The first generation Skoda Octavia was a premium sedan back in the day. However, with advancements in technology, the latest Skoda Slavia is even larger than Octavia in terms of dimensions even though the former belongs to a segment below.
When comparing the dimensions of the latest Skoda Slavia and the first generation Skoda Octavia, interestingly, the former is longer, wider and taller. This is a bit surprising since the Octavia belongs to a segment above the Slavia. But this also highlights how far the industry has evolved. As is the case with every technology, it starts getting more and more common and available to the lower segments with time. Check out this detailed comparison of the dimensions of the two sedans from the Czech carmaker.
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Skoda Slavia Is Longer Than Octavia
The Slavia is based on the new MQB A0 IN platform that the VW Group has specifically developed for emerging markets like India. It takes into account the needs and sensibilities of the Indian customers and offers a better interior space than the old platform that the Octavia was built on. The table below details the actual dimensions of the two sedans.
|Dimensions (mm)||Skoda Slavia||Skoda Octavia|
The longer dimensions and the modern platform has ensured that the Slavia gets a longer wheelbase too. This is a noticeable improvement inside the cabin for enhanced passenger comfort. This represents the direction in which the automobile industry is headed and people are able to enjoy the comforts and conveniences of erstwhile premium cars in lower segments now.
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The Skoda Slavia comes with a 1.0-litre TSI and a 1.5-litre TSI EVO engine and three trim levels; Active, Ambition and Style. The smaller engine outputs a maximum power of 115 PS and a peak torque of 175 Nm, while the larger unit offers a maximum power of 150 PS and a peak torque of 250 Nm. The transmission options for the former include a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed torque converter automatic, while the latter comes with a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed DSG. The expected prices will be around Rs 10 lakh to Rs 17 lakh, ex-showroom range. The chief rivals that the Slavia will take on include Hyundai Verna, Honda City, Maruti Ciaz and the upcoming VW Virtus (Vento replacement).