Everything To Know About Skoda Octavia
When a car company looks to enter a new country, the all important decision is which car they launch first as it can make or break the company. When German-owned Czech car firm Skoda decided to release their Octavia a little over a decade ago, it’s hard to imagine whether any of the head honchos at Skoda had an inkling of what they started. This car took the automotive market by storm because no one had seen a car with such levels of quality, both inside and outside. Every panel, surface, switch and knob felt solid and as tight as a drum. The paintwork consisted of several coats, so it had much better scratch resistance and the overall effect was fantastic.
So what’s new? Quite a bit, actually! But we will begin with the exterior. The face is completely re-done with a new split-headlamp cluster that Skoda likes to call QuadraLED headlights. And that’s because the split is into four compartments. The low and high-beam have been separated. You also get LED daytime running lights and fog lamps on the bumper, which is all-new as well. For that premium feel, there is a chrome strip running across the bumper too. The grille on the 2017 Octavia is now done in a glossy black finish while the hood has a few new creases which weren’t there earlier. The front fenders get new lines too, and are more sculpted now, making the car look a tad more muscular. At the rear, the tail lamps are LED units as well and the rear bumper is also revised.
While it sits on the same chassis, the 2017 Skoda Octavia looks new courtesy a revised design. The new model features a unique four-headlamp setup while new curves on the bumper and bonnet appear more contemporary than what is on the outgoing model. The split grille also looks much better.
The old-school round fog lamps have also been replaced with new sharp units, working as cornering lights as well. The side and rear profiles don’t look completely new but there are new alloy wheels and reworked detailing in the tail lamp for a slight change.
The cabin design remains almost similar to the existing version. However, there is a redesigned steering wheel — similar to the one seen in the Superb, and new dials. The centre console gets a glossy black finish with a beige-coloured dashboard.
The six-inch touchscreen of the infotainment system has been replaced with a bigger eight-inch system (not available in the base trim) with new touch buttons. The system supports MirrorLink, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for multimedia needs.
Coming to the engines, the 2017 Skoda Octavia facelift will continue to come equipped with the same set of petrol and diesel engine options that includes a 1.4-litre TSI petrol, 1.8-litre TSI petrol and the popular 2.0-litre TDI diesel engines. The 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine produces 148 BHP of power and 250 Nm of peak torque, mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. On the other hand, the 1.8-litre TSI petrol produces 177 BHP of power and 250 Nm of torque, mated to a 7-speed DSG gearbox while the popular 2.0-litre TDI diesel unit produces 141 BHP of maximum power and 320 Nm of peak torque. The diesel motor comes coupled to a 6-speed DSG automatic transmission.
If someone desires style, perfection and power then Skoda Octavia is surely the car to weigh. Due to GST effect, we can see the downgrade change in the price of the car. The range may vary from Rs15 to Rs20 lakh. The newly adopted changes will surely give a tough comptetion to its rivals. Right now it is competing with the likes of Toyota Corolla Altis, VW Jetta and Hyundai Elantra.