2013 Skoda Octavia/Laura first look review

Here it is, the new Skoda Octavia is finally revealed and while many of you will be rushing with your cheque books in hand to your nearest Skoda dealer, it will be coming next year. Before we venture into the various details, we first clear the confusion to the name. World wide the current Laura is sold as the Octavia and is a popular model. In India, since the older Octavia was sold alongside, Skoda named it Laura for India.

Thus, to us it is the new Skoda Laura while to the rest of the world it is the new Octavia. We are excited about this model simply because it plans to set a new benchmark in its class and promises a lot. Everything has changed and has taken a new direction. Read below to know everything there is to know about this sedan.

New Skoda Octavia/Laura design

As you can see that things have completely changed at Skoda design and this transformation brings about a more confident and relaxed design philosophy. The 2013 Laura is bigger, all round and looks like a more expensive car than it will be and this factor will be a huge selling point. 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 styling is now more in- line with the other VW group cars like the Jetta and Passat.

The styling is heavily influenced by the Mission L which was first revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2011. We like the lines on the car are silky smooth. Obviously, unlike the concept it is a more practical shape. The looks as said earlier are now more like the VW cars, especially the side profile. From the rear it looks like more of a coupe and undoubtedly looks the most premium in its class.

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. A special new characteristic is an upswept dynamic window line in the rear doors, the so-called “fin” – a small, but effective design idea, it is these details that make the new Octavia/Laura a more mature and expensive looking sedan.

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6 Comments on “2013 Skoda Octavia/Laura first look review”

  • anand wrote on 20 December, 2012, 10:40

    This is a joke. First pls fix issues with dealer network and after sales service reputation. In TN Gurudev is the only dealer and try to rip you off every time you go there. I can find another 10 ppl easily who can confirm. It is probably a good car but not with your dealer network in India (esp TN).

    Not to mention ridiculous part prices! Given that margins are better in spares why would you want to penalize the consumer?

  • Bala wrote on 22 December, 2012, 23:09


    They are the worst in service, also they rip off all the money from the customers. In Chennai buying and maintaining a car with Gurudev will be equal to buying a new BMW………


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