The Czech brand’s top-selling model has made its 4th generation debut at the capital Prague. Besides the updated design, the 2020 Skoda Octavia’s powertrain lineup includes a plug-in hybrid variant too. The photos here showcase both the hatchback (liftback sedan) and Combi (estate) as well.
The new Octavia borrows the styling cues from the recent concepts such as the Vision RS and Vision iV. It’s the first Octavia to feature full LED Matrix headlamps (optional) and full LED taillights (optional) with crystalline elements and dynamic indicators. The brake lights and fog lights make use of LED technology as well. As in the aforementioned concepts, the rear-end of the car has a bold Skoda lettering. Rounding off the looks are 19-inch alloy wheels. Interestingly, the shape of the DRLs might remind you of the one in the Audi TT.
The exterior color palette now includes Crystal Black, Lava Blue, and Titanium Blue. A Chrome and a Dynamic package are optional extras.
The new Octavia has grown in dimensions. At a length of 4,689 mm, the hatchback is 19 mm and the Combi 22 mm longer than the 3rd generation model. Its width has increased by 15 mm.
The Combi’s boot capacity is up by 30 litres to 640 litres, which is claimed to be the largest in the segment. The hatchback on the other side has a capacity of 600 litres – 10 more than the previous generation.
The interior design looks clean and minimal. The new two-spoke steering wheel can be heated as an option and if ordered as a multifunction variant, comes with new control buttons and knurled scroll wheels, allowing the driver to operate a total of 14 different functions without taking the hands off the wheel. The LED ambient lighting comes with a choice of 10 colors.
Other technologies inside include back-friendly Ergo seats with massage and ventilation function, a head-up display, 4.2-inch multifunction display, tri-zone Climatronic, 10-inch infotainment system (8.25-inch standard), 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit, up to 5 USB ports, and Canton audio system. Options list also includes acoustic side windows at the front, which are claimed to reduce road noise in the cabin even further.
The new Octavia is the first Skoda ever to use shift-by-wire technology for its DSG, which electronically transmits the driver’s gear selection to the transmission. Replacing the lever is a small rocker switch for selecting the drive modes as well as a button for the parking mode.
Safety and assistance technologies onboard includes Collision-Avoidance Assist, Turn Assist, Exit Warning, Local Traffic Warning, Area View, Side Assist, Predictive Cruise Control, Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane Assist, Traffic Jam Assist, and Emergency Assist. Passive safety includes a total of 9 airbags.
As for the business end, the lineup includes a plug-in hybrid Octavia iV for the first time. The further optimized petrol engines (1.0L TSI or 1.5L TSI) are now equipped with mild-hybrid technology, while the diesel engines are claimed to emit up to 80% less nitrogen oxide. The EVO diesel engines apply a new ‘twin dosing’ exhaust gas treatment, where AdBlue is injected specifically in front of the two catalytic converters that are arranged one after the other. The wide range of powertrains deliver from 81 kW (110 hp) to 150 kW (204 hp).
With 17.7 kg of natural gas (CNG) in its tanks, the Octavia G-TEC is claimed to cover up to 523 km (324 mi) in CNG mode. Check out the full list of powertrains above.
The plug-in hybrid Octavia iV combines a 1.4L TSI petrol engine and an electric motor for a system output of 150 kW (204 hp). The 13 kWh lithium-ion battery pack is claimed to deliver an all-electric range of up to 55 km/34 mi (as per WLTP).
For Skoda, the Octavia is of immense importance. That’s why we’ve completely redeveloped this car. The outcome is the best Octavia of all time – it is even more spacious, practical and even safer than ever before. By unveiling its latest generation just in time for its 60th anniversary, we have taken a major step forward. The Octavia has significantly contributed to the positive development of the company and the brand. Over the last six decades. I am very confident that the new generation will play its part in maintaining this positive development. – Bernhard Maier, CEO, Skoda Auto