2014 Skoda Octavia Review |CarAdvice

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2014 Skoda Octavia

Pros: Excellent drivetrains; ride comfort; solid manners; comfortable interior, specced; clean Euro big on space; unbeatable value in the

With specifications lists punch well above weight and each offering interior acreage, you’d the mid-size segment had already us everything it could offer – but was before the launch of the all-new Octavia .

Often ridiculed for priced too close to its Volkswagen Skoda has spent its time behind the segment’s power from Japan and Europe.

But the arrival of the 2014 Skoda all that changes.

Skoda is repositioning the brand with an value-for-money pricing strategy should see it gain considerably traction in Australia.

Based on the Group’s MQB (Modular Transverse platform that will underpin all future Skoda the third-generation Octavia is new from the

The new Octavia model range has been rationalised with engines and considerably less on offer than with the model.

There are now two petrol and one diesel, so the fully turbocharged, Octavia powertrain line-up a 103kW/250Nm 1.4-litre petrol; a 132kW/250Nm 1.8-litre petrol, and a 110kW/320Nm 2.0-litre diesel.

The is also offered in both and wagon bodies, with the incurring a $1350 surcharge all three-specification grades: Ambition, Plus and Elegance.

Opening the new line-up is the entry-level Ambition manual sedan with pricing from $22,990.

That’s a formidable saving on its Even when adding the DSG auto transmission at a cost of the Octavia still trumps all of its Japanese rivals by anywhere up to

The price advantage is even against fellow Euro such as the 1.6-litre Peugeot 508 priced from $36,990.

The Octavia is reasonably equipped boasting standard features as Bluetooth phone and music four-spoke multi-function leather wheel, power windows, central locking and seven

Ambition buyers can also add the $1300 Travel Pack, swaps the standard 16-inch wheels for 17-inch alloys, adding rear parking eight speakers (up from front armrest and cruise

Stepping up a grade to the mid-range (driveaway) 103TSI Ambition with standard manual means you’ll get all of the features in the Pack, while adding the touchscreen audio system and an to nine airbags (from including rear-seat side

The $35,490 Elegance 103TSI a raft of high-end features leather seats, 18-inch wheels, 8-inch touchscreen satellite navigation and auto-dimming mirror.

There’s also climate control, auto and rain-sensing wipers and folding mirrors.

Available with Ambition Plus and Elegance is the Tech Pack, which further equipment upgrades bi-Xenon headlamps, adaptive control, keyless entry, parking assist, front light assist and city brake.

The Tech Pack adds to the price of the Ambition Plus and to the Elegance – due to several features are already standard on the latter.

off the price ladder for the Skoda is the more powerful Octavia Elegance, which attracts a tag from $37,990, while the 110TDI is offered at $38,790 away.

We first tested the direct-injection turbo – and it is a cracker.

Any that it might struggle to pull a car of this newfound is put to rest from the moment you prod the throttle.

The introduction of materials and engineering means the car is lighter than the old model – and you can feel it.

Time constraints that we only drove the (38kg heavier than the sedan) with the standard manual, but there’s more enough go in this engine to the Octavia along at a thoroughly pace.

Turbo lag has largely engineered out of the new powerplant, with such as a new cylinder head integrated exhaust manifold, to air intercooler and a turbocharger with an charge pressure indicator.

The version will hit 100km/h in 8.4 trumping its DSG counterpart by one-tenth of a and it definitely feels quicker behind the wheel.

It’s not as shifting as the six-speed #8216;box in the Golf – more a notchy through the gear ratios – but it is solid fun nonetheless.

The bigger 1.8-litre engine, gaining 29kW of power the entry-level model, produces the 250Nm of torque with the DSG transmission.

The big difference here is the peak torque band is wider, stretching from to 5000rpm as opposed to 1500rpm-3500rpm for the so the car keeps on pulling.

There’s significantly more straight-line with 100km coming up in 7.4 – enough to satisfy even the set.

Perhaps disappointingly, the range misses out on paddleshifters, would only serve to enhance the driving experience.

welcome surprise is just how the 2.0-litre diesel performs. throttle response is punchy and 320Nm from 1750rpm there’s no lack of low-down

Noise insulation across all is also noticeably well with engine noise muted inside the cabin.

of the DSG transmissions mentioned above a sequential shift option, as as a Sport mode, which the shift points higher up the rev It may be slightly less fuel-efficient, but it is a more enjoyable drive for conditions permit.

That fuel-efficiency across the board in the new range is simply outstanding, the enthusiastic driving program we put the through.

Skoda claims combined for the 103TSI manual, and we saw over a 50km test The diesel promises 4.9L/100km, we got a reading of 5.7L/100km, while the sedan showed an average consumption of 6.5L/100km.

That’s up to a 20 per cent less the old model.

When it comes to quality, the new Octavia eclipses its rivals. That’s despite the that the rear-end of both the and 110TDI still use a torsion-beam

It simply doesn’t matter condition the road surface is in, or wheel and tyre combination the is fitted with, the level of compliance produces an inherently ride.

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There are prestige costing three times the asking price that offer this level of comfort.

It’s a similarly story with the handling.

The steering requires less than most cars in the and there’s a decent level of that allows accurate of the front wheels when

It’s also feels composed at speed in the twisty with good front-end and that same level of allowing the car to remain settled (if not even while mid-corner a rough surface.

Oddly, we the wagon version of the 103TSI to be slightly less compliant the same ground – though the comfort level was minimal.

the Octavia’s extra dimensions longer and 45mmm wider) and wheelbase (by 108mm) translate to more comfort in the cabin.

There’s also more headroom and elbowroom than the model. Rear legroom is than generous and there’s for boots to slide under the seats.

Practicality also high on Skoda’s agenda. are oodles of storage spaces and clever little touches in the of a door pocket-mounted bin (complete mini garbage bag) and a mobile phone holder they won’t fit Android in the front console.

Outdoor and surfers will like the boot liner that’s on one side and water-resistant rubber on the – perfect for dripping wetsuits and wet

There’s also a budget rack system that a pair of velcro-fastened plastic that can be bent into a and placed anywhere in the boot to objects sliding around.

The itself is huge and offers 568 of luggage space for the sedan actually a five-door hatch looks like a traditional and 588L for the wagon.

The cabin is a mixture of mostly soft-touch and easy-to-use controls. It looks and semi-premium, but still falls short of the Golf.

While the leather buckets of the Elegance offer excellent comfort and we found the fabric seatds of the weren’t as well bolstered, or as on the lower back.

The four-spoke steering wheel though is and thick and superbly tactile.

Skoda has always pushed over form and the latest follows the same resolve, smart clean lines than overtly stylish

Safety has also been a focus in the new Octavia. It not only a generous inventory of standard kit, including a minimum of airbags and collision braking, but the optional Tech Pack advanced features such as cruise control.

It’s an system that allows the to automatically maintain a safe from the car in front, via the radar-control, is able to brake the car in order to that same distance, the actions of the car immediately ahead.

We get a chance to test the Automatic Assist, but with 12 ultrasonic Skoda claim the system find a parking space as little 0.6 m to spare and manoeuvre the car it – all you have to do is control the braking.

has crammed a lot into its all-new and improved almost every in the car.

With exceptionally drivetrains, superb ride and plenty of kit, there’s from us on the complaints side.

Add to a pricing strategy that its key rivals by thousands of dollars and price servicing over six or 90,000km (whichever comes and the Octavia should have no in attracting a significant new crowd.

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