2005 Skoda Octavia review and pictures

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Skoda Octavia

Skoda carmaker will present a new model at the Paris Motor Show, the Skoda Octavia Estate, vehicle that will extend the Octavia model range. Its elegant design will attract many customers not originally looking for an estate model and the 580-liter luggage compartment will attract a lot of customers. The new Octavia excels with a spacious and flexible interior, high-quality workmanship, excellent driving characteristics and top-quality materials that will increase the feeling of interior comfort. Under the hood it hides a 2.0-liter FSI with direct fuel injection that is capable of developing 110 kW. The output is being sent to the wheels through a five or six-speed transmission and it can also be supplied with Tiptronic automatic transmission which has a manual gear-changing regime as an option. As standard all Skoda Octavias are equipped with the ABS Anti Lock Braking System in addition to other systems.

Skoda Auto is proud to present the new Skoda Octavia Estate at the Paris Motor Show. In addition to the Octavia model, which had its debut this spring, the estate version extends the Octavia model range.

The new Skoda Octavia has been modified and enhanced in virtually every aspect. Similarly the new Skoda Octavia Estate incorporates the best aspects of its predecessor and all the benefits of the new Octavia model while simultaneously bringing a new look to estate cars.

The new Skoda Octavia Estate is known mainly for its outstanding luggage compartment capacity of 580 l (up to 1,620 l with the rear seats folded). The new Octavia Estate excels not only in its carrying capacity, however. Its balanced characteristics and, in particular, its elegant design will attract many customers not originally looking for an estate model. For them the new Skoda Octavia Estate will definitely be an interesting and attractive car.

The new Skoda Octavia excels with a spacious and flexible interior, high-quality workmanship, excellent driving characteristics and top-quality materials that further increase the feeling of interior comfort. It has an extremely advantageous price/value ratio represented by its comfort, generous space and the range of equipment.

Design

The new Skoda Octavia Estate clearly shows that even an estate model can attract attention with its elegant design and eye-catching appearance. At the same time, it evokes the feelings of reliability and dignity typical of Skoda. The car has a very progressive and dynamic appearance that simultaneously creates a sensation of natural elegance and charm. Compared to the current model, the new Octavia's D pillar is much more inclined, emphasising the design of the new car. The highly usuable design has, however, been fully preserved.

The overall attractiveness of the Skoda Octavia Estate is further enhanced by carefully designed details. The design of the C and D pillars is a perfect example, producing rounded corners in the lower section of the side windows, just like the B pillar. Also the transition between the bumper and the rear boot lid is impressively designed. The upper part of the bumper has a slightly domed design that makes the gap between the bumper and the boot lid hardly noticeable, making the transition smooth and elegant.

The rear light units of the Octavia Estate are shaped to match those of the Octavia and they blend perfectly with the elegant sporty streamlined rear section of the Estate model. The direction indicators and the reverse lights have been included in the sophisticated rear light design so that they can be seen from all angles. Unlike the Octavia hatch, the white part of the rear lights, with the direction indicator and reversing lights of the Combi, is vertically divided. The outer area contains the direction indicator and the inner area the reversing light. The rear lights of the Estate have a "C" shaped illuminated area also used for direction indicators.

Luggage compartment

The luggage compartment remains one of the main advantages of the Octavia in the estate version. With an outstanding luggage compartment of 580 litres, the new Estate is larger than the overwhelming majority of current estate cars including many cars from higher classes. In addition to its large capacity, the advantages of the luggage compartment include its protrusion-free shape, its flexibility and its carefully thought-out design.

The luggage compartment volume can be increased when the rear seats are folded. The car has one-third/two-thirds split rear seats for this very purpose. Both backrests and bases can be folded so that the luggage capacity is increased up to 1,620 litres. A payload of up to 660 kg (depending on the engine and equipment specification) further improves the capabilities of this car.

As with the entire car, the luggage compartment includes a number of clever innovations which make everyday use of the car more convenient:
the strip below the side windows includes folding hooks for shopping bags etc.
the luggage cover can be easily unlocked simply by pressing on it
(e.g. with an elbow if the hands are busy with luggage), the cover rolls up automatically and provides easy access to the luggage compartment
storage boxes in each side of the boot have removable doors, increasing the size of the luggage compartment by the space of the recesses behind them
a total of twelve fixtures (three on the floor and three in the upper part
of each side of the luggage compartment) can be used to safely fasten items and provide a number of alternatives for fastening dividing nets
the easy to remove luggage cover has a storage compartment (as an option) to hold an umbrella that is easy to get at from the rear seats.

Interior and equipment

In principle, the interior design and scope of the Skoda Octavia Estate equipment remains the same as in the Octavia hatch. The estate version comes in three equipment specifications - Classic, Ambiente and Elegance. Standard equipment includes four airbags (front and side on the front seats), ABS, central locking and split rear seats. The Elegance includes Climatic automatic air-conditioning, the Jumbo Box storage box between the front seats with its adjustable outlets for air distribution to the rear seats and external mirrors with lights illuminating the door area. A special feature for this estate is a longitudinal roof rack available as an option.

Power units and transmissions

The range of available engines and transmissions for the Skoda Octavia Estate is identical to that of the Octavia model. Shortly after the market launch, the car will be supplied with the most powerful petrol power unit fitted in the Octavia model range, the progressive 2.0 FSI/110 kW engine with direct fuel injection. The complete range includes these engines:
1.4 MPI/55 kW (75 bhp)
1.6 MPI/75 kW (102 bhp)
1.6 FSI/85 kW (115 bhp)
2.0 FSI/110 kW (150 bhp)
1.9 TDI-PD/77 kW (105 bhp)
2.0 TDI-PD/103 kW (140 bhp).

All petrol and diesel engines - and now also the 2.0 TDI-PD/103 kW diesel engine - comply with EU IV in advance.

