Can You Believe It’s Been 10 Years Since This 2.0 Skoda Octavia vRS Touched 227 MPH?!
Skoda is mostly associated with affordable and sensible vehicles for pragmatic people. However, that doesn’t mean all of them are boring. In fact, the Octavia RS has always been based on the VW Golf GTI and is something of a sleeper. The story of this particular one started 10 years ago, on August 19th, 2011, when it set a speed record. The humble Skoda was dubbed the Bonneville Special and after serious modifications, it went to the Bonneville salt flats in Utah and managed a 227.080 mph (365 km/h).
Great Alternatives to the Volkswagen Golf GTI
The Volkswagen Golf GTI is considered the forefather of the hot hatch segment. The first Golf GTI was introduced in June 1976 and has been going strong ever since. Nowadays, the Golf GTI is in its eighth generation and is still one of the best all-around performers in the segment. It’s also sold both in Europe and North America, which is not something that can be said for all the cars on the list. With that being said, the modern hot hatch scene is as dynamic as ever and many new contenders for the best hot hatch title. Here are some of the best alternatives that aim to de-throne the GTI.
2021 Skoda Octavia
Skoda has long been the popular brand choice for pragmatic people who want a comfortable and practical commuter. The Octavia makes the backbone of the lineup and is one of its most popular models. The Octavia has always been about getting a lot of a car at an affordable price. But with new cars having more and more tech on board, cars are gradually rising up in value. This begs the question, can the best-seller of the Czech brand still be at the top of its game?
2021 Skoda Vision IN Concept
The Skoda Vision IN Concept is a big deal for the Czech automaker. Not only does it serve as the precursor to a production model that’ll largely be offered in India and other international markets, but it’s also being prepared to challenge several established models in those markets, including the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos.
The Vision IN Concept is the first step to doing that, and for what it’s worth, the Czech automaker is making a good first impression with its new crossover. The Vision IN Concept will eventually translate into a production model, called Kushaq.
2021 Skoda Enyaq iV
After a long wait, the Skoda Enyaq iV is finally here. The company has revealed its first all-electric SUV. The Enyaq draws inspiration from the Skoda Vision iV concept. The latter had an SUV-Coupe like body style, but the Enyaq will be a traditional SUV. It is also the company’s first vehicle that’s underpinned by Volkswagen’s MEB architecture. Everything on the Enyaq iV seems top-notch in terms of quality and design. In fact, the electric SUV also holds the record for being the most powerful Skoda ever built! Although it seems very impressive as of now, will it be able to draw volumes for the Czech automaker?
The Enyaq iV is Skoda’s First Electric SUV And Its Most Powerful Vehicle Yet
Once a company that built a handful of compact cars, Skoda has recently expanded to include a midsize sedan, and since 2016 it entered the SUV market with no fewer than three models. Come 2020, and Skoda is taking yet another step toward new heights with the Enyaq iV, an all-electric crossover. Although this isn’t Skoda’s first EV, being preceded by the tiny Citigo iV, the Enyaq iV is the company’s first vehicle built on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform, which is dedicated exclusively to zero-emission models. The Enyaq iV is essentially Skoda’s own variant of the upcoming Volkswagen ID.4.
Skoda Slavia Concept - One Affordable Roadster We’d Love to See Come to Life
Skoda’s current vehicle lineup includes three hatchbacks, two sedans, and three SUVs. It’s far from spectacular, but that’s what Skoda has been about (mostly) since its inception more than 100 years ago.
But the Czech automaker just rolled out a concept that proves it can design dynamic and emotive two-door cars. It’s called the Slavia and it’s an exciting roadster version of the Scala hatchback.
The 2021 Skoda Octavia Scout is the Off-Road Wagon You Didn’t Know You Wanted
Skoda is working hard on keeping its best-selling moniker, the Octavia, tip-top. The car received a new-gen model last year, and a few months back, the automaker introduced the vRS version as well.
Now, Skoda has revealed the new Octavia Scout ahead of its launch slated in July. The wagon features a few aesthetic changes and looks a little more off-road friendly than the outgoing model. The Scout is based on the latest generation of the Octavia Combi (read wagon) and is longer and wider than its predecessor. It also sits higher off the ground.
Skoda Officially Teases Its Electric SUV Called Enyaq
Skoda has officially teased the Enyaq electric SUV. Although we can’t deduce all the details since the SUV is covered in camo skin, Skoda has been generous in giving details regarding its dimensions, battery pack, and so on. The Enyaq also marks the return of a rear-wheel-drive vehicle in Skoda’s portfolio after almost three decades. Will it be a paradigm-shifting vehicle for the automaker?
2020 Skoda Octavia vRS iV
The 2020 Skoda Octavia vRS is the high-performance version of the fourth-generation liftback sedan. Available in both sedan and wagon body styles, the 2020 Octavia vRS boasts the sportier, more angular design of the latest Octavia, but the really big news is that it features a hybrid drivetrain. This isn’t surprising given that it shares underpinnings with the latest Volkswagen Golf,, but it’s the first vRS model to sport a form of electrification. The 2020 Octavia vRS iV is the first performance Skoda model with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain. It also joins other electrified Octavia models like two mild hybrids and a less powerful plug-in. Let’s find out more about this performance four-door in the review below.
Skoda Previews Kamiq GT with Coupe-style roof and aggressive front end
While all eyes are set on the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, Skoda announced a brand-new crossover called the Kamiq GT. Previewed by a couple of renderings, the Kamiq GT draws styling cues from the Vision GT concept car. It’s obviously based on the already familiar Kamiq, with the main modification being a coupe-style roof. The Kamiq GT joins the Kodiaq GT, a coupe version of Skoda’s midsize SUV. And just like the Kodiaq GT, the Kamiq GT will be sold only in China.
2019 Skoda Scala Monte Carlo
Coming up with visually-enhancing packages based on a carmaker’s moment of glory that occurred throughout its history is far from uncommon these days. Let’s take a look at Skoda, for example, which as of 2011, has been using the so-called Monte Carlo branding to spice up the looks and comfort for some of its cars.
The latest model to be awarded with the Monte Carlo trim level is Skoda’s Scala. The imbued version was introduced at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show and we are here to tell you what’s so special about it and how Skoda concocted the Monte Carlo trim level in the first place, as well as its motorsport roots. Because, believe it or not, Skoda’s way more tied to rallying than you might think. Read on…
The Toyota Camry is available in Europe for the first time in decades, sold as a luxury sedan that undercuts the usual luxury sedan suspects on price. The model is a firm favorite not only in America, but also in Russia, yet it has not been available for European buyers who where offered the Avensis sedan instead.
Now that the Avensis was phased out in mid-2018, there is space in Toyota’s Euro range for a large-ish sedan and the global Camry seems like a perfect fit. It is bigger and more expensive than the Avensis, though, and it will not really face off against the Ford Mondeos and VW Passats, but instead a different car that’s very similar to it in terms of formula: the very talented and much loved Skoda Superb, a car that offers the space of a limousine and almost limo-like levels of luxury for a fraction of what an equivalent premium car of the same size would cost.
The Superb is definitely the Camry’s biggest European rival, and once buyers do get accustomed to the Camry being available, these two models will undeniably be cross-shopped. The only problem is the Camry is only sold as a hybrid in Europe and it can’t really compete with the strong powertrain lineup of the Superb - the big Czech sedan even gained a plug-in hybrid version along with the recent mid lifecycle refresh.
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.