Skoda, the well famed Czech Republic car brand is known for its affordable luxury cars that have earned a firm foothold in India. Last year, it has introduced the the facelifted version of Octavia in the country and sparked the competition in this segment. Now again, it has made it to the headlines by introducing a new variant in the series, which is christened as Style Plus. This latest edition sits on top of the existing high end trim, Elegance. It is being offered with additional set of features including airbags, gearshift controls on steering wheel, SmartLink mobile phone connectivity feature and many more. This latest trim is available with 1.8-litre TSI petrol and 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine options like the Emotion version. As for mechanicals, there are no updates given to this version. Its base petrol version is however, will continue to be available with a 1.4-litre TSI motor that displaces 1395cc. Its transmission duties are handled by six speed fully synchronized manual gearbox.
The car maker has fitted all its wheels with sturdy disc brakes and enhanced this braking mechanism with ABS and electronic brake force distribution. The suspension system comprise a front McPherson strut and the rear one has a compound link crank axle. Whereas the Elegance petrol version has its rear axle assembled with a multi element axle, which keeps the vehicle rigid at all times. This sedan has an aerodynamic body structure, which is fitted with a a lot of remarkable aspects and that enhances its overall appearance. The frontage looks aggressive with a chrome radiator grille and a well designed headlight cluster. The side profile is elegantly designed with with a stylish set of alloy wheels and outside rear view mirrors. The rear end too includes a few notable aspects like a radiant tail light cluster, body colored bumper and a couple of fog lamps. At the same time, the company has given this stylish sedan a best in class interior and a lot of innovative comfort features, which gives the occupants an enjoyable driving experience. The roomy cabin is designed brilliantly and includes a lot of chrome inserts that gives it a classy look. It is blessed with an advanced audio unit with 5.8 inch LCD TFT color display. It supports MEDIA-IN input for USB, auxiliary audio input and iPod connectivity and has a total of eight speakers. Other aspects in the cabin include height adjustable driver's seat, automatic air conditioning unit in the top end trim, leather wrapped steering wheel, tinted windows, front sun visor with vanity mirror, 12V power socket on center console and a few other features. In terms of safety, the company has loaded it with a number of aspects that offers maximum protection to its occupants. Some of the key features include electronic stability program, multi collision braking, dual front airbags, seat belt pretensioners for front seats, dual tone warning horn, rough road package and remote control opening and closing of windows. It is presently available in the market in six exciting body paint options to choose from. This vehicle gives a tough competition to Volkswagen Jetta, Hyundai Elantra, Chevrolet Cruze and others in this segment. The company offers it with a two year unlimited mileage warranty along with a three year warranty for paint work defects. In addition to these, it offers a six year protection for perforation corrosion of the body work. This warranty period can be further extended at an extra cost.
The external appearance of this classy sedan series is simply eye-catching and it is loaded with some interesting aspects, which gives it a captivating look. Starting with the front fascia, it has a wide windscreen with a couple of intermittent wipers integrated to it. The bold radiator grille looks quite aggressive and includes vertically positioned slats that have a thick chrome surround. The slanted hood is embedded with a prominent company logo. The well designed headlight cluster of high end trim features bi-xenon headlamps along with LED day time running lights. However, the base and mid range variants are available with powerful halogen headlamps and side turn indicators. Besides these, the Ambition trim includes halogen day time running lights that further enhances the look of its frontage. The body colored bumper is fitted with a wide air dam that allows better air intake and cools the engine in no time. This is further surrounded by a pair of fog lamps that adds to the visibility. The sleek bonnet appears stylish with a few visible character lines on it. Its side profile is designed attractively and includes features like body colored door handles and ORVMs. Its b-pillars are in black finish, while chrome finish window sill enhances its look. The external rear view mirrors are further integrated with side turn indicators. These are electrically adjustable and comes with heating as well as memory functions. The wheel arches of entry level trims are blessed with a set of 16-inch Velorum alloy wheels, while the rest of them are fitted with a set of 16-inch Minoris alloy wheels. This stunning sedan has a decent looking rear end, which includes a radiant tail light cluster and body colored bumper. Its curvy boot lid is embossed with a thick chrome slat and variant badging. It also has a couple of fog lamps, boot lid with company's emblem and a windshield with defogger that completes the look of its rear profile.
