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2013 Skoda Octavia Review
2013 Skoda Octavia Review
2013 Skoda Octavia Review

The Skoda Octavia has been a mainstay of the Czech brand’s presence in Australia since it returned in 2007.

It will be joined by the smaller Rapid in 2013, with the Octavia itself replaced by a next-generation model the same year.

Until then, the Octavia remains a model that straddles the small car and medium car segments in size and price.

The Octavia starts at $24,990 for the 90TSI model we tested.

The 1.4 litre TSI engine delivers 200 Newton-metres of good old fashioned pulling power, from 1500-4000rpm, and that’s more than enough for this family chariot to feel like a fun, if not, sporty car to drive.

Proportionally, the Octavia wagon looks like a large vehicle, but once you’re comfortably nestled in behind the wheel, it feels like you’re steering nothing bigger than a Volkswagen Golf, such are the dynamics and versatility of this engine and the progressive way the car puts the power down. It’s also quiet inside the cabin, but with just the right dose of engine note, when you have cause to prod the right pedal.

My first test car was fitted with only one option, the DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox) 7-speed transmission, and what a treat this piece of technology is. Super smooth shifts, with almost no loss of power between those shifts.

2013 Skoda Octavia Review
2013 Skoda Octavia Review
2013 Skoda Octavia Review
2013 Skoda Octavia Review

Of course, you don’t have to buy an Octavia wagon, for many, the Octavia Liftback would be the better choice although, few would argue that it’s not as visually appealing as the wagon. What Skoda calls the ‘Liftback’ is actually a hatch, but the clever design makes it look like a traditional sedan with a boot and what a boot it is, the word ‘huge’ comes to mind.

It’s been a while since I climbed aboard a Skoda Octavia, and the first thing you notice is that rock solid prestige ‘thud’ when you close the door. Even in this base model, you can’t help feel that you’re sitting in a premium marque and it sure is a nice place to be.

It’s not about any one feature, it’s the whole package, from the quality plastics and materials, the superbly bolstered and comfortable seats (which you would expect to find in a proper Euro sports car), together with a first class ride quality.

Even the steering wheel is a thick rimmed, leather bound, sports style tiller, with easy to use remote audio controls. There’s also cruise control, power windows and remote central locking as standard kit, as well as a full inventory of active and passive safety features.

Driving down into the Galston Gorge in Sydney’s Berowra Valley, there were plenty of hairpins and quick corners to test the handling of the 90TSI, and it didn’t disappoint. Turn in is accurate and the steering is quick to respond, while body roll is non-existent at the speed limit, even in the wagon. This thing feels very planted on the road.

2013 Skoda Octavia Review
2013 Skoda Octavia Review
2013 Skoda Octavia Review
2013 Skoda Octavia Review

Skoda, like its big sister brand Volkswagen, have always had the Midas touch when it comes to suspension tuning. While the Octavia’s ride is suitably firm to combat any hint of lean in the bends, it’s always complaint, ironing out potholes and bumps on the worst of our tarmac.

Forward and side vision is good too, there’s plenty of window depth around the Octavia, despite the rather thick A, B, and C pillars, which clearly add to the structural rigidity of the car.

On my return journey back to the airport, I hopped into the $24,990 entry model 90TSI with a six-speed manual transmission, which I was more than ready to rule out given how easy the DSG box is to live with.

How wrong could I have been, and precisely the reason why test-driving different variants is mandatory before making that final purchase decision.

I seriously doubt there exists a smoother, more slippery manual transmission than what Skoda have employed in the Octavia 90TSI. This car puts the fun back into the daily drive. Slipping into any one of the six gear ratios requires fingertip shift effort only, while the sheer smoothness of each gear change, makes for an incredibly enjoyable driving experience. Would I take the manual version over the DSG? The short answer is, yes.

The other good news in the Octavia stable is the addition of SatNav on the 118TSI and 103TDI variants as standard equipment. That alone, is a saving of $2590 off the previous iteration.

2013 Skoda Octavia Review
2013 Skoda Octavia Review
2013 Skoda Octavia Review

The RS gets the SatNav too and also picks up another useful piece of standard fit technology in the Extended Electronic Differential Lock (XDL).

