In transforming the Octavia, the designers and engineers at Škoda Auto put extra attention to it considering that it was a challenge to upgrade what was already a well-engineered car. One of the basic changes done on the look of the Octavia ensures that the latest model is current with regards to the modern design principle of the brand.
Examples of the improvements done are the headlamps with its new shape on the front part of the car including the one-piece bumper and the radiator grille. On the rear are the dynamic bumper with the ‘cat eyes’ and the new tail lamp covers. Features on the interior underwent redesign like the center console, the dashboard, the steering wheel, and the air conditioning controls.
Even the trim inserts on its doors were redesigned. The interior is also equipped with the latest satellite navigations systems from Škoda and the most advanced audio systems. The brand made sure as well to put in new upholstery fabrics.
All of the new functional features and the new materials contribute to increasing not just the comfort but even the operating safety of the occupants inside. For passengers who prefer to be seated in the rear, the Octavia offers space and comfort. With the large doors, it is quick and simple to get out or go inside the vehicle.
The Liftback in particular allows storage of large items easily. The Liftback has a 560-liter capacity while the Wagon offers 580-liter capacity, both managing to set new standards in volume for their segment. The rear bench can be folded to provide bigger space with the Liftback increasing available space to 1,420 liters while the Wagon can now offer 1,620 liters.
Under the hood, Škoda also changed the engine line-up available for the Octavia range. As such, there is now the option to choose between three versions -- two are petrol-powered while the third is diesel-powered. This is the first time though that a 1.6-liter petrol-based engine is presented in the Octavia line as an entry-level standard.
All engine types are paired with the standard 5-speed manual transmission, though Škoda is offering an automatic 6-speed as a possible alternative. This 1.6-liter petro engine can deliver power of 75 kW and maximum torque of 148 Nm, showing that it is a reliable and proven car.
Meanwhile the 2.0 diesel TDI engine gives torque that can give other vehicles with the V6 petrol engine a run for their money. This same engine can deliver power of up to 103 kW at 4,000 rpm while torque amounting to 320 Nm can be produced from even as low as 1,750 rpm.
This results in a satisfying and exciting drive. The second engine is the 1.8 TSI turbocharged petrol engine that can give out power of 118 kW and maximum torque of around 250 Nm. The 1.8 TSI engine replaces the 2.0 FSI, which gives 110 kW of power, in the Octavia.
It is also the only engine in the Škoda Octavia range to have as an option Volkswagen Group’s own 7-speed DSG transmission. This 7-speed transmission offers two important developments. It is the first to have a front transverse mounting and it is also the first ever dual-clutch gearbox to have a ‘dry’ double clutch.
While offered as an option, choosing the 7-speed DSG brings with it some advantages. It can provide the comfort one would expect from an automatic transmission and also give the dynamic drive from that of a manual transmission.
The result is that it gets amazing performance but with more efficient fuel consumption and reduced CO2 emissions. In particular, when the 1.8 TSI engine is paired with this transmission, fuel consumption is at 6.7 liters on unleaded premium gas for every hundred kilometers, though combined consumption is at ADR81/02. The CO2 emissions rating meanwhile is estimated at 157 g/km. The latest Škoda Octavia is expected to be launched by March 2009.