The Mladá Boleslav carmaker has started offering the new generation of the Škoda Octavia on the Australian market
Together with the 1.4 TSI engine (110 kW), it gets an eight-speed automatic with a hydrodynamic torque converter
Compared to the two-clutch DSG, which is offered in the Czech Republic, it ranks finer and should also be cheaper to service
Different markets, different approaches – Damage began to offer the new Octavia v Australia with motorization on which we can forget in Europe. The local drivers will now order it with a 1.4 TSI engine with an output of 110 kW (the same power as the more modern 1.5 TSI sold in our country), supplemented by one significant novelty. The two-clutch seven-speed automatic, which has so far been sold in Australia, will be replaced by a new eight-speed transmission.
It is a classic planetary automaton with a hydrodynamic torque converter and the local media are already singing ode to it. As he points out, for example Australian Carsguide serverwhen the dual clutch machine appeared in Australia for the first time in Audi TT (happened in 2004), its advantage was a much faster shift. However, the new inverter systems have erased their handicap and, in addition to the dual clutches, also offer a smoother gear change, which will result in a better driving experience.
To a large extent, however, these are cultural differences. While Europeans, with their winding roads and generally more dynamic driving style, prefer the direct engagement of dual-clutch transmissions and consider drive slippage to be dishonest, in both America and Australia drivers are accustomed to automatic drive fluency and sometimes view bleeding reactions of dual-clutch transmissions.
It is interesting that Škoda will test an eight-speed automatic in Australia with a single motorization so far. More powerful engines will keep the DSG in combination with all-wheel drive. And as for the European, and therefore the Czech, market, everything remains the same.
“We will actually offer the gearbox mentioned for the Octavia and its 1.4 TSI 110 kW engine mentioned in the article in some markets. Customers are used to this type of gearbox in this market and we record demand for it. At the same time, however, drivers can also choose the DSG transmission, which is available in combination with the 2.0 TSI engine. The offer on the Czech market remains the same, “said Škoda spokesman Pavel Jína.
The Škoda Octavia currently offers a seven-speed DSG on the Czech market in combination with the mild-hybrid engine 1.0 TSI e-TEC, 1.5 TGI (for compressed natural gas), in two plug-in hybrid versions 1.4 TSI iV and with standard combustion units 2.0 TSI and 2.0 TDI. You can buy the cheapest version with a vending machine for 553,900 crowns.