Volkswagen Group is among the biggest auto groups in the world. In India, its presence is marked by numerous brands like Audi, Volkswagen, Porsche, and Bentley. Of these, a name like Skoda has its own following. The brand matters to the group more than ever now that it has to steer both itself and VW’s* (the carmaker, not the parent) operations in India. This has put immense strain on the brand and it has tasked products like the Octavia RS to help it turn around its fortunes in the country. The car costs Rs 26.78 lakh (ex-showroom). Can a car that costly (that too a Skoda) be worth consideration?
|Specifications||Skoda Octavia RS|
|Price||Rs 26.78 lakh (ex-showroom)|
|Engine||Direct-injected, turbocharged, 2.0-litre inline four-cylinder TSI petrol|
|Transmission||6-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic|
|Front Suspension||McPherson struts with torsion stabiliser|
|Rear Suspension||Independent, multi-link with torsion stabiliser|
|Front Brake||Disc brakes with single floating calipers
|Rear Brake||Disc brakes
|Fuel Tank Capacity||50 litres|
What’s new about the Skoda Octavia RS?
The Skoda Octavia RS takes the Octavia formula and turns it up a few notches. This turns it from an already potent vehicle to a performance sedan. In terms of design, it is the same as the standard (facelifted) Octavia. Styling changes help it stand apart from its less-powerful sibling. They also lend a touch of sportiness to this car, making it look like a purpose-built vehicle.
On the outside, the Skoda Octavia RS carries new styling bits like the RS badges, a rear spoiler, new 17-inch alloy wheels, and twin exhaust pipes. The interior of the car has been given the all-black treatment. The seats feature Alcantara upholstery. The steering wheel’s bottom has been flattened, front seats are powered (with three memory settings for the driver’s throne), and there are RS door sills up front (non-illuminated). The RS logo can also be seen on the gearshifter and front seat headrests.
Stylistic changes apart, the biggest difference between the regular Octavia and the Octavia RS are mechanical components. The engine on the Octavia RS is a 2.0-litre, inline four-cylinder turbocharged TSI petrol engine that has direct injection. This engine makes 230HP power and 350Nm torque which goes to the front wheels via a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
The car has McPherson strut suspension up front and a multi-link setup at the rear. There are disc brakes at both front and rear ends of the car. The car measures 4689mm in length, 1814mm in width, and 1496mm in height. Its wheelbase spans 2679mm in length. Its mileage (as per ARAI) has been rated at 14.45kmpl and that should help it take its owner over 700km between refills.
The Skoda Octavia RS is loaded with features. With 8 airbags, ISOFIX child seat anchors, ABS+EBD, and more safety features, it is perhaps the safest car in its segment. The dual-zone climate-control A/c, Android Auto and Apple Carplay-enabled touchscreen infotainment system is crisp and easy to operate. There is driver fatigue detection system in the car as well.
The car features ambient lighting with 10 colours to choose from. There’s hands-free parking for those who consider parking to be a chore. The car’s fog lamps also have cornering function. For the kind of the money Skoda asks for Octavia RS, it has loaded it to the brim with goodies, taking its value-for-money quotient to an all-time high.
Is the Skoda Octavia RS worth consideration?
Wait a minute! That price tag is not an easy pill to swallow, especially when a Skoda asks for that much. The bad after-sales reputation of the company, the relatively high mechanical failure rates (especially the gearbox), and high cost of spares usually keep people away from the brand. However, the Skoda Octavia RS has to be looked at from a different lens.
Firstly, it is a halo product of the company. Skoda bringing it here and running out of inventory due to high demand means the Octavia RS is something special. The 6-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox on this car is quite solid and reportedly less prone to issues. Lastly, since Skoda has brought this car to India, giving the company a chance to redeem itself should not be out of the question. They had faith in the Indian market and brought the Octavia RS here. They deserve a chance to prove their worth in the after-sales department.
Let’s discuss some facts here. Giving the car a better gearbox is a nice move from Skoda. Another nice move is the all-black interior. The car isn’t exactly a mile-muncher but that 14.45kmpl ARAI mileage rating is decent for a car that has more than 200 horses under the hood. It hasn’t lost its practicality either and has retained features like folding rear seats that can free up massive storage space. Multiple sources cite the commencement of bookings for the car, like this** (though official word is awaited and contacting a dealer is the best bet). Apprehensions about buying this car are understandable, but it deserves a consideration at the very least.
Skoda Octavia RS – Synopsis
- Priced at Rs 26.78 lakh (ex-showroom)
- Has a direct-injected turbocharged 2.0-litre inline four-cylinder engine
- Power output is 230HP while the torque output is 350Nm (all going to front wheels)
- Engine mated to a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox
- Front has McPherson strut suspension while the rear has multi-link setup
- Disc brakes at all four ends of the car
- ARAI-rated mileage stands at 14.45kmpl
- Styling changes on the outside include RS badges, rear spoiler, 17-inch wheels, and twin exhaust pipes
- Interior features all-black colour scheme, Alcantara upholstery, ambient lighting, and powered front seats
- Retains features like folding rear seats to provide massive storage space
- Among the safest cars in its segment with 8 airbags, ISOFIX child seat anchors, ABS+EBD, and more as standard features
- Parking sensors at front and rear, parking camera, and hands-free parking features aid parking in tight spot
- Bookings have reportedly commenced (though official word is awaited)