Here is the latest Škoda Octavia – but what’s changed?

Well, the facelifted model’s split headlights are the most obvious update.

The Octavia also has improved infotainment systems, including the optional Columbus system fitted to our test car (£1050).

Mechanically, though, it’s largely as it was, which is no bad thing, given that we know what tow car talent the Škoda has – in fact, it has reclaimed its crown as our favourite lightweight tow car at the Tow Car Awards 2017.

However, the car that scooped a prize at the Tow Car Awards was a DSG auto, and here we are testing the manual.

Is it just as good or is the auto worth the extra? Let’s find out!