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Skoda Octavia 2020 Review - Prices, Specs, Variants, Features and Mileage

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By Saurav Kumar - Senior Editor Mar 04 2020 Share this blog

Skoda Octavia is back in a new avatar for 2020 but what it still retains is, its simplistic looks and grin-worthy performance characteristics. The Sedan has grown in size and gets some pure refinements inside with an all-new dashboard layout coupled with an array of tech. The 2020 Octavia is built on a version of Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform.

2020 skoda octavia front view

In markets abroad, the 2020 Skoda Octavia is available in both mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions. The base trim gets a  1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine, kicking out 110hp of power. A 150hp 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol option is also available. The flagship petrol engine is a 190hp non-hybrid 2.0-litre TSI with all-wheel drive and a 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission. For diesel units, the 2.0-litre powermill will be executing 200 hp, 150 hp, and 115 hp.  The  Czech automaker is marking its 60th anniversary of this iconic car. Octavia has done well in the past as well. The carmaker is optimistic about its future performance.


What we like

  • Features like hands-free parking and the new 8-inch infotainment system are not available
  • Amazing drivetrain options and suspension setups
  • Advanced directed-injected and turbocharged engines with manual or dual-clutch automatic transmission options
  • Superior build quality and ride handling
  • Well loaded  with features like full-LED headlamps with daytime running lamps, LED tail lamps, 16-inch alloy wheels, panoramic sunroof, 8-inch capacitive touchscreen, among others


 What we don’t like

  • The diesel turns out to be noisy for its segment
  • Most valuable features are limited to top-end variants only
  • Rivals offer better under-thigh support on the rear part
  • Extremely light-coloured interior 
  • Independent rear suspension setup is available only with 1.8 TSI


What’s new

  • Enters into the fourth generation
  • Bigger updated touchscreen system
  • eSIM connectivity
  • a head-up display
  • Connected car tech with voice assistant
  • Digital instrument cluster

What are the variants on offer for 2020 Skoda Octavia?

The 2020 Skoda Octavia is available in three trim levels: Style, Onyx, L & K. The prices start at Rs. 18.99 Lakh and go to Rs. 23.59 Lakh. The standard key features include Cool Brushed décor on the front,  centre console and door panels, Alloy wheels, body-colour bumpers, external mirrors and door handles. The Octavia is offered in both manual and automatic gearbox options. The Onyx and L&K aren’t available in the manual configuration. 

Variant(Petrol)

Style

Onyx

L & K

Price (ex-showroom New Delhi) (Manual Transmission)

Rs. 18,99,599

N/A

N/A

Price (ex-showroom New Delhi) DSG

Rs. 19,99,599

Rs. 20,59,599

Rs. 23,59,599

Key Features

Cool Brushed décor on the front centre console and door panels

Cool Brushed décor on the front centre console and door panels

Piano Black décor on the front centre console and door panels with

Laurin & Klement inscription



Dual-tone Onyx-Ivory front dashboard, centre console and door panels

Black front dashboard, centre console and door panels

Dual-tone Onyx-Ivory front dashboard, centre console and door panels


Alloy wheels R(16), Velorum

Black upholstery 

Amundsen Navigation System


Quadra LED Headlights



SuperSport steering wheel

Panoramic electric sunroof with bounce-back system




Body colour rear decklid spoiler (1.8 TSI only)

Decorative door sill cover with stainless steel inserts

Body colour rear decklid spoiler (1.8 TSI only)


Body colour bumpers, external mirrors, and door handles

Body colour bumpers and door handles with black external mirrors

Body colour bumpers, external mirrors, and door handles


Which Variant should you go for?

We would recommend the Onyx trim as it is priced at Rs. 20,59,599, which is mid-range. The mid-trim is offered in a good amount of features on both the interior and safety front and provides you with a well-balanced package.


Also Read,

How does Skoda Octavia fare against Toyota Corolla?

Hyundai has put on a smart face with the all-new Elantra?

The legend from Honda is back in a new avatar, but can it outrun the Octavia?


How robust is the engine line-up in 2020 Octavia?

The Octavia is available with three engines to choose from. A 1.4-litre TSI petrol that makes 150PS of power and 250Nm of peak torque, a 1.8-litre TSI petrol with 180PS and 250Nm and a 2.0-litre diesel unit good enough for 143PS and 320Nm. The 1.4-litre petrol engine comes paired with a 6-speed manual transmission only, while the bigger petrol engine can be had with a 7-speed DSG automatic only.

