2013 Skoda Octavia sedan driven and reviewed by WhatCar?

All new third generation Skoda Octavia sedan is finally revealed. The 2013 Skoda Octavia is scheduled for an official unveiling during the first week of…

All new third generation Skoda Octavia sedan is finally revealed. The 2013 Skoda Octavia is scheduled for an official unveiling during the first week of December this year, but thanks to journalists at WhatCar?, who were invited to test drive the new Octavia in Portugal, details on the new Skoda sedan, are no longer a mystery. Production of the new Octavia has commenced and Skoda will launch their new Octavia by end of January 2013.

According to the journalists, 2013 Skoda Octavia is a great car with moderate reforms. It is built on the new MQB platform from Volkswagen. MQB stands for Modularer Querbaukasten in German, which in English translates to Modular Transverse Matrix. Audi A3 and the new VW Golf are also built on the MQB platform. Thanks to this new platform, the car with already big inside space, has even more space to offer.

Front look of the new new Skoda Octavia resembles the new European Rapid sedan, which is placed in a segment below the Octavia. But with modern technologies like adaptive cruise control, active bonnet to protect pedestrians, etc on offer, new Octavia will easily compete with models which are placed in a segment above itself. New front LED lights give the 2013 Octavia a sportier look. Rear visibility is poor, as it is with Octavia models.

Compared to the second gen Skoda Octavia, 2013 model is 10.8 cms longer, 100 kgs lighter and offers a bootspace of 590 liters (about 5 liters more). The wheelbase of this five door liftback is 9 cms longer. It has a total length of 4659 mm, Skoda Superb length is at 4838 mm. Drivability has been improved, not much significant change is made to one of the largest sedan in its class.

2013 Skoda Octavia will be offered in both petrol and diesel engines. In petrol, you will have the 1.4L TSI with cylinder deactivation for better fuel efficiency. A 1.8L supercharged generating 180 hp with seven speed DSG dual-clutch will also be offered along with a RS model. In the diesel, 2013 Skoda Octavia will get a 2.0L turbo generating 148 hp with six speed DSG. 2013 Skoda Octavia RS will be revealed next year. The journalists who test drove the new Octavia, say that the engines are powerful and smooth.

Materials inside the Octavia 2013 are best in class. They are easy to use and understand. Steering stiffness and acceleration response differs with class. Gear shifting lever is similar to the one in European Rapid. The journalists added that the steering gets a slight numbness when driving in the sport mode. All Octavia 2013 variants will offer color touchscreens, while park assist is something which will not be offered on all variants. You also have enough legroom and headroom in the new Skoda sedan, which is believed to redefine the segment.

Skoda Boss, Winfried Vahland, is very hopeful with their new Octavia. He expects the 2013 Octavia to feature in the top ten best selling cars list. As far as price of the new Skoda Octavia is concerned, nothing has been revealed. But looking at the features and improvements, it will be expensive than the outgoing variant.

Source: WhatCar?

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