The Octavia is a automobile that defies conference. Regardless of the actuality that it has a hatch at the rear, it is not a common hatchback much from it. It is not a sedan both, whilst in profile you’d swear it was. Then there is the fastback rear, the substantial rear overhang and the estate-like 600-litre boot, but it is not a fastback or an estate both. What it is, is exceptional, and all the better for it.

Over the decades, the Octavia has maintained these exceptional characteristics, along with other brand name-defining options like the rough make, the higher-high-quality truly feel, the enjoyment-to-travel character and the ‘value luxury’ positioning. In actuality, the Octavia has made these types of a powerful impact in excess of the decades, it’s the automobile that will come to mind first when you say the phrase Skoda.

While this fourth-technology Octavia will come at a time when the government sedan phase has all but collapsed, there is little doubt that this automobile, surely in this attractive shade of blue, will have all eyeballs on it. The focal point is the new grille, now positioned lessen down, and the unique pair of LED headlights with their twin L-formed DRL pattern, all of which are mounted flush with the bodywork now. As on its large sister, the Outstanding, skinning on the fenders, doorways and flanks is limited, with a good deal of appealing creases and cuts, and this makes the new Octavia appears lithe and muscular.

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LED DRL pattern is a delicate backlink to quad-headlamp predecessor.

It is about the same dimensions as the preceding automobile, but the tucked-in midsection and coupé-like roof make it glance lengthier than it is, and the powerful belt-line assists give it a more self-confident stance. Around the rear, the BMW-like upside-down L-formed tail-lights insert to the general attraction much too. Nonetheless, some will locate the blackened wheels, with their webbed detailing, a bit in excess of the prime.

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L&K trim’s wheels divide viewpoint. Raised journey top apparent at wheels.

The new Octavia is also slipperier, with a drag coefficient of just .24. But because it has been lifted for Indian streets, there is a good deal of daylight among the wheels and wheel arches. And this, apart from spoiling the stance, is also possible to have an impact on drag. Nevertheless, all in all, there is an pleasing richness to the design and that truly does make it stand out.

Czech Out The Cabin

The clean new glance carries on inside of much too, exactly where you are greeted by a pretty contemporary cabin. Excellent stages have also taken a large phase forward and the make is more durable than on the preceding automobile. You can truly feel it all in excess of – on the dash, centre console, doorpads and even the seats. The doorways shut with a stable thunk and there is a gratifying heft to how points function, and this feels just fantastic.

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Horizontal middle factor on dash created to echo form of entrance grille.

The cabin is now more sculpted and the three-dimensional design of the interiors provides to the elevated perception of situation. Skoda has successfully managed to give the insides a loaded truly feel. There are each, brushed steel and chrome inserts that brighten up the cabin, Alcantara has been made use of on prime of the dash, the doorway pockets are felt lined and the ‘floating’, two-spoke steering wheel, with its metallic knurled controllers is superbly constructed. Even the stubby equipment selector that will come in location of a common equipment lever is very well crafted. Curiously, the Octavia works by using shift-by-wire tech, which implies interaction among the selector and gearbox is by way of electronic signals and not mechanical linkages.

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Stubby equipment selector sits in location of common equipment lever.

The newest Octavia is very well equipped much too. Together with the 10-inch touchscreen, which is crisp and responds very well to the lightest faucet, there are physical shortcut buttons for the ESC, fatigue inform technique, local weather regulate and park support. The local weather regulate shortcut, nevertheless, does not do the job very well, as it just sales opportunities you back again to the touchscreen, and there is no tricky button for the enthusiast pace both. This, of course, is really fiddly, particularly on the transfer. What’s also a hit and miss is the quantity regulate panel underneath the touchscreen. Swiping left/correct boosts/decreases the quantity, but it’s not as slick as you’d like it to be. A rotary quantity controller would have done the job just fine.

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10-inch touchscreen is excellent to use. Extra physical shortcut buttons would enable though.

You also get a fully digital instrument panel with configurable modes. The layouts are consumer friendly and what is awesome is that the monitor can also relay navigation directions from Android Vehicle or Apple CarPlay, so motorists won’t have to have to glance absent to the major touchscreen.

Other package includes brilliantly done ambient lights that bathes the cabin in delicate colors of your alternative, there is a highly effective and crisp 600W Canton seem technique with a subwoofer, LED looking at lights that have proximity sensors, retractable solar shades on the rear windows, and wireless Apple CarPlay (it demands an app) and Android Vehicle. You get four USB-C slots, two up entrance and two at the rear, and the parking support ably steers the Octy into a detected location. Ventilated seats are not component of the offer, though a greater miss for possible purchasers is a sunroof the newest Octavia is not engineered for a person.

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Shapely entrance seats present fantastic support. Lumbar alter aids consolation.

What occupants will respect, nevertheless, are the large, cozy leather-Alcantara entrance seats. They’re electrically adjustable, wide adequate to continue to keep even substantial occupants cozy, provide up exceptional back again and thigh support, and even attribute lumbar support adjustment and a memory function. They are, nevertheless, completed in a mild color and this may well make them tricky to continue to keep clear.

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Even large-constructed six footers will be cozy at the back again. Space is excellent and the seat is very well bolstered.