Skoda has loads of potential especially in Australia, with sales this year up 50 percent on 2009 numbers. That means around 1800 new Skoda club members for 2010 and the Octavia model range will be a big part of that sales drive.

The biggest problem Skoda has here in Australia, after supply, is getting folks to at least visit a Skoda dealer. Once they test drive the cars, dealers report a one in five success rate, which is not at all surprising, given the value for money proposition this marque represents.

There are currently twenty-four Octavia variants to choose from in Australia, from $24,990 for the 90TSI Liftback with the six-speed manual transmission, through to the halo car, the Octavia RS Wagon with DSG for $43,790.


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  • Damian

    Why would anyone buy a Corolla or Mazda 3?

    • ABMPSV

      I agree. Price is very good, good size car engine very good with good fuel economy.

    • fred nurk

      Resale?

      • Damian

        Resale value for the Octavia is a moot point at the moment, given its short presence on the Australian market. However, if you look on Carpoint, the Octavias are faring very well.

        For $24,990, you could get yourself into a Corolla Conquest with a 6-speed manual, which isn’t half as appealing as the Skoda in terms of technology or driveability.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000019885375 Taki Yamauchi

      Why would anyone buy a car never heard before and never seen in street?

      • Damian

        Because not everyone is as insular and ignorant as you are?

        • anycar

          Are you Octavia salesman?

        • Evan Beta

          Please check your reading comprehension skills: He didn’t say he’d never heard/seen it before. It’s the simple truth that the vast majority of people, at the time this review was posted, wouldn’t know of or know much about the Octavia. No need to deny truths like that, mmkay?

      • Superior

        If you have never heard of one the these, your knowledge of Autombiles must be extremly limited. Skoda been around for well over a century!!!

        • Evan Beta

          Most Corolla/3 buyers and most people who might be considering buying a small car would not have heard of the Octavia, mmkay?

      • VAGfan

        should get out more Taki…

      • Bob

        Clearly you haven’t been down my street. I drive a 2.0 Tdi DSG hatch and am glad i didn’t get anything else. Love it. (though was sad to hear I missed out on free Sat Nav by a few months).

      • NotTheStig

        I guess you are pleased because you bought a “popular” Corolla or something ? Using your logic, I shouldn’t buy a Maserati either – LOL…

        Toki, you have shown you have no interest in cars (if you had never heard of Skoda), so go back to reading the Womans Weekly…

        • Damian

          …”so go back to reading the Womans Weekly…”

          If this was a BBS forum, I’d have this as my signature.

          If Australians give Skoda chance and test-drive an Octavia, Mazda, Toyota, and Honda will be losing sales.

          • NotTheStig

            Seeing as my post has managed a negative vote count, I don’t know if I should gloat or feel insulted over Damians comment ! Anyway, knowing it is VW Group product I would certainly consider a Skoda.

            As Taki appears from his Facebook profile to be a monkey, I assume he knows nothing at all about driving. Worth a visit, even if you have to feel sorry for him due to unemployment. Another prime comment…

            “I don’t know what difference between Land and Range lover at all. But please made 5 door version with Land Rover badge (so slightly cheaper?) please.”

            Hmmmm….

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000019885375 Taki Yamauchi

        My fishing did work very well indeed.
        ..And now I have Facebook stoker !!!

        I am long time CA reader and I put lots of comments before.
        I knew Skoda where are they from and who is parents company etc….
        The face is (not my lodgic…) most people are same as me, havn’t had chance to see them many on street or never seen TV commercial.
        I saw twice in past 2 years.
        No wonder your wife/girl friend don’t know about Skoda and never heard before…
        I also know their sales number is not excellent in Australia.
        Just slightly better than Saab right?
        I wonder why VW AUS still sale Skoda products in this country.

        Anyway, I guess my last comment wasn’t funny as I thought.
        AND hurt somebody’s feeling !!!

        • Aleks

          Your English is shocking at best.

        • Damian

          You didn’t hurt any feelings, but I am sure your three paragraph comment hurt many eyes.

          Many people are the same as you in that they are apathetic and have absolutely no interest in, or knowledge of, cars. These are the people of whom wouldn’t be able to distinguish a Falcon from a Commodore without looking at the badge. These people shop for a car based upon the colour and whether it “looks pretty”, rather than assessing the more important objective measures.

