Recently I purchased a Skoda Octavia in Mumbai. The red colored machine is a German engineered product and one really cannot find fault with it. Skoda entered the Indian market about 10 years back and straight away was a hit. It is a luxury car and comes in both diesel and petrol version, though the diesel model is he one that clocks the higher sales. The Skoda company is the sister company of the Volkswagen which is the number one auto company in Europe.
Skoda has 4 models in the Indian market. The cheapest is the Skoda Fabio which is a hatch back followed by the Skoda Octavia, Skoda Laura and Skoda Superb. Th superb is the Skoda flagship and can set you back by anything from 25-30 lakhs of rupees. The Skoda Fabia costs about 5-8 lakhs of rupees and the price range of the other cars are from 12-20 lakhs. They also have an SUV, the Skoda Yeti in the market.
All Skoda cars have German engineering skills to show and are a sturdy vehicle. It is worth noting that during the Second World War the Skoda works manufactured guns and tanks and this has rubbed off on the Skoda models marketed in the world.
The Skoda cars come in both diesel and petrol versions and are a byword of reliability. Earlier the Skoda had marketed the Skoda Octavia 2000 MPFI model, but that is discontinued now. This car developed 200 BHP and was a treat to drive. Now the Skoda models on display have the 1900 cc diesel and 1800 cc petrol engines.
The Skoda Octavia is their largest selling model. The car supports a diesel and petrol engine that need not be touched for 200,000 km. Skoda cars are the leaders in the luxury car market in India and have cornered a market share of 25-30% in this segment. All Skoda models have carved a niche for themselves in the Indian market.
The Skoda Octavia has two variants the elegance and the rider. The elegance model is a luxury model with high class leather upholstery and state of the art interiors. The car has a top speed of 200km an hour and develops 180 BHP. The petrol version has an excellent pick up and easily crosses 220km an hour. I have driven my Skoda on the Mumbai Pune expressway at 200km an hour and the ride is a breeze. The elegance models have cloth upholstery.
Part of the Skoda engineering marvel is the lock nut in each wheel. This nut can only be opened by a special adaptor and keeping this adaptor is of paramount importance, as otherwise the wheels cannot be opened. It is also a safe bet against tire thefts.
Unlike Japanese cars which are light weight, the Skoda cars made of solid steel weigh nearly 2000kg, but despite the weight the powerful engine of this car easily propel it to a cruising speed of 150 km an hour. The Skoda models are also very economical with the diesel versions delivering almost 15-19 km on a liter of diesel. The petrol version clocks 12-14 km on a liter on the highway.
The Skoda supports 6 gears including reverse. The reverse gear will take some learning as it is engaged by pressing the gear lever down and then releasing it unlike the Japanese cars which are straight away engaged in the reverse in a single flick. The car has the usual standard goodies like Power brakes, ABS,