Volkswagen Jetta vs Skoda Octavia

Volkswagen Jetta

Skoda Octavia

The new Volkswagen Jetta is an completely new car layout. The look of its fully galvanised body shows this most emphatically. Never before was a Volkswagen Jetta this big, this sporty, this independent. Just how independent? One sign is that the Volkswagen Jetta no longer shares any body elements with the technically related world's bestseller, the Golf. Instead, the new Volkswagen Jetta impresses as an independent car like the Passat CC or Tiguan. And it is just as safe; the previous model was already called Top Security Pick in crash testing by the US organisation IIHS. Along with optimal occupant crash security, the vehicle has further advanced pedestrian security features. With the Volkswagen Jetta, Volkswagen has once again presented completely new standards of class to a car segment.

The new model is 182. 7 inches (4. 63 metres) long, 57. 1 inches (1. 45 metres) tall and 70. 1 inches (1. 78 metres) wide (length of the European version: 4. 64 metres). This makes the Volkswagen 3. 15 inches (8 cm) longer than the previous model. The interplay of look dimensions produces a comprehensive ratio of proportions. In parallel, the new Volkswagen layout DNA sharpens its style. This has resulted in clear precise lines and athletically muscular surfaces that give the saloon an picture of timeless elegance and dynamic look-and-feel. The result: the Volkswagen Jetta's look makes such a dominant look-and-feel statement that the Volkswagen practically positions itself in a higher car class.

Front end: Here it is the coupe-like incline of the windshield and the consistent use of horizontal lines that define the layout. The high-gloss black radiator grille forms a stylistic unit together with the trapezoidal headlights. The dual reflector headlights are sectioned by a so-called masking blade into a larger space with the low and main beam lights and a narrow lower section with daytime running lights and indicator lights. The chrome masking blades guide the horizontal lines of the front end right into the headlights. The result: the Volkswagen Jetta has a wider and more dynamic visual stance. In the space of the low-beam light, new H7 Longlife halogen discharge lamps are used which have a significantly longer service life. The parking and daytime running lights - generally subjected to more severe loads - are also developed with Longlife or Super-longlife technology. Optimal tuning of the mounting height and size of the low-beam reflector produces very good and broad illumination of the roadway with an emphasis on the driver's side.

Just beneath the grille and headlight unit is the cleanly sculpted surface of the fully painted bumper. One section lower, another cooling air intake and a tray-shaped front spoiler (in the style of 'splitters' used in vehicle racing) give the vehicle a sporty finish. The upper section of the front end displays a comprehensive transition from the v-shaped motor bonnet to the wings on the sides; the shoulder section here reflects dynamic and muscular look-and-feel.
The facelifted Skoda Octavia RS has a refactored front mask with an RS logo and bold headlamps that, for the first time in the RS version, can be fitted with xenon units combined with an adaptive front lighting module. Besides a wider and bolder induction aperture, the car's innovated bumper boasts a further two innovations: fog lamps with the Corner function and LED lamps for daytime lighting. The covers of integrated tailgate lamps have been refactored to exterior more appealing, other innovations include, i.e., a new metallic paint (anthracite) and 18 Neptune wheels. The sports-tuned chassis has been lowered to 127 mm, the car's weight reduced by 20 kg in the petrol version and 15 kg in the diesel one. Significantly reduced air resistance has a positive impact upon the car's overall performance. The maximum speed is higher, and the car's responsiveness and acceleration have also been enhanced.

Complying with the EU 5 traditional, the engines fitted to the Skoda Octavia RS include a 2. 0TSI/147 Kw petrol unit with a consumption of 7. 5 l/100 km and reduced CO2 emissions (175 g /km) and a 2. 0TDI CR/125 Kw diesel motor (5. 7l/100 km and 150 g/km, respectively). Both engines come exclusively with a six-speed manual twin-clutch DSG transmission.

The Skoda Octavia RS has been bought by over sixty thousand drivers since 2000 (of which 70 % in the estate (combi) version).