• Apr 22nd 2009 at 8:01AM
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After officially unveiling the Octavia facelift at the Paris Motor Show last fall, the Czech automaker Skoda is revealing its freshened Octavia RS and Octavia Scout models, part of the second-generation Octavia line-up. First introduced in 2004, the Octavia is based on Volkswagen's A5 platform (shared with the Golf/Jetta Mk5). The 2009 model is available in both sedan and wagon (Scout) body styles.

Compared to last year's model, the facelifted Octavia features a redesigned front end with new headlamps (available with an adaptive xenon light system for the first time), new bumpers, and integrated LED daytime driving lights. Sporting new taillamps, the rear bumper has been redesigned as well. The refreshed Octavia rides on new 18-inch alloy wheels and is offered with several new metallic paint colors. According to Skoda, more than 82,000 Octavia RS and Scout models have been sold since 2000. Full press release after the jump.


Škoda Auto presents facelifted versions of the Octavia RS and the Octavia Scout. After the modernised Octavia launched late last year, the sports-tuned Octavia RS and the Octavia Scout have now been facelifted as well. Besides numerous design changes, both cars offer new technological solutions including, for example, an air quality sensor for the Climatronic air conditioning system and a new illumination system.

The facelifted Octavia RS has a redesigned front mask with an RS logo and bold headlamps that, for the first time in the RS version, can be fitted with xenon units combined with an adaptive front lighting module. Besides a wider and bolder induction aperture, the car's innovated bumper boasts a further two innovations: fog lamps with the Corner function and LED lamps for daytime lighting. The covers of integrated tailgate lamps have been redesigned to look more attractive, other innovations include, for example, a new metallic paint (Anthracite) and 18" Neptune wheels. The sports-tuned chassis has been lowered to 127 mm, the car's weight reduced by 20 kg in the petrol version and 15 kg in the diesel one. Significantly reduced air resistance has a positive impact upon the car's overall performance. The maximum speed is higher, and the car's responsiveness and acceleration have also been improved.

Complying with the EU 5 standard, the engines fitted to the Octavia RS include a 2.0 TSI/147 kW petrol unit with a consumption of 7.5 l/100 km and reduced CO2 emissions (175 g /km) and a 2.0 TDI CR/125 kW diesel engine (5.7l/100 km and 150 g/km, respectively). Both engines come exclusively with a six-speed manual twin-clutch DSG transmission.

The Octavia RS has been bought by over sixty thousand drivers since 2000 (of which 70 % in the estate (Combi) version).

The Scout line has built a steady position in Škoda's model portfolio. Bigger than the Roomster Scout and the Fabia Scout, the Octavia Scout is the flagship of this model line. The new vehicle has been facelifted to toe the line with the other models of the Octavia portfolio, including a redesigned radiator mask and bold headlamps. Fitted with fog lights with the Corner function, the massive front bumper underlines the vehicle's off-road appearance. Bold protective body elements are in harmony with a new metallic paint (Rosso Brunello).

With 179 mm of clear height and efficient chassis protection, the car is well geared for off-road driving. The all-wheel drive system includes the fourth-generation Haldex clutch able to transfer as much as 85 % of the torque to a single wheel. Two powerful engines - petrol 1.8 TSI/118 kW (EU 5) and diesel 2.0 TDI PD DPF/103 kW (EU 4) - combined with a six-speed mechanical transmission provide satisfactory performance levels.

The Octavia Scout has been bought by over 22 thousand customers so far.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      We have a 1 year old Skoda Octavia here in China. Beautiful car, fun to drive and not even the smallest problem in the entire time. Sure wish I could buy one in the US when I return.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I know it's not a full-scale redesign, but it still looks a little aged. I personally think that the Jetta has maintained fairly clean lines (the Passat, on the other hand, hasn't), and this just looks old. I was expecting something more. Oh well. It's still a great compact car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Autoblog, theres a mistake in your article. The Octaiva is available in 3 body styles: Hatchback (sedan), Estate (wagon) and scout, which is the 'soft roader' based on the 4x4 (which, funnily enough has the 4x4 haldex system seen on a lot of other VWAG vehicles, and a higher ground clearance.) Which has these awesome rugged-looking body sections, the 4x4 haldex system and higher ground clearance again over the standard 4x4.