          NotTheStig, you can gloat over my comment – it can be construed as being complimentary in nature.

      • dave

        been in europe for years. uses the same parts as vw plus the added bonus of been just cheaper, don’t diss until you try

    • Andronicus

      …because they want one?

    • HAL

      Because most Mazda buyers have a pulse, and aren’t visually challenged.

    • Dave

      For a start, the Mazda 3 has some distinctive and sporty styling. Everyone knows mazda, apart from those of us who read car websites all day long. Not many have heard of Skoda or know where to find a dealership/ parts.

      • Damian

        “Distinctive and sporty styling” with not much substance to back it up. The Mazda 3, along with its Japanese contemporaries, are your very definition of a “shopping trolley” – merely competent at everything and not excellent at any one thing.

  • http://caradvice.com.au auto

    when do we get an auto in the Scout?

    • Peter Bogdanoff

      First Qtr 2011

      • fred nurk

        With the common rail engine too?

        Will it be DSG or a ‘standard’ planetary/torque converter box?

        • Peter

          of course DSG…

        • in the know

          Yes it will appear with common rail (this is in production now).

          And it will most definitely be DSG. Tiguan is going this way to now. Look for it in Feb.

          • NotTheStig

            Well, I’m interested…

  • Able

    Finally there’s one in the flesh with 17-inch alloys! No but seriously, this is a really good offering. I know some might complain about the lack of engine but look at the figures – 0-100 in under the benchmark 10 secs is fine and definitely on par with rivals in that price range (let alone a few of the mid-sizers).

    If I bought (another) one, I’d have a 118TSI with the 17-inch alloys. Standard sat-nav for around $35k drive away? That really is good value. I’m not bothered by the styling because I think it’s confident and good-looking, if not terribly exciting. RS’ are nice and aggressive though and they’re less awkward to look at than, say, a Kizashi (IMO nothing fits).

    Finally the base model Octavia actually moves!

    • Philthy

      Agreed – when you compare this to a 4 speed auto corolla for similar dollars it’s no contest.. even if it’s a bit bland at least it’s not dog ugly like the toyota.

    • Damian

      I agree, Able. Not only do we refer to the 0-100kph times, but with 200nm from 1500rpm to 4000rpm, the Skoda 1.4TSI will absolutely NAIL its competitors in rolling acceleration (80kph-120kph). The 1.4TSI makes turbo-diesels almost redundant.

      • pb

        That’s what I like to hear. I drive my petrol cars like diesels, using the torque band from 1500-3000rpm. The TSI sounds like it handles that well, plus it has the free-revving characteristics of a petrol engine.

  • HNC

    Now if Skoda could only expand their dealerships into some of the larger regional cities we could all have a chance of experiencing one of these great cars, I would have loved to get an RS wagon when we purchased our car earlier this year but the closest Skoda dealership was over 1000km away.

  • aurion lover

    Starting to see more skodas on the road must be finally breaking through , particularly the RS .

    Yes the 15in wheels do look a bit dinky , like many honda’s which look under tired .

    Definately need to take a 17in option changes the whole look of the car .

  • http://baji192.wordpress.com Baji

    Sharp pricing on a great offering. However i still think it looks rather bland. Great engine and gearbox combo though.

    From the Skoda range, i still tend to think the Superb is the better pick, plus it looks quite good in person.

  • m2m

    *sitting here wishing this was released 4 weeks ago when i ordered my SP25… however, although i like the front, the rear of the Octavia isn’t special enough. But i do like the interior and the engine with 6sp would surely be entertaining!

    • HAL

      I wouldn’t be too upset m2m, you’ve made a very good choice.

      • m2m

        thanks! but it would’ve been good to have a testdrive of an Octavia RS TDI! i reckon it wouldn’t be too hard to knock some $$ off the RRP for a Skoda.

  • PROJET – L

    Excellent value proposition.

    Anyone know what the Manual Liftback 90TSI weighs?
    This would be cheap and cheerfull fun.

  • skodite

    Anthony,
    Can you clarify – Does the RS now have the EA888 engine as per golf gti mk 6?

