There's no reason a one-trick pony can't be an entertaining success – you've just really got to like that one trick. And while we're not saying that the new offerings from Škoda are one-dimensional, we are saying that it's a good thing we like the Czech brand's new design language; line up the new Octavia next to the Rapid and you'll need to know the details or the sizing chart to tell them apart.

The Octavia is the compact segment offering, but this larger third-generation comes packed with lots of new features. It is 90 millimeters longer and 45 mm wider than the previous car, with a wheelbase 108 mm longer, so it offers what Škoda says is more interior length, knee room and rear headroom than any other car in the segment. The hatchback opening at the rear hides a trunk that can hold 590 liters. For all that, it is up to 225 pounds lighter than the second-generation Octavia.

Four gasoline and four diesel engines will litter the options sheet, the most powerful of them the 1.8 TSI with 177 horsepower, the most frugal among them the 1.6 TDI GreenLine with 109 hp that gets 69 miles per gallon. All but the entry-level engines can be fitted with stop/start and brake regeneration, and a natural gas powerplant will be coming later. A hotted-up Octavia RS is also down the line.

Brand new features include adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam switching, a panoramic sliding and tilting sunroof and the next generation of infotainment systems. From next year an emergency braking function will be available, as well as traffic-sign recognition. Have a read of the presser below for more details.
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THE NEW ŠKODA OCTAVIA: A CLASS OF ITS OWN

- "Heart of the brand" sets standards in compact segment
- New Octavia offers middle-class qualities at compact-car price
- Benchmark in terms of room for occupants and their baggage
- Refined appearance: clear, precise and timeless design
- Top safety package: new assistance systems
- Powerful and efficient engines: 89 g/km CO2 a new best
- Innovative comfort and infotainment systems
- Functionality: "Simply Clever" solutions make life in the car easier


Mladá Boleslav, December 11th, 2012 – The new ŠKODA Octavia sets standards in the compact segment. The Octavia's third generation more than ever confirms the car's unique position in its vehicle segment, impressing with an unrivalled space offering, new design, high functionality, innovative safety and comfort systems, low fuel consumption, wide range of "Simply Clever" solutions and a ŠKODA-typical price-value ratio.

"The ŠKODA Octavia is the heart of the ŠKODA brand," says ŠKODA CEO Winfried Vahland. "It embodies the good ŠKODA genes in the best sense of the word: lots of room, quality, precise workmanship, modern, mature technology, timeless design, high functionality and the best price-value ratio. Our customers' expectations have grown. Our aim was to make this car even better for its third generation. This is reflected in the values of the new Octavia – it is a class of its own."

The ŠKODA Octavia in its overall package has always been about offering that little bit extra. This is down to the generous space offering, but also the fusion of an elegant saloon shape with the practical advantages of car with a large hatch, a fusion that is unique in this segment. The new generation confirms this uniqueness. "The new Octavia shows us resolutely continuing down a ŠKODA-typical road. It is a car with middle-class qualities at a compact-car price. It is an ideal car for demanding, confident customers expecting a modern Octavia with all its good values. It is our best," says Frank Welsch, ŠKODA board member for technical development.

Unrivalled space offering, optimum functionality
The new ŠKODA Octavia sets benchmarks in its class in terms of its space offering. "The new Octavia offers space such as is otherwise found only in higher classes," says Welsch. No other car in the compact segment offers more interior length (1,782 mm), more knee room (73 mm) and more headroom at the back (980 mm). Also best in class is the boot volume at 590 litres. Other interior dimensions have also increased significantly compared to the Octavia's second generation: front head room: + 8 mm, front elbow width: + 39 mm, rear elbow width: + 26 mm.

New refinement: a distinctive, clear and timeless design
The new ŠKODA Octavia is not just roomy and functional, it looks good, too. ŠKODA design chief Jozef Kabaƈ and his team revised the car from head to toe, creating enthusiasm at first sight. Never before has a ŠKODA Octavia appeared as dynamic and at the same time as timelessly elegant, as distinctive, refined and assured on the road as this bestseller's third generation. "Each line and gap breathes love of precision and detail. The new Octavia is an unmistakable face in the automobile crowd," says Welsch.

Compared to its predecessor, the Octavia has grown significantly in length and width. The new model is 90 mm longer and 45 mm wider than the second-generation Octavia. At the same time, the wheelbase has grown by 108 mm, mainly benefiting the interior and space on the rear seats.

The front of the car is assured and confident thanks to an emphasis on horizontal lines and a new location for the ŠKODA logo. The side aspect of the new ŠKODA Octavia has become markedly more dynamic when compared to its predecessor. This is down to the long wheelbase as well as to the shortened front overhang and a C pillar pulled far backwards. The high, sharp tornado line provides the car with optical stretch and distinctively highlights its coupé-like silhouette. A special new characteristic is an upswept dynamic window line in the rear doors, the so-called "fin" - a small, but effective design idea providing the car with a forceful appearance and direction.

Its rear aspect is also about precision, classiness and perfect proportions. Everything is in the right place, well-positioned and tidy. ŠKODA's typical lighting graphic with its distinctive C-shaped lighting contour is executed in uncompromising brilliance.