2020 skoda octavia engine

The 2.0-litre diesel engine, on the other hand, can be had with both 6-speed MT and 6-speed DSG automatic. We all know that the TSI engines shot to fame for their compact structure and exhilarating performance figures.

Model (PETROL)

Skoda Octavia ONYX 1.8 TSI

Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G (CVT)

Hyundai Elantra 2.0 SX AT

Honda Civic V CVT

Price

20.59 lakhs

18.06 lakhs

19.49 lakhs

17.94 lakhs

Engine

1798 cc 4-cylinder petrol

1798 cc 4-cylinder petrol

1999 cc 4-cylinder petrol

1799 cc 4-cylinder petrol

Power

180 bhp                @ 5100 RPM

138bhp                  @6400 RPM

152bhp                  @6200 RPM

141bhp                      @6500 RPM

Torque

250Nm            @1250 RPM

173Nm              @4000 RPM

192Nm                       @ 4000 RPM

174Nm                       @ 4300 RPM

It is also because of the usage of TSI engines that Octavia is the most powerful of this lot. With similar or less displacement value, Skoda rules the pack with the most pumped-up performance figures.


How fast is the Skoda Octavia from 0-100?

The 2020 Octavia takes 7.9 seconds to sprint 100 kmph from a halt. Skoda’s Octavia is a full 4 seconds quicker than the Corolla. With large wheels, Octavia is supposed to miss some of the roads bumps easily without any disengagement. 

2020 skoda octavia acceleration 0-100

The DSG gearbox is a breeze to operate and minimises the shifting time to almost null, which opens up a whole new level of driving pleasure. The manual setup is also not bad, as you have a very crisp and close-ratio unit that keeps you engaged all the time.

Model

Skoda Octavia ONYX 1.8 TSI

Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G (CVT)

Hyundai Elantra 2.0 SX AT

Honda Civic V CVT

Acceleration (0-100 kmph)

7.9 seconds

11.5 seconds

9.5 seconds

10.5 seconds

The engine of the new Corolla takes a painstaking 11.5 seconds to complete the 0-100 sprint due to the smaller power output. To put things in perspective, Ford’s Figo generates more power than this engine and it is almost 10 lakhs cheaper than the diesel Corolla. 


How sure-footed is the driving dynamics of 2020 Skoda Octavia?

The Octavia Sedan gets a good ride and handling in the city. Even driving on highways doesn't make you feel bored. The 16-inch alloys wheels are large enough to ignore small potholes. The ride is completely enjoyable with steering controls. The steering is quite impressive with 14 controls over it. The controls are under the driver's reach.

2020 skoda octavia handling

The chassis technology used in the new OCTAVIA includes a MacPherson design with lower triangular wishbones on the front axle and an optional multi-link or four-link rear axle, depending on the engine variant. Adding more to the model upgrade, the rear track has been widened by 20 and 30 mm respectively. The rack-and-pinion steering engages an efficient electro-mechanical servo drive, which starts several assistance systems. Large brakes also ensure reliable deceleration.


How well-modulated are the brakes in 2020 Skoda Octavia?

Both front and rear wheels of Skoda Octavia get disc brakes, while all the competitors get the same. Braking in Octavia is great when you’ve got an ample amount of safety features like ABS and EBD. There has also been a substantial improvement in abrasiveness and thus improves braking efficiency without sacrificing on component life.

2020 skoda octavia disc brakes

 It is quite good to see the Czech carmaker adding much-needed features for the new generation Octavia. Unlike past models, the new Octavia has improved braking for sure which complements its exploitable power to the maximum.

Model
Skoda Octavia ONYX 1.8 TSI

Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G (CVT)
Honda Civic V CVT
Hyundai Elantra 2.0 SX AT

Front Brakes

Disc

Disc

Disc

Disc

Rear Brakes

Disc

Disc

Disc

Disc

Toyota has provided discs on all 4 wheels of the Corolla just like every other car in its segment. The stopping power of Skoda Octavia feels superb and is much more of its rials though.


How fule-efficient are the energetic set of engines in the Octavia?

