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Skoda Octavia
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15.58 Lakhs-22.15 Lakhs

Strong Areas

  • Stylish Demeanour
  • Good Performance
  • Long Equipment List
  • Quality Cabin
     

Weak Areas

  • Pricey proposition 
  • Noisy diesel motor 
  • Cramped rear
  • Poor dynamics 
Skoda Octavia
 
 

Car experts from ecardlr reviews Skoda Octavia

Skoda launches the New Octavia nd gives it all the armoury to face a far more competitive Indian auto landscape. Car experts from ecardlr.com reviews the same for you and gets you an unbiased insights about the New Octavia. Skoda sure has managed to offer the Indian executive segment sedan buyer a car worthy to be taken seriously for their wallet share. 


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Skoda Octavia is Back

Skoda a Czechoslovakian brand owed by Volkswagen launches the Octavia on 3rd October and offers it across a price band starting right from 13.95 lacs (ex-showroom Delhi) to 19.45 Lacs  for its top-end Elegant version with automatic transmission. Whilst the market expected pricing upwards of 18 lacs to start with Skoda through Octavia surprised by launching its price warrior the 1.4 TSi engine starting 13.95 lacs, thus straddling literally two price segment, under and above 15 lacs.

Octavia was a case of a model brand creating space for mother brand in the minds of Indian car buyers when it was first launched in India, at the turn of the millennium. It was a car that defined Skoda in India. Octavia's tank like solid built quality with great mileage figures made it the darling of many a Indian car buyers that time.

Next generation Octavia was launched 5 years post the first Octavia and rebranded as Laura and priced more than the Octavia. Whilst the Laura continued doing its duty in India for Skoda till 2010, however, unfortunately for Skoda, it could not replicate the success of Octavia in India.

Skoda with its new Octavia launch on 3rd October 2013 is hoping that it will be able to lure both entry and mid premium car buyers with its bigger Octavia. This next gen Octavia is built on VW's modular MQB chassis is definitely much bigger than the older Octavia. Lets try and answer the question whether, the new Octavia has in it the power to stand-up against entrenched brands in India and that too over a stretched price band of close to 6 lacs, thus competing at least in terms of price with the likes of: Cruze, Corolla Altis, Fluence, Jetta, Elantra, Camry, Sonata not to forget its proximity with Superb, in addition to these direct competitors, it has to match itself to SUV's like XUV 5OO, Rexton, Fortuner, Endeavour and maybe the low-end X1 (with a small stretch in the  budget ). Will the new Octavia with its past strength rubbing positively on the new Octavia and give it a head-start. Skoda sure would be banking on it. Lets see:

Exteriors

The new Skoda is big is obvious the moment one looks at it. However, it does not have those head-turning Elantra like looks, thus bordering on on a safe design approach. Having said that clean strokes with cleaner profile and butterfly grille might have its own advantage, of being, not too in the face design and could therefore appeal to those looking for a car that does not make them too obvious in a crowd. Design approach seems minimalistic, a-la Audi approach, which again is part of VW group.

Chiselled headlamp with day-time running LED (almost a VW group car must) with square jaw, vertical grille slats does give Octavia a great front-end look. It's the rear that just too bland and unfortunately for the Octavia reminds one of the comparatively much cheaper Rapid. One feels that Skoda has borrowed and placed Rapid rump on the new Octavia, thanks to identical slashes around the number plate with C shape tail lamps.


The new Octavia boasts of 110mm more wheelbase than the Laura. New Octavia is more wider and broader than the Laura. The car's dimensions surely slots the new Octavia in executive sedan segment quite easily. Despite its size the new Octavia is almost 70 Kg lighter than a similar Laura. A feat achieved by innovative use of high-tensile steel and other lighter component. After-all this, one gets to hear the old familiar door shut thud, one was so used to hearing in the earlier Octavia.

Petrol Octavia gets a small lip spoiler on top of the boot lid, while diesel Octavia gets its differentiating factor from the TDI badging.

Octavia petrol and diesel gets to ride on two different suspension systems, whilst the petrol gets all-independent multi-link vRS borrowed set-up, diesel on the non-independent torsion beam rear axle in the rear.

The 16" tyres that the Octavia rides on looks a bit small for a car of its size, wish Skoda had given the new Octavia 17" tyres instead.

Interiors

Step inside the new Octavia and get impressed in one glance, interiors speaks of a class one would  expect from an 18-20 lac car in India and the new Octavia more than delivers on this crucial brand choice aspect.

To say that the cabin is spacious is stating the obvious add to it faux-wood on doorpads, top-quality chrome finishers, soft-touch materials, piano black surfaces, smooth well-damped opening glove box, angular aircons and clear dials all speak of painstaking attention to detail by Skoda.

Whilst the front seats are well bolstered with memory setting function for the driver seat, it's the rear wide, cushioned seat with good thigh support and loads of legroom makes the Octavia's best place to be in.

                                                  
New Octavia comes with a Sunroof, 6-CD changer, Bluetooth connectivity, dual zone climate control, parking sensors, central locking and media input port in its top-end variants.


And to all these goodies, add the massive 590 litres boot space (seat upright) which turns to a massive 1580 litres boot space (rear seat folded), with its unique wide opening hatch bring backs old Octavia memories.

All-in all the interiors seems flawless, unlike externally where the rear really disappoints.

Engine and Transmission

Multiple power plant seems to be every manufacturer ace up the sleeve. Skoda too has played the same card. By simultaneously launching the New Octavia with a 1.4 TSi engine, it has delivered a price point that many would find difficult to match, in addition to this Octavia has under its hood the 1,8 TSi and 2.0 TDi engines on offer too.

                                          

Whilst the 1.4 Tsi is mated to a 6 speed manual transmission, the 2.0 TDi comes with 6 Speed Automatic DSG gear box with Tiptronic gear changing. It's the 1.8 TSi petrl that gets VW group's favourite 7 Speed DSG gear box designed to add to the thrill of driving a luxury car.


All in all 3 power plants and 3 different gear boxes, Skoda sure is not leaving anything to chance.


Entry price sure seems attractive at 13.95 lacs and by withdrawing Laura from its portfolio, Skoda sure has created enough space for the New Octavia to play in, will it deliver, let's wait and watch.

 

 

 

 

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