Skoda Octavia has finally arrived in the Indian automobile market with three engine options and in three trim levels. The company has unveiled this saloon a long back and teased the Indian car enthusiasts with its enticing body design. This new saloon comes with a stunning front facade, which is rich, expressive, aggressive yet one of the most stylish in its class. There are four diesel variants available in the model series out of which, the Skoda Octavia Ambition 2.0 TDI AT is the mid range trim and it is available with an automatic transmission gearbox. It has been offered with all the most exciting features in its class, while being blessed with top rated security and comfort features. Powering this mid range diesel power plant is the 2.0-litre Turbocharged, In-line, DOHC based power plant that is also one of the most fuel efficient engines in its class. The company claims that this engine fitted with an automatic 6-speed, DSG gearbox has the ability to produce a peak mileage of about 19.3 Kmpl, which is not bad at all. By launching the new Skoda Octavia with such exciting aspects, the Czech Republican automaker has given other manufacturers a tough competition.
The exterior design of this new Skoda Octavia Ambition 2.0 TDI AT is quite alluring with extremely fascinating front fascia. Even the side and rear profile of this premium saloon are quite impressive that makes the saloon look classy. Its has a contemporary body design with a lot of premium elements that will surely turn the heads on the go. On its front facade, the headlight cluster is very expressive that incorporates powerful headlamps in it. In the center there is a stylish radiator grille, which is designed with a lot of vertical slats and surrounded with a thick chrome strip. Below this, there is a body colored bumper where most of the area is occupied by the honeycomb grille. Furthermore, fog lamps fitted to the bumper is adding elegance, while improving the visibility ahead. The side door handles and the external rear view mirrors have been painted in body color while the ORVMs have been equipped with side turn blinkers. The side profile of this saloon is complimented by a set of 16 inch Minoris alloy wheels that are fitted to the wheel arches. On the side profile, you can notice a lot of premium elements on the boot lid with chrome plated model and variant badging. The new company logo will further enhance the appeal and beauty of the rear profile.
The interior section of this premium saloon is absolutely stunning, which will provide a pleasant feel to the occupants inside. The company has indeed made use of rich quality materials to obtain a premium finish inside the cabin. As soon as you take a step inside this vehicle, you will notice that the dashboard and door panels have been offered in dual tone Onyx-Ivory color shade. Also the company has managed to obtain a wooden finish on the door panels and on the front central console. The company has used the superior Ivory colored leather upholstery to cover seats, steering wheel, gearshift selector and the handbrake lever. Also you can find a lot of chrome inserts on controls for air conditioner and infotainment system, steering wheel, inside door handles and gearshift selector. You can also find the chrome inserts on the instrument cluster dials and on storage compartment lids. There are few number of utility based features offered inside its cabin that include cup holders, bottle holders, storage compartment, glove box compartment and several other features.
Engine and Performance :
Powering this Skoda Octavia Ambition 2.0 TDI AT trim is the advanced 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder, turbocharged diesel mill that produces a displacement capacity of about 1968cc. This engine is based on DOHC valve configuration and it has been incorporated with a Direct Injection fuel supply system that enables this power plant to unleash a maximum power of about 141bhp of peak power at 4000rpm and generates a maximum torque power of about 320Nm in between 1750 to 3000rpm. Its engine has been equipped with an advanced 6-speed automatic, DSG transmission gearbox that also comes with Tiptronic manual gear changing option. The power is transmitted to the front wheels of the vehicle and delivers a superior performance and mileage.
Braking and Handling :
When it comes to the braking mechanism, this latest Skoda Octavia Ambition 2.0 TDI AT trim is blessed with disc brakes fitted to both its front and rear wheels. This disc brake mechanism is powered by hydraulic dual-diagonal circuit braking system accompanied by vacuum assisted along with dual rate system. Furthermore, this mid range trim's braking mechanism is enhanced by an anti-lock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution system and hydraulic brake assist system. On the other hand, handling of this saloon will be very simple because of the robust suspension system and very sensitive steering system. Its direct rack and pinion steering with electro mechanic power steering system responds instantly according to the needs of the driver and makes the handling easy.
Comfort Features :
Coming to the comfort and luxury aspects, this Skoda Octavia Ambition 2.0 TDI AT trim is blessed with some of the mind blowing features that will surely take of the occupants inside. The list of comfort aspects include an Climatronic air conditioner, height adjustable driver seat, front center armrest (adjustable for length and height), rear seat center armrest, an advanced Skoda audio player with touchscreen controls on a 5.8 inch LCD TFT color display , a leather seating upholstery, a multifunction steering wheel, electrically adjustable and foldable rear view mirrors, auto-tilt on reverse gear selection, power windows, and several other sophisticated functions.
Safety Features :
The list of safety and protective functions is lengthy as the company hasn't compromised on these particular aspects to ensure top level safety to the passengers. The safety aspects include automatic headlight system with light sensor, LED daylight running lights, Anti-lock braking system with EBD & Hydraulic brake assist function , anti slip regulation, motor speed regulation, electronic differential lock, electronic stability program, park distance control, air bags, occupant restraints and several others.
Pros : Top class comfort features, amazing style and looks.
Cons : Price is too expensive, mileage can be made better.