In addition to standard five or six-gear transmissions (depending on the engine) all engines (except the 1.4 MPI/55 kW) can be supplied with Tiptronic automatic transmission, which has a manual gear-changing regime as an option. Cars fitted with petrol engines have a normal automatic six-gear transmission with a hydrodynamic torque converter. Cars fitted with diesel engines are supplied with the progressive DSG transmission. Using two clutches, DSG maintains power through the gears with little of the normal drop in engine revs when shifting, and provides low consumption in the economical driving mode.

Chassis

One of the most significant advantages of the Octavia model range is its progressive chassis that has a differently adjusted suspension system for individual body specifications. The front axle with McPherson struts and multi-element rear axle gives safe and comfortable driving characteristics. Precise direct rack-and-pinion steering with the new electro-mechanic power steering provides easy and sensitive control of the car and also makes driving more enjoyable.

World debut: Skoda Octavia Estate 4x4

In addition to the new Skoda Octavia Estate, Skoda Auto presents its four-wheel drive alternative. The Octavia Estate 4x4 continues Skoda's tradition of four-wheel drive cars. It provides an exceptional combination of comfort, power, safety and steering control even in poor road conditions.

Skoda Auto has applied its new model strategy with the Skoda Octavia Estate 4x4. The unique character of the Skoda Octavia Estate 4x4 is further enhanced by the fact that it now stands as a separate model in addition to the range of three equipment specifications of the Octavia cars. The standard equipment on all Skoda Octavia Estate 4x4 cars includes, among other things, the following items:
four airbags (a front and side airbag each for the driver and the front passenger)
ESP
Helios 15" alloy wheels
central locking
electrically-adjustable and heated door mirrors
height-adjustable driver's seat
height- and reach adjustable steering wheel
trip computer on the instrument panel
folding and split rear seats 1/3 to 2/3
front passenger's airbag deactivation (when a child seat is fitted on the front passenger seat)
roof rails
outside mirrors and door handles in body colour
chrome plated interior door handles
tinted glass.

In addition a wide range of optional equipment items are available, which include among other things:
Apollon 16" alloy wheels (exclusively for the 4x4 version)
Climatronic two-zone electronic air-conditioning
Jumbo Box storage box between the front seats with an adjustable armrest, cooled inner space and outlets for air distribution to the rear seats at the back of the box
electric front and rear windows with a bounce-back feature and child safety latches
sump guard.

Adventure Onyx and Adventure Achat interior trim and upholstery are available exclusively with the Skoda Octavia Estate 4x4. The interior of the four-wheel drive version has a chrome-plated plaque with the 4x4 symbol on the gear lever.

The sophisticated design of the 4x4 drive assembly has not decreased the luggage compartment which is an exceptional 580 litres that can be increased up to 1,620 litres with the rear seats folded.

The range of engines supplied with the Skoda Octavia Estate 4x4 includes one petrol and one diesel engine. Customers preferring economical operation will choose the flexible and economical 1.9 TDI-PD/77 kW diesel engine. Customers who want something more dynamic will be pleased with the powerful new 2.0 FSI/110 kW petrol engine with direct fuel injection. Both engines come with manual six-gear transmission.

The chassis design remains the same as the rest of the Octavia model range. The front axle with McPherson struts and the multi-element rear axle combined with four-wheel drive provide excellent driving characteristics and a high level of active safety. The rear axle drive uses a similar solution to that of the current model with a Haldex electronically-controlled multi-disc clutch. This proven concept allows the rear axle drive to be connected quickly and reliably whenever needed. Another advantage of the 4x4 model is a slightly increased fuel tank with a capacity of 60 litres.

Description of the Skoda Octavia model range

Note: The technical data and equipment list relate only to Skoda Octavia and Skoda Octavia Estate. Information about the Skoda Octavia Estate 4x4 model is provided in the preceding chapter.

Body

Design

The new Octavia is easily identifiable as a Skoda, with its timeless design, whilst more energy and informal charm have been added. The car has a reliable and attractive appearance.

Exterior design

The dominating feature of the car's front section is the recognisable Skoda radiator grille with a chrome frame, vertical fins and the Skoda logo. The grille blends perfectly with the car's design and forms an integral part of it.

A Skoda tradition is the horizontal lines on the bonnet running from the logo and the radiator grille. The bonnet itself, which is "V" shaped, creates the image of a larger car and its winged design symbolises its speed and power. In addition, the bonnet makes the wings look wider which produces a feeling of strength and robustness.

The clear-optic headlights extend as far as the body sides making the car visually wider. This effect is more apparent at night due to the location of the sidelights. The fog lamps are perfectly located in the bottom part of the bumper. Their shape, location and size clearly emphasise the design of the car's bonnet and nose.

The solid body has been lightened by a side rim that runs from the headlight to the rear lights. The extended doorsills reinforce the strength of the Octavia's solid base. The side indicators have been integrated into the door mirrors contributing to the smooth design of the wings.

An original design element which clearly distinguishes the new generation Skoda Octavia from other current vehicles is the newly conceived B pillar. It uniquely highlights the typical Skoda design - a coloured B pillar that tapers upwards. Its taper is however even more pronounced in the new car and it is further emphasised by the rounded window corners. The shape of the B pillar stresses the impression of the solid monolithic design of the body. In addition the Estate model has C and D pillars with a similar design.

As with the front bumper, the rear bumper has been clearly integrated into the overall design of the car and has an opening for the tailpipe.

The shape of the rear lights and the way they are illuminated are a typical feature of the new car. When the lights are on, the overall red area, which is "C" shaped, frames the white central part incorporating the direction indicator and the reversing light. This produces a characteristic eye-catching impression. The braking and fog lamps have been incorporated in the rear lights. Because their shape extends to the sides of the car the rear lights have a remarkable spatial effect. The compound rear lights are set high and are perfectly visible.

