Skoda Octavia 1.6 - A5 Review
A Little History Lesson...

Story and photos by Khong Shaohao
3 Feb 2008

Opel, Skoda, Peugeot. Three very established long-time names in the manufacturing of cars. What do they have in common? Well, they are European. But then, what if you throw Kia into the mix? What then do they have in common?Give up?

This is how it starts...

Well, they all made bicycles at some stage in their history.

What’s more interesting is how Skoda came about.

Václav Klement, a Czech, sold books for a living. In 1894, he was after some spares for his German bicycle so he could get it repaired. Unfortunately, he couldn’t find any and he decided to send the bicycle back to its manufacturer along with a nice note that explained its problems and asking for its rectification.

The problem is, Klement wrote his note entirely in Czech. To which, the Germans mailed a note back with a reply, in German, saying that German would be a language of choice if he wanted an appropriate response to his query.

An appalled Klement then went into a partnership with an established bicycle manufacturer to start a repair business. In 1900, they were very successfully manufacturing and exporting motorcycles. By 1905, they were into the production of cars.

It was only after the First World War, that the name Skoda appeared, after a merger with Skoda Works.

So there you have it, a car company was born because them Germans can't and/or won’t read Czech.

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Engine Capacity 1595cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 101bhp @ 5600rpm
Torque 148Nm @ 3800rpm
Power to Weight 74 bhp per ton


Acceleration 12.3s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 187 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 13.9 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 5 -speed Manual
Drive Type FF


Body Type Sedan
(L x W x H)
(4507 x 1731 x 1431) mm
Wheelbase 2512 mm
Turning Circle 5.4 metres
Kerb Weight 1365 kg
Boot Capacity 528 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 55 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Drums