SKODA OCTAVIA (2020): New basic model costs 20,990 euros
Generation 4 of the bestseller is now available from dealers: as a notchback sedan with a large flap and as a station wagon, optionally in both body versions as a plug-in hybrid. Now there are prices.
Since its market launch in 1996, the Skoda Octavia has been selling almost by itself. The fourth generation is taking a big step both optically and technically. Above all, the significantly new design makes the generation change visible: Skoda optically modifies the four-eyed face. On request, full-LED matrix headlights ensure continuous high-beam travel without dazzling oncoming traffic or other road users. The wide, chrome-plated grill moves a little further down, the headlights are given an angularly arrowed shape with LED daytime running lights below, the webs between the individual light elements are narrower.
The pure dimensions, however, are almost the old ones. The new Skoda Octavia is 4,689 millimeters long (+22 millimeters), 1,829 millimeters wide (+15 millimeters) and 1,468 millimeters high (-27 millimeters). The sedan has the same external dimensions. At 2,686 millimeters, the wheelbase has remained exactly the same for both. The knee room for the rear passengers nevertheless increased by a further five millimeters to 78 millimeters.
Practical helpers everywhere in the car
The bonnet, which is dynamically designed with a total of six beads, looks a little snub-nosed, just like with the Golf. The big difference at this point: In Golf, a rod in Generation 8 keeps the hood open – in Octavia two dampers. And when the hood is open, one of the Simply Clever solutions is immediately apparent: the lid of the washer fluid can be turned into a convenient filling funnel with one hand. Simply Clever solutions known from other series continue to be found in the two front doors in the form of umbrellas and optionally also a hand brush, the fuel filler flap (ice scraper) and in the trunk (four bag holder hooks). New are an AdBlue comfort filler neck and (as with the Golf) storage pockets on the backrests of the front seats.
The luggage compartment of the new generation, which holds 640 liters of luggage, is 30 liters larger than its predecessor (the sedan holds ten liters more than before at 600 liters). If the rear seat backrest, which is divided in a 60:40 ratio, is completely folded over, only 1,700 liters instead of 1,740 liters are available for loading. The reason is the somewhat more coupé-shaped roof profile of the rear section, which looks significantly more dynamic thanks to the new LED rear lights. The flap opens and closes electrically – at least with the Combi.
Latest generation assistants
For the first time at Skoda , the new evasive assistant, turning assistant, exit warning and a local hazard warning system are being used. Also new are the area view system, the side assist and the predictive adaptive distance assistant. Together with the traffic sign recognition, the lane keeping assistant, the traffic jam assistant and the emergency assist, the system forms the Travel Assist.
The interior is just as modern. Unlike the VW Golf, the redesigned instrument panel is not only available in a purely digital version, but also in an analog version. The large, free-standing central infotainment display can be 8.25 or 10 inches in size. There is a touch-sensitive bar below the screen, which is used to set both the temperature and the volume of the infotainment system.
Chic steering wheel with only two spokes
At the bottom is the new center console, which is characterized by a clear design. The direct selection buttons for important vehicle functions such as the Driving Mode Select driving profile selection or the parking assistant have been moved up under the central display. The center console and the door panels with door handles in a new design adorn chrome elements. The panels on the front doors are now partially perforated, the control button for the electrically adjustable exterior mirrors has been moved on the armrest directly next to the buttons for the electrically operated windows.
The new steering wheel, which can be manually adjusted in height and depth using a lever, has two spokes and is optionally heated. In the version with multifunction, the control buttons have been completely rearranged. A total of 14 different functions can be carried out using the buttons and wheels, including the activation of the optional steering wheel heating and the operation of the Travel Assist for the first time. A three-spoke multifunction leather steering wheel is also available on request. In addition to two USB-C sockets in the center console, another is available for use at the top of the headlining (for example for dash cams). Two further USB-C sockets and two heated seats (outer) are located in the rear.
Wide range of engines
The fact that he shares the Modular Transverse Modular System (MQB) with his famous corporate brother VW Golf means that Octavia customers are spoiled for choice between many drive variants. The petrol engine is a 1.0 liter TSI with 110 PS and a 1.5 TSI with 150 PS – each with a manual six-speed gearbox – as well as a 2.0 liter and 190 PS TSI unit with a seven-speed DSG and four-wheel drive Choice.
The new Octavia is the first Skoda to ever use shift-by-wire technology to operate the DSG. This transmits the driver’s gear selection electronically to the transmission. The DSG selector lever in the center console is replaced by a new control module with a small rocker for selecting the speed levels and a button for parking mode.
Natural gas drive and plug-in hybrid at the start
The diesel range only becomes clearer at first glance, since only a 2.0 liter displacement version is available here. However, it is divided into three performance levels with 115, 150 and 200 hp. The 115 PS version is available with a manual switch or DSG, the 150 PS version with a manual switch, DSG and DSG all-wheel drive, the 200 PS version is only available with a DSG all-wheel drive. A 1.5 liter TSI G-TEC with 130 hp, i.e. natural gas drive, with a manual switch or DSG rounds off the pure combustion range.
There are also two eTEC variants with mild hybrid technology. They have a seven-speed DSG and a 1.0-liter, 110-hp three-cylinder, or a 1.5-liter, 150-hp four-cylinder. Both models use a 48 V belt starter generator and a 48 V lithium-ion battery.
For the first time, the Octavia comes as an IV with a plug-in hybrid drive. A 1.4 liter TSI petrol engine with 156 hp and a 75 kW electric motor ensure a system output of 204 hp. A six-speed dual clutch transmission delivers the power of the two hearts to the front wheels. The purely electrical range should be up to 55 kilometers.
Base price 20,990 euros, combined surcharge: a good 700 euros
Prices for the new Skoda Octavia start at 20,990 euros for the sedan with 110 PS petrol engine and the basic Active equipment; however, the basic engine can now be combined with all equipment levels. The 150 PS petrol engine costs from 26,670 euros. For the diesels, the price list with the 115 hp two-liter starts at 24,710 euros. The 150 hp top diesel is available from 30,881 euros. Anyone who is flirting with the Octavia as a station wagon has to add about 700 euros extra. All prices include 16 percent VAT.
In addition to the pleasing design and small practical solutions, the large range of engines in particular should put customers in the new Octavia in a good mood. The fact that the interior has not become as clean as in the Golf could perhaps be even better for one or the other.