has become much better now. The Skoda Octavia has always been one of the best D-segment sedans and there’s a reason to it. With good looks, creature comforts, excellent engines and well-sorted dynamics, what is there to not like in the Octavia? Well, the price maybe! The Octavia is the priciest car in its segment and Skoda’s infamous after-sales and expensive spares make the car a slightly questionable purchase.

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Skoda’s evolution over the years has been interesting

What’s Cool

* The styling remains classy without being loud
* Interiors feel premium, good quality materials everywhere
* 1.8 TSI engine has an incredible amount of punch
* Feels very engaging to drive

What’s Not So Cool

* Skoda’s after-sales service is far from the best
* Expensive spares will burn a hole in your pocket

Alternatives: Toyota Corolla Altis, Hyundai Elantra

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If I had to pick, it would be the 1.8 TSI for me…