    I have noted on uk sites some recent subtle changes to the RS including floorpan areodynamic undertrays…

    The EA888 has been available in 1.8tsi guise since launch in OZ, which is the current mk 6 gti with a shorter stroke.

    • bangel

      Yes thet switched with the face lift model ,although i think the last of the pre fl got the upgrade too , but power remained at 147kw compared to gti 155kw , cant have skoda quicker than a VW .

  • James Cortez

    In recent years German carmakers show that they are technically better than the Japs and Koreans. Skoda is Volkswagen and hence as far as I am concerned, it is German made. The Germans have come up with efficient diesel engines with heaps of torque (and horsepower) yet good fuel consumptions. The Japs have no answer

    I can’t comment on their reliability but 4 speed autos from some japs and Korean makers are truly obsolete!! Good reliability can’t offset or compensate for their yesterday / yesteryear technology. Shame on you Toyota / Mazda / Hyundai who still offer Australian buyers the 4 speed autos.

    • Devil’s Advocate

      The Japs have no answer WRT powerful diesels with “heaps of torque”??? Whilst VAG have a much better line up of transmissions etc, the previous Mazda 2L diesel had around 7 more kW and 40Nm more torque than the standard version 2L VAG diesel in the equivalent Golf. It even managed to produce less diesel clatter at idle than the VAG engine. The new 2.2L in the Mazda has also been regarded by various motoring press as being at least the equal of the best European diesels.

      I won’t even mention the Koreans (Hyundai/Kia) and their world class “R” series diesel. Yes, the Germans have some of the best diesels out there, especially BMW’s 3L twin turbo diesel in the X5 40d which IMHO is better than anything VAG has put out, but they are not the only ones that can make good diesels.

      BTW James, you may want to get your facts straight as the Mazda 3/6 is offered with a 5 speed auto and not the 4 speed you mentioned. Yes, it is still not a 6 or 7 speed, but the VAG ones are not really autos and Mazda is a MUCH smaller company than VAG with less $$$$ to spend. Still poor they don’t have an auto for their diesels though.

    • MazMagic

      Bring on the Sky-G Diesel. Germans don’t know how to build affordable cars (yet) – well in Australia.

  • Roger Ramjet

    WHY are they asking an extra $2300 for the wagon version??
    The production, shipping, marketing cost would not differ to the sedan/hatch.
    Skoda is not alone in this, all manufacturers do it but it takes one to break the mould.
    They have broken the mould with a very very fair price for a quality sedan, makes the Koreans look overpriced. But I think at this end of the market the wagon at the same price will really stamp their position for sales growth, they need it down here.
    I was looking for a small wagon for business purposes under $25k and the only one I have considered is the Hyundai SX I30 Crdi. The older 1.6 engine of this model made me not consider the Octavia. If this Skoda 90TSI wagon was the same price as the sedan I would choose it over the Hyundai in a heart beat currently under $25k drive away.
    Does anyone know of how negotiable Skoda is with this 90tsi wagon on road, or deals that have been done?

    • Able

      I suggest finding out yourself, upping your budget a little bit (come on, $2k adds a lot of refinement in the Skoda) or buying the liftback version. The wagon only adds 20 litres of bootspace with the seats up anyway (which is why I couldn’t justify the wagon when I bought my RS).

      • Roger Ramjet

        Hi Able,
        I need the load height and roof space of the wagon which I cannot have with the hatch. Based on current offers the wagon is $5k more not $2k in comparison to the CRDi I30cw. Still good value in the scheme of things but $2300 extra for a cargo net and a few hooks over the hatch?

    • Devil’s Advocate

      Roger, have you thought about the fact that a wagon would have more metal, trim and glass etc in it’s construction over a sedan/hatch? Not to mention the extra development and body reinforcement required to ensure the wagon has similar structural rigidity to a sedan version that has a nice brace overhead the rear suspension ie, parcel shelf etc. Would you expect any company to do all this extra work and use more materials for construction and tooling on a lower volume model for free because that is what you are essentially saying? Whilst I am not saying it would cost them $2300 more to make, a higher cost for a wagon is understandable. :-)

      • Hung Low

        I agree and disagree with both parties here. A wagon would cost a little more to produce, in reality it should not be more than a $500 option, like the auto gearbox option, it is a money grab by the manufacturers.

