2021 Skoda Octavia review - Plush, punchy, practical sedan you'd want | First Drive | Autocar India

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    Each generation of the Skoda Octavia has pushed the goal posts in the executive sedan segment. The all-new Octavia takes the story forward. Renuka Kirpalani has the full review.

    Camerapersons: Anand Malepu, Shreyans Chordia
    Drone Operator and Editor: Rohan Salaskar

    0:00 - Introduction
    1:14 - Boot
    2:13 - Octavia price expectation
    2:37 - Dimensions and design
    3:50 - Rear seat space
    5:16 - Interior and features
    8:33 - Air conditioning
    8:53 - Driving position
    9:12 - Engine, gearbox and performance
    12:10 - Music system
    12:25 - Ride and handling
    13:50 - Verdict
    15:12 - BTS!

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    1. Autocar India

      Launch Alert! The Skoda Octavia has been priced at Rs 25.99 lakh (ex-showroom) for the Style variant and Rs 28.99 lakh for the L&K. What do you think of the Octavia's pricing?

      1. Himanshu Baladia

        Over priced

      2. Siddhant Panchmukh

        @Vinay Balaji It is a 2L TSI Petrol engine.

      3. Vinay Balaji

        Crazy overpriced and that too no petrol option. Having said that, give it time and the octy buffs will get used to the idea of paying this kind of money;)

      4. Venkatesh M

        Sounds expensive but can be paid for a car which is almost an Audi A4. Sun roof is a definite miss for an Indian style quotient, reminds me the Tata harrier mistake which made them to lose orders in the first two years after the launch.

      5. spartan fire

        bit over priced

    2. akash soni

      many features missing as one would expect from such pric segment.adaptive cruise, lane keep assist/ departure warning, ventilated seats, pre heating/cooling. for 21k honda has civic with loads of features in the states and that kinda makes feel bad. as seen in video octavia seems to be wobbly in suspension department. it just is trying to lure by interior looks. previous generation had better looks from outside it has lost a bit of that classy look statement.

    3. HATIM TAI

      Llllllllike like like like the BTS

    4. Akshay Malwade

      BTS is hilarious..................please try to include in the gavin's and nikhil's videos as well

    5. Jason Rodrigues

      I only come here to listen to this host! She is awesome.

    6. Rajdeep Jangra

      Love elegance of this car

    7. Punarva Barthwal

      It's a logical buy. A sync between your brain & heart. Not a fan of Sunroof. So, doesn't matter. Ventilated seats would have been a good addition. Overall a fabulous review of a fabulous car. Any updates on the new Fabia coming to India? Would love to see the sensible hatch back. The BTS were amazing. Keep it an integral part of the video. "Kharab sadak pe kaun speedbraker banata h?" 😄

    8. Zain Ali

      Well it seems that the Czech carmaker is back with a bang! Love the BTS stuff in the end, wasn't expecting it!👍

    9. Ankur Arora

      Can't beleive it doesn't have the sunroof. Yes, practically it's not something you would use on a daily basis but you HAVE TO give the option at this price point.

    10. AMIT ANAND

      "The flash and drama of the likes of the Korean" Hyundai be like- Why just me Germans do that too!!!!

    11. Pranesh Karthik

      Why are they not bringing diesel to India🤨🤨🤔🤔

    12. prabhakar kp

      If it has stiffer suspension that will be great..... Lets wait for vw polo hope we get stiffer suspension

    13. mg hector

      Too much overpriced 🙄🙄🙄

    14. rahul singla

      Waiting for Octavia Cng

    15. yerragunta rohit

      Loved the car

    16. laksh arora

      Renuka speaks hindi as well 😂

    17. Sanjay Dahiya

      Overpriced by atleast 4 lacs. Not Value proposition anymore. Even if you ignore non-availability of Ventilated Seats or Sunroof etc, it is even expensive than a Euro-Compliant Diesel Engine Octavia in Europe. With on-road price of Elantra Petrol Automatic is 21.5 Lacs, Octavia Style at 30.25 Lacs seems just too overpriced. Nearly 9 Lacs difference, for what ? One can have an Elantra and compact SUV by spending couple of lacs more.