Interior design

The interior of the new Skoda Octavia excels with more than ample space in both the front and rear. The advanced design, combined with top-quality materials, produce a relaxed and cosy environment for the driver and passengers.

The instrument panel is elegantly designed and is well arranged. Its surface is soft and touch-friendly because it uses sprayed leather material produced by PU technology, the same slush technology is used for the instrument panel. This lining extends down to the central tunnel. Decorative trims on the instrument panel and doors give the interior a fresh feel. Individual equipment specifications have different trims. All control elements are within easy reach of the driver and are very well arranged.

Like the winged bonnet that protrudes above the body surface, one of the main elements of the interior is the central console. The control elements of the audio, navigation, ventilation and air conditioning systems and other buttons have been ergonomically arranged. This console blends smoothly into a tunnel that passes between the front seats and extends to the rear seats where it ends in a storage box (or an optional ashtray); the Elegance has the Jumbo Box air-conditioned storage box with adjustable outlets for air distribution to the rear seats. The box lid can simultaneously be used as an adjustable armrest.

The new and very attractive four-spoke steering wheel has been carefully designed to comply with ergonomic requirements; both gear lever and the steering wheel are extremely pleasant to hold and emphasise the interior concept. The well-arranged instrument panel is dominated by the large speedometer and rev counter dials with scales producing a 3D effect. During night driving, the instruments and control elements have Skoda's typical green illumination that does not disturb or divert the driver's attention even during a long drive.

The ceiling has a longitudinal protrusion that begins at the windscreen and runs between the front seats to the rear passenger section, where it terminates in a small lamp for lighting the interior. This produces the impression of a separate cockpit for the driver and front passenger (on the Ambiente and higher specifications in the hatch model and on the Classic and higher specifications in the estate version).

The attractively designed door panels are covered with top-quality materials with a pleasant texture (the upper part includes a soft plastic material that has been manufactured using the PU Slush technology) that underline the cosiness of the interior. The comfortable interior is further enhanced by various details including chrome-plated interior door handles with a touch-friendly, soft silicone lining inside (available with the Ambiente and Elegance). One of many interior innovations is a red blinking signalling diode in the driver's door, which replaces the door safety knobs.

Passenger comfort in the new Skoda Octavia is also improved by plenty of storage compartments:
compartments in both the front and rear doors
holders for large bottles (1 litre) in both front doors
a large, illuminated (available with the Ambiente and Elegance) and air conditioned (available with the Elegance) box in the instrument panel in front of the front passenger
a storage box (open on the Classic) in the central part of the instrument panel
a box on the right below the steering wheel (to hold two cans etc.)
a storage compartment in the central console (with the 1DIN radio)
a double, multifunction cup holder in the central tunnel between the front seats (different sizes, also suitable for drinks in boxes)
the air-conditioned Jumbo Box between the front seats (available with the Elegance) or a storage compartment, cup holder (for one bottle) and pen holder (available with the Classic and the Ambiente)
a storage box with a hinged lid under the front passenger seat (available with the Elegance)
compartments in the plastic lining of the front passenger seat bases
an ashtray (or a storage box) in the front and rear
pockets on the front seat backs.

Car body construction

The body of the new Skoda Octavia has been produced using high-strength materials, which results in a significant improvement in body rigidity, positively reflected in improved driving characteristics and increased passive safety. Solid anticorrosion body protection using galvanized sheets, and the application of anticorrosion layers during painting enables Skoda to provide a twelve-year body anti-corrosion protection guarantee.

The new Skoda Octavia is testament to Skoda's reputation for producing well-manufactured, high-quality cars. This high standard of quality is achieved by the thorough and precise fit of individual body parts and the use of other new technologies. One example is the laser welding between the roof and the sides of the car, making the transition between the roof and the sides of the car smooth and clean without the usual roof moulding. This thorough attention to the manufacture and, in particular, the carefully-designed body shape have resulted in excellent aerodynamic characteristics, which significantly contribute to the overall economical operation of the car - the air resistance coefficient is Cx = 0.30.

Particular attention has been paid to the finer details. For example the door sealing has been doubled. The door opening is sealed using the standard main sealing on the inner edge of the doorframe. In addition, the doors also have an additional seal, which is assembled close to the body surface and embraces the whole door. This seal fills gaps between the doors and other body parts. This improves the aerodynamic characteristics of the car and reduces aerodynamic noise in addition to keeping doorsills and pillars cleaner.

Ventilation, air conditioning

Interior ventilation technology has been further developed with a ventilation bar in the depression of the instrument panel under the windscreen. Protected by fins, the outlets, which are usually used to distribute air to the windscreen, have been replaced by one continuous bar along the entire width of the windscreen. In addition, this bar is divided into two independent channels, one for windscreen ventilation and one for distributing air to the interior of the car. This allows sufficient air to be distributed to the interior without exposing occupants to an excessively strong air stream.

Outlets under the driver and front passenger seats distribute air to the rear passengers. The Elegance also has two additional air outlets on the back of the Jumbo Box. They allow passengers in the rear seats to adjust the ventilation in the car's rear compartment, which helps to increase their comfort and maintain the optimum temperature.

The standard equipment of the Skoda Octavia Elegance includes Climatic automatic air-conditioning that adjusts and automatically maintains the temperature of the distributed air. An alternative is Climatronic electronically-controlled two-zone air-conditioning, which is available only with the Ambiente and Elegance models as an optional feature. Just set the required interior temperature and the Climatronic air-conditioning system determines the necessary temperature, direction and volume of distributed air using data obtained from a system of sensors. In addition, different values can be set for the left and right side of the interior where the difference of temperature between the left and right side may be up to 5 - 6° C.

