At long last, the all-new 2021 Skoda Octavia is finally here. The premium sedan was originally meant for launch a couple of months back but was delayed due to the pandemic situation in India. As a result, the fourth-generation Octavia is available in two trim levels, namely ‘Style’ and ‘Laurin & Klement’ or L&K for short. Prices start at Rs 25.99 Lakh for the entry-level Style, while the range-topping L&K variant costs Rs 28.99 Lakh (ex-showroom, India). Currently, the only direct rival of the Skoda Octavia in our market is the Hyundai Elantra.
Speaking at the launch of the all-new Octavia was Zac Hollis, Brand Director, Skoda Auto India. He stated,
“When it was introduced twenty years ago, the Octavia changed the dynamics of the executive sedan segment – one that continues to offer significant growth potential, catering to a burgeoning class of discerning buyers with a penchant for luxury, as well as the right value proposition. Having retained its characteristics of design, safety, technology, performance, space, and comfort, the all-new Octavia is a compelling combination and will continue to drive Skoda Auto’s success in the Indian market.”
The 2021 Skoda Octavia measures 4,689mm in length, 1,829mm in width, and 1,469mm in height. Meanwhile, there is 2,680mm of car between the front and rear wheels. Compared to the old model, the new one is 20mm longer and 19mm wider, though the wheelbase has gone down by 2mm. Depending on the trim level, the all-new Octavia is available in five colors – Brilliant Silver, Candy White, Lava Blue, Magic Black, and Maple Brown. The 2021 Skoda Octavia gets new 17-inch “Pulsar Black” alloy wheels, new LED headlamps and tail lamps, redesigned front and rear bumpers, and bold ‘Skoda’ lettering on the bootlid. No doubt, the Octavia remains a well-proportioned and sophisticated-looking sedan.
The 2021 Skoda Octavia is still a practical family car, with an appreciable 600 liters of boot space. And once on the inside, the cabin of the all-new Octavia will impress many. The dual-tone beige/black theme is well-executed, and the flowing design of the dashboard with its stitching looks nice. Moreover, the combination of suede and leather not only looks nice to the eye, it feels pretty good too. The same cannot be said about the glossy black finish on some of the surfaces, which will inevitably collect fingerprints and smudges. On the other hand, Skoda has also used some chrome and wood inlays in this interior, and they do suit the character of the Octavia quite well.
There is no denying the fact that the cabin of the 2021 Skoda Octavia feels premium and quite expensive. The quality of materials used in the cabin is definitely praiseworthy, with practically no cheap bits. Funnily enough, there are more expensive cars whose interiors have cheaper-feeling trim than the Octavia.
Moreover, Skoda has equipped the all-new Octavia with many features. Some of the ones that will pique your interest include the classy two-spoke steering wheel (L&K only), a 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit display, a 10-inch high-definition touchscreen infotainment system, power-operated front seats with memory function, LED ambient lighting, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 12-speaker Canton premium sound system, touch-sensitive reading lights, and a wireless charger among others.
The features list of the all-new Octavia doesn’t end there. Skoda has fitted this sedan with 8 airbags, Electronic Stability Program, Traction Control System, Hill Hold Assist, Anti-Slip Regulation, all-around parking sensors, ABS with EBD & Brake Assist, ISOFIX anchor points, and even a driver-attention assist. However, contrary to what many of us believed, the 2021 Octavia doesn’t get an electric sunroof or ventilated front seats. For a premium sedan that is pushing Rs 29 Lakh (ex-showroom), these are things that many buyers would be expecting. Well, at least there will be no one poking their head out of the sunroof, so that’s a relief.
Powering the 2021 Skoda Octavia is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder TSI motor that pumps out 187hp and 320Nm of shove. This turbo-petrol engine comes mated to a shift-by-wire 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and can push to Octavia to 100 kmph in around 7 seconds or so. Meanwhile, fuel efficiency figures for the 2021 Skoda Octavia are pretty good, with ARAI claiming 15.81 kmpl. Customer deliveries of the all-new Octavia are expected to commence very soon.