Škoda’s mid-size family car, the Octavia, continues to surprise even in its fifth year of sales, with new owners joining the Škoda family every month. Sales have increased every year since the Octavia’s UK launch in 1998. So far in 2002, 9,310 Octavias have been sold, on pace to outsell the 2001 total of 13,336.
The Octavia range encompasses a wide range of models - hatchback and estate in front-wheel drive and 4x4 and the sporty Octavia vRS - each designed to meet different driving and ownership requirements, but all built with the needs of modern families in mind. It takes its place in Škoda’s century-long heritage of stylish, technologically advanced vehicles. The first Octavia was produced between 1959 and 1971. The name was reintroduced in 1996, when the current Octavia was launched in the Czech Republic.
Octavia sits in the lower range of the upper-medium segment, fitting into the Škoda range between the award-winning supermini, the Fabia, and the elegant, top of the range Škoda Superb. Model designation and specification levels in the front-wheel drive hatchback and estate begin with the entry-level Classic, rising through Ambiente and Elegance to the top of the range Laurin & Klement, each available with a wide range of engines.
Standard equipment includes twin airbags, ABS, power steering and split folding rear seat. Ambiente adds air conditioning, electric windows, stereo with 6 CD multi-changer and remote central locking. The Elegance adds side airbags, EDL and ASR with the TDI and 20V engine and 16" alloy wheels and electric sunroof.
Škoda also offers the luxury specification Octavia Laurin & Klement model, which comes with the 1.8 litre 20V turbo-charged petrol engine. Metallic paint, 16" dark chrome wheels, xenon headlights, leather/alcantara upholstery, heated seats, wood trim and cruise control all mark the Octavia Laurin & Klement as a prestige car.
The Octavia 4 x 4 hatch and estate have permanently available four-wheel drive with automatic torque distribution, furnished by the Haldex coupling. With Elegance specification and the powerful 1.8T 150bhp turbo-charged petrol engine as standard, both Octavia estate and hatch 4 x 4 deliver a driving experience that is not only safe and functional, but also exciting and responsive.
Škoda’s long heritage of success in rallying, culminating in the Octavia WRC rally car, has been translated into the fastest road-going Škoda yet - the Octavia vRS – accelerating from 0-62 mph in under eight seconds. The vRS is distinguished by its large rear spoiler, 17" alloy wheels, stainless steel exhaust and brake calipers in Škoda’s famous rally green. The sporty look and feel continue inside, with leather and mesh seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, gearshift knob and gaiter.
Safety is of the utmost importance to Škoda. Octavia meets all current worldwide safety standards and has been awarded four stars in the Euro NCAP crash tests.
All Škoda Octavias come with the option of extended service intervals, making service intervals for petrol engines as long as 30,000 km and for up to 50,000 km over a maximum service interval of two years. In addition to reducing operating costs, Škoda’s extended service intervals also contribute positively to the environment by using the increased quality and extended lifetime of modern oils.
Škoda’s history has been moulded by some of the most significant events of the twentieth century. The Octavia model range is emblematic of Škoda’s growing strength, and, along with Fabia and Superb, is helping the brand regain its rightful position among the best automotive manufacturers in the world. …ever.Published 16 August 2002