Seats

Individual parts of the seats have the optimum rigidity and ergonomic design and provide both a high level of comfort and excellent lateral support. The seat bases and backrests are long enough for occupants of all heights and provide perfect body support.

The rear seats are also extremely comfortable. Both the backrest and the base of the rear seat are foldable and split 1/3 to 2/3 and available as standard equipment. At the moment, the Skoda Octavia only has a folding and split (1/3 to 2/3) rear seat backrest; the split backrest on the Classic is available only as an optional feature. But this version will also soon be supplied with a folding base (available as standard with the Ambiente and the Elegance and as an option with the Classic). A folding armrest has been integrated in the rear seats backrest of the Elegance.

Front headrests have inclination adjustment. Active headrests are available as an option on the front seats and significantly reduce the risk of a backbone injury in a rear crash.

Luggage compartment

One of the main advantages of the new model is its large and accessible luggage compartment. Its basic 560 litres (580 litres in the estate version) can be increased up to 1,350 litres (1,420 litres for models equipped with a folding base and 1,620 litres in the estate version) when the rear seat backrests are folded. Its large door and low loading edge with a plastic lining makes access to the luggage compartment incredibly easy and allows even very large luggage to be loaded.

The use value of the luggage compartment is further enhanced by many useful details:
preparation for fastening the safety triangle (under the edge of the luggage compartment; on the left in a recess behind the bumper apron in the estate version) and the first aid kit (on the right in a recess behind the bumper apron)
four lashing eyelets on the luggage compartment floor; six eyelets in the estate and hatch versions equipped with a folding base
luggage compartment illumination using two lamps for the estate and the hatch versions
a through hole in the rear seats backrest with a foldable armrest so that long items, such as skis can be transported (available as an option with the Elegance and Ambiente); another option is the removable Skisack, which prevents the interior from being soiled by transported items
a foldable hook for shopping bags in the Ambiente - two hooks in the Elegance; the estate version has foldable hooks in a strip below the side windows
a fastening net in the luggage compartment (available on the Elegance and higher specifications in the hatch version)
a net programme - two nets so that the luggage compartment can be divided (available as an option)
a hook on which to hang the luggage compartment floor for easy access to the spare wheel.

A full-size spare wheel and the necessary tools are located under the floor of the luggage compartment near the loading edge (available with those model specifications where such a spare wheel is supplied as standard). This full-size spare wheel allows continuous driving without the need to quickly visit the nearest service shop, as is usually the case with temporary spare wheels.

Colours and upholstery

A wide range of exterior colours is available for the Skoda Octavia - three non-metallic colours and nine metallic colours. Island Green is exclusive to the new Octavia.

Non-metallic colours:
Candy White
Corrida Red
Dynamic Blue.

Metallic colours:
Diamond Silver
Sahara Beige
Flamenco Red
Deep Sea Blue
Island Green
Nature Green
Stone Grey
Graphite Grey
Black Magic with pearl effect.

The elegant design of the new upholstery reflects the equipment level. The complete range includes three colour concepts for the interior with a total of twelve versions of seat upholstery and door panels. The interior trim of the new Skoda Octavia is decorated with different designs for individual equipment specifications. As standard, the Ambiente and Elegance have fabric upholstery; the combined or leather options are available as an option.. The table below summarises the available interior design specifications.

The Classic interior, called Fancy, will be Onyx Black with black/silver combination fabric upholstery.

The Ambiente is available with an Onyx Black interior with grey or black fabric upholstery and in Achat Green-Beige with fabric upholstery in the same colour. An alternative is the Duo interior in Onyx Black or Achat Green-Beige with the seat upholstery in a leather/fabric combination. With this option the central parts of the seat bases and backrests are upholstered in fabric and the sides of the seats in leather.

The Elegance is available with the Eminent interior in Onyx Black or Ivory Beige with the seats upholstered in fabric. The Duo interior with combined seat upholstery (leather/fabric) in Onyx Black and Ivory Beige is available as an option. In addition, the Supreme interior with leather seat upholstery in two colours - Onyx Black and Ivory Beige - is available as an option for the Elegance.

Standard equipment

The three traditional equipment levels have been included in the Skoda Octavia range: the Classic, the Ambiente and the Elegance. In addition to many equipment items, the individual equipment specifications can be distinguished according to the type and design of wheels, interior design elements and upholstery and lining.

Standard equipment on Skoda Octavia Classic includes:
four airbags (a front and side airbag each for the driver and the front passenger)
the ABS system, disc brakes on all wheels
central-locking
three-point seat belt in the rear
height-adjustable driver's seat
height- and reach adjustable steering wheel
front passenger airbag deactivation (when a child seat is fitted onto the front passenger seat)
two Isofix fixtures for a child seat on the rear seats
a warning on the instrument panel when the driver's seat belt is not fastened.

In addition to the Classic equipment the Ambiente has the following items:
electrically-adjustable and heated door mirrors
trip computer on the instrument panel
tinted glass
body-coloured door mirrors and handles
plastic side protection strips
interior illumination in the front and rear (available on the Classic and higher specifications in the estate version), two reading lamps in the front.

The Elegance equipment specification includes:
Climatic automatic air conditioning - maintains the preset temperature of the distributed air
front and rear electric windows with bounce-back feature and child safety latches
Jumbo Box storage box between the front seats with an adjustable armrest, cooled inner space and outlets for air distribution to the rear seats at the back of the box
fog lamps
Orion 15" alloy wheels
remote-control central locking with a folding key
door mirrors with built-in illumination making it easier to get into the car
armrest on the rear seats with the possibility of using the through hole from the luggage compartment.

Optional equipment

A wide range of optional equipment is available with the new Skoda Octavia. It includes items from higher equipment specifications that can be ordered individually for a lower equipment specification car. Other equipment options may only be available as an option.

