Skoda Octavia: Lucky no. 8

We extensively drove all the variants, and if there’s one motor that still leaves me speechless, it’s the 1.8 TSI with seven-speed DSG action. This time with more power than before, it’s all that you could ask your executive sedan to do. The 1.4 TSI wasn’t bad either. Driving up to Shimla, turbo lag poked its ugly nose in on the ghat sections time and again, but the motor proved ideal once we entered the city limits. Just keep it boiling over 2000rpm and the 1.4 TSI can be fun to drive too.

Given our preference for the cheaper fuel, we believe the diesel variants will outsell the petrol twins, but not by a big margin. Plus, the 2.0 TDI is available with either a DSG ’box or a manual – 140bhp and 320Nm of pulling power means the diesel motor is suitable for varied driving conditions. And if there’s a hint of turbo lag in the manual variant, the seven-speed DSG does its best to mask the delay in power delivery.