Skoda Octavia’s ARAI rated mileage turns out to be 15.12 kmpl, which is pretty decent for the segment. It has a tank capacity of 50 litres. The 1.4-litre engine that comes with the base Style trim offers better fuel economy. 

Model

Skoda Octavia ONYX 1.8 TSI

Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G CVT

Hyundai Elantra 2.0 SX AT

Honda Civic V CVT

Mileage (ARAI)

15.1 kmpl

14.28 kmpl

14 kmpl

16.5 kmpl

Range

755 km

786 km

700 km

776 km

Tank capacity

50 litres

55 litres

50 litres

47 litres

How subtly designed is the 2020 Skoda Octavia?

Skoda’s bestseller Octavia now adopts a sharper design and resembles more to the bigger Superb sedan. Eliminating the quad headlamp setup of the third-gen model, the new 4th generation Octavia gets a completely redesigned front fascia, with a new bumper, apron and narrower, all-LED headlamps. At the rear, there is a heavily revised tailgate that gets edgy styling coupled with a pair of sleek LED tail-lamps.

2020 skoda octavia design language

Built on a tweaked MQB platform, the updated Octavia has increased in dimensions. At 4,689mm in length, it is not only 19mm longer but also 15mm wider than the outgoing model. Boot space has been increased by 10 litres to an impressive 600 litres. Skoda, however, has tried to bring in a more coupe-like stance with the lowered roofline. The front bumper has a thick centre portion which used to be the housing for the Radar system for International models. But as it is of no use in the Indian subcontinent, we get a chunky piece of plastic there.

Model

Skoda Octavia ONYX 1.8 TSI

Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G (CVT)

Hyundai Elantra 2.0 SX AT

Honda Civic V CVT

Length

4689 mm

4620 mm

4620 mm

4656 mm

Width

1829 mm

1775 mm

1800 mm

1799 mm

Height

1476 mm

1475 mm

1465 mm

1433 mm

Wheelbase

2688 mm

2700 mm

2700 mm

2700 mm

Ground Clearance

155 mm

175 mm

170 mm

171 mm

Overall the Toyota Corolla is not the widest car in its segment but not even the narrowest. It is not the longest car as well, that place has been taken by Skoda’s Octavia. Corolla has the most ground clearance though which comes in handy in tricky city conditions. When it comes to design cues, Octavia is the conservative of the lot, even with the designer's decision of using split headlamp assembly.


Exterior Features:

  • Chrome surround for the radiator grille
  • Turn indicator in external mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Body colour bumpers, external mirrors, and door handles
  • Quadra LED headlights

How well put together is the cabin in Skoda Octavia?

The efforts made by Skoda on the new generation can be witnessed in the Octavia interior as well. The interior gets elegant design, plusher materials and more equipment. The dashboard also sports a horizontal, multi-layered theme and uses premium, soft-touch materials. Also, there is a new two-spoke steering wheel on higher trim levels, which can be heated and also sports chrome knurled scroll wheels to use 14 functions. 

2020 skoda octavia dashboard


Some trims get a completely redesigned 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit and a new head-up display. The car also features connectivity tech with a built-in eSIM. Interestingly, the 2020 Octavia uses only the latest USB-C connections. Wireless charging is also offered. Three-zone climate control is available with optional acoustic window glass.

2020 skoda octavia second row space

The dashboard gets a big, free-standing touchscreen with long one-touch keys for several vehicle functions. To enhance the overall minimalist look, the gear lever has been replaced with rocker switch arrangement for shifting gears on DSG automatic variants. The dashboard, front doors and footwell can be easily illuminated with the help of ambient lighting,  configured in 10 different colours. Moreover, the optional ‘back-friendly’ Ergo seats, with massage and ventilation functionality has been offered for the first time. 

 

Interior Features:

  • Chrome trim on controls for the infotainment system and air conditioning
  • Silver decor on the front centre console and door panels
  • Ivory colour upholstery
  • Rear windscreen defogger with timer
  • Dual front airbags and side airbags at the front
  • 6.5-inch colour Touchscreen Central Infotainment System, Capacitive Technology
  • Dual-zone Climatronic
  • Fabric seat upholstery


What are the various features available in the infotainment system?

The touchscreen infotainment system has been given a major overhaul, with the display size ranging from 8.25-inch to 10-inch,  across the trim level. The 10.25-inch ‘Virtual Cockpit’ digital instrument cluster has improved functionality. Some notable additions to the infotainment include Gesture control, a new digital assistant (AKA ‘Laura’), internet connectivity through an in-built e-SIM, wireless phone charger and multiple USB Type-C ports.