The range of radios available with the new Skoda Octavia includes Melody, Stream and Audience models. All radios have been especially designed for the new Skoda Octavia both in functions and design. Their shape blends perfectly with the car's interior and reduces the risk of theft because they can be used only in this Skoda model. Other safety elements include an electronic encoding system so that the radio can only be used in one specific car.

All radios for the new Skoda Octavia have an AM/FM tuner with RDS and a hands-free telephone input. The Melody radio has a tape player, the Stream radio a CD player. The top Audience model comes with a six-CD changer, which can also play MP3. The Stream and Audience radios have a large dot-matrix display to indicate the exterior temperature and time, in addition to data from the Climatronic air conditioning and parking sensors. Stream and Audience radios communicate with the multi-function steering wheel and the Maxi-DOT display on the instrument panel. Those models fitted with the Stream radio can also have a six-CD changer installed in the luggage compartment. To round off the range of audio systems, the Sound System with a total of twelve speakers, amplifier and digital equalizer set specifically for sound reproduction in the Octavia is available.

The new Nexus navigation device has been especially prepared for the Skoda Octavia. It uses the TMC dynamic module, which receives traffic messages and adapts the selected route according to the actual traffic situation. The Nexus navigation system has a large 6.5" colour display, which can display a map and has voice navigation output. An AM/FM radio receiver with the RDS system, information on the Maxi-DOT display on the instrument panel and a hands-free telephone input are standard. In addition, the Nexus navigation device can also play music CDs and can be connected to a CD changer.

The following equipment items are optional with the Skoda Octavia:
Climatronic two-zone air-conditioning which maintains the set temperature separately for the left and the right side of the interior
the ESP system
the TPM system (Tyre Pressure Monitoring) - used to monitor the pressure of the tyres; the system compares the revolutions of individual wheels using ABS revolution sensors
Light Assistant - includes such functions as Coming Home (once activated, it keeps the dipped headlights on for a short interval), Leaving Home (dipped headlights are activated for a short interval using the central locking), Tunnel Light (automatic activation of the car's lights in the dark) and Day Light which monitors the functions of the car's external lighting
active headrests
head airbags
xenon headlights
multifunction steering wheel with radio and telephone control
rain sensor
electrically-adjustable electro-chromatic door mirrors with automatic dimming (in combination with the interior rear view mirror with automatic dimming)
parking sensors in the front and rear (as appropriate)
glass that reduces heat radiation permeation, helping to maintain a comfortable interior temperature and reducing overheating on sunny days and the loss of heat on cold days. At the same time, the structure of the glass (known as "compound glass", similar to the glass used in the windscreen and the rear door) makes it difficult to break into the car.

Safety

Passenger safety was one of the most crucial aspects in the development of the new Skoda Octavia. The car has been designed paying due attention to legislative requirements and the requirements of consumer tests carried out by independent testing mmobilizer s. The high safety level has been achieved, among other things, by using the latest design methods, progressive technological solutions and state-of-the-art knowledge of vehicle construction.

The most essential active safety elements of the new Skoda Octavia include:
a progressive chassis with an enhanced design providing excellent and safe driving characteristics
efficient disc brakes on all wheels for safe deceleration and stopping
progressive engines with great flexibility provide sufficient dynamism
the car's external illumination (lighting) concept based on the rule "see and be seen", which includes efficient headlights with clear optics (xenon as an option), rear lights with brilliant effect and a large illuminated area that contributes to their excellent visibility, side indicators integrated into the door mirrors improving their visibility
excellent driver visibility in all directions, is further improved by:

- the large glass area
- efficient Aero wipers (with a rain sensor as an option)
- the rear view mirror with automatic dimming, which can also be supplied with the door mirrors and which prevents the driver from being dazzled by cars behind him when driving at night.

Electronic driving stability systems, which significantly help to keep control of the steering especially in critical situations, play an extraordinary role in active safety. All Skoda Octavias are equipped with ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) and a braking assistant as standard, and the car can be delivered with the ESP system as an option.

An essential element of any car involved in a crash is a carefully-designed body with a rigid central passenger compartment and progressive front and rear crumple zones. The high body rigidity, which is an important safety element and helps to keep the best driving characteristics, has been achieved by using high-strength materials in its design.

As standard, new Skoda Octavias come with three-point seat belts on all seats; those in the front are height-adjustable and fitted with pyrotechnic pretensioners, which are also used on the outer rear seats if the car is supplied with head airbags. All Octavias are fitted with large-capacity driver and front passenger airbags and side airbags for the front seats. If a child seat is fastened into the front seat, the airbags of this seat must be deactivated. Head airbags, which are available as an option, provide a safety curtain between the occupants and the side windows from the front to the rear pillar.

An abundance of details that significantly reduce the risk of injury in a crash have been included in the car to increase the safety of occupants:
a special engine mounting so that it is pushed into the space under the occupants in large deformations,
the pedal unit has been designed to prevent injury to the driver's leg and feet as it collapses during major collisions,
interior areas that are extremely likely to come into contact with passengers' bodies during a collision, such as the instrument panel, the lower part of the instrument panel under the steering wheel and the "B" pillar, are covered with soft and flexible materials,
eyelets in the luggage compartment are used to fasten luggage with nets and prevent small items moving about,
if the airbags are deployed during a crash, an automatic sequence of strictly defined operations will be activated via the CAN-Bus on-board network; the fuel pump and fuel supply pipe will be immediately switched off, warning lights and the interior illumination will be automatically turned on and the central locking system will be unlocked (if locked).

In addition to side and head airbags, the robust doorsills and pillars and the doors themselves with triple reinforcement play an important role in a side impact.

