Skoda Octavia A8 2020: breaking the pattern or Golf at max speed…


November 11 at a special event held in the Czech Republic, the Skoda company introduced the fourth generation of its bestseller – Skoda Octavia A8. And debuted the car at the same time in two versions – liftback and wagon. The reason is quite understandable: the version of the Combi accounts for almost two-thirds of the sales of Octavia, plus, this best selling wagon in Europe.

The car retains related with Volkswagen Golf modular platform MQB and unchanged wheelbase length – 2868 mm. Though the manufacturer claims that the car has grown on 19 mm (universal for 22 mm) long (4689 mm) and 15 mm wider (1829 mm). But let’s be honest – this increase is unlikely to be visible to the eye.

Length (4689 mm) width (1829 mm) and wheelbase (2868 mm) the new Skoda Octavia is the same regardless of body type

The exterior of the car fully complies with the modern style of the brand, the founder of which was Skoda Scala. However, whatever it was, Octavia has become, at least visually, more solid and larger, and now more and more like the updated Superb. Besides, she’s finally lost the separate headlights, which many were not to your liking.

A first for the model Octavia proposed adaptive matrix headlights and dynamic turn indicators. When opening/closing Central locking system the car will welcome the beautiful animation, as is already realized in the luxury models of Audi.

Now Octavia will welcome and beautiful animation, as some Audi models

But the interior does not know: the new architecture of the front panel, the steering wheel is reminiscent of the “wheel” 222-th S-Class, digital clean-up, big-screen multimedia system with Internet access (eSIM) and voice control, high-quality materials and a redesigned Central tunnel with an interesting “joystick” automatic gearbox.

The instrument cluster is now digital, with a screen diagonal of 10-inches. For the first time for Skoda cars appeared projection

On top of that, the car has become roomier in the cabin, namely: increased row spacing and increased Luggage capacity (at the liftback 10l and 30L have a “Combi”). Backrest of the second row, as before, to fold and form a flat floor.

Significantly improved the level of equipment. Octavia got: head-up display, massage and ventilation front seats, three-zone climate and various active safety systems (adaptive cruise, emergency braking, reading the road signs, monitoring of dead zones and Parking aid).

And since it’s a Skoda, you should not forget about the “Simply Clever”, which was erected here to a new level: a lot of various niches and holders, wireless charging, a huge number of connectors USB-C, 230-volt outlet for rear passengers, side curtain, child rear door locks with electric drive, pack a Sleep Package with special headrests and blankets(!) and lots of practical amenities.

The base motor for Skoda will be a 1.0 TSI (115 HP). Followed by a 1.5 petrol turbo TSI (150 HP), which finally will replace the sold still have the 1.4. Be equipped with this can couple as a 6-speed manual transmission and 7-speed “robot” DSG. It is noteworthy that the version with robotized transmission, both engines will be so-called “mild hybrids.” The top petrol is the 2.0 TSI (190 BHP) will be available exclusively with the 7-DSG and all-wheel drive.

Appear at Octavia and a full hybrid capable of recharging. The powerplant of this car consists of a 1.4 TSI petrol, traction battery with a capacity of 34.4 kW/h will be Available in two variations – with 204 HP and 245 HP On pure electric power the car can travel 55 km on the WLTP cycle.

For fans of “heavy fuel” is a 2-liter TDI in three capacities: 115, 150 and 200 HP (for the last two also available with all-wheel drive).

There are in the line and gas TSI and 1.5 (130 HP), but these cars to us is not officially imported and a fourth generation is unlikely to change the situation.

More detail in our video review. Pleasant viewing!

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