Octavia name came to India in 2002 which gain popularity very quickly in the Indian market. It set a bench mark of the luxury car segment in the Indian car market. After gaining a lot of success it was discontinued and in 2014 the name Octavia came back with a facelift. It came in the segment which was dying in Indian market due to craze of SUV’s among Indians. And now after doing a good job in the past years it got a facelift in 2017 and now the Skoda has come up with a sporty yet comfortable Octavia RS for the people who want to push the speed limit of their car to the redline.
2017 Octavia RS Exteriors & Styling
Speaking of the design we don’t see much changes than the regular Octavia facelift apart from the redesigned front bumper which gives it sporty and aggressive look. On the front we have RS badging on the grill with honeycomb design air damps. The headlights have Quadra LED setup with LED fog lamps.
Rear has redesigned bumper and a spoiler with twin exhausts and C shaped LED taillights. The front and rear bumper has parking sensors. On the side of the car has a sporty character with R17 Hawk Anthracite alloy wheels.
2017 Octavia RS Interiors
The build quality on the inside is really good. The new Octavia RS is as spacious as the regular one. The dashboard got an all-black treatment with similar layout. A flat bottom steering wheel with a stylish instrument console and controls on it.
There is a lot of RS badging on the inside. We also have red stitch sporty leather seats and ambient lightning. A touchscreen infotainment system which is fully loaded has apple car play and android auto which works really well. Automatic climate control, keyless entry, dual zone climate control, rear ac vents powered driver seats, control on steering and spacious interiors which Skoda had offered. Overall it’s a really ergonomically designed cabin to live with.
PRICE OF THE 2017 Octavia RS IN INDIA
Now the Octavia RS is priced at Rs. 25.48 lakh
|New 2017 Octavia RS||Ex-showroom Price Bracket|
|Petrol (automatic)||Rs. 25.48 Lakh|
Engine and Performance
Sporty and aggressive RS Octavia got a new 2.0 L turbo charge petrol engine that has 1984CC turning out a staggering 230 HP with a 350 NM of torque. The engine has a solid punch right from the lower rpm’s that goes really fast. The dual clutch DSG 6 speed gearbox works seamlessly with the engine and keep the engine in the power band, the engine does 0-100 in under 7 seconds that is a type of record for the cars of this segment. Overall the performance of this car is really great and you can have fun with this car.
|Engine Type||2.0-litre TSI Turbo Petrol|
|Acceleration (0-100kmph)||6.8 seconds|
|Transmission Type||6-speed DSG/ Automatic|
Ride, Handling & Driving Dynamics
The handling of new RS is spot on as the car really shines in corners giving confidence to the driver with the tremendous straight line stability.
The suspension has been made firm but it is not a deal breaker, means it make you comfortable with the ride quality most of the times. The road surface does not creep too much into cabin. The refinement level are also good and the noise does not intrude into the cabin. So the car is fun to drive with a decent ride quality.
On the safety front we have six airbags with ABS, EBD and lots of safety kits like EDL(Electronic Differential Lock), ASR(Anti Slip Regulation), MKB(Multi Collision Braking), ESC(Electronic Stability Control). The car got five star NCAP ratings that shows how safe and secure is it for the people and how well it is being engineered by Skoda.
In the Indian car market people are more interested in spending money on SUV’s than on a Sedan. In a bracket of about 25 lakhs the Octavia RS has come up in a segment in which most of the consumers will prefer to go for the SUV’s.
So this is a car for those who love to drive their cars and are enthusiast, the ones who want something extra from their vehicle. Than Octavia RS is the car you should be looking at, as it is a full package of technology and performance.