Skoda Octavia First generation Typ 1U
|Also called||Škoda Octavia Tour/Drive (in markets where Mk2 was introduced in 2004)|
|Production||1996–2010 (Czech Republic) 2001–2011 (Ukraine) 2002–2010 (India) 2005–2011 (Kazakhstan)|
|Assembly||Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India(Škoda India) Solomonovo, Ukraine Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan|
|Body style||5-door liftback 5-door estate|
|Platform||Volkswagen Group A4 (PQ34)|
|Engine||Petrol engines: 1.4 L I4 1.4 L I4 16v 1.6 L I4 1.8 L I4 20v 1.8 L I4 20v Turbo 2.0 L I4 Diesel engines: 1.9 L I4 SDI 1.9 L I4 TDI|
|Transmission||5-speed manual 6-speed manual 4-speed automatic 5-speed automatic|
|Wheelbase||2,512 mm (98.9 in)|
|Length||4,511 mm (177.6 in) (1996–00) 4,507 mm (177.4 in) (2000–10, liftback) 4,513 mm (177.7 in) (2000–10, estate)|
|Width||1,731 mm (68.1 in)|
|Height||1,429 mm (56.3 in) (1996–00, liftback) 1,448 mm (57.0 in) (1996–00, estate) 1,431 mm (56.3 in) (2000–10, liftback) 1,457 mm (57.4 in) (2000–10, estate)|
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The first generation Octavia was released in November 1996 and was built at the modernized Škoda factory in Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic.
In the United Kingdom, sales began in 1998 and the mid-size car was an instant success with buyers who appreciated its solidity, refinement and value for money, though it could not quite match the success of established large family car favourites such as the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Vectra The car was widely used in the UK taxi trade, due the large number of private hire drivers who used the vehicle due to its low price [and advantageous leasing agreements directed at the self-employed taxi driver], space and reliability.
The first generation Octavia had a facelift in 2000, and was still manufactured and marketed in some markets, even after the second generation was introduced in 2004. In Germany, and other parts of West Europe, as well as Asia, the first generation model was marketed as the Octavia Tour, while the newer model is marketed as the Octavia. In some markets, the first generation Octavia was still known as Octavia, and the newer model was referred to as the new Octavia, Octavia5 (Greece) or Laura (India).
The major improvements of the facelifted model are the independent rear suspension and improved interior, in terms of space, design and quality of materials.
The facelifted Octavia featured a 4x4 wheel drive version both for the estate and more popular liftback models, and used the Haldex Traction clutch, like other Volkswagen Group A platform based cars (Golf IV, Audi A3 and Seat Leon Cupra R4). It had higher ground clearance and a bigger fuel tank carrying 63-litre (17 US gal; 14 imp gal) compared to the 55-litre (15 US gal; 12 imp gal) standard front wheel drive versions. The 4x4 option was only available with the 1.8 T 150 bhp (112 kW; 152 PS) petrol engine, the 1.9 TDI 90 bhp (67 kW; 91 PS) diesel engine, or the 2.0 L petrol engine, all coupled with a 5-speed manual gearbox, and with the 1.9 TDI-PD (Pumpe-Düse) 100 bhp (75 kW; 101 PS) diesel engine which came with a 6-speed manual gearbox.
The other 6-speed manual model was the 1.9 TDI-PD 131 bhp (98 kW; 133 PS), only available with front-wheel-drive.
The vRS was the top-level and quickest specification and used a 1.8-litre straight-4 turbocharged engine which produced 180 bhp (134 kW; 182 PS). Škoda made a limited number of 100 WRC Replica Cars worldwide in 2002. These differ from normal vRS Octavias, as they are produced in white, have rally decals and have additional accessories as standard (such as ESP, xenon lights, heated front seats). The vRS model was also popular with the UK police, both as a traffic car and as an unmarked Q-car, due to its low cost, reliability, performance, and understated styling.
The engines used are the same as for many other cars in the Volkswagen Group:
|1.4 8v||1,397 cc (85.3 cu in)||4 cyl OHV||60 PS (44 kW; 59 hp) at 4500 rpm||120 N·m (89 lb·ft) at 2500 rpm||AMD||1999–2001|
|1.4 16v||1,390 cc (85 cu in)||4 cyl DOHC||75 PS (55 kW; 74 hp) at 5000 rpm||126 N·m (93 lb·ft) at 3800 rpm||AXP/BCA||2000–2010|
|1.6 8v||1,598 cc (97.5 cu in)||4 cyl SOHC||75 PS (55 kW; 74 hp) at 4800 rpm||135 N·m (100 lb·ft) at 2800–3600 rpm||AEE||1996–2000|
|1.6 8v||1,595 cc (97.3 cu in)||4 cyl SOHC||100 PS (74 kW; 99 hp) at 5600 rpm||145 N·m (107 lb·ft) at 3800 rpm||AEH/AKL||1998–2000 (for South America to 2010)|
|1.6 8v||1,595 cc (97.3 cu in)||4 cyl SOHC||102 PS (75 kW; 101 hp) at 5600 rpm||148 N·m (109 lb·ft) at 3800 rpm||AVU/BFQ||2000–2010|
|1.8 20v||1,781 cc (108.7 cu in)||4 cyl DOHC||125 PS (92 kW; 123 hp) at 6000 rpm||170 N·m (130 lb·ft) at 4200 rpm||AGN||1996–1999|
|1.8 20vT||1,781 cc (108.7 cu in)||4 cyl DOHC||150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) at 5700 rpm||210 N·m (150 lb·ft) at 1750–4600 rpm||AGU/ARZ/ARX/AUM||1998–2006 (for Eastern Europe to 2010)|
|1.8 20vT vRS||1,781 cc (108.7 cu in)||4 cyl DOHC||180 PS (132 kW; 178 hp) at 5500 rpm||235 N·m (173 lb·ft) at 1950–5000 rpm||AUQ||2001–2006|
|2.0 8v||1,984 cc (121.1 cu in)||4 cyl SOHC||115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) at 5200 rpm||170 N·m (130 lb·ft) at 2400 rpm||APK/AQY||1999–2001|
|2.0 8v||1,984 cc (121.1 cu in)||4 cyl SOHC||115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) at 5400 rpm||172 N·m (127 lb·ft) at 3200 rpm||AZJ/AZH||2001–2007|
|1.9 8v SDI||1,896 cc (115.7 cu in)||4 cyl SOHC||68 PS (50 kW; 67 hp) at 4200 rpm||133 N·m (98 lb·ft) at 2200–2600 rpm||AGP/AQM||1999–2004|
|1.9 8v TDI||1,896 cc (115.7 cu in)||4 cyl SOHC||90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) at 4000 rpm||210 N·m (150 lb·ft) at 1900 rpm||AGR/ALH||1996–2007|
|1.9 8v TDI||1,896 cc (115.7 cu in)||4 cyl SOHC PD||100 PS (74 kW; 99 hp) at 4000 rpm||240 N·m (180 lb·ft) at 1800–2400 rpm||ATD/AXR||2000–2010|
|1.9 8v TDI||1,896 cc (115.7 cu in)||4 cyl SOHC||110 PS (81 kW; 108 hp) at 4150 rpm||235 N·m (173 lb·ft) at 1900 rpm||AHF/ASV||1997–2006|
|1.9 8v TDI||1,896 cc (115.7 cu in)||4 cyl SOHC||130 PS (96 kW; 128 hp) at 4000 rpm||310 N·m (230 lb·ft) at 1900 rpm||ASZ||2003–2004|
2008 Skoda Octavia VRS First generation side view