2015 Skoda Octavia | new car review
Styling that is strong enough to turn heads.
Due to zilch advertising, absolutely nobody is aware of this vehicle's existence.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Specifications||2015 Skoda Octavia||2015 Skoda Octavia 1.8L||2015 Skoda Octavia RS|
|Engine/ Cylinders||1.4 litre / 4-cyl||1.8 litre / 4-cyl||2.0 litre / 4-cyl|
|Max Power |
|140 hp @ 6,000 RPM||180 hp @ 6,200 RPM||220 hp @ 6,200 RPM|
|250 Nm @ 3,500 RPM||250 Nm @ 5,000 RPM||350 Nm @ 4,400 RPM|
|Tranmission||7 speed dual clutch automatic||7 speed dual clutch automatic||6 speed dual clutch automatic|
|Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||8.5 secs||7.4 secs||6.9 secs|
|Top speed||215 km/h||231 km/h||248 km/h|
|Price||AED 74,900 - 94,900||AED 84,900||AED 120,000|