    18. Yashodhan Goenka

      Those are some terrible wheel design though I think they're mostly covered to aid in airflow. And that extremely sharp kink at the rear window. 🥲 suspension seems to bob up down a lot. Amazing interiors but! And good ride height for India.

    19. Prajesh Prajesh

    20. Siddharth kumar

      We would like to see more bts in upcoming videos pls

    21. Jaikant Kumar

      one of the best reviewer out there..... my fav car is out of budget.

    22. Vidhi Srivastav

      Behind the scenes🤭👍🤗

    23. GYAN WIRE

      This car is LOVE.

    24. Amandeep Singh

      So, Elantra is the only one left in D-segment now. This one has definitely moved out of this segment.

    25. Astitva Kumar

      You may start making separate BTS videos, might turn out really good

    26. Internet Survival

      Consumers must realise Sedans are still best option due to ride quality, safety and grip. Ground clearance is no more a priority as roads even in rural India are getting better.

    27. MR. sensible

      Superb is a way better option in this price range. If it had panoramic sunroof, heads up display, ventilated seats, would have been unbeatable.

    28. Gavin Perry

      It's wild when you think you can get the jeep compass at 17L......and the Octavia starts at 26L

    29. Sushant Wadte

      More BTS please

    30. glaxon kalarikkal

      It's a good thing that Skoda ditched the sunroof. A lot of manufacturers are offering it as an important feature and charge a premium. People fall for their marketing gimmick and pay the extra money for an unnecessary feature that will become cumbersome in the long run.

    31. Abhishek Bhanage

      The New Skoda Octavia is Superb!

    32. priyanshu engineer

      Solid sedan and the pricing looks way too hyped but once you sit n drive this beauty it's all worth it and the interior is so premium the only sedan I personally like after honda city 5th generation

    33. Arjun Ambarnath

      The 'luxury' car brand majority of Indians can aspire to get.

    34. IshaQ GT

      Steering wheel looks incomplete 😅

    35. Ari

      I loved the BTS, u guys should bring more of them in upcoming videos. "rasta itna kharab hai, aur bich me ye speed breaker"

    36. Arun Ramakrishnan

      The rear looks a bit like verna

    37. NithiSh JVJ

      Skoda going strong

    38. Ranjith L

      And the tough big maintenance costs ❤️

    39. Abishek J

      This is a good car.... The performance is good enough... Just wanted a good tune for the engine....

    40. Venkatesh Nandagopal

      boot net standard? I ordered mine outside few years back

    41. Hari Sankar

      Finally a perfect for sedan lovers

    42. Utham M S

      All good but for pricing. Mainly now when most of us are thinking not twice but thrice or more

    43. Salil Shrivastava

      Only if we had better roads in India.....Sedans have their own fan following.

    44. Pravin Patade

      Ground clearance ?

    45. Geetarth Neo

      Love those alloy wheels.

    46. Rohini Kulkarni

      WOW!!!! My dream car!! Octavia ❤❤😍

    47. Jaspreet Singh

      The only bad thing about this car is that its missing ventilating seats

    48. Mohammed Mustafa

      Mam, having sunroof or not should be a choice given to customers . No sunroof is deal breaker for a lot of customers. At this price point we expect a panoramic sunroof.

    49. Prasad Madival

      The end was surprisingly amazing😉

    50. Gagan shettigar

      picnic in the boot lol

    51. Mayur Suvarna

      Love the Car

    52. rheet 90

      The previous version looked more legendary.

    53. bleedblue420as

      Verna is almost half its price and offers ventilated seats and a sunroof. So i guess flash and drama of the Koreans is worth the money. 🤷🏻‍♂️

    54. Rohan Sawant

      I'll buy Tiguan 2.0 diesel at the same price as this

    55. Bhoomika Gupta

      Too good of a sedan

    56. Reddylion

      Well made car.

    57. Karthik ramki

      Expected more power and performance from 2.0 tsi. Same as my 1.8 tsi. Nevertheless a good looking car with upgraded interiors.

    58. Jupiter Chungkham

      Car without sunroof has a better overall performance..

    59. Anand

      Add another 5 lakhs n get Skoda superb l n k

    60. cool captan cool captan

      Waste of money more futures could have been added like the panaromic sunroof ventelated seats etc

    61. Shobhit Pant


    62. Animesh Chatterjee

      Sole reason for non consideration is that price is too much for a fwd car...previous manual 1.4/1.8 style and rs 230 were vfm..this is not worth it as irrespective of its features or performance it remains a fwd.

