If you know anything about Roman history, then the name Ocatavia won’t sound all that alien to you. Octavia was the sister to the first Roman emperor Augustus Caesar. She has been heralded by Roman historians as virtuous and the model Roman girl. Thus another car gets a girl’s name. Skoda is a Czech automaker owned by the Volkswagen Group. Skoda sells its cars worldwide except for the American market. The Skoda Octavia is a step behind the Volkswagen Golf and the SEAT Leon. It’s available as either a five door hatch or as an estate.
The first generation Octavia was unveiled in November 1996. It was built in Skoda’s modernized factory at Mladá Boleslav in the Czech Republic. Released onto the market it didn’t do as well as expected, facing rather stiff competition from other established brands like the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Vectra. It was available for sale in the UK later in 1998, where it gained a reputation as a taxi cab.
Currently, the Octavia has reached its third generation. It was unveiled in December 2012 at the Škoda Museum in Mladá Boleslav. Later in February 2013 it started appearing in showrooms in key European markets.
There are a number of trims available for the Ocatavia:
- Greenline III
- SE L
- Laurin & Klement
*Note that there are other sub trims available in each of the above mentioned except for the Greenline III. These sub trims are distinguishable by their engine types.
Powering the Octavia are variants of four cylinder engines, which are available in both petrol and diesel. The most powerful engine is a 2.0L petrol turbo four, which produces 217 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. It manages to reach a top speed of 245 km/h and accelerates 0-100 km/h in a paltry 6.9 seconds. As for the most powerful diesel engine it has got to be the 2.0L turbo that manages to churn out 181 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. As for transmission you can either pick 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual, 6-speed auto or 7-speed auto. Finally, it’s important to note that the Octavia is available as a front-wheel or all-wheel drive.
Inside the Skoda’s cabin you won’t be disappointed, as affordable can look good too. Unlike other cars that are affordable the Skoda is anything but dreary. It has a nice touchscreen on the dash, a nice layout and helpful controls. The interior is also quite spacious, offering you more space for you and your passengers, and also for your luggage.
To be honest the Octavia has some rather bland looks, when compared to some of its contemporaries. However, as bland as it may be its design does offers some highlights, like its front fascia which looks rather ethereal in a way.
The greatest attribute the Skoda has is that it’s spacious as compared to its other platform mates like the Audi A3. There are other hatches that offer a better ride like the Ford Focus. Another big problem is the four cylinder engine used here is rather noisy. However, when you look at the benefits you get from this impressive hatch all these problems disappear into the background. Yes its true it isn’t in the same pedestal as the Volkswagen Golf, however it does come really close. Considering the price of the Skoda, it truly is value for money with a great interior. All in all this is a car that will offer you great practicality and reliability.
If you are interested in buying an Octavia you start to budget from £ 16,515.
Skoda offers a great family hatch, but is currently playing second fiddle to the likes of the Leon, however does this hatch have the potential to be class leading? Have your say, leave a comment.
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