        The Skoda lift back has no rear brace and is structurally engineered that way, so the wagon design should not need much development, ditto the I30 hatch/wagon except extra roof metal and longer floorpan.
        All panels are stamped/pressed from the same standard sized steel sheeting, if anything there is less scrap from bigger panels! Almost a similar case with glass!
        Body reinforcement targets are easily achieved via CAD and computer modelling software, so a little extra time on initial development is required.
        Finally there is a simple fact in the car manufacturing world where the production cost of a basic small and large car is very similar, hence why most car makers struggle to turn a profit on small cars and much healthier margins remain with larger cars. Reasons why Ford, Holden and Toyota do not build a small car in Aus! They would go under in a very short term!

        • Devil’s Advocate

          As I said in the last sentence Hung, I was NOT saying it would cost them $2300 more to make/design etc. I was only just saying a higher cost is understandable. I didn’t specify any monetary value at all. I agree the extra cost of production would be minimal and never said otherwise, but at the end of the day it would still cost more to produce no matter which way you look at it which is what the discussion was about… :-)

  • ABMPSV

    Big advantage over Japanese cars is service cost. Honda Toyota must serviced every 6 month or 10,000km. I checked NZ Skoda website and…… Under optimal driving conditions a car may not need any attention for up to two years or 30,000 kilometres (whichever occurs first). Or, on the other hand, if a car has frequent cold starts and many short trips, it may benefit from a service after only 12 months or 15,000 kilometres. In 2 year I must go to Honda or Toyota 4 times and Skoda only once. I am not saying Japanses cars are bad but why every 6 months?

    • Damian

      I don’t know what it’s like in NZ, but Toyota Australia has fixed price scheduled servicing, which for the Corolla, is capped at $130 per service for the first 3 years or 60,000km, whichever comes first. VW and Skoda have comparatively high servicing costs, but this doesn’t detract from the appeal of the car itself.

      What does concern me, though, is why any owner would extend their service interval out to 2 years or 30,000kms, especially given that a large portion of the Skoda range have DI and forced induction. Skoda probably recommends this because it will fool a few naive consumers into thinking that they will save on service costs. However, keep in mind that Skoda only warrants your car for 3 years and won’t have anything to do with it after this period. The longer you extend your service intervals, the more of a liability your car will become.

      • ABMPSV

        Most European car have a sensors which monitor engine oil.
        Your Škoda has inbuilt sensors which monitor engine oil quality. When the oil degrades to a point where it will soon affect engine performance, the sensor activates the message on your dashboard informing you that your car needs a service. So if you drive hard it could take 6 months or take it easy and last 3 years. Toyota $130 service worth nothing if I must go every 6 months. 1year $260, 2y $520 and 3y $780!!

        • Hung Low

          Yep and like most Euros, to get rid of that little light from the dash will require you to service the car at the dealership with their proprietary scan tool and leave with a lighter wallet!

          • Devil’s Advocate

            Or like with some older BMWs, get some electrical wire, open the diagnostic plug cover and run the wire between two specific pins. Done! With the newer model cars, I am sure Ebay would have a plethora of “service reminder reset tools” for various models!

            :-)

      • F1MotoGP

        My brother has a Skoda and they use quality oil. Toyota sell you a car cheaper than charge you for service ot Toyota is so bad needs servicing every 6 months?! Today’s cars are very good not like 50 years ago! Service should be done once a year.

        • Hung Low

          How can you put a time frame to a service schedule? Factors like operating conditions and mileage are more important!
          Most European cars have longer schedules from the use of synthetic engine oil.
          The Toyota fixed service is a nasty production line service procedure with 20min allocated per car!

          • Damian

            “The Toyota fixed service is a nasty production line service procedure with 20min allocated per car!”

            Every service department is a “nasty production line” tended to by apprentice mechanics. It’s called “operational efficiency” and ensures a quick turn-around of customer vehicles. Do you really think that your $60k Audi A4 would get more pampering than a $20k Corolla Ascent? I think not. Most scheduled servicing only involves an oil and filter change, as well as a cursory inspection of key components.

          • Hung Low

            Damian, I agree with you but the actual Toyota service takes it to a new level because of this fixed cost servicing. Even with a basic oil change one should allow time to drain the old oil properly, but when pushed for time I have witnessed the sump plug go back whilst the oil is still draining!! Lets say I am glad they are fleet cars!

