2009 Skoda Octavia | new car review

Posted on Dec 16, 2009 by

The Czech manufacturer began the Octavia model nine years ago and the second generation was launched in the Middle East in 2007.

The current Octavia is based on the Volkswagen Golf platform and marginally roomier and longer than the older model. Skoda is reputed for their solid build quality and the Octavia is no exception. One cannot help but feel secure in the Octavia especially after the reassuring sound the doors make when you close them shut. The Octavia, just like most Volkswagens feels like it was built to last.

The Octavia competes with more established players such as the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord in the mid-size family car segment in the Middle East. What tilts the scale in favour of the Octavia is its practicality and the lack of station-wagon versions of the rival cars. The Octavia swallows up 560 litres of luggage with the rear seats in place and much more if you fold them.

2009 Skoda Octavia

In many international markets the Octavia scores over its rivals because of Skoda’s brilliant diesel engines but here in the Middle East this competitive advantage is not at play as the car is sold only with a range of two petrol motors. A 1.6-litre with 101bhp and a 2.0-litre producing 148bhp and 200Nm of torque are on offer currently and Skoda has done away with the 160bhp, 1.8 TSI turbo petrol which was also used in the previous generation Audi TT.

Nonetheless the 2.0 litre engine lends the Octavia with spirited performance and the generous torque helps matters too. The base 1.6 litre unit comes with either a manual or an automatic gearbox while the 2.0 litre model only has an automatic transmission.

2009 Skoda Octavia

The Octavia’s European design is subtle yet elegant but the car is no head turner. Skoda has only marginally altered the design of the previous generation Octavia. The typical Skoda grille with vertical fins and a chrome frame with the company logo take centre stage at the front flanked by the clear lens headlights which are very traditionally designed and do not stir much emotion. The front bumper is also pretty demure with small integrated fog lamps and headlight washer jets.



The rear design is also plain vanilla and unexciting but it does covey a sense of quality and vigour. The interior of the Octavia are well appointed and furnished with quality plastics and fabrics. The instrument panel is well laid out and is good to touch and operate. Features include power windows, mirrors, seats and sunroof, depending on which trim level one chooses. ABS brakes with brake assist, traction control, two front and two side airbags are available as standard while rear side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags are optional.

2009 Skoda Octavia

The Octavia is a competent car that gives excellent value for money but it suffers from a lack of image here in the Middle East like in many parts of the world. While the Octavia trumps with its robust build, quality interiors, compliant ride, huge boot and practicality it suffers from an old design, unexciting interiors, only two engine options and a very restricted service network.


Body TypeEngine (litres)Power (bhp)Torque (Nm)Transmission
Saloon / Station Wagon1.6100148M/A

Price Range (AED) 65,000–74,000


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