2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 15:44
The new Skoda Octavia GreenLine should only consume an average of 3.2 liters per 100 kilometers. But can the Czechs' eco-model keep this promise? Our test report with the limousine gives the answer.
By Frank Mertens
The Skoda Octavia GreenLine is the youngest of all fuel-saving models in the VW subsidiary's portfolio. It continues the series of efficient models with which the Czechs increasingly want to present themselves as a green brand. Skoda promises for its bestseller with GreenLine technologies with the 110 hp 1.6 liter TDI a consumption of just 3.2 liters (CO2 emissions 85 g / km). Driving a car that scratches the magical three-liter limit sounds promising. But can the Octavia, the bestseller in the Skoda model range, keep this promise beyond the test laboratory? Or is it simply a sham that only achieves this value on the roller test bench?
Well, as is so often the case, it doesn't just depend on the package that the developers in Mlada Boleslav have put together. It depends on the person who sits behind the wheel and drives in such a way that such a value can be approximately achieved. That means, for example, that you shift to the next higher gear in good time, which is also reminded by a gear recommendation in this Octavia. In addition, brake energy recovery (recuperation), smooth-running tires, wide gears, a start-stop system and a particularly aerodynamically designed underbody paneling ensure that this Octavia is as fuel-efficient as possible.
4.3 liters not a bad value
So does the promise of 3.2 liters work out? Unfortunately no, at the end of the test drives there was an average of 4.3 liters on the on-board computer with a careful driving style. This is still a good value for a compact class model with a weight of almost 1.3 tons. Incidentally, a value that can be reduced to less than four liters for particularly careful drivers if you are willing to try sixth gear at 60 km / h. That sounds agonizing, but it is possible due to the long gear ratio of the perfectly matched manual six-speed gearbox and a torque of 250 Nm.
In any case, it is important to rethink when driving in a fuel-efficient model - and that can certainly be attractive. What counts here is not looking at the tenths of a second in the acceleration values, but only looking at the consumption display. You may not believe it, but the attempt to reduce consumption even further - if possible to bring it into the range of 3.2 liters - can definitely motivate. Especially with a view to your own wallet, which is saved by an efficient driving style when driving to the gas station. So why not just let the car go leisurely at 2000 revs? This is another way to get to your destination, calm, but noticeably more relaxed.
Use the gas foot prudently
Of course, if you want, you can also travel faster in this Octavia. The 1.6 liter TDI with its 110 hp is not a paragon of sportiness, but nobody expects that if they choose such a car. For this clientele, Skoda offers the RS at the other end of the scale, the sportiest version of the bestseller. In this Octavia GreenLine you can reach 100 km / h in 10.6 seconds, the top speed is reached at a fully sufficient 206 km / h.
These are values with which this green Skoda does not need to hide - even if you can forget about low fuel consumption when you are on the move so quickly. And what do you have to put on the table for the Octavia GreenLine? For the sedan, 23,690 euros are due, for the station wagon it is 660 euros more. This is certainly not a bargain, but cool calculators will quickly come to the conclusion that this model pays off - especially for those who are a little prudent with the accelerator.