Tidiness, elegance and especially lots of space are what the new Octavia's interior is about. ŠKODA designers have completely redone the car's insides.

Safety at the highest level
In developing the new ŠKODA Octavia, an important goal was to make the car even safer. Accordingly, ŠKODA engineers developed a host of cutting-edge safety systems for the new Octavia including Front Assistant/emergency braking function (from May 2013), Lane Assistant, which keeps the Octavia on track, multicollision-braking/automatic brake actuation in an accident, Crew Protect Assistant/securing of the vehicle in an accident situation, Driver Activity Assistant (fatigue detection) or an active front hatch for pedestrian protection. These systems help avoid accidents or mitigate their consequences for occupants and other road users.

In addition, a precise chassis, a long wheelbase and a rigid and light body structure combine to ensure an extremely stable handling in ŠKODA's most recent offspring. In the event of an accident, a comprehensive package of passive safety elements provides optimum protection for driver and occupants. In the area of passive safety, up to nine airbags, finely interacting with 3-point safety belts, shield occupants from injury. Knee airbags (standard in EU countries) and rear side airbags are available for the first time in a ŠKODA Octavia.

New efficiency: CO2 emissions from 89 g/km
Engineers achieved significant improvements in the ŠKODA Octavia's consumption and emission figures thanks to newly developed petrol and diesel engines, a low drag coefficient and reduced vehicle weight.

The GreenLine version of the new ŠKODA Octavia (1.6 TDI/81 kW) achieves CO2 emissions of only 89 g/km and consumes a mere 3.4 litres of diesel per 100 km. In all, four petrol engines, all with cutting-edge TSI technology, and four modern TDI common-rail diesel engines are available, with a natural-gas version planned for later. Except for the relevant entry-level petrol and diesel option, all engines now are available in a Green tec version with a start-stop system and recuperation. The line-up runs all the way to the top option, the 1.8 TSI with 132 kW. Modern manual and automatic DSG transmissions are available, with all-wheel-drive versions in the works. A sporty-trim ŠKODA Octavia RS is also in the pipeline.

Despite its increased size and larger amount of technology on board, ŠKODA engineers have still succeeded in making the car up to 102 kilogrammes lighter than the ŠKODA Octavia's second generation. This was achieved thanks to resolute lightweight engineering, a progressive body design, utilisation of high- and ultra-tensile steel and a careful selection of materials. Actual weight reduction will vary depending on buildability of each vehicle configuration.

Supreme comfort through innovative technology
In addition, the new ŠKODA Octavia offers numerous new comfort functions such as hitherto available only in higher-segment vehicles. In addition to making their debut in the new Octavia, some of them are even becoming available for the first time ever in a ŠKODA. In this context, use of new technologies is no end in itself, but seeks to provide tangible added value to customers, meaning no fanciful knickknacks, but technology for people's sake, technology that makes mobility safer and more comfortable for people.

Available for the first time in a ŠKODA is the Adaptive Cruise Assistant, which automatically maintains a pre-set distance to the car ahead. The new Intelligent Light Assistant will switch to high beam and back automatically, increasing comfort and safety in traffic. The Automatic Parking Assistant makes parking the Octavia in and out easier. Also available for the first time in a ŠKODA will be in the future traffic-sign recognition as part of the 'Traveller Assistant' package. Driving Mode Selection enables drivers to set certain vehicle driving characteristics at the push of the button. Another first is the electric panoramic sliding/tilting sunroof: a transparent panorama roof enhancing comfort and wellbeing on board the Octavia. The new Octavia is also available with KESSY (Keyless-Entry-Start-and-Exit-System), the automatic door- and ignition-lock system.

New generation of infotainment systems
The new ŠKODA Octavia impresses with an all-new generation of radio and radio navigation systems. Touch displays with proximity sensors and swiping functionality will be available in higher-level systems, while the new CANTON sound system and an acoustically optimised passenger space provide pure listening pleasure.

Practical and functional thanks to "Simply Clever" solutions
As in every ŠKODA, life for occupants is made easier by a range of ‚Simply Clever' features in the new Octavia. Depending on trim level, the following items are available either as standard or as an option. They include foldable cargo elements for the boot, enabling safe anchoring of objects on the floor. A double-sided floor covering in the boot can be found for the first time in a ŠKODA Octavia. An ice scraper is placed inside the filler flap. A warning vest holder is located underneath the driver's seat and a rubbish bin inside the door panel. A multimedia holder has space for an iPod, a mobile phone and the like. A large overhead sunglasses compartment is just one of many storage bays, holders und hooks that make for an intelligent and clean organisation of interior and baggage space of the new ŠKODA Octavia. Also on board are the fuel-error prevention function and a boot cover folding away behind the rear seats.


