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Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
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2005. - 2010.
D - Large family car
wagon, 5 door
front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2004. - 2009.
D - Large family car
wagon, 5 door
front

Dimensons & Outlines

4774 mm
1820 mm
1517 mm
603 liters
1731 liters
70 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4572 mm
1769 mm
1468 mm
580 liters
1620 liters
55 liters
2005 Volkswagen Passat Variant
2004 Škoda Octavia Combi

Engine

Volkswagen
2.0 FSI AXW
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1984 cc
150 hp
200 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Volkswagen
2.0 FSI AXW
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1984 cc
150 hp
200 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1420 kg
9.6 s
210 km/h
11.5 l/100km
6.6 l/100km
8.4 l/100km
202 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1325 kg
9.4 s
212 km/h
10.3 l/100km
5.7 l/100km
7.4 l/100km
178 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 6 gears
1449 kg
10.5 s
205 km/h
12.8 l/100km
6.6 l/100km
8.9 l/100km
214 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 6 gears
1350 kg
10.2 s
210 km/h
11.8 l/100km
6.3 l/100km
8.3 l/100km
198 g/km

Expenses

1650 EUR
Price from
2000 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Well, these are two pretty similar cars we have here! It's only details that could potentially make the difference. Not only that they both belong to the large family car segment and utilize the same 5-door wagon body style, they are even powered by the same Volkswagen-developed petrol engine! There is not much there to point us towards one vehicle or the other. Or is it?

Safety

Both vehicles got tested by European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), with the Volkswagen being a slightly better choice apparently. Moving further on, let's take a closer look at some additional safety-related facts. Both vehicles belong to the large family car segment, which is generally a good thing safety-wise, but that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. Furthermore, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, the German car offers a marginal difference of 7% more metal.

Reliability

Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning that Škoda does have a slight advantage, when all the models are taken into account. That's the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of Volkswagen with an average rating of 4.2, and models under the Škoda badge with 4.3 out of 5. Independent research findings rank Passat as average reliability-wise, and Octavia is more or less at the same level.That apart, owners of different cars powered by the same engine as these two vehicles rank it on average as 4.7 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Škoda is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.2 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 212 kilometers per hour, 2km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the Czech car, averaging around 7.4 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (38 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 14% difference compared to the German car.


Verdict

Škoda appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, the German car offers much better overall protection, which launches it ahead of the other contender. From there things take a different direction, with Škoda offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! No mistake, whatever you decide here, but I'd still go for the Škoda. In any case that's my personal view, built upon all the data available to me. What should decide here though is the way you feel about the two vehicles, and I hope you'll find my guidelines useful in the process. In case you have two minutes to spare I invite you to define your needs, desires and budget and see which car would be chosen by the virtual adviser, among thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.

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