2015 Skoda Octavia | new car review

Posted on Apr 9, 2015 by
2015 Skoda Octavia
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AEDAED 74,900 - 120,000
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  • 2015 Octavia
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 90%
  • Interior
    Editor: 70%
  • Quality
    Editor: 70%
  • Features
    Editor: 80%
  • Performance
    Editor: 80%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 80%

Review Summary:

The is a mid-size sedan that fights against veterans such as the Mitsubishi Lancer and Honda Civic for a piece of the pie. At first glance, the has wiped its competition out, but there’s something stopping it from wiping them off the market completely…

Pros

Styling that is strong enough to turn heads.

Cons

Due to zilch advertising, absolutely nobody is aware of this vehicle's existence.

Looks

It’s got a slatted grille, smoked headlamps, a nice set of wheels to match and a wink-worthy rear end. Compared to its Japanese rivals, the Czech built 2015 Skoda Octavia is a supermodel at an old age home. Yes, it’s just that much hotter…

2015 Skoda Octavia front

Feels

Splashes of chrome can be found around the cabin, but clearly, the flavour of the month when the cabin was being put together was hard plastic. Now, although we’d usually have a massive issue with this, with the Skoda Octavia, we wish we could high-five the designers for creating a smart cabin that is heaps better than the sorts found in the space-age inspired Honda Civic and outrightly dated Mitsubishi Lancer.

2015 Skoda Octavia interior

Engineering

It’s unheard of and quite frankly, unexpected, to find anything more than a five to six speed transmission in a vehicle belonging to this segment of the market. Well, the 2015 Skoda Octavia is a little bit of an innovator. Equipped with a 7 speed automatic transmission, the Czech sedan isn’t just unique, but fuel efficient as it sips just 3.8 litres of fuel in exchange for 100 kilometres of distance.

2015 Skoda Octavia side

What’s on offer?

Three versions of the 2015 Skoda Octavia are available: the Ambition, Elegance and RS. While the Ambition is powered by a 140 horsepower 1.4 litre engine, the Elegance Plus receives a turbocharged 1.8 litre that ups the horsepower to a respectable 180. At the top of the table, resides the RS, producing 220 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque from its 2.0 litre 4-cylinder unit.

2015 Skoda Octavia front

Summing it…

You’re probably asking yourself “What’s a Skoda? Do they even have any showrooms in Dubai?” Well, yes they do and although you may not have ever seen Skoda’s on the road, you definitely need to add them to your list when looking at getting yourself a fun city runabout. It’s innovative, advanced and above all , unique.

2015 Skoda Octavia rear

Specifications

Specifications2015 Skoda Octavia2015 Skoda Octavia 1.8L2015 Skoda Octavia RS
Engine/ Cylinders1.4 litre / 4-cyl1.8 litre / 4-cyl2.0 litre / 4-cyl
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
140 hp @ 6,000 RPM180 hp @ 6,200 RPM220 hp @ 6,200 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
250 Nm @ 3,500 RPM250 Nm @ 5,000 RPM350 Nm @ 4,400 RPM
Tranmission7 speed dual clutch automatic7 speed dual clutch automatic6 speed dual clutch automatic
DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h8.5 secs7.4 secs6.9 secs
Top speed215 km/h231 km/h248 km/h
PriceAED 74,900 - 94,900AED 84,900AED 120,000

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