Brand new from head-to-toe, and featuring a much more spacious cabin, along with a generous trunk, the new Octavia is suitable for a cross-country run – safe and relaxing!
On the highway, the new Octavia drives like a breeze – especially since it takes little to be won over by a sedan that can cover so much distance so imperceptibly. In the new Skoda Octavia, you actually feel like you’re driving something of a superior breed. The ride comfort is remarkable thanks to suspension that blocks the irregularities of the road from filtering through to the cabin. It also benefits from an appreciable overall noise reduction. Bigger, more attractive, but above all, more spacious, the third generation of the Skoda sedan is trying to elbow its way through the competitive segment of mid-sized sedans.
Always connected to the road
The fresh design traits of the bodywork display a certain class, but it’s also apparent how the car welcomes you in its new cabin, which is not only functional and more spacious, but higher in perceived quality too. The design is tidier, and offers superior materials and fittings. Between standard and optional equipment, there are a number of devices that improve both passive and active safety. Up front, there’s definitely no shortage of space. And the plethora of seat adjustments and the ergonomic positioning of the steering wheel allow an optimal driving position. Off the highway, when the road begins to twist and turn, the drivability becomes noticeable. This is thanks to the generous 105 horsepower turbo diesel engine, but also thanks to the notable weight-loss diet that the Octavia has undergone (weight is now down by about 102kgs over the previous model). And this has led to the sense of power and torque being further enhanced. Invariably, the response from the engine is gradual and measured, whether driving on part throttle or at full pelt. Among the virtues of the diesel engine in a sedan of this size is the fact that it pairs very well with a five-speed manual transmission. Of course, the dual clutch automatic – the DSG – is also available.
Accompanying the calming effects of the turbo-diesel is good dynamic behaviour. On the tarmac, in fact, the Octavia offers a sense of safety and feels sturdy going down the road. It offers considerable grip, even when pushed more than normal. In fact, it’s here that the main changes from the past can be noticed. The credit of this is attributed partly to the increased rigidity of the frame – despite being lighter – and partly to the suspension setup. The latter, thanks to the use of high-resistance steel, and to the structural improvements of numerous newly conceived components, guarantees an equally significant weight reduction of 25kgs. In practical terms, this new sedan offers a solid compromise between sport and comfort. Noteworthy among the options, finally, is the Driving mode selection, which allows you to shift between four modes – adjusting a number of parameters including the throttle response, transmission and power steering.
Scheduled to be launched in India this festive season, the Octavia is expected to arrive with the 2-litre diesel engine and two petrol engine options (1.4 and 1.8 litres). The 1.6 engine tested here is expected to be launched later.
Increase in Active and Passive Safety
State-of-the-art safety systems were created during the development stage of this car. One of these is the emergency braking device, a second is the lane position maintenance device, and a third is the driver fatigue device. In the case of an accident, passengers are protected optimally thanks to a complete passive safety package that includes up to nine airbags – knee airbags (standard), and lateral airbags in the back seats (optional) are new in the Octavia.
Space is its strong point
The new Octavia is roomier, longer by 90mm and wider by 45mm. More importantly, there’s an increase in the wheelbase of 108mm, giving it an internal length of 1,782mm. The luggage compartment is practical, but above all, spacious – the declared capacity ranges from 590 to 1,580 litres.
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