Skoda hopes a mid-life update should help the Octavia regain lost ground
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The Octavia nameplate was resurrected by Skoda in September 2014 to take on the increasing competition in the D-segment sedan category. It impressed our reviewers at that time with its larger cabin, luxurious features and relatively powerful but efficient engines. It an exciting design inside-out, smooth gearshifts (in the variants with the manual transmission), had slightly vague steering and a premium price tag.
Tough competition in the segment, especially from cars like the Toyota Corolla Altis and the Hyundai Elantra did not help either. This is not taking into account the extreme popularity of SUVs/crossovers like the Mahindra XUV500 and the Tata Hexa.
Skoda is all set to launch the Octavia facelift in the market tomorrow and hopes to change its fortunes in the segment.
On the outside, the Skoda Octavia now gets an all-new face. If the pre-facelift car was restrained in its looks, this one is all nuts. The all-LED split headlamps and gloss black grille make it look like an alien. The rest of the car looks very similar to the outgoing model.
Inside, the changes include a bigger 8-inch all-glass touchscreen infotainment system (as compared to the earlier 6.5-inch unit) and new A/C vent design. New equipment includes a new semi-automatic parking system, ambient lighting with changeable colours and a new Skoda Media Command app-based system to control the infotainment unit for non-driving passengers.
On the safety front, the new Octavia gets driver fatigue detection and alerts, multi-collision-mitigation braking (vehicle brakes automatically after the first impact to reduce chances of secondary impacts) and eight airbags.
Mechanically, the Skoda Octavia now gets a wider rear track for better body control. The rear suspension has been tuned for more comfort. While the 1.4-litre petrol, 1.8-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel motor have not received any updates, the efficiency of each of the motors has increased, thanks to improved aerodynamics of the car.
Skoda is expected to launch the Octavia facelift in the Rs 15-22 lakh, ex-showroom price bracket. For peace of mind, Skoda owners can choose to get a four-year service package that is priced at Rs 40,000. Stay tuned to ZigWheels for the prices of the new Octavia.
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rajnish_singh_1 asked a question on 17 January 2018
Q.What is the maintance running cost after waranty over from company. is this car ok for average middle class faimly??What is the maintance running cost after waranty over from company. is this car ok for average middle class faimly??
Skoda Octavia doesn't require any extra maintenance cost if the services are being done at proper and Scheduled intervals. For the standards of a middle-income level family, we think Skoda Octavia is Skoda Octavia doesn't require any extra maintenance cost if the services are being done at proper and Scheduled intervals. For the standards of a middle-income level family, we think Skoda Octavia is a bit premium car to buy....Read More
answered by Kumar_Shalender on 26 January 2018
JITENDRA_SINGH_2 asked a question on 15 January 2018
Q.What is the top speed ?What is the top speed ?
270 kilometres per hour270 kilometres per hour
answered by Rajesh_Veer on 2 February 2018
neehar_reddy asked a question on 30 September 2017
Q.Does Octavia mt style diesel has panoramic sunroofDoes Octavia mt style diesel has panoramic sunroof
Neehar_reddy no brother it does not comes with a sunroof ull get it in the AT versionNeehar_reddy no brother it does not comes with a sunroof ull get it in the AT version