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      wartzilla
      • 2 Years Ago
      These cars are excellent. They're basically VWs, except they are cheaper, and tend to be more reliable as well. If I wanted a new car (which I don't) Skoda would be topping my very short list of cars to buy.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Bret Frohwein
      • 2 Years Ago
      Isn't this the rebadged American Spec Jetta?
        RGT881
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bret Frohwein
        No. Brand new model based on brand new MQB platform. Has no relation to a current Jetta, only Golf MKVII. Moreover, it's important to understand that MQB is an extremely flexible platform, so just because cars share it, it doesn't mean they're very similar. That said, interior switchgear it clearly from VW bin, which is no bad thing.
        Jarda
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bret Frohwein
        either that or F-150 /facepalm
      transam
      • 2 Years Ago
      Heres further proof of AB double standard. This car is basically a badge-engineered Jetta, which is fine by me, it looks good. All manufactures engage in this cost -effective practice. But when GM, Chrysler, or Ford do the same they are blasted and criticized for it. This article does not even mention the fact that Skoda is even part of the VW family. Im so tired of the anti-American slant here at AB.
        Jonathan Knapman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @transam
        This isn't a badge engineered Jetta. It shares no components with the current Jetta, and is only based upon the MQB platform that underpins the Golf Mark 7. Whilst I agree that VAG is as guilty as GM, Ford and Chrysler when it comes to badge engineering (see the Up! trio or the Toledo/Rapid), this isn't such a case. The new Octavia is an entirely new car, sharing only a chassis with the current C-Segment VAG cars and little/nothing else.
        RGT881
        • 2 Years Ago
        @transam
        No double standard. This looks completely different from Jetta on front, rear and side.
          RGT881
          • 2 Years Ago
          @RGT881
          Transam - they are never looked as positively because both are still clunkers. That was the issue from the beginning, not the badge engineering.
        Jarda
        • 2 Years Ago
        @transam
        > Heres further proof of AB double standard. This car is basically a badge-engineered Jetta, no, this is actually a proof of you talking out of your a$$
      • 2 Years Ago
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        RGT881
        • 2 Years Ago
        No. Brand new model based on brand new MQB platform. Has no relation to a current Jetta or any Audi with exception of brand new A3, SEAT Toledo, and Golf MKVII. Moreover, it's important to understand that MQB is an extremely flexible platform, so just because cars share it, it doesn't mean they're very similar. That said, interior switchgear it clearly from VW bin, which is no bad thing.
          Lachmund
          • 2 Years Ago
          @RGT881
          don't care for him, he is just an annoying troll
      artandcolour2010
      • 2 Years Ago
      So is this Golf-based or Passat-based? All Skodas are VWs underneath. It would help those of us that don't see Skodas everyday to place it in context. Information like that is usually in the first paragraph.
        Eu_Driver
        • 2 Years Ago
        @artandcolour2010
        Octavia is Golf-based... Superb is Passat-based (to be more accurate.... a long-wheelbase modified one)
      Stang70Fastback
      • 2 Years Ago
      I swear this looks like a modified A4... is it possibly based on the same architecture? Not complaining, just saying that the overall similarity is striking.
        Val
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Stang70Fastback
        the first skoda superb was based on a LWB passat, which at the time shared a platform with audi A4 and had similar design style. Since then, passat has moved to a FWD transverse platform, based on the Golf platform, while audi A4s have always had longitudinal engines. Now the A4 platform is not shared with any other brand in the VW family.
      wpetraska
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would buy the hell out of this car if it were in the States. Absolutely love the design and look of it.
        transam
        • 2 Years Ago
        @wpetraska
        Buy a VW Jetta, the looks are about 90% the same, and I like the rear-end of the Jetta better. I would take the Skoda's wheels over the Jetta's however.
        to your email L
        • 2 Years Ago
        @wpetraska
        VW who owns them more or less won't do that, it would compete with their VW brands and the platforms are similar to VW & Audi products already in the US.
      Mike Jun
      • 2 Years Ago
      i like skoda design
      Muttons
      • 2 Years Ago
      Compact segment? So if the Rapid is based on the Jetta, what compact car is this based on? The Passat is not compact.
        Eu_Driver
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Muttons
        The Rapid is Polo-based (it's a B-segment sedan)
        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Muttons
        the rapid is a mixture of different components and not based on the jetta. this is based on the new mqb plaform of the golf mk VII
        Muttons
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Muttons
        That being said I think it's a sharp looking car. Literally, the creases are very crisp and it looks tailored. I'd drive it.
      audisp0rta4
      • 2 Years Ago
      So there are 8 engine options available, with only 68hp separating the most and least powerful options?! Ooookay...
        May
        • 2 Years Ago
        @audisp0rta4
        A little bit more. The least powerful engine is 1.2 TSI with 85hp (the rest: 1.2 TSI/105hp, 1.4 TSI/140hp, 1.8 TSI/180hp, 1.6 TDI/105hp, 2.0 TDI/150hp and 2.0 TDI/177hp). In the near future there will be RS version with 2.0 TSI engine producing about 250hp. I think it's not bad for a light budget car.
      Rental Rep
      • 2 Years Ago
      How close is the European MPG to the US version?
        May
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rental Rep
        Not much. EU mpg is consistently overrated by ~10% (which means real world mpg is a little bit lower) while EPA cycle overrates gasoline engines (Cruze or Elantra struggle to achieve 35-37 mpg hwy, not to mention 40 mpg) and underrates diesels (Jetta owners easily score 45-50 hwy).
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