The automaker has designed this sedan with an overall length of 4659mm along with a width of 1814mm including the outside rear view mirrors. It has a decent height of 1476mm, while its minimum ground clearance comes to 155mm. The wheelbase of this vehicle is about 2688mm that is quite impressive.
Editor's take : Skoda has revived the interior styling of the Octavia and we like the way the instrument panel has been design. The space is sufficient and even the boot is extra large.
The insides of this sedan series are incredibly lavish and designed in Ivory color upholstery. T Its dual tone (Onyx and Ivory) dashboard is equipped with a few features like AC vents, a lockable glove box with cooling effect, an advanced instrument panel and a leather wrapped steering wheel. These are integrated with adjustable head restraints. It has a couple of 12V power socket for charging electronic devices. The manufacturer has integrated it with a lot of utility based aspects for convenience of the occupants. These aspects are illuminated luggage compartment with rear parcel shelf, remote fuel lid opener, two foldable roof handles, sun visors with vanity mirror, front seat back pockets, sun glass holder and so on. It is incorporated with well cushioned seats, which are covered with premium leather upholstery. The rear seat comes with split foldable facility, which helps in increasing the boot volume of car.
Currently, this vehicle is being offered in three trim levels including the newly launched 'Style Plus' edition. It is the latest top end version, which gets a few additional aspects apart from those available in Elegance. Starting with the base version, it has height adjustment facility for driver's seat, adjustable front center armrest, leather seating upholstery, electrically foldable and adjustable outside mirrors, power adjustable windows, and height adjustable steering wheel. This base version also has a dual zone climatronic automatic air conditioning system including the air quality sensors. The next-in-line Elegance version also gets panoramic electric sunroof with bounce-back system, 12-way electrically adjustable driver's seat featuring three programmable memory setting, height adjustment facility along with lumber support for driver's seat, retractable screen for rear windscreen, outside mirrors with auto-tilt function on reverse gear selection and an advanced cruise control. The newly added Style Plus version gets a few additional features like gearshift controls on steering wheel, rear view camera with display on infotainment screen, a SmartLink mobile phone connectivity and engine start-stop system.
This sedan is generously spacious from inside and it can offer lavish seating for a minimum of five passengers. It has a massive boot compartment that can be used for storing upto 580 litres of luggage. Furthermore, one can also expand this upto 1580 litres by folding the rear seat back.
Acceleration & Pick-Up
Editor's take : The acceleration produced by the Octavia 1.8-litre petrol is phenomenal. The diesel too has good power to offer.
With the help of a six speed manual transmission gear box, the turbocharged diesel mill propels the vehicle to attain a top speed of 210 Kmph. While it can cross the speed barrier of 100 Kmph in lose to 12.5 seconds from a standstill. At the same time, the same engine, which is coupled with a six speed DSG transmission gear box enables it to deliver a maximum speed of 200 Kmph and can take 11.07 seconds for crossing the speed mark of 100 Kmph. The manual petrol versions can accelerate from 0 to 100 Kmph in 10.98 seconds and achieves a maximum speed that range between 210 to 220 Kmph. Whereas the top speed attained by its automatic petrol trim is approximately 225 Kmph and it crosses the speed barrier of 100 Kmph in just 9.7 seconds.
Engine and Performance
Editor's take : The engines on offer and the performance of them is brilliant, especially the 1.8-litre petrol We love the way, this engine performs.
