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

    • Himanshu Baladia
      Himanshu Baladia

      Over priced

    • Siddhant Panchmukh
      Siddhant Panchmukh

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

    • Vinay Balaji
      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;)

    • Venkatesh M
      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.

    • spartan fire
      spartan fire

      bit over priced

  • Akshay Malwade
    Akshay Malwade

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

  • Jason Rodrigues
    Jason Rodrigues

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

  • Rajdeep Jangra
    Rajdeep Jangra

    Love elegance of this car

  • Punarva Barthwal
    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?" 😄

  • Zain Ali
    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!👍

  • Ankur Arora
    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.


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

  • Pranesh Karthik
    Pranesh Karthik

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

  • prabhakar kp
    prabhakar kp

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

  • mg hector
    mg hector

    Too much overpriced 🙄🙄🙄

  • rahul singla
    rahul singla

    Waiting for Octavia Cng

  • yerragunta rohit
    yerragunta rohit

    Loved the car

  • laksh arora
    laksh arora

    Renuka speaks hindi as well 😂

  • Sanjay Dahiya
    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.

  • Yashodhan Goenka
    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.

  • Prajesh Prajesh
    Prajesh Prajesh

  • Siddharth kumar
    Siddharth kumar

    We would like to see more bts in upcoming videos pls

  • Jaikant Kumar
    Jaikant Kumar

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

  • Vidhi Srivastav
    Vidhi Srivastav

    Behind the scenes🤭👍🤗


    This car is LOVE.

  • Amandeep Singh
    Amandeep Singh

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

  • Astitva Kumar
    Astitva Kumar

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

  • Internet Survival
    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.

  • MR. sensible
    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.

  • Gavin Perry
    Gavin Perry

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

  • Sushant Wadte
    Sushant Wadte

    More BTS please

  • glaxon kalarikkal
    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.

  • Abhishek Bhanage
    Abhishek Bhanage

    The New Skoda Octavia is Superb!

  • priyanshu engineer
    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

  • Arjun Ambarnath
    Arjun Ambarnath

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

  • IshaQ GT
    IshaQ GT

    Steering wheel looks incomplete 😅

  • 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"

  • Arun Ramakrishnan
    Arun Ramakrishnan

    The rear looks a bit like verna

  • NithiSh JVJ
    NithiSh JVJ

    Skoda going strong

  • Ranjith L
    Ranjith L

    And the tough big maintenance costs ❤️

  • Abishek J
    Abishek J

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

  • Venkatesh Nandagopal
    Venkatesh Nandagopal

    boot net standard? I ordered mine outside few years back

  • Hari Sankar
    Hari Sankar

    Finally a perfect for sedan lovers

  • Utham M S
    Utham M S

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

  • Salil Shrivastava
    Salil Shrivastava

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

  • Pravin Patade
    Pravin Patade

    Ground clearance ?

  • Geetarth Neo
    Geetarth Neo

    Love those alloy wheels.

  • Rohini Kulkarni
    Rohini Kulkarni

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

  • Jaspreet Singh
    Jaspreet Singh

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

  • Mohammed Mustafa
    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.

  • Prasad Madival
    Prasad Madival

    The end was surprisingly amazing😉

  • Gagan shettigar
    Gagan shettigar

    picnic in the boot lol

  • Mayur Suvarna
    Mayur Suvarna

    Love the Car

  • rheet 90
    rheet 90

    The previous version looked more legendary.

  • 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. 🤷🏻‍♂️

  • Rohan Sawant
    Rohan Sawant

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

  • Bhoomika Gupta
    Bhoomika Gupta

    Too good of a sedan

  • Reddylion

    Well made car.

  • Karthik ramki
    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.

  • Jupiter Chungkham
    Jupiter Chungkham

    Car without sunroof has a better overall performance..

  • Anand

    Add another 5 lakhs n get Skoda superb l n k

  • cool captan cool captan
    cool captan cool captan

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

  • Shobhit Pant
    Shobhit Pant


  • Animesh Chatterjee
    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.

  • Mayur Mordani
    Mayur Mordani

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

  • Dweepam

    Superb feels more VFM now😂😂

  • Behind the clue
    Behind the clue

    front look good bt rear look like hyundai verna

  • Chetan Makhija
    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 😭😭

  • Dr Sivakkumar
    Dr Sivakkumar

    Does it hav connected car tech??

  • Hindustan EK Hai
    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

  • Smart Traders
    Smart Traders

    Can it possibly to compare with BMW 2 series?

  • Arpit Garg
    Arpit Garg

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

  • Navin Gehani
    Navin Gehani

    Missing diesel

  • Pratap Patil
    Pratap Patil

    Put another 10 to 15 lakh and wait for audi A3

  • Santhosh J
    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.

  • Niraj Shah
    Niraj Shah

    Dislike for price

  • Arpan Mitra
    Arpan Mitra

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

  • Yes Minister
    Yes Minister

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

  • Pawan Kumar
    Pawan Kumar

    New look with old features (minus sunroof)

  • Akshar Parekh
    Akshar Parekh

    Awesome colour but suits Superb more than any other skoda cars

  • Pradip Patil
    Pradip Patil

    Please share this colour name

  • Chintan Pandya
    Chintan Pandya

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

  • vikrant gaur
    vikrant gaur


  • sahil ohlan
    sahil ohlan

    Price it for 25 for top model and it kills everything

  • 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.

  • sahil ohlan
    sahil ohlan

    Alloys don't look good

  • Tushar Mittal
    Tushar Mittal

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

    • Tushar Mittal
      Tushar Mittal

      Hector also does it and its a nightmare to use

  • Ayush Raj Madan
    Ayush Raj Madan

    Welcome back

  • Anoop Sbabu
    Anoop Sbabu

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

  • Greenmango By Ajesh Painummoottil
    Greenmango By Ajesh Painummoottil


  • Msk A h v j
    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

  • Suhel Shaikh
    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

  • gokul suresh✅
    gokul suresh✅

    Autocar india💕

  • ajay pisute
    ajay pisute

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

  • Suman Kumar Mehta
    Suman Kumar Mehta

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

  • longing along raw A.K.Danish
    longing along raw A.K.Danish

    Missing TDI + dsg

  • Prakash Bhat
    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

    • B-34 Swapnil Thokale
      B-34 Swapnil Thokale

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

  • Saad Ahmed
    Saad Ahmed

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

  • manu sharma
    manu sharma

    Great car. What about ground clearance?

  • Ojaswee Singh
    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..😊

  • Anonymous Explorer
    Anonymous Explorer

    Where is this place of shooting?

  • Ajith Raj P
    Ajith Raj P

    Please continue the BTS

  • Shankar

    Hi, Nice! Please compare with JEEP COMPASS - MODEL S Petrol Automatic!