Skoda Octavia 2013 onthulling
In het vernieuwde Skoda-museum in het Tsjechische Mlada Boleslav, onder de
rook van de fabriek, werd de nieuwe Octavia voorgesteld aan de Europese
pers. We konden de auto van dichtbij besnuffelen en spraken met ontwerper
Jozef Kaban over de kunst van eenvoudig design.
Essai Skoda Octavia 1.6 TDI 105 DSG7 2013
Skoda, Octavia, 1.6 TDI 105 DSG7 2013
Voici la troisième génération de Skoda Octavia. Elle s'allonge de 9 cm
par rapport à la précédente, apparue en 2004, pour atteindre désormais
4.66 m de long. Elle reprend l'identité visuelle inaugurée sur la Rapid
au niveau de la face avant, et propose un design en lignes tendues,
simples. Notre version reprend le 1.6 TDI de 105 ch déjà connu sur la
L'Octavia n'avait déjà pas grand-chose à se reprocher en termes de
qualité perçue. La nouvelle venue progresse encore et n'a plus à rougir
face à une Passat en la matière. La sellerie claire rend l'habitacle
chaleureux. La grosse nouveauté vient de la présence d'équipements
high-tech comme le Front
Skoda Octavia Production
Skoda Octavia production processes including Press Shop, Welding Shop,
Paint Shop, Assembly Shop and final testing operations in the main Skoda
production plant in Mlada Boleslav. Shot in 2014.
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The new Skoda Octavia takes a slightly different approach to most small
hatchbacks. It offers much more space inside than the likes of the VW
Golf,Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra and, of course, other VW group family
members like the Audi A3 and SEAT Leon. It's great value, too, with decent
prices and the sort of standard equipment that's closer to a Kia Cee'd or
Hyundai i30. Running costs should be low, too, thanks to a range of
fuel-efficient engines with fuel-saving features such as automatic
stop/start for the engine when the car comes to a halt. It all adds up to a
great value, hugely spacious and high-quality package that easily won our
2013 CarBuyer Best Family Car award.
Mat: Size matters. You know it, I know it and Skoda knows it. In fact that
was one of the main selling points of the original Octavia -- it was less
money and yet bigger than the VW Golf on which it was based. And this new
Octavia is even bigger than before.
You see that boot it isn't just the biggest in its class. It's bigger than
cars from the class above. So yes while this car is based on the Volkswagen
Golf it's boot is bigger than a Passat's. And if you are into practicality
then you will like this. Every Octavia comes with this in the fuel filler
cap -- it's an ice scraper with magnifying glass -- that should come in
Anyway as well as having a massive boot the Octavia's wheelbase is 10 cm
longer than before which means there's absolutely acres of legroom.
Admittedly headroom isn't quite so special due to the sloping roof but it's
easily enough for most adults. For instance I have more than enough and in
case you are wondering I'm Mr Average at 5ft10 and a half -- I'm mentioning
the half because we've already established size does matter.
So does build quality, and the Octavia doesn't disappoint in this
department either. Everything is very well screwed together like you'd
expect from a Volkswagen group product and all the controls are logically
laid out and the instruments easy to read. Storage space is good too thanks
to large door bins and a smattering of useful cubby spaces.
When it comes selecting your Skoda the entry level S car has almost all you
really need like seven airbags, electronic anti-skid control, alloy wheels,
height adjustment on the drivers seat and reach and rake for the steering
wheel, air conditioning, Bluetooth for your mobile phone, iPod connectivity
and touchscreen with digital radio.
There's a wide range of options too including a self-park system for those
intimated by the Octavia's increased size. As well as bay parking it can
also parallel park the car lengthways into a space. It controls the
steering all you have to do is operate the brakes and throttle.
In terms of the rest of the driving experience the Octavia is generally
very good. It's pretty quiet and relaxing at speed yet also steers well,
has plenty of grip and doesn't roll about in the corners. I should point
out some people may find the suspension a bit on the firm side though you
only really notice it on a really badly surfaced road and anyway you could
never call this car uncomfortable. Speaking of which, you can change the
driving characteristics at the touch of this button. In comfort you have a
softer throttle response and lighter steering whereas in sport the steering
is heavier and the throttle response sharper. Don't go thinking this makes
the Octavia exciting to drive though -- you'll have to wait for the hot
hatch VRS model for that.
There is no mistaking the Octavia is a brilliant car, but I wouldn't be
doing my job as a car reviewer if I didn't find some problems with it. Can
you just give me a moment while I think of some? Okay right -- I think I
have a couple -- see this arm rest it's a 150 pound option on all but the
top of the range model surely everyone wants somewhere to rest their elbow.
Also everyone likes to see what's going on behind them -- but rear
visibility in the Octavia isn't great because the back window. It's just so
To be honest though, all these issues are just minor niggles. They should
not put you off the Octavia because it's a truly great car which not only
does everything well but provides unbeatable space at this price. And for
that reason we awarded it the CarBuyer Best Family Car Award for 2013.
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