          • Damian

            Every service department is pushed for time, and your average lowly paid apprentice mechanic is totally apathetic when it comes to whether your car is serviced properly. You wouldn’t be so naive as to think that any other service department would leave your car on a hoist they could otherwise use for another service, just so your engine oil could drain out properly. You obviously haven’t seen what happens at other service departments (which shall remain unnamed). Let’s just conclude that whether your services are capped priced or not, has a very neglible bearing (at best) on the quality of service you receive.

  • Anthony

    I have owned a Jetta for 3 and a half years,and now drive a Honda Accord Euro,and would far rather have either of those over the Skoda.

  • Model T

    I remember my Dad’s old Skoda 110 from the 1970′s. Skodas were by far the best cars that were produced behind the iron curtain (I know, not much to compare them with, but they were a standout nevertheless). Go back another 40 years and Skodas were an epitomy of reliability and comfort in the 1930′s. If they could achieve what they did during the Cold War, imagine what they can do now with VW money. I’d have one in a heartbeat.

  • Ezzagun

    I’ve been a long-time visitor to this site, I find it very informative, excellent photos and reviews.

    On the weekend I took my self down to a Skoda dealer to find out what all this Skoda hoo-hah was about. Never been a European car person myself, I’ve owned Mitsubishis and Toyotas (don’t hold it against me).

    I test drove this new 90TSI and also the 118TSI. Both were liftbacks and both had the DSG tranny.

    Let me just say this – I’d have one. I’m not in the market right now, but let me tell you, impressive, very very impressive. They both drove beautifully, the 118 obviously had more under the right foot and would be my pick, and the sheer quality when you sit in them is astounding for the price.

    I would absolutley seriously have these on my shopping list. I also sat in a Superb wagon and it makes me laugh that anyone would buy a Commodore sportswagon for the same money, the difference in presentation and build quality is huuuge. I haven’t driven a Superb mind you but can only guess that they drive as well as they say.

  • ABMPSV

    I do not want to complain but why in Australia we always behind New Zealand. Just look at Skoda website in NZ. Fabia Fabia Combi, Fabia RS, Yeti, Octavia, Superb..etc I noticed this few years ago when in NZ you could buy a diesel BMW and in OZ we got it only few years later. Somebody could explain it to me WHY??

  • Jimmy

    “Make no mistake this is a prestige offering in the medium car segment, but…”

    Anyone else notice this unfortunate subheading on the homepage?

  • ABMPSV

    In Europe you can get this car with the 1.2TSI engine too. I was surprised it is only 1 sec slower to 100km/h 10.8 sec top speed 192km/h and 175Nm at 1550rpm which is still better than Corolla 1.8. City fuel economy is 7.1L/100km

  • ABMPSV

    Skoda is taking the plunge into the electric vehicle world with the unveiling of the Octavia Green E Line concept in Paris. Based on the Škoda Octavia Combi, the five-seater EV sports a 26.5 kWh ion-lithium battery and an electric motor with a maximum output of 85 kW and 270 Nm of torque, which translates to a range of up to 140 km (87 miles), a top speed limited to 135 km/h (84 mph) and acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 12 seconds. The concept is billed as a technology demonstrator, with Škoda saying it will create a test fleet in 2011 to further develop the electric drive.

  • mike

    Hi all

    I have today driven the 90TSI wagon auto and cannot believe what a great drive this car is.
    The quality feel and the way the engine and trans work together are amazing.
    I initially turned up my nose to the 1.4 size but believe me this car moves really well, in fact I would’nt bother with the 1.8TSI as this car could already get you speeding fines as it tempts you to give it a little bit more boot such is the3 fun factor of this car.
    (P.S i am not a Skoda dealer but definately a Skoda convert)

    • Jacko

      Mike,

      I couldnt agree more. I have just bought a 1.4 Oct Wgn after testing Mitsu ASX, Lancer, Mazda 3, nissan Dualis, Golf Wagon (no rear leg room), Subaru Impreza wgn, Kia cilantro, Suzuki Grand Vitara, SX4, Hyundai i30 wgn etc. The Octavia drives beautifully and the 1.4 easilly outperforms all of the 2lt versions of the Japanese korean models above. The Impreza was next best but about $5k dearer! The noise when accelerting in anything with a CVT transmission was unbearable, although very quiet at cruising speed. I would never have believed a 1.4 engine could be so punchy and so much fun.

