Skoda has started to replace its existing 1.2-litre TSI petrol engine with the new 1.0-litre unit in the Octavia range. The Czech Republican automaker has been doing this as the new TSI motor is the more frugal option currently available. On the first phase, only few countries have received the new engine.
The European countries like Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Romania and the UK have so far gained the new petrol mill as Skoda could expand the availability to other European as well as Asian nations including India. The tiny three-cylinder engine has not yet been given to biggest European markets like the France and Spain as they can only buy the 1.2-litre TSI or bigger displacing engines.
The 1.0-litre three-pod TSI motor is good enough to produce a maximum power output of 115 PS and a massive peak torque of 200 Nm which Volkswagen says is the highest specific torque of any series of petrol engines in large production scale. This helps the already sporty Octavia to achieve 100 kmph from standstill in a respectable 9.9 seconds. The engine is paired with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard while the optional seven-speed DSG automatic trims one tenth in the 0-100 kmph time.
The executive sedan can get to a top speed of 202 kmph and averages 5.4 litre per 100 km in the city and 3.9 litre/100 km on the highway as per UK driving cycle. The CO2 emissions are at an appreciable 104 g/km. The Octavia 1.0-litre TSI starts from prices of £16,660 in the UK (Rs. 15.97 lakh). In India, the Skoda Octavia is sold for a price of Rs. 16.58 lakh for the base 1.4 TSI Ambition trim and it goes up to Rs. 22.41 lakh for the top-end 2.0 TDI CR AT Style Plus version (both, ex-showroom prices Delhi).
The three choices of engines offered are 1.4 TSI, 1.8 TSI and 2.0 TDI. The entry-level 1.4-litre TSI petrol develops 148 bhp power at 4500 rpm and 250 Nm peak torque at 1,500 rpm. It is mated to a six-speed manual driving front wheels. The 1.8-litre TSI petrol, paired only with seven-speed automatic, produces 177 bhp at 4500 rpm and 250 Nm at 1250 rpm while the 2.0-litre TDI diesel making 141 bhp at 4000 rpm and 320 Nm at 1750 rpm comes linked with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.