        As for the whole Skoda/Seat/VW/Audi thing, they share an awful lot of parts, and platforms accross the group, with various exceptions (the new Skoda Superb, among others), and the fit and finish on many of the VWAG vehicles are top notch. if you buy within the group, you know you're getting a good, reliable car, no matter what the brand.

        BTW, the audi all-wheel drive/quattro system is the same as the rest of the groups, we're just not allowed to call it allwheel drive or quattro due to copyright.

        Autoblog: another thing of note, the latest haldex system can transfer up to 86% of the available torque to a single wheel. Just thought you'd like to know.

        As for the vRS not being a sports car... sure. keep telling yourself that. I mean sure, its no GTR or M3, etc, but for simple bang for buck, its really quite good. Not to mention that Skodas vRS range/lineup originated from them competing (and winning) in many WRC races. Colin McCrae himself drove the WRC Fabia, which the Fabia vRS was based on.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Octavia is what the A5 Jetta should have looked like. It actually has clean lines instead of being VW's Sebring like the Jetta.
        • 6 Years Ago
        in Germany Audi scored far better in reliabilty ranking than VW or Skoda based on real car break downs supported by the ADAC (over 2.9millions a year)... they have won most classes this year.... and a good question would be were Skoda is doing any better than VW?
        They recive the same engines from the same plants, the same trannys from the same plants, the same brakes suspensions electronic from the same supplieres... they use the same platforms, share the same colors rust protection etc...

        all this reliabilty ranking based on customers reports is in my eyes simple BS
        • 6 Years Ago
        I couldn't agree more. The side looks FAR better than the MkV Jetta. And, on top of that, according to British car magazine articles, Skodas are far and away the most reliable vehicles the Volkswagen group makes, far better than the VWs that spawned them, and at a cheaper price, too!

        BTW, someone at Autoblog needs to fix the gallery for this article. You only get red Xs when you click for the large pictures.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Very well done. Not ground breaking but not boring either. It is amazing how much volume VW manages to get out of that one platform.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Actually the 82,000 units you did the math on was *just* for the RS and Scout versions.
      • 6 Years Ago
      VW AG customers are an interesting bunch. One half of them buy Skodas and Seats thinking they get a VW or an Audi with a different brand sticker for a lesser price. The other half believes that when they buy a VW or an Audi, they buy into a premium brand world.

      Yet they all buy same cars (small series supercars and Phaetons exluded). At the end of the day you either have to admit that Skodas and Seats are exactly as good as VW and Audis and be frowned upon in most circles, or admit that your Audi is simply an overpriced Skoda, which you won't do because it amounts to an admission that you've been stupid and overpaid.

      About that Octavia RS (vRS in Britain due to some trademark issues), it's a good car. Average and uninspiring but doesn't offend anyone. But it's not a sports car by any stretch of imagination. The only good thing is the DSG transmission.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "admit that your Audi is simply an overpriced Skoda, which you won't do because it amounts to an admission that you've been stupid and overpaid."

        The real reason we won't admit it is because it's nonsense. Just because once upon a time the Passat shared a certain number of parts with the Audi A4, and that the A3 shares a lot with the Golf, doesn't mean an ignorant blanket statement like "Audi is simply an overpriced Skoda" has any shred of merit. Yes, the 1.8T and 2.0T engines are practically the same across the brands, but that's a good thing, they're good engines. Other than that, starting with the B6 generation, the A4 had almost nothing in common with the Passat... The space frame, the AWD drive train, the interior materials, fit and finish... It all makes Audi worth the extra cost.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Just because once upon a time the Passat shared a certain number of parts with the Audi A4, and that the A3 shares a lot with the Golf, doesn't mean an ignorant blanket statement like "Audi is simply an overpriced Skoda" has any shred of merit."

        You should tell that to all the German fan boys that bag on Lexus/Toyota for the same thing.
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