2013 Skoda Octavia India drive review: Parwanoo-Chail-Shimla
Skoda is about to introduce the all new Octavia in India. Before the official launch, Skoda India invited Rushlane for the media drive of new Octavia. The pre-decided route to test drive 2013 Octavia was one of the most scenic in India, Parwanoo – Chail – Shimla and back. At first, it was not clear why select such a route, as for a car of Octavia’s stature, this is one difficult stretch. But once we were inside the car and behind the wheels, no route seemed difficult.
2013 Skoda Octavia: Bigger, better and more powerful than previous generation variants, the third generation of Octavia will be offered in a choice of two petrol and two diesel trims in India. For petrol, buyers in the country, they have the option of manual 1.4l TSI generating 140 PS and 250 Nm torque, or 1.8l TSI automatic with 180 PS and 250 Nm torque. For diesel, there is only one engine, but two transmission options, manual and automatic. The diesel engine is Volkswagen Group’s one of the best seller, 2.0l TDI offering 143 PS and 320 Nm torque. All four variants are offered with front wheel drive.
Exteriors Design and Built: Built on the latest of VW Group’s MQB (Modularer QuerBaukasten in German) platform, the new Octavia is more aggressive, spacious, longer, wider and lighter than the second gen Octavia. The front features new grille with new Skoda logo. Body lines on the bonnet and sides are much sharper and bolder. Bi-Xenon headlights with LED DRLs match the new aggressive stance in the front, while at the rear, you have the new ‘C’ shaped headlights, which is part of Skoda language, that first featured on the Roomster / Fabia in 2006. Other than this, Octavia features body colored bumpers, external mirrors and door handles across all trims. Two types of alloys are on offer, 16″ 5 spoke for Ambition and Elegance, and 16″ 10 spoke for Active.
To be precise, the new Octavia is 90 mm longer, 45 mm wider, and 103 kgs lighter. It also features a longer wheelbase, by 108 mm. Overall dimensions of new Octavia stand at 4569 mm long, 1814 mm wide, 1476 mm tall, wheelbase 2688 mm and ground clearance of 155 mm. Storage capacity on the inside too is increased. Boot offers 590 liters of space, while when you lower the rear seats, this space is increased to 1580 liters. Depending on the variant, kerb weight ranges from 1260 kgs to 1395 kgs, while gross weight ranges from 1820 kgs to 1915 kgs.