As said above, this sedan series is available in two petrol and a diesel engine options for the buyers to choose from. The 1.4-litre, turbocharged petrol engine comes with liquid cooling system and it has the ability of displacing 1395cc. It can churn out a power of 138.08bhp at 4500 - 6000rpm along with 250Nm of peak torque between 1500 to 3500rpm. This power plant is skillfully mated with a fully synchronized six speed manual transmission gear box, which sends the engine power to its front wheels. The Elegance trim is powered by a 1.8-litre petrol mill, which comes with a displacement capacity of 1798cc. It is integrated with four cylinders and sixteen valves using double overhead camshaft based valve configuration. This motor can produce 177.5bhp of power between 5100 to 5000rpm in combination with a peak torque output of 250Nm at just 1250 to 5000rpm. It is skilfully coupled with a seven speed DSG automatic transmission gear box with triptronic manual gear changing function. On the other hand, the diesel variants are fitted with a 2.0-litre power plant, which has turbocharger with self aligning blade and liquid cooling system. It comes with high pressure direct injection system, which can displace 1968cc. This motor can churn out a maximum power output of 141.04bhp at 4000rpm in combination with 320Nm of peak torque in the range of 1750 to 3000rpm. The Ambition (manual) variants are paired with a six speed fully synchronized manual gear box. While the engine of Ambition/Elegance (automatic) trims are mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission gear box, which sends the engine power to its front wheels.
Editor's take : The Skodas have been known for the fuel efficiency of their diesel engines and now the 1.4-litre petrol introduced is also fuel efficient.
The 1.4-litre petrol mill is capable of returning a maximum mileage of 16.8 Kmpl on the highways, while 12.5 Kmpl in the city traffic conditions. At the same time, the 1.8-litre TSI turbocharged motor can give 14.7 Kmpl on expressways and about 10 Kmpl within the city. On the other hand, the manual diesel trim can produce a peak mileage of 20.6 Kmpl, whereas the automatic version can give away around 19.3 Kmpl, when driven on bigger roads.
Power of Skoda Octavia
Editor's take : The power produced by the Octavia petrol and diesel mills is good and sufficient in real world or even on paper.
The 1395cc petrol motor has the ability to produce a peak power of 138.1bhp in the range of 4500 to 6000rpm in combination with a peak torque output of 250Nm between 1500 and 3500rpm. Whereas the 1798cc petrol mill can generate a power of 177.53bhp at 5100-6200rpm along with 250Nm of torque output at just 1250-5000rpm. Meanwhile, its diesel engine can churn out a 141.1bhp at 4000rpm and yields a commanding torque output of 320Nm that ranges between 1750 and 3000rpm.
Stereo & Accessories
Editor's take : The Skoda Octavia comes loaded with an in-built Bolero or Swing music system, depending on the version. There are xenon headlamps, LED DRLs and loads of other brownies on offer.
The company has bestowed this model series with an advanced audio player music system, which comes with Bluetooth connectivity and touchscreen display. It also has 5.8 inch TFT color touchscreen display and eight speakers. This music system supports USB interface, auxiliary port, i-Pod connectivity, SD/MMC data card reader, CD/MP3 player and Bluetooth connectivity as well . Apart from the base variant, it has a multifunctional steering wheel, which supports audio and call control buttons. It has proximity sensor for central infotainment system. The top end variant equipped with a panoramic sun roof, which has a bounce back function. Apart from these, the owners can also customize the vehicle from several features like navigation system, curtain airbags, rear view camera, rear seat entertainment, floor mats, illuminated scuff plates, body graphics, alloy wheels, door sill covers, decorative strip for front bumper, rear boot spoiler, decorative covers for ORVMs, smart phone holder, rubber floor mats, mud flaps, car cooling box and first aid box.
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Braking & Handling
Editor's take : The braking and handling of the Octavia is typical Skoda. It is a joy to drive it around bends and brakes bite hard.
This sedan is blessed with a vacuum assisted hydraulic dual diagonal circuit braking along with dual rate system. Its front wheels are fitted with disc brakes, which also has inner cooling function with piston calipers. While the rear wheels are equipped with a set of solid disc brakes. It is further assisted by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution. On the other hand, the front axle is assembled with a McPherson strut with lower triangular bar links and torsion stabilizer, while its rear gets compound link crank axle type of mechanism. At the same time, the rear axle of Elegance 1.8 TSI trim is fitted with multi element axle, which has one longitudinal and three transverse links with torsion stabilizer. The Ambition and Elegance variants are incorporated with anti slip regulation and electronic stability control, which keeps vehicle well balanced. It has a direct rack and pinion steering with electro mechanic power steering system, which is speed sensitive and makes handling easier. This tilt and telescopic steering wheel supports a minimum turning radius of 10.4 meters.