2020 skoda octavia infotainment system


Infotainment Features

  • 20.32 cm Colour Touchscreen Central Infotainment System
  • Audio controls on steering wheel 
  • SD data card reader 
  • SmartLink - Smartphone mirroring of certified functions/applications
  • on Infotainment display 
  • USB Connectivity 
  • Proximity Sensor-based infotainment system 
  • Amundsen Navigation System 
  • BossConnect through ŠKODA Media Command App 
  • Canton Sound System (9 Speakers, 1 Subwoofer)

How spacious is the flexible boot space of 2020 Octavia?

Yes! The 2020 Octavia comes with a large practical uplift. 600 litres to be precise and this is also complemented with the wide opening boot lid, which technically makes it a hatchback. The volume is enough to store for a cross-state journey with ease. Comparatively, none of its competitors comes close to it in terms of boot space offering. 

2020 skoda octavia cargo space

The spare tyre and emergency toolkit is neatly tucked away below the soft-touch floor matting and it provides with a clean car and flat flooring that helps cargo to not being tossed about.

Model

Skoda Octavia ONYX 1.8 TSI

Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G (CVT)

Hyundai Elantra 2.0 SX AT

Honda Civic V CVT

Cargo space(L)

600

470

458

430

Seating capacity

5

5

5

5

The biggest boot in the segment is of the Skoda while the Elantra comes with a Smart Truck feature which opens up automatically if the key is in your pocket. Toyota, on the other hand, does not get any such feature but you can purchase a boot tray to keep things organized in the boot.

What are the various safety features available in Skoda Octavia?

The 2020 Octavia comes with a host of safety assistance systems such as lane assist, collision avoidance assist, traffic jam assist and turn to assist. The 2020 Skoda Octavia has also scored well in the Euro-NCAP crash test. However, considering India’s restrictive legislation in terms of the use of radar-based technology, some of the features would not be made available.

2020 skoda octavia safety features

On the other side, be assured to have features such as a panoramic sunroof, seats with massage function and three-zone climate control, among others. The safety features available with the 2020 Skoda Octavia are as follows:


Safety Features on offer:

  • ABS + EBD
  • Hydraulic Brake Assistant
  • Anti Slip Regulation + Motor Speed Regulation
  • Electronic Differential Lock
  •  Electronic Stability Control
  • Multi Collision Braking
  • Front and Rear Parktronic sensors
  • Dual front airbags
  • Curtain airbags at the front and rear
  • Acoustic warning signal for overrun speed
  • Anti-theft alarm with interior monitoring
  • Engine immobiliser with floating code system
  • iBuzz fatigue alert
  • Child-proof rear window locking

How does Skoda Octavia fare against its competitors?

Skoda Octavia Vs Hyundai Elantra

2020 hyundai elantra

The Elantra has received a facelift by Hyundai quite recently. It is now a connected car and comes with a lot of new features and a new look. The cabin quality is Corolla better than that of the Elantra and the Infotainment is more advanced. But the ride quality of the Elantra is quite choppy and the Corolla has more room at the back. Both the cars miss you on the fun to drive element, but if we had to choose one, we would choose the Elantra for the performance. But if it’s the bulletproof reliability and a top-notch safety package you look for, then the Corolla is a better choice.


Skoda Octavia Vs Honda Civic

2020 honda civic

Honda has recently come with its long-awaited update of the Civic. The beloved Civic now gets an all-new design with all new features. Honda has made sure that the Civic stands out in the crowd. It is a car that looks sportier and will appeal to the younger audience more than the Octavia. It is also a very practical car just like the Octavia and it provides the best mileage in the segment. It is hard to recommend the Octavia over the driving dynamics of the Honda Civic. Although, Octavia trumps the Civic when it comes to boot capacity and safety features.

Does Skoda Octavia stand a chance against its cheaper alternatives? 

The Skoda Octavia has been selling in good numbers for the past few years. With the recent upgrade, the company is expecting to mark its mark in the market. With rivals like Hyundai Elantra and Honda Civic, the Octavia holds a special place in the Indian consumers. The tech loaded sedan will be available for sale in India by mid-2020.