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New Toyota Corolla vs Skoda Octavia vs Renault Fluence

May 27 2014, 16:08 IST
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The new Renault Fluence seems to be banking high on the French flair. The new Renault Fluence seems to be banking high on the French flair.
SummaryNew Toyota Corolla Altis was first unveiled at the Auto Expo 2014.

plastic. Like Corolla, the car is nothing short of comfort features. The driver seat is 12 way adjustable, AC with dual zone climatronic and AC vents for rear passengers, rich 6-inch touchscreen infotainment that also have USB and Aux-In ports and panoramic sunroof as well. Skoda Octavia is lengthier in dimensions from the other two so there is plenty of roominess inside. Skoda cars are always ahead in safety front. Octavia comes with nine-airbags, ABS with EBD, intelligent assistance system, Lane assistance, etc.

The new version of Fluence features soft feel dashboard which is finished in grey and light beige color with silver metal inserts. The new infotainment system comes loaded USB, Aux-in and Bluetooth connectivity, audio is powered by Arkamy’s 3d surround sound eight speakers. Like Octavia it also comes with AC with Auto-Bi-Zone climate control and AC vents for the rear passengers. Advance features includes follow me headlamps, push start/stop button, rain sensing wipers and illuminate glove box, etc. Safety features include dual front airbags, side airbags, ABS with EBD, anti-slip regulation and electronic stability control.

Engine and Power

Corolla will be available in both diesel and petrol engine options. The 1.4L D4D diesel engine produces 87.1bhp and 205Nm of torque while the petrol variant consists of 1.8L motor with VVT-I technology churning out 138bhp and 173Nm of peak torque. Both the variants are coupled with 6-speed manual transmission while there is an additional 7-speed automatic transmission available on petrol model.

Octavia has a variety of engine options to choose. It comes with two petrol engines; the 1.4L TSI Turbo unit produces 138bhp and 250Nm of torque while the senior 1.8L TSI motor seen in Superb generates 178bhp and the same torque of 250Nm. The diesel unit is 2.0L TDI engine that yields power of 141bhp and torque rates at 320Nm. The petrol engine comes in 6-speed DSG automatic and 6-speed manual transmission while diesel engine is en-suited to 7-speed DSG transmission system.

Fluence comes only in diesel variant which sports a 1.5L K9K motor mustering power of 108bhp and torque rated at 240Nm. The engine is paired to an advance 6-speed manual transmission system.

Pricing

The three also come head to head in pricing. Toyota Corolla Altis is yet to be launched, so expect price ranging from INR 12-16 lakhs. Octavia starts at INR 14.26 lakhs and the top end variant goes upto INR 19.88 lakhs while Fluence price range starts from INR 14.31

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