As an option the new Skoda Octavia can have active headrests on the front seats, which provide extremely effective protection if the car is involved in a rear impact. The principle of active headrests is derived from the fact that during a rear impact the body moves backwards. The pressure of the body on the backrest deploys a mechanism that moves the headrest forward to absorb the backward movement of the passenger's head, which could result in an injury to the spine. The system has been adjusted to deploy in collisions at relatively low speeds, i.e. a crash during which the car is not extensively damaged but a serious injury may occur to the passenger's spine.

The latest knowledge of the protection of pedestrians has also been taken into consideration in the development of the new Skoda Octavia. Crash zones and elements absorbing energy significantly reduce the risk of injury.

Other features include protection against theft. The Skoda Octavia is equipped with central locking and the latest generation of mmobilizer as standard. The mmobilizer uses a "floating code" which is different each time it is transmitted. A VIN code sticker that can be easily seen from the outside is located under the windscreen; In addition, the VIN code of the car is marked by laser on all windows on each model in the Skoda range.

Radios are protected against theft by an electronic code, which is also recorded in the on-board control unit. A radio can then only be used in one specific car. Disconnecting and reconnecting the battery does not deactivate this function. In addition, the shape and dimensions of the radios are different from standard types and only fit the new Skoda Octavia.

As an option, the Skoda Octavia can be fitted with an alarm system with a backup source which monitors all doors, the boot lid, the bonnet, the ignition lock and the interior of the car. The alarm system of the new Skoda Octavia can be supplemented by a "slope sensor". This sensor is deployed when an attempt is made to load the car onto a tow truck.

In addition, a special cover over the engine control unit increases theft protection. This cover makes it extremely difficult to replace the control unit during a theft.

Engines

Cars in the Skoda Octavia model range are available with six engines; four petrol and two diesel. Their displacements and outputs cover a wide spectrum of needs and every customer can find one to suit them. All engines are transversely mounted in the front and drive the front wheels.



Petrol engines

In addition to engines with standard fuel injection to the suction pipe (the 1.4 MPI/55kW and 1.6 MPI/75 kW), the new Skoda Octavia can be fitted with the latest engines with direct injection, where the fuel is injected directly into the combustion chamber - the 1.6 FSI/85 kW and 2.0 FSI/110 kW. Direct fuel injection petrol engines operate on a combustion principle similar to standard petrol engines with a homogenous stichometric mixture of fuel and air. Compared to MPI, this new technology allows these engines to produce higher outputs and improved torque with the same in addition to improved fuel consumption and, in particular, almost immediate response to the accelerator pedal.

Petrol engines with direct injection fitted in the new Skoda Octavia produce more than adequate torque at low revolutions and, at the same time, high output at high revolutions. They can satisfy all the requirements of a variety of drivers - they are perfect for both smooth, economical, swift driving and dynamic, sporty driving. In addition to the advantages of higher output and lower consumption direct injection engines are environmentally friendly.

All petrol engines comply with the most stringent EU IV emission standard. They are fitted with one or two three-way catalytic converters with lambda probes. The 2.0 FSI/110 kW engine is even equipped with three catalytic converters - one main and two front-end converters - and three diagnostic and two control lambda probes.

Note: the driving characteristics specified below relate to the hatch version.

The 1.4 MPI/55 kW engine is an ideal basic power unit for the new Skoda Octavia. It gives the car adequate dynamism and advantageous efficiency. The engine is perfectly suited to those customers who plan to use their car mainly in an urban environment and who simultaneously pay considerable attention to the purchase price of the car. The 1.4 MPI/55 kW engine is an all-aluminium in line four-cylinder engine with 2xOHC and four-valve technology. It generates a maximum of 55 kW (75 bhp) at 5,000 rpm. and torque of 126 Nm/3,800 rpm, and the Skoda Octavia with this engine has a maximum speed of 170 km/h. The car accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 15.5 s, the combined consumption is 6.9 l/100 km according to the new European driving cycle (NEFZ).

The 1.6 MPI/75 kW is the perfect option for customers who are looking for a livelier engine with efficient operation. This engine has an advantageous ratio between performance and operating parameters and the price. It is an all-aluminium four-cylinder engine with OHC and two-valves-per- cylinder technology and features a variable suction pipe that gives the engine extraordinary flexibility over the whole range of revolutions. The engine develops a maximum of 75 kW (102 bhp) at 5,600 rpm and torque of 148 Nm/rpm. A Skoda Octavia fitted with this engine has a maximum speed of 190 km/h, and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 12.3 s. The combined consumption is 7.2 l/100 km according to the new European driving cycle (NEFZ).

The progressive technology of direct petrol injection makes the 1.6 FSI/85 kW an optimum combination of excellent dynamic characteristics and advantageous fuel consumption in the new Skoda Octavia range of petrol engines. Drivers who like a smooth and economical drive but, at the same time, want the guarantee of a sufficient power reserve will find this the ideal choice. This in line, all-aluminium four-cylinder 1.6 FSI/85 kW engine uses 2xOHC technology with an adjustable camshaft for the suction valves, and produces a maximum of 85 kW (115 bhp) at 6,000 rpm. A Skoda Octavia with this engine has a maximum speed of 198 km/h and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 11.2 s. The combined consumption is 6.6 l/100 km according to the new European driving cycle (NEFZ).

The 2.0 FSI/110 kW engine is designed for especially demanding customers - in addition to its outstanding dynamics, the economical and smooth operation of this power unit will make drivers proud of their choice. The engine will also please those who like progressive technology. A direct fuel injection system guarantees high output and, simultaneously, advantageous fuel consumption. The incredibly quiet operation of this four-cylinder, all-aluminium engine is the result of two balancing shafts. The 2xOHC valve technology with four valves per cylinder uses the variable timing system for the suction valves. The engine produces an excellent maximum of 110 kW (150 bhp) at 6,000 rpm and has torque of 200 Nm at 3,500 rpm. A Skoda Octavia with this engine has a maximum speed of 213 km/h.