Comfort and ease at the rear is exceptional much too, and the new Octavia is now even better suited to remaining made use of as a chauffeur-driven automobile. For a person, there is a good deal of house in the rear – a bit more than in the previously automobile – there is excellent thigh support, the backrest is now set at a more cozy angle, and the seats are better contoured for more lateral support. There is even a first rate quantity of house for the third passenger, but they will have to straddle the large central tunnel four-wheel-travel variations marketed abroad have a propellor shaft in there. The actuality that there is no sunroof and a darkish headliner, nevertheless, imply it is not as dazzling or ethereal right here as it could have been.

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Genuine to custom, the boot is cavernous Baggage potential is 600 litres.

There is a good deal of place for odds and finishes, like a sunglass holder, a usable cooled glovebox, substantial bottle holders in the doorways, and two cupholders close to the equipment selector that have rubberised dimples on the foundation. You truly won’t be brief on house on outstation trips or airport runs both. The new Octavia gets a 600-litre boot with a good deal of intelligent options packed in to make your everyday living simpler. The boot can be accessed via the rear armrest, the rear seats can be folded down electrically, you can open up the hatch by ‘kicking’ under the boot if you have the crucial in your pocket (Skoda calls it virtual pedal), and a powered operation is included much too. In genuine Skoda vogue, there are, as at any time, a good deal of intelligent hooks and fasteners to safe your baggage much too, and though it has a spare tyre, it’s only a house saver.

Flying Arrow

The very last-gen Octavia bowed out of India in grand design, in whole-blown RS245 avatar. The new Octy options the same 2. TSI turbo-petrol motor, albeit in a common 190hp and 320Nm condition of tune. For reference, the previously Octavia 1.8 TSI made 180hp and 250Nm. A seven-pace twin-clutch gearbox is typical match and channels electricity to the entrance wheels. A lesser 1.five-litre petrol version is a chance and Skoda has verified the new Octy RS will appear to India in because of time, but there won’t be any diesels.

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190hp, 2.-litre TSI motor is refined and provides powerful efficiency.

Fireplace up the Octavia and it settles into a clean and pretty refined idle. The automobile responds smartly to a faucet on the throttle, and previous 2,000rpm there is a powerful tug that makes efficiency truly feel effortless. Amongst 2,000 and four,000rpm, the motor is also really clean and inaudible, creating the new Octavia a pretty completed cruiser. Previous four,000rpm, electricity delivery gets even stronger, and the run to 6,000rpm is pretty energetic. Driving in this band is significantly pleasing when disorders enable (a several more revs would have extra more spice), and what assists is the twin-clutch gearbox that is brief to dial up the subsequent equipment. It’s super brief to react to tugs at the paddles much too. In town, nevertheless, the seven-pace DSG does get tripped up on situation. Sudden improvements in throttle input can elicit a a little delayed reaction, though it’s hardly ever much too severe.

Drivers with a sportier bent will miss travel modes, but you do get start regulate. Set your foot down and start it does, the motor pulling strongly as quickly as you are off the line. 100kph will come up in 8 seconds flat, with a hundred and sixty coming up in 18.9 seconds. As the table makes obvious, there is truly pretty little difference in conditions of efficiency among Octavias outdated and new, and that is reflective of their close to-identical electricity to excess weight ratios. The newest Octy makes 10hp more but also weighs 84kg more than its predecessor.

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On its lifted suspension, the Octavia also rides very well. The 106mm laden floor clearance figure is stressing, but our fears proved unfounded as the Octy cleared substantial pace breakers with ease. The Skoda also rides via substantial potholes effortlessly, with no large deflection felt inside of the cabin. Sharp-edged bumps, nevertheless, do catch it out, with a sharp ‘thwack’ read inside of the cabin on weak surfaces. The journey can be occupied at situations much too, particularly on concrete streets, exactly where there is also a bit of tyre noise. Maintain to a regular speed on the highway and you will respect the Octavia for its stable and settled truly feel.

Like the previously-gen automobile, this a person much too has a steering that is mild, simple to twirl and precise. This assists make the automobile truly feel scaled-down than it is from guiding the wheel. Even nicer is that the steering continues to be pin-sharp and precise even at increased speeds, and since the Octavia’s entrance conclusion has a good quantity of bite and it does not roll much too a lot, agility is excellent. So it’s no shock that this neutral handler feels secure and composed even in rapidly corners. It’s only when you push pretty tricky into a corner that the 205/55 R17 tyres seem to be out of depth.

Extra, For Extra

Even bigger, better and more completed, the new Octavia feels like a more upmarket and high-class sedan. The cabin is really cozy, high-quality stages have taken a obvious phase forward and apart from a several misses, Skoda has equipped the Octavia generously much too. Then there is the stable make, the powerful motor, the sorted dynamics and that just large boot.

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Dear but plush new Octavia is fantastic to travel and be driven in.

If there is a hurdle, it would be the cost. The new Octavia is substantially more high-priced, with a setting up cost of Rs twenty five.ninety nine lakh and going up to Rs 28.ninety nine lakh (ex-showroom, India) for the fully-loaded L&K and that could make some purchasers baulk. But, once you get in excess of the sticker shock and glance closely at exactly where your money goes, it’s good to say that with the Octavia’s unimpeachable make high-quality, it’s money very well expended.

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