    63. Mayur Mordani

      Looks amazing both inside and outside but won't sell in india without ventilated seats and sunroof at this price point.

    64. Dweepam

      Superb feels more VFM now😂😂

    65. Behind the clue

      front look good bt rear look like hyundai verna

    66. Chetan Makhija

      7:54 absolutely wrong place & position to have the Type C port, considering the Indian Messy driving styles that port is surely going to get clogged with dust and other things very soon 😭😭

    67. Dr Sivakkumar

      Does it hav connected car tech??

    68. Hindustan EK Hai

      There is no option for a diesel doubt will it be able to gather large sales numbers miss the diesel engines from Skoda and VW

    69. Smart Traders

      Can it possibly to compare with BMW 2 series?

    70. Arpit Garg

      bc 25lakh car with no sun roof, 2000cc engine bhi kahan kaam aayega :'D

    71. Navin Gehani

      Missing diesel

    72. Pratap Patil

      Put another 10 to 15 lakh and wait for audi A3

    73. Santhosh J

      Color seems to not suit the car for reviewing and more over the pricing .... too high .. may be extra 5 lakhs we could get RS245 which outperforms in every aspects. Wondering such a high price due to absences of Honda and Toyota in this segment.

    74. Niraj Shah

      Dislike for price

    75. Arpan Mitra

      Honda City and Skoda Octavia are 2 sedan giving tough competition to SUVs

    76. Yes Minister

      Wat a car, finally a sedan ppl wud love to buy

    77. Pawan Kumar

      New look with old features (minus sunroof)

    78. Akshar Parekh

      Awesome colour but suits Superb more than any other skoda cars

    79. Pradip Patil

      Please share this colour name

    80. Chintan Pandya

      Rasta itna kharaab hai aur speed breaker daala hai bolo🤣🤣🤣🤣

    81. vikrant gaur


    82. sahil ohlan

      Price it for 25 for top model and it kills everything

    83. Xxaestheticxmakayla

      Just watching the video, I noticed a lot of vertical movements of the suspension which means it can feel willowy and not as tight in the handling department.

    84. sahil ohlan

      Alloys don't look good

    85. Tushar Mittal

      What's with the ac controls being integrated in touch screen??????? Its so uncomfortable and dangerous

      1. Tushar Mittal

        Hector also does it and its a nightmare to use

    86. Ayush Raj Madan

      Welcome back

    87. Anoop Sbabu

      Lack of Sunroof and ventilated seat's are very serious mistake

    88. Greenmango By Ajesh Painummoottil


    89. Msk A h v j

      With out diesel it will be a big flop Diesel is still a good proposition for Indian conditions Thank you madam at least you spoke that sunroofs are useless

    90. Suhel Shaikh

      Skoda should also bring in the GTec CNG Octavia available in EU... Given the rising petrol prices.... It will be an instant hit in India

    91. gokul suresh✅

      Autocar india💕

    92. ajay pisute

      Great car. But when can we expect a diesel engine, or atleast an CNG version.

    93. Suman Kumar Mehta

      This probably is the most viewed video by Autocar channel under 9 hours... 😶

    94. longing along raw A.K.Danish

      Missing TDI + dsg

    95. Prakash Bhat

      So much chrome on bonnet looks like aftermarket, looks cheap and Skoda thinking every Indian customer likes chrome is not justified... Feels like a marui dezire, and Honda... If someone wants chrome they should go for it, but it must not be standard... I always loved Octavia, but those extra chrome didn't even allow me to check it's features... Totally let down

      1. B-34 Swapnil Thokale

        Exactly. There should be another trim option of gloss black panel on the bonnet instead of chrome

    96. Saad Ahmed

      Who wants more BTS of Autocar in every video? I certainly do 🙋🏻‍♂️🙋🏻‍♂️

    97. manu sharma

      Great car. What about ground clearance?

    98. Ojaswee Singh

      Can we expect a vrs?


      Yesterday only i saw same car with same color while driving from Pune to Mumbai.. it seems that some car reviewer only having this car there..😊

    100. Anonymous Explorer

      Where is this place of shooting?