Safety & Security
Editor's take : Skoda has loaded the Octavia with several features like airbags, ABS with EBD and ESP depending on the variant you procure.
This luxurious sedan series has a number of protective aspects, which gives the occupants a stress free driving experience. The entry level version is equipped with dual front airbags, whereas other gets side and curtain airbags too, which maximizes the safety quotient. The company has given 3-point seat belt for all passengers along with two ISOFIX child seat preparations. The front seat belts come with pretensioner and load limiter as well. This sedan is incorporated with remote control with foldable key, central locking system, acoustic warning signal for overrun speed, door open indicator, rough road package, under body protective cover, tyre pressure monitoring, park distance control and several other aspects. For enhancing the stability of the vehicle, the Elegance trims are equipped with electronic stability control and multi collision braking (MKB) system. Along with these, they are also equipped with automatically dimming interior rear view mirror, rear windscreen defogger with timer, adaptive front light system, ASR (anti slip regulation) along with MSR (motor speed regulation) and EDL (electronic differential lock). This sedan has an advanced immobilizer with floating code, which prevents the vehicle from theft and unauthorized entry. It is also offering with with security code for central infotainment system. The newly launched Style Plus trims also gets side and curtain airbags at front and rear as standard feature. This version is also blessed with a 'KESSY', which is a keyless entry, start and exist system with engine start/stop button.
The wheel arches of this series get a classy set of 'Minoris' alloy wheels. These rims are further covered with 205/55 R16 sized tubeless radial tyres. The company ha also given a full size spare wheel, which is affixed in the boot compartment with all other tools required for changing a flat tyre.
1. Lavish internal cabin with comfortable seating arrangement.
2. Available with both manual and automatic transmissions.
3. Boot compartment is quite spacious.
4. Innovative comfort and safety aspects adds to the advantage.
5. Exterior style and appearance is attractive.
1. Entry level trim lacks many significant aspects.
2. Authorized service stations need to increase.
3. Harshness and noise of diesel engine can be reduced.
4. Fuel economy of the petrol engine is very poor.
5. High cost of ownership and maintenance is a big minus.
Skoda Octavia price
|Ambition 2.0 TDI MT |
|17.42 Lakh ||17.73 Lakh ||18.13 Lakh ||17.73 Lakh ||17.25 Lakh ||17.73 Lakh ||17.89 Lakh
|Ambition Plus 2.0 TDI MT |
|19.54 Lakh ||19.89 Lakh ||20.34 Lakh ||19.89 Lakh ||19.35 Lakh ||19.89 Lakh ||20.08 Lakh
|Ambition 2.0 TDI AT |
|19.99 Lakh ||18.89 Lakh ||19.62 Lakh ||20.35 Lakh ||19.62 Lakh ||20.35 Lakh ||20.54 Lakh
|Ambition Plus 2.0 TDI AT |
|20.93 Lakh ||21.3 Lakh ||21.78 Lakh ||21.3 Lakh ||20.72 Lakh ||21.3 Lakh ||21.5 Lakh
|Style Plus 2.0 TDI AT |
|23.1 Lakh ||23.51 Lakh ||24.05 Lakh ||23.51 Lakh ||22.88 Lakh ||23.51 Lakh ||23.73 Lakh
|Ambition 1.4 TSI MT |
|15.83 Lakh ||16.11 Lakh ||16.48 Lakh ||16.11 Lakh ||15.68 Lakh ||16.11 Lakh ||16.27 Lakh
|Ambition Plus 1.4 TSI MT |
|17.71 Lakh ||18.02 Lakh ||18.43 Lakh ||18.02 Lakh ||17.54 Lakh ||18.02 Lakh ||18.19 Lakh
|Ambition Plus 1.8 TSI AT |
|19.29 Lakh ||19.63 Lakh ||20.08 Lakh ||19.63 Lakh ||19.1 Lakh ||19.63 Lakh ||19.82 Lakh
|Style Plus 1.8 TSI AT |
|21.51 Lakh ||21.89 Lakh ||22.39 Lakh ||21.89 Lakh ||21.3 Lakh ||21.89 Lakh ||22.09 Lakh