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Contemporary infotainment with up to 8–inch touch screen

The new ŠKODA Octavia amazes with new infotainment technology: for the first time in a

ŠKODA, advanced systems feature touchscreen with proximity sensor. Pure hearing

pleasure is provided by the new CANTON sound system in the Octavia and the soundoptimised

passenger space.

Above and beyond radio and navigation functions, all infotainment systems feature

vehicle-specific settings, to be controlled via the 'CAR' button next to the screen.

Depending on the vehicle's equipment, side windows, exterior rear-view mirrors, parking

sensors, lights, central locking or the auxiliary heating system can be operated via the

infotainment system.

The new basic

Blues and Swing radios feature a monochrome TFT display with a

resolution of 310 x 70 pixels. In both versions, there are four loudspeakers in the front.

Blues features basic radio functions and a USB and aux-in connection through which, for

instance, an MP3 player can be operated. Swing’s enhanced version offers a CD drive and

a connection for a SD card, with a Bluetooth function and a Phone Box available as

options. To the left and to the right of the TFT display three buttons provide access to

menus and 'Radio', 'Media', 'Phone' as well as 'Setup', 'Car' and 'Back' functions.

Bolero

radio/CD and Amundsen navigation system feature a 5.8–inch touch screen

with colour display at a resolution of 400 x 240 pixels. The display features proximity

sensors: As soon as a finger comes near it, the system switches automatically to

operating mode. Pinch–to–zoom functions familiar from smartphones make operation

easy. The Bolero radio system, for example, is equipped with FM/AM radio, four

loudspeakers each, in the front and the rear, CD drive, USB and aux-in connections as

well as an interface for SD cards. Bolero is optionally available with Bluetooth and Phone

Box. The Amundsen radio navigation system additionally features 2D-navigation display,

two interfaces for SD cards and Bluetooth functionality. Four buttons to the right and four

to the left of the display activate the menu and additional functions such as 'Phone' and

'Sound' menu levels. As an option, Bolero and Amundsen can be ordered with DAB digital

radio and a high-quality Canton sound system.

The

Columbus radio navigation system leaves hardly any infotainment desire unfilled.

Its 3D navigation display uses a large 8–inch touch screen with a resolution of 800 x 480

pixels. A DVD player (audio and video) takes the place of a CD player. In addition,

Columbus offers a screen with proximity sensors, media-in connection incl. Apple video

functionality, menu guidance, eight loudspeakers, 2 SD card slots, Bluetooth high-end

telephone functionality, voice control, JPEG viewer and an internal 64 GB flash memory.

All systems feature USB and aux-in interfaces – or a Media-In connection in the

Columbus – located separately underneath the A/C operating panel. This prevents cable

chaos.

The

CANTON sound system is available for particularly refined sound. The system

comprises eight powerful loudspeakers in the side doors, one central loudspeaker located

in the dashboard, as well as a subwoofer in the boot. Total power of the system is

570 watts.

For the first time in a ŠKODA, the Octavia offers a

Phone Box, a storage compartment

for the mobile phone in the centre console. Its highlight is a planar antenna in the

bottom of the compartment, which permits a so-called inductive exterior antenna

connection. With the mobile phone resting on the console, signals travel between the

phone and the vehicle’s antenna via short-distance communications, providing optimum

send and receive characteristics just as in a fixed telephone installation. The Phone Box

enables mobile calls even with weak radio signals and takes strain off the phone’s battery

as the antenna coupling reduces power consumption.

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I'm liking the sound of the Canton!

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DAB?

Optional on Amundsen and Bolero.

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I hope the Canton upgrade is available with the Bolero. If it has to be paired with the Columus it will be a very expensive option.

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I hope the Canton upgrade is available with the Bolero. If it has to be paired with the Columus it will be a very expensive option.

" As an option, Bolero and Amundsen can be ordered with DAB digital

radio and a high-quality Canton sound system."

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Ah,I missed that, the text was so small and I'm so old.I only need the amplifier because I'm half deaf :think: :think: :think: :think:

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I hope the Canton upgrade is available with the Bolero. If it has to be paired with the Columus it will be a very expensive option.

I just hope it's offered in the UK and that Skoda UK don't, in their 'wisdom', deny us this or other of the options that the new octavia will have.

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Not very good if DAB and Bluetooth not standard across the whole range in the UK. Not many new cars are coming with these still optional esp Bluetooth. Both are standard on the most basic new Golf.

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Not very good if DAB and Bluetooth not standard across the whole range in the UK. Not many new cars are coming with these still optional esp Bluetooth. Both are standard on the most basic new Golf.

That is true and personally I would not buy a car without either but perhaps the option to not pay for such extras is part of the appeal of Skoda to many people?

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Bluetooth will be an easy retrofit anyway for less money. DAB, wouldn't worry since digital switchover in the UK is delayed until quiet sometime the future and currently on hold. UK coverage is still limited to major areas, with patchy coverage elsewhere. The current switchover date is 2017, but this could be delayed still further in 2015.

Skoda will keep both optional, to keep the base price of the car down. You'd be surprised how many people just buy a standard car with no extras.

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Bluetooth will be an easy retrofit anyway for less money. DAB, wouldn't worry since digital switchover in the UK is delayed until quiet sometime the future and currently on hold. UK coverage is still limited to major areas, with patchy coverage elsewhere. The current switchover date is 2017, but this could be delayed still further in 2015.

Skoda will keep both optional, to keep the base price of the car down. You'd be surprised how many people just buy a standard car with no extras.

Agree about the value of keeping DAB optional but would point out that DAB switch over is not the only reason to have DAB. It offers a far greater range of stations than FM/AM. Where it is available obviously, but that is quite extensively.

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I'd be very surprised if Octavia has optional Bluetooth and MDI in the UK.These things are standard on the Rapid SE and Elegance models. DAB is the way its going in the UK - BMW have just made it standard across the range and most VW have it.

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I can see a very expensive Spec to get the nice toys

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