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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  1. Autocar India

    Autocar India11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    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?

  2. Himanshu Baladia

    Himanshu Baladia11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Over priced

  3. Siddhant Panchmukh

    Siddhant Panchmukh11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

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

  4. Vinay Balaji

    Vinay Balaji11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    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;)

  5. Venkatesh M

    Venkatesh M11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    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.

  6. spartan fire

    spartan fire11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    bit over priced

  7. Dr Vikas Kumar

    Dr Vikas Kumar6 ਘੰਟੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Ventilated seats is must with this price, no tinted glass as released in European market.

  8. akash soni

    akash soni2 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    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.


    HATIM TAI2 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Llllllllike like like like the BTS

  10. Akshay Malwade

    Akshay Malwade9 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

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

  11. Jason Rodrigues

    Jason Rodrigues9 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

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

  12. Rajdeep Jangra

    Rajdeep Jangra9 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Love elegance of this car

  13. Punarva Barthwal

    Punarva Barthwal9 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    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?" 😄

  14. Zain Ali

    Zain Ali10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

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

  15. Ankur Arora

    Ankur Arora10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    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.


    AMIT ANAND10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

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

  17. Pranesh Karthik

    Pranesh Karthik10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

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

  18. prabhakar kp

    prabhakar kp10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

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

  19. mg hector

    mg hector10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Too much overpriced 🙄🙄🙄

  20. rahul singla

    rahul singla10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Waiting for Octavia Cng

  21. yerragunta rohit

    yerragunta rohit10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Loved the car

  22. laksh arora

    laksh arora10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Renuka speaks hindi as well 😂

  23. Sanjay Dahiya

    Sanjay Dahiya10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    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.

  24. Yashodhan Goenka

    Yashodhan Goenka10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    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.

  25. Prajesh Prajesh

    Prajesh Prajesh10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

  26. Siddharth kumar

    Siddharth kumar10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    We would like to see more bts in upcoming videos pls

  27. Jaikant Kumar

    Jaikant Kumar10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

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

  28. Vidhi Srivastav

    Vidhi Srivastav10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Behind the scenes🤭👍🤗


    GYAN WIRE11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    This car is LOVE.

  30. Amandeep Singh

    Amandeep Singh11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

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

  31. Astitva Kumar

    Astitva Kumar11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

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

  32. Internet Survival

    Internet Survival11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    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.

  33. MR. sensible

    MR. sensible11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

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

  34. Gavin Perry

    Gavin Perry11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

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

  35. Sushant Wadte

    Sushant Wadte11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    More BTS please

  36. glaxon kalarikkal

    glaxon kalarikkal11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    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.

  37. Abhishek Bhanage

    Abhishek Bhanage11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    The New Skoda Octavia is Superb!

  38. priyanshu engineer

    priyanshu engineer11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    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

  39. Arjun Ambarnath

    Arjun Ambarnath11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

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

  40. IshaQ GT

    IshaQ GT11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Steering wheel