  • Peter

    How reliable are these Skodas? Are they anything like the Golf Mk V where countless problems were discovered?
    It seems like someone said in this thread that the Skodas have long scheduled service intervals but if the cars are not reliable unscheduled services could be costly.

    • Frank

      I would rate Skoda at or above Holden and/or Ford with that regard. They have been noted to have a better reliability record in Germany as the cars are made in Czech Republic and actually are sought after in Northern Europe over many of the VW counterparts because they cost less yet offer the same features.

      My real only issue with the Skoda is exterior styling, not that they are bad but they are certainly no Audi either, hence why a similar Audi A6 which is essentially a Skoda Superb costs twice as much – but really for no reason.

      I think the new Fabia may just well outsell the VW Polo.

  • Jimbo

    An absolutely spot on review Car Advice! After reading the above article and comments I decided to add the 90tsi at the last minute to my short list of cars to test drive. I have to admit I was a bit dubious about the 90kw though. However after spending an hour or so behind the wheel I have put a deposit down on a 90tsi dsg hatch. After we drove both I also preferred the manual, though as this was a whole family decision the dsg got the gong.

    In the end we chose the Octavia over a Mazda 6, Kizashi, ASX, Dualis, Jetta, i45 and Camry(yawn). The Mazda 6 and the Kizashi were both brilliant cars, however so is the Octavia and it simply offered more for our money. The build quality and ride are out of this world good compared to some of the others. The 200nm of torque at 1500rpm doesn’t set the world on fire but it does makes this car a joy to drive. More than enough for the real world and the fuel economy is outstanding. I would highly recommend that anyone considering a mid size family car should take an Octavia out for a spin!

  • Jack

     90tsi octavia is good car , so could some one tell me how much is the service cost of manual and  Dsi .

Skoda Octavia Specs

90 TSI : 1.4L TURBO MPFI - 6 SP MANUAL - PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL - 4D WAGON
Car Details
Make
SKODA
Model
OCTAVIA
Variant
90 TSI
Series
1Z MY12
Year
2012
Body Type
4D WAGON
Seats
5
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
TURBO MPFI
Engine Size
1.4L
Cylinders
TURBO 4
Max. Torque
200Nm @  1500rpm
Max. Power
90kW @  5000rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
61W/kg
Bore & Stroke
76.5x75.6mm
Compression Ratio
10.0
Valve Gear
DUAL OVERHEAD CAM
Drivetrain Specifications
Transmission
6 SP MANUAL
Drive Type
FRONT WHEEL DRIVE
Final Drive Ratio
0
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL
Fuel Tank Capacity
55
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
6.7L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
1475
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Height
1468mm
Length
4569mm
Width
1769mm
Ground Clearance
140mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:1200  Unbrake:600
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
Turning Circle
10
Front Rim Size
6.5x15
Rear Rim Size
6.5x15
Front Tyres
205/60 R15
Rear Tyres
205/60 R15
Wheel Base
2578
Front Track
1535
Rear Track
1508
Front Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Rear Brakes
DISC
Standard Features
Comfort
Air Conditioning
Control & Handling
15 Inch Alloy Wheels, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Electronic Stability Program, Hill Holder
Driver
Adjustable Steering Wheel - Tilt & Telescopic, Cruise Control, Leather Steering Wheel, Multi Function Steering Wheel, Mobile Phone Connectivity, Power Steering
Entertainment
Radio CD with 8 Speakers
Interior
Cloth Trim, Power Windows
Safety
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Head Airbags, Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats, Side Front Air Bags
Security
Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Optional Features
Comfort
Power Sunroof
Driver
Parking Distance Control, Satellite Navigation
Entertainment
CD with 6 CD Stacker
Exterior
Metallic Paint
Security
Alarm System/Remote Anti Theft
Other
Service Interval
12 months /  20,000 kms
Warranty
36 months /  100,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
8-K-6
Country of Origin
CZECHOSLOVAKIA