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2013 Skoda Octavia/Laura first look review

Published On December 12, 2012 By at Gaadi


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.




New Skoda Octavia/Laura interiors and tech

Inside the new look philosophy continues as there is more interior length (1,782 mm), more knee room (73 mm) and more headroom at the back (980 mm). An Octavia strength is the boot space and it has been increased to 590 litres. Other interior dimensions have also increased significantly compared to the Octavia’s second generation: front head room: + 8 mm, front elbow width: + 39 mm, rear elbow width: + 26 mm. 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 and that is extremely crucial for markets like ours as many prefer to be driven.



Practicality and storage are also kept in mind with examples like a large overhead sunglasses compartment. When it comes to the design of the interiors, you can see the insides now looks like the Passat or the other more premium VW saloons. We like the sporty steering wheel and from the pictures, quality it seems has also taken a giant leap.

In the new Laura/Octavia you get Adaptive Cruise Assistant, which automatically maintains a pre-set distance to the car ahead. The interior of the new Octavia/Laura now looks more high-end and plush- something that is sure to go down well with buyers in India.



New Skoda Octavia/Laura engines

There are lots of engine options in the new Octavia, there is a 1.4 TSI, 1.8 TSI, 1.6 TDI, 2.0 TDI and a mental vRS version too. For India you can get the 1.4 TSI from the Jetta or the more powerful 177 bhp 1.8 TSI. Since we had a blast with the current 1.8 TSI Laura we hope to get that engine, though in these times of high fuel prices, it is uncertain. The 1.6 TDI could be a popular option with 103 bhp while higher spec variants can have the powerful 150 bhp 2.0 diesel. There will be manual and an automatic DSG transmission on offer with an all-wheel-drive version too. The all-wheel-drive version will be only in the top variants though.




New Skoda Octavia/Laura price in India

Prices are not announced yet, though we expect a hike as the new Laura is now closer to the Superb in terms of space and luxury. But as is the case the VW Vento/Skoda Rapid we expect the new Laura/Octavia to be cheaper than the Jetta though not by much.

New Skoda Octavia/Laura launch for India

Skoda is now concentrating on its current product range and its Fabia hatch but we expect the new Laura/Octavia to come next year as because the buzz surrounding this new sedan is strong and since the current Laura is ageing, it would be a wise move to bring it quickly. Overall it seems there is little to fault with this sedan.

 

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