The Skoda Octavia is a small familiar car that is manufactured by Skoda Auto and first entered production in 1996. This vehicle shares the same name of the Skoda car that was made between 1959 and 1971. The current version of this vehicle is available only as a five-door hatchback or a five-door estate. So far there have been three different generations of the current Octavia, including a high performance and the RS. The first generation of this vehicle ran from 1996 to 2011 and was manufactured at the Skoda factory located in Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic.
The Octavia began being sold in 1998 in the UK as a mid-size car with immediate success with consumers who fell in love with its solid design and refinement at a relatively low cost. While this car did have quite a bit to compete with, especially the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Vectra, it still managed to do very well. This car was used quite a bit for commercial transportation purposes (taxi cabs). The first generation of this vehicle received a facelift in 2000 and at the time was still being built and marketed in certain markets, even after the second generation was launched in 2004. In certain countries throughout Western Europe, including Germany, the first generation of this car was marketed as the Octavia Tour.
Some of the more significant improvements that were made to this vehicle with the facelift included an independent rear suspension as well as an improved interior with more space and higher quality materials. The facelifted version of the Octavia used a 4×4 wheel drive design for the estate and hatchback models as well as the Haldex Traction clutch. This updated vehicle was higher off the ground and came with a larger fuel tank which could carry up to 65 liters or 17 gallons, which was a marked improvement from its predecessor which had a 55 liter gas tank.
The 4×4 option for this vehicle was only available for the 1.8 T 150 bhp petrol engine, the 1.9 TDi 90 bhp, and the 2.0 liter petrol engine, all of which came with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The 6-speed manual model was the 1.9 TDI-PD 131 bhp and it only came with front-wheel drive. The vRS was definitely the higher end version of the Octavia and came with a 1.8 liter straight-4 turbocharged engine which was capable of producing a total of 180 bhp.
The second generation of this vehicle, which started production in 2004 and ran until 2013, was introduced in March of 2004 and based on the Volkswagen Group A5 platform which was used by a number of other Volkswagen vehicles, including the Audi Mk2, Golf Mk5, Jetta Mk5, and the SEAT Leon Mk2. Thomas Ingenlath and Peter Wouda were chiefly responsible for designing this vehicle which came with a whole new an international combustion engine range.
The second generation of the Octavia was marketed as the Laura in India to distinguish it from its first generation predecessors. There are two 4-wheel drive versions of this vehicle, one of which is the 4×4 and the other the Scout. Both of these vehicles feature a Haldex Traction 4-wheel drive system which is based on a computer-controlled clutch center coupling. These models were designed to be further off the ground than the original Octavia and the total ground clearance was increased by a total of 24 mm for the 4×4 and 40 mm for the Scout. The Scout was first announced in 2006 and was made available with only the estate body style with a few different crossover style exterior modifications.