Skoda

Skoda Auto is a Czech automobile manufacturer founded in 1895. Originally named Laurin & Klement after its founders, the company was acquired by industrial conglomerate Skoda Works in 1925. The firm started out as a motorcycle company but switched to automobiles in 1905. Skoda gained notoriety in 1930 through models like the Rapid, Favorit, and Superb and in 1948 it became a state-owned company. The Czech firm continued production of the Felicia and Octavia after World War II, but it also introduced affordable cars that became popular Easter European countries during the cold war. Notable models include the 1000 MB, 100 and 110 series, as well as the 105, 120, and 125 series. New generations of Rapid and Favorit, as well as the 130 and 135 series, became popular in communists countries during the 1980s due to their low price and availability of parts. After the fall of communism and the Velvet Revolution, Skoda signed a partnership with Volkswagen in 1991. In 2000, Skoda became a subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group. As of 2019, the company's lineup includes five cars, the Superb, Octavia, Scala, Fabia, and Citigo, and three crossovers, the Kodiaq, Karoq, and Kamiq.

What is the Cheapest Skoda?

Not surprisingly, the cheapest Skoda you can buy is also the smallest. Priced from £8,890 in the United Kingdom, the Citigo is also one of the most affordable vehicles on the market. For this price, you get the three-door version. Opt for the five-door version, and the sticker jumps to £9,240. The Citigo is also notably more affordable than the next Skoda, the Fabia hatchback, which adds a premium of around £5,000. The Skoda Citigo was developed alongside the Volkswagen Up and Seat Mii, with all three cars sharing underpinnings and drivetrains.

What is the Sportiest Skoda?

The Octavia vRS is the sportiest Skoda model available as of 2019. A higher-performance version of the Octavia notchback, the vRS features a beefed-up 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that’s also offered in the Volkswagen Golf GTI. The turbocharged mill cranks out a solid 217 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It provides an extra 40 horsepower over the most potent, non-vRS Octavia, but it falls behind the range-topping diesel model in the torque department by 22 pound-feet. The vRS is not only about a more powerful engine, though. It’s sportier than the usual Skoda because it features a sportier chassis setup, progressive steering, an electronic differential lock, and lower, stiffer springs. Pricing for the Octavia vRS starts from £27,695 as of August 2019.

What is the Most Popular Skoda?

The Skoda Octavia is the company’s most popular car globally. Ever since it was introduced back in the 1990s, the Octavia sold like hotcakes in certain markets and helped Skoda achieves annual sales records on a regular basis. In 2018, Skoda sold 388,200 units of the Octavia, which accounts for 31 percent of total sales for the year. Skoda also sold a bit more Octavias than Rapid and Fabia models combined (382,400). At the same time, Octavia sales were higher than all of the company’s crossovers combined (305,900 units of the Kodiaq, Karoq, Kamiq, and the recently discontinued Yeti). Given current trends, the fact that the Octavia grows older, and the booming sales of the Kodiaq, the latter might surpass the notchback in 2019. The Octavia starts from £18,610 and costs as much as £30,165 in top trim.

What is the Most Expensive Skoda?

The Skoda Kodiaq is the company’s most expensive vehicle in base form, priced from £29,095 before options. The Kodiaq is Skoda’s largest SUV yet, and it’s becoming one of the brands most popular vehicles. Pricing of the Kodiaq goes up to £43,390 for the diesel-powered vRS model. The Kodiaq is notably more expensive than the Karoq and Superb, both priced below the £25,000 mark.

What is the Fastest Skoda?

Although it’s the sportiest model in the lineup, the Octavia vRS isn’t the quickest. Actually, it’s not even the most powerful, as the range-topping Superb comes with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The extra 51 horses and the all-wheel-drive system makes the Superb the quickest Skoda you can buy, with a 0-to-62 mph benchmark of only 5.5 seconds. That’s 1.3 seconds quicker than the Octavia vRS. The Superb is also the fastest model in the lineup with a top speed of 155 mph. The Octavia vRS comes close at 154 mph.

Are Skoda Cars Reliable?

While Skoda was never famous for building reliable cars, they were easy to fix, which made them quite popular in Eastern European countries. Nowadays, with help from parent company Volkswagen Group, Skoda vehicles are significantly more reliable as the Czech firm topped a series of dependability studies in recent years. Skoda scored top positions in J.D. Power’s Vehicle Dependability studies in recent years with less than 70 problems per 100 vehicles. That’s a notable drop from the overall industry average of 114. The Octavia and the Fabia are often quoted as Skoda’s most reliable vehicles with scores above the industry average. Like most affordable car brands, Skoda’s reliability comes mainly from their simple construction and the lack of fancy technologies in the entry-level models. For instance, Skoda’s most unreliable car is the Superb, the most luxurious and technologically advanced vehicle in the lineup. As an interesting fact, Skoda is usually rated as a more reliable brand than Volkswagen, its parent company.

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