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Latest on Skoda Octavia: 23 February, 2015
Skoda, the Czech automobile manufacturer has announced the arrival of a new and more advanced special variant of the immensely popular Octavia RS TSI – Skoda Octavia RS 230. This car is set to make its global debut at the forthcoming 85th Geneva Motor Show during the first week of March, 2015. The launch of Octavia RS special edition is scheduled in Europe for June 2015. Skoda Octavia RS 230 The vRS 230 is based on the RS TSI and comes with a 2.
Skoda Octavia, a Sedan has 10 versions available in India. Skoda Octavia has 4 Petrol cars and 6 Diesel cars. Other popular cars in the similar price range of Skoda Octavia are Fiat Linea, Ford Fiesta and Honda Amaze. Skoda Octavia comes in 7 colours, namely, Brilliant Silver, Candy White, Cappuccino Beige, Magic Black, Metal Grey, Race Blue, Rio Red.
Skoda, the Czech automaker, had launched the 3rd generation Octavia sedan in India towards the end of 2013. The vehicle is available in three trim levels, namely, Active, Ambition and Elegance. It is offered in two petrol and one diesel engine option. The petrol engines are 1.4-litre TSI and 1.8-litre TSI, while the oil burner is a 2.0-litre TDI. Despite being bigger in dimensions than the Laura, the Octavia is less on weight that results into better fuel efficiency. And to cut down its weight, the company has used high-strength steels that also ensure high structural rigidity. Based on the new VW Group's MQB platform, the new Octavia offers spacious cabin and large 590-litres of boot space.
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The various fuel trims in Skoda Octavia are priced differently. The Petrol trims are priced between Rs. 16,66,250/- to Rs. 20,36,360/-. The Diesel trims of Skoda Octavia start at Rs. 18,32,340/-.
The current generation Skoda Octavia looks a lot better than the previous models including the Laura. The overall exteriors and interiors are based on the Vision D concept. The new Octavia has a striking resemblance to the 2013 European Skoda Rapid, but the former is more premium and bigger in dimension. The front fascia gets a simple layout with softer lines and more rounded edges that add to its premium and more modern feel. Up front is vertical slats chrome grille flanked by LED daytime running lamps. The all-new Octavia is longer and wider compared to the Laura, thus resulting into a more spacious cabin. At the rear, the tailgate features two diagonal lines with C-shaped tail lamps and reversing blinkers in the middle. Dimensionally, the Octavia is 4659mm in length, 1814mm in width and 1476mm in height, and it comes with a wheelbase of 2688mm.
The Skoda Octavia’s interior layout is simple and resembles other VW group cars. The interiors quality and features have significantly improved when compared to previous model. It is equipped with faux wood trim and beige theme provide airy feel. The range-topping model features touchscreen music system, front and rear parking sensors, steering mounted audio controls, power seat for the driver with memory function, rear air-conditioning vents and rear sunblind. There are several cubby holes like bottle holders at the front. The rear armrest can be adjusted to fit any size of bottle or even cup. It is equipped with 5.8-inch touchscreen unit that supports various media for audio input. Also on offer is a proximity sensor on the system and eight speakers.
Engine & Transmission
The Skoda Octavia saloon is available in three engine options- a 1.4-litre TSI, a 1.8-litre TSI and a 2.0-litre TDI diesel. While the entry-level petrol variant is capable of producing 138bhp and 250Nm of torque, the powerful, 1.8L, unit develops 177bhp of power and 250Nm of torque. The 1.4L TSI motor is paired to a six-speed manual gearbox, whereas the 1.8L TSI motor is paired to a seven-speed DSG transmission.
The oil burner is a 2.0L TDI motor that churns out 141bhp of power and 320Nm of torque. Power is transmitted to the front wheels of sedan via a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox.
Performance & Handling
With the use of MQB platform, Skoda has managed to achieve aggressive pricing for the Octavia saloon. Surprisingly, only the 1.8L TSI gets independent rear suspension, while the other two get torsion beam rear setup. This variant offers an extra grip on roads which more expensive luxury cars normally give. The suspension is tuned in a way to absorb all the bumps and potholes, and at the same time the car offers an excellent driving experience. It features an electrically assisted steering that offers better handling at city traffic. There is a traction control, ABS, EBD, brake assist and ESP that further enhances the overall driving experience.
The braking system of the Skoda Octavia sedan comprises of disc brakes at both front and the rear. The braking is further assisted by the presence of ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brake-Force Distribution) and brake assist that avoids skidding and wheel-locking on panic braking situation.
The 1968 cc Diesel - powered variant delivers a fuel economy of 17 kmpl in city and 20 kmpl on highways, while the Petrol variant offers a mileage of 14 kmpl on urban roads and 16 kmpl and freeways, respectively.
The Skoda Octavia sedan is equipped with a host of safety and security features. The range-topping model features six-airbags (driver & co-driver, side and curtain airbags), ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brake-Force Distribution), Brake Assist, Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) and Traction Control System (TCS), front and rear parking sensors, rain sensing wipers, automatic headlamps, front and rear fog lamps, engine immobilizer, remote central locking and child safety lock.
The Skoda Octavia is one of the most feature loaded and high on performance sedans in its league. Its Ambient trim is good variant to drive home as it offers most of the features available on the top-end variants at significantly low cost. The only setback with Skoda is its service cost, which if the company somehow manages to control the Octavia will become a great value for money product.
The Skoda Octavia is a premium sedan and it’s directly rivals in India are - Hyundai Elantra, Volkswagen Jetta, Toyota Corolla Altis and Chevrolet Cruze.
Note: Specifications for Octavia Elegance 2.0 TDI CR AT (Diesel) Zeal (Diesel) have been mentioned
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