What is it?

This is the Skoda Octavia Greenline, complete with the new 1.6-litre commonrail turbodiesel engine that is being rolled out across the Volkswagen Group.

The engine replaces the old 1.9-litre turbodiesel, offering exactly the same 103bhp and 184lb ft output with much improved emissions and economy of 114g/km and 64.2mpg combined.

What’s it like?

Just as practical and easy to drive as you would predict of a small-capacity, turbodiesel Skoda.

The real benefit of this engine is not just its efficiency but also its refinement. The old 1.9-litre unit was characterised by a very gruff, intrusive engine noise and this new motor improves that dramatically – even in the Greenline model, which loses some of its sound proofing to save weight.

It is also a more flexible motor. With peak torque available from 1500-2500rpm it’s easy to keep the engine in its comfort zone, though the gear-shift indicator can sometimes suggest a down-shift that will leave the engine floundering noisily too low down the rev range.

The Octavia Greenline gets a five-speed manual ‘box as standard (a seven-speed DSG is optional on non-Greenline 1.6 TDI models), which is set up with long ratios so that in fifth at motorway speeds the engine will be revving no higher than an equivalent six-speed cars would manage. Work the engine hard and inevitably you get more noise, but there’s enough performance to offer good overtaking ability.

Otherwise the Octavia Greenline estate is exactly as inoffensive as it sounds. The steering is linear and responsive, the engine is a huge improvement on the 1.9 TDI and the interior is spacious, comfortable and feels well put together.

Should I buy one?

Absolutely. It’s a pleasant, comfortable drive and there is barely any compromise on the usability in favour of its excellent green credentials. Given its low list price, excellent economy and unpretentious image, this is easily one of the most sensible and likeable purchases in its class.

Vicky Parrott

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Re: Skoda Octavia Greenline 1.6 TDI

4 years 31 weeks ago

You never mentioned the noise level of old 1.9 TDI engine, in your earlier drive of Skoda on 30 Nov. 2004, now you praise 1.6 TDI for being so silent, though others shifted 3-4 yrs. earlier than VW to silent common rail diesel that cuts noise level down, other like especially French and Italian makers. However as they are not VW brand, they do not deserve, even if VW has to copy them desperately.

Re: Skoda Octavia Greenline 1.6 TDI

4 years 31 weeks ago

Vicky said "though the gear-shift indicator can sometimes suggest a down-shift that will leave the engine floundering noisily too low down the rev range." Don't you mean up-shift?

Re: Skoda Octavia Greenline 1.6 TDI

4 years 31 weeks ago

Noise of PD engines. They are noisy when new. They are a great deal quieter after the first 12k. They are great engines and generally less troublesome than some CR engines (naming no names). Get over it. PD engines were (and are) superb performers.

Re: Skoda Octavia Greenline 1.6 TDI

4 years 31 weeks ago

VW Group didn't have to copy anyone, because they have produced their own CR diesel engines since 1999 ( the first one was Audi's 3.3 V8 TDI ). I think VW might have produced 1.9 or 2.0 diesel with this technology as well, but they didn't, so they must have had some good reasons to opt for PD.

Re: Skoda Octavia Greenline 1.6 TDI

4 years 31 weeks ago

It would appear that the VW Group agree with me when I say that the optimum number of gears for a manual gearbox connected to an internal combustion engine is 5 and not 6?

Does the reduced number of gearchanges results in better overall economy?

Re: Skoda Octavia Greenline 1.6 TDI

4 years 31 weeks ago

Challenger440 wrote:
Does the reduced number of gearchanges results in better overall economy?
Depends on the driving. I'd rather have 6 gears - the reason being that when accelerating to motorway speeds I'd rather have good response in all gears without large gaps between, then with a very high final ratio for cruising. A 5 speed gearbox with a high final ratio does dull the responses in the other 4 gears as they get spaced out further. For me a 6 speed gearbox would provide the decent cruising economy I need with the flexibility of closer ratios. However, in EU fuel economy testing it makes sense to just fit a revised 5 speed as that's cheaper than a 6 speed.

Re: Skoda Octavia Greenline 1.6 TDI

4 years 31 weeks ago

Fancy naming it after a bus !

Re: Skoda Octavia Greenline 1.6 TDI

4 years 31 weeks ago

theonlydt wrote:
However, in EU fuel economy testing it makes sense to just fit a revised 5 speed as that's cheaper than a 6 speed.

I understand what your saying about rations that are stacked more closely, but VW and Skoda (and Seat?) all seem to be using 5 speed units in their 'eco-green' models - I've a feeling theres more to that decision than simply the cost delta between a 5 and 6 speed unit.

Re: Skoda Octavia Greenline 1.6 TDI

4 years 31 weeks ago

Uncle Mellow wrote:

Fancy naming it after a bus !

I thought it was a parcel carrier!

Have we moved away from "blue" now?

I predict it will be purple in 5 years.

I'm now on all fours

Re: Skoda Octavia Greenline 1.6 TDI

4 years 31 weeks ago

This is undoubtedly a nice car but why would anybody spend £700 more on a Greenline? The normal SE with the same engine is £700 less and only does 2mpg more. If you were to average 62mpg in a Greenline instead of 60mpg in an SE you would need to travel about 250,000 miles to recover the extra cost (by my quick calculations based on £5 per gallon which are probably wrong).

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