The fourth-generation Skoda Octavia has been launched at a starting price of Rs 25.99 lakh in two variants – the Style and L&K. The new Octavia can only be had with a 2.0-litre TSI heart and a 7-speed DSG transmission.
After a two-month delay due to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Skoda has finally launched the 2021 Octavia in India today. The new Octavia will only be on sale in two variants – the Style and L&K, which are priced at Rs 25.99 lakh and Rs 28.99 lakh (ex-showroom), respectively.
The fourth-generation Skoda Octavia sports an all-new design and gets a revised front-end with an arched bonnet leading to a flatter butterfly grille. The LED headlights are now a single-piece unit as opposed to the outgoing model’s split headlamp setup. Just like before, the L&K trim will have a chrome strip stretching across the width of the car, but it now also surrounds the fog lamps. In profile, the new Octy looks more elegant than before, thanks to a smoother silhouette. In fact, the sloping roofline almost gives it a sportback-like appeal. The Octy sits on 17-inch alloy wheels. The rear-end of the Octavia is sharp and clean, with the boot proudly flaunting the Skoda lettering.
Skoda has really upped the ante with regard to the interior. The multi-layered dashboard feels very rich, thanks to the suede and soft-touch materials all around. The gloss black applique and the small gear lever give the cabin a touch of sportiness. Front and centre, you get a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment unit, which comes with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also gets some basic connected tech like geofencing, SOS, and roadside assistance. Just like all other Skoda cars, the new Octavia also comes with a virtual cockpit. The Octavia also gets a new two-spoke steering wheel. The Octavia is longer than before and gets a marginally larger boot (600 litres instead of the old car’s 590 litres).
Although Skoda offers a range of engine options for the Octavia in the global market, here in India, it will only be offered with a 2.0-litre TSI heart. This is the same unit that also does duty in the Superb and makes an identical 187bhp and 320Nm. In fact, the Octavia also borrows the 7-speed DSG transmission from the Superb. While the 1.5-litre TSI will be on offer in some of Skoda’s upcoming models, it may not make its way into the Octavia anytime in the near future.
The new Octavia continues to positioned in the D-segment sedan space. While there has previously been a lot of competition in this space, currently the only other car on offer is the Hyundai Elantra.
To read our detailed review of the fourth-gen Skoda Octavia, follow the link below or watch our video review.