Legend is back
The Octavia brand is back in India and as Skoda would say it - The Legend is back.
Skoda ventured in India 12 years back with the same nameplate. Skoda drove back the Octavia sedan in India yesterday after it had discontinued it 3 years back.
The launch took place in Hotel The Grand in New Delhi on 03rd October 2013.
Ceremony commenced with a brief history about the Czech manufacturer given by the Skoda India Managing Director Mr. Sudhir Rao. He explained about the new design language behind the new Skoda cars along with that he showed the new Skoda Octavia TV advertisement which will be on air in a few days.
After that, In came two gorgeous looking new Octavia's on the stage. One in silver and the other in black.
Built on the famous Volkswagen's MQB platform, the new Octavia has got 90mm longer and 45mm wider than the current Laura. The new model also wears the new Skoda logo, which will be seen on all the upcoming Skoda cars.
The 2013 Skoda feels more upmarket with improved plastic quality,fit and finish,better dash design and much more.
With features like ABS
, Lane Assistance,Fatigue detection system, Adaptive Cruise control, Six Airbags, Intelligent Light Assistance, the new Skoda Octavia is one of the safest cars available in the segment. It is the first ever Skoda to get daytime running LED's.
Skoda officials said that the new Octavia has not been designed as a regular sedan rather more of a sport and dynamic Coupe with lots of functionality and practicality to it, like the notchback hatch opens really wide which utilizes the rear boot-space more efficiently.
Launched in a total 7 variants, the new Octavia has come out in a total 3 engine options- a 1.4-litre TSI petrol, a 1.8-litre TSI petrol and a 2.0-litre TDI diesel. The 1.8-litre TSI petrol and 2.0-litre TDI diesel are already doing duty to the existing Laura, the 1.4-litre is the new entrant in the line-up, which currently powers the VW Jetta. The 2013 Skoda Octavia has also been claimed to be the most fuel efficient Octavia of all times. While the 1.4-litre powered variants offer 16.81kmpl, the 1.8-litre TSI AT, 2.0-litre TDI CR-AT and 2.0-litre TDI MT promise to return 14.72kmpl, 19.28kmpl and 20.61kmpl of mileage respectively.
Skoda says they already have around 500 bookings for the new Skoda Octavia and when asked about Skoda's poor after sales service experience, the Skoda India MD replied - "We want to backup the customers with a great lifetime experience. We are working very hard on this aspect. We are actually not as bad as people think, but we are trying to be one of the best. " Things you will like about this car
1. Timeless elegant overall design.
2. Built quality is absolutely top notch inside out.
3. A wide range of engine options to choose from - 1.4 TSI, 1.8 TSI, 2.0 TDI
4. Tried and tested diesel engine which has the punch to woo most of the enthusiastic driver's too and is fuel efficient too.
5. Loaded to the brim with features.
6. Enormous boot-space of 590lts. Things which you will not like about this car
1. Comes at a very steep price tag. Won't be considered as a VFM
2. 1.8 TSI is not offered in manual transmission.
3. Tall floor hump will be a hindrance for the 5th occupant.
4. Skoda's After sales service is still a big question mark.
5. DSG gearbox has a big history of failure all over the world.
6. Spare wheel in the trunk is not an alloy wheel.
Here are a few pics from the launch