The new Skoda Octavia Elegance 1.8 TSI AT is the top end petrol trim available in the series and it has been loaded with many power packed features inside. The company introduced the Skoda Octavia in the premium saloon segment with a competitive price tag in a bid to lure the customers. This new saloon comes with a distinct style and elegance that will simply capture your attention. This new saloon also gets a rich interior cabin with wood design decor on the front console and door panels. The interior cabin gets the dual tone color scheme in Onyx-Ivory color shade that adds to the richness inside the cabin. The company has equipped this new trim with a powerful 1.8-litre, four cylinder, turbocharged petrol motor that makes 1798cc of displacement capacity. This engine is very powerful in comparison to the rest of the engines in model series and has been skillfully mated to a seven speed, DSG (direct shift gearbox), with tiptronic manual gear changing. This high end luxury trim is blessed with several advanced and sophisticated comfort and utility features that will assure top rated luxury to all the passengers. This new saloon will compete with the likes of Toyota Corolla, Volkswagen Jetta, Honda Accord among others in the Indian automobile segment.
Coming to the exterior design and structure, this all new Skoda Octavia model series is one of the best saloon models with a stunning front façade, with style and elegance that represent the company’s approach towards the next generation designs. The front façade of this premium saloon is extremely fascinating with a radiant headlight cluster incorporated with Bi-Xenon headlamps and the new LED daylight running lights. The stylish headlight cluster adds a lot of aggressive elements to the front façade. In the center, there is a wide radiator grille that comes fitted with a lot of vertical slats on it and surrounded by a chrome slat. Below this, the design of the bumper remains quite decent and it has been incorporated with a honeycomb grille along with a pair of bright fog lamps. The side profile of the saloon is sleek and quite fascinating with body colored door handles and external rear view mirrors fitted to the doors. There is a chrome strip that you can see on the window sills, which makes a rich statement. The wheel arches have been bestowed with stylish 16 inch 'Minoris' alloy wheels that further enhances the beauty of the side profile. The rear profile of the saloon comes with a stylish taillight cluster that has a C-shaped lighting contour. The bumper has been painted in body color and has been blessed with reflectors, while the boot lid looks more expressive with a triangular design that compliments the rear.
The interiors of this new Skoda Octavia Elegance 1.8 TSI AT trim gets rich interior design, which gives it a rich feel like no other vehicle in its class. The company has blessed this top end petrol variant with a wood design decor on the front center console and door panels. It also gets the dual tone interior cabin with Onyx-Ivory color scheme that you can notice on the dashboard, door panels and the central console as well. The seats inside this saloon have been covered with supreme leather upholstery with Ivory color scheme. There are quite a number of utility functions incorporated inside to make the journey effortless. This top end petrol trim gets a stylish information display that includes a central information system, a multi-information display of travelling time, gear change indicator and so on. The interior cabin also gets features like a 12-way electrically adjustable driver seat with three programmable memory function and so on.
Engine and Performance :
The all new Skoda Octavia Elegance 1.8 TSI AT top end petrol trim has been blessed with a commanding 1.8-litre Turbocharged, in-line petrol mill, which is integrated with liquid cooling system and direct injection fuel distribution system. This engine makes a displacement capacity of about 1798cc and unleashes a maximum power of about 177.6bhp in between 5100 to 6200rpm. At the same time, it yields a maximum torque output of abut 250Nm in between 1250 to 5000rpm. This top end petrol variant has been blessed with an advanced 7-speed DSG automatic transmission gearbox with a tiptronic manual gear changing system as well. The company claims that this engine offers a peak mileage of about 14.7kmpl, which is rather good, keeping the competition in mind.
Braking and Handling :
The front wheel of this Skoda Octavia Elegance 1.8 TSI AT top end petrol variant is blessed with disc brakes integrated with inner cooling and accompanied by single/piston floating calipers. The rear wheels of this saloon has been assembled with disc brakes as well. This disc braking mechanism works with hydraulic dual-diagonal circuit braking system vacuum assisted with dual rate system. Furthermore, the company has incorporated Anti-lock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution system and hydraulic brake assist system that enhances the braking aspects. On the other hand, its direct rack and pinion steering with electro mechanic power steering system enhances the handling aspects of the vehicle.
Comfort Features :
When it comes to the comfort features, this new Skoda Octavia Elegance 1.8 TSI AT trim has been bestowed with some of the most advanced functions. This premium saloon is bestowed with superior Ivory leather seating upholstery along with leather wrapped multi-function steering wheel and gearshift knob. There are utility features offered inside the cabin including cup holders, bottle holders, a cooling glove box, storage compartment and so on. The saloon has been also blessed with a sophisticated central infotainment system along with Skoda Audio player integrated with 5.8-inch touchscreen LCD TFT color display. This audio system also has the MEDIA-IN input for USB, Auxiliary audio input and iPod connectivity. Apart from these, this premium saloon comes with a Climatronic – air conditioner system with electronic regulation of cabin temperature and several other sophisticated functions.
Safety Features :
Coming to the safety aspects, the 2013 Skoda Octavia is blessed with innovative protective functions. It comes with protective functions including air bags (dual front, side and curtain airbags), an electronic engine immobilizer system with floating code system, a security code for central infotainment system, a remote central locking system, remote opening and closing of windows, a high level third brake light and so on.
Pros : Impressive comfort features, captivating exterior design.
Cons : Fuel economy is rather less, price is too high.