Note: Petrol with an octane rating of 95 can be used in the 1.6 FSI/85 kW and the 2.0 FSI/110 kW engines but with slightly reduced output characteristics.

Diesel engines

Both Skoda Octavia diesel engines are equipped with a direct fuel injection system using injector units (Pumpe-Düse System, pump-nozzle system). Each cylinder has an injection unit in the cylinder head consisting of a high-pressure injection pump, an injection nozzle and a control valve, which is used to precisely control the fuel injection process. The pump-nozzle injection system uses an extremely high injection pressure of up to 205 MPa. The diesel engines in the new car are fitted with an exhaust gas turbocharger and a turbine with variable blade geometry. Before entering the engine, pressurised air is distributed to an "intercooler". These progressive technologies allow the TDI diesel engines for the new Skoda Octavia to produce high torque even at low revolutions and enable dynamic and swift driving without the need for frequent gear changing. The TDI engines are an ideal combination of high performance and minimum fuel consumption.

All diesel engines - and now also the 2.0 TDI-PD/103 kW diesel engine - comply with EU IV in advance.

Note: the driving characteristics specified below relate to the hatch version.

The 1.9 TDI/77 kW engine lives up to the reputation of the extremely popular TDI engines. An Octavia thus equipped still has minimum consumption, great reliability, and is fast enough for most people. The 1.9 TDI-PD/77 kW in line four-cylinder engine uses OHC technology with two valves per cylinder and produces a maximum of 77 kW (105 bhp) at 4,000 rpm and torque of 250 Nm/1,900 rpm. A car with this engine can reach 192 km/h, and accelerates from 0 to100 km/h in 11.8 s. Skoda Octavia cars equipped with the 1.9 TDI-PD/77 kW engine have excellent fuel consumption, which is an amazing 4.9 l/100km in the combined regime according to the new European driving cycle (NEFZ).

The newly developed 2.0 TDI-PD/103 kW engine definitely meets the requirement for minimum consumption, and, at the same time, extraordinary dynamic performance. Its characteristics, i.e. high output, high torque and low consumption make this power unit one of the best diesel engines currently produced in the world. This four-cylinder engine with 2xOHC technology and four valves per cylinder produces a maximum of 103 kW (140 bhp) at 4,000 rpm and torque of 320 Nm/ 1,750-2,500 rpm, which gives the car a maximum speed of 208 km/h and acceleration of 0-100 km/h in 9.6 s. The outstanding dynamic characteristics of the Skoda Octavia equipped with the 2.0 TDI-PD/103 kW are further enhanced by the incredibly low fuel consumption - only 5.5/100 km in the combined regime according to the new European driving cycle (NEFZ).

EOBD on-board diagnostics

All Skoda Octavia cars are equipped with "On Board Diagnostics" (abbreviated as EOBD - European On Board Diagnostics). This system monitors devices and instruments that influence the composition of the exhaust gas. If the monitored values exceed the set limits, a red warning light on the instrument panel will come on, indicating to the driver that service is needed as soon as possible. The fault will be stored in the memory, thus allowing service staff to find and remedy the problem easily.

Transmissions

As standard, all power units come with five or six-gear manual transmission. Engines producing 75 kW and higher can be supplied with six-gear automatic transmission as an option. This can be either the standard transmission with hydraulic torque converter for petrol engines or the newly developed DSG transmission with two clutches for diesel engines.

A list of transmissions available with the new Skoda Octavia:



DSG automatic transmission

DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox) transmission is a breakthrough in passenger car transmissions because it makes full use of the advantages and simultaneously reduces the inherited imperfections of manual and standard automatic transmissions. The DSG transmission provides convenient gear-changing without interrupting the transmission of power. An instruction for changing is produced either automatically by the electronic control unit or manually from the gear selector with the Tiptronic manual gear-changing regime.

DSG can be described as a mechanism consisting of two standard transmissions - it has two clutches joined by two input shafts. One section of the transmission is used for odd numbered gear changes and reverse; the other for even numbered gear changes.

The functions of the transmission can be illustrated by the following example: if a car is in third gear, the intelligent transmission control identifies the next gear to be selected according to the speed and other parameters and changes to it. This, for example, fourth gear, has already been preset but is not active because the clutch that controls the even gears is not engaged. The transmission control unit waits for the most suitable moment to change the gear, which it then carries out by disconnecting the clutch for uneven gears and simultaneously connecting the clutch for even gears. Changing is absolutely smooth, without any juddering, and quick - it takes about 3 to 4 hundredths of a second. In addition, the transmission of power from the engine to the wheels is not interrupted during the changing.

The DSG automatic transmission in the new Skoda Octavia has two operating regimes - fully automatic or Tiptronic manual gear-changing. The regime is selected by moving the selector to the required position, i.e. to the left for the automatic regime and to the right for the manual regime. Cars equipped with automatic transmission also have the multi-function display on the instrument panel as standard, which shows information about the gear engaged and the actual position of the selector.

The following positions can be selected in the automatic operating regime:

P - parking
R - reverse
N - neutral
D - drive, economical gear changing mode
S - sporty gear changing mode

With the sporty gear-changing mode, the transmission changes between individual gears at higher revolutions and thus allows the full output of the engine to be used. In the economical mode, on the other hand, the transmission changes earlier and thus keeps consumption low.

In the Tiptronic manual gear-changing regime, a higher or lower gear is engaged by moving the selector forwards and backwards, as appropriate: direction "+" - change to a higher gear, direction "-" - change to a lower gear.

With manual gear-changing, the electronic systems of the transmission monitors the way gears are changed and thus prevents engine damage that could result from an inappropriate change to a lower gear. In addition to monitoring, the control electronics makes operation easier, e.g. changing to first gear after stopping at a junction.

As a result of the quick gear-changing, the DSG transmission has better acceleration than a manual transmission. The electronic control of the transmission and engine makes the DSG transmission more economical because it selects the most appropriate gear and keeps the engine in the optimum operating regime in the economical driving mode. Moreover, its excellent driving characteristics and easy control places the DSG transmission firmly at the top of automatic transmissions. And last but not least, it can provide a so far unknown driving experience for a sporty driver with its extremely quick gear changing without having to lift your foot off the accelerator pedal.

Manual transmissions

The Octavia is fitted with a five or six-speed fully synchronised, manual gearbox as standard. The connection between the gearbox and the gear lever is via two gearshift cables, which make it easy to position the gear lever smoothly and precisely with short movements and reduce the transmission of vibrations from the engine. The clutch is a dry, single-disc, with hydraulic control.

Six-speed transmissions have an aluminium (with the 2.0 FSI/110 kW engine) or magnesium (with the 2.0 TDI-PD/103 kW engine) alloy box to reduce their weight. The gear ratios are closer than with five-gear transmissions, which allows better use to be made of the engine's characteristics. The sixth gear is especially suitable for motorway driving where it significantly reduces both consumption and noise.

Automatic transmission

Six-gear automatic transmission is available with petrol engines (except the 1.4 MPI/55 kW) and can be supplied as an option. This is a newly developed planetary gearbox with a hydrodynamic torque converter, which can be deactivated according to the actual driving situation. The large number of gears and, in particular, their overall range allows the optimum gear to be selected for the specific driving situation, which results in improved dynamic characteristics, economy and reduced noise.

The transmission is controlled by an electronic control unit with a sophisticated programme using Fuzzy-logic that adapts the gear-changing regime to the actual driving situation (driving up a hill, towing a trailer, etc.) and the driving style of the driver. In addition to the automatic driving regimes (economical D and sporty S), the transmission allows the use of the Tiptronic manual sequential selection of gears.

Chassis

The new Skoda Octavia is similar to the outgoing model with a transversely mounted engine in the front and front wheel drive. Like the whole car, all chassis units have been newly designed. The new chassis has been designed to give the optimum combination of maximum comfort and the best possible driving characteristics. This has been achieved by using steering with a new electromechanical booster in addition to new axles.

Axles

The front axle consists of the proven McPherson suspension with lower triangular links and transverse stabiliser. The new mounting of the axle results in higher transverse rigidity and improves the driving characteristics of the car when turning. The shock absorbers have been optimised to guarantee both a comfortable ride and the best possible driving characteristics. The excellent synergy of the newly-developed front and rear axles reduces the inclination of the car to bank in corners.

The multi-element rear axle of the new Skoda Octavia has been designed using one longitudinal and three transverse stabilisers. This sophisticated design significantly contributes to providing the best driving characteristics and, simultaneously, a high level of comfort.

The concept of the multi-element rear axle on the new Skoda Octavia allows the issues of longitudinal and transverse forces to be solved independently of each other. The force of a side impact is absorbed by three transverse supports. Their length, location and the rigidity of their mounting have been designed to keep the wheel in the optimum position on the road when loaded which directly influences the car's behaviour when turning. The longitudinal dynamic characteristics are especially influenced by a trailing arm where the location and the rigidity of its bedding play an important role. The arm is located as high as possible, which induces an "anti-pitch effect", i.e. prevents the car pitching forward when braking. With its progressive characteristics the bedding of the longitudinal trailing arm can absorb even high longitudinal impact forces. The rear axle design also includes a torsion stabiliser.

The rear axle of the Skoda Octavia has been designed with a slight direction effect that helps the understeer, which increases the direction stability of the car. The steering effect has been produced by the sophisticated kinematic and elasto-kinematic design of the axle, and it also depends on the load of the car - the steering effect of the axle increases when the car is carrying a heavier load. This results in excellent direction stability irrespective of whether only the driver is present or the car is fully loaded with passengers and luggage.

Electro-mechanical power steering

The new Skoda Octavia is fitted with rack-and-pinion steering with a hydraulic steering booster. The booster is programmed so that its effect decreases with increasing speed, therefore it is always easy to turn the steering wheel when parking and safe contact with the road is maintained at high speed. The more direct gear ratios in the steering box provide not only a feeling of safety but also make driving the car more enjoyable. The advantages of the hydraulic steering booster include reduced fuel consumption, because it is used only when needed.

Great attention has been paid to emphasising the "central position" which involves a slight back force on the steering wheel produced even during a small turning angle. This is also helped by the standard automatic return of the steering wheel to the straight direction. Thus it is easy for the driver to keep straight when driving on a camber or in a side wind.

The Octavia is fitted with a uniform steering unit irrespective of the model specification. The steering unit has therefore been preset for all possible model specifications, taking into account the front axle load that depends on the engine, transmission, equipment, etc. The relevant programme is selected and activated during the car's assembly.

Braking system and electronic chassis systems

The braking system of the new Skoda Octavia excels with its quick response time and easy distribution of the braking effect. This is mainly due to the new Dual Rate vacuum brake booster with "progressive characteristics". All wheels have disc brakes with a single-piston floating calliper. The front brake discs have inner cooling.

As standard all Skoda Octavias are equipped with the ABS Anti Lock Braking system in addition to other systems. The basic version of the Skoda Octavia thus comes with the following:

ABS - Anti-Lock Braking System
EBV - electronic braking effect distribution between the axles
MBA - mechanical braking assistant
MSR - Engine Drag Control
ASR - Anti-Skid System -this version only influences the control of the engine and does not help to brake slipping wheels
ESBS - enhanced driving stability programme

The Skoda Octavia can be supplied with the ESP electronic stability programme as an option. This option also includes the following driving stability systems:

ABS - Anti-Lock Braking System
EBV - electronic braking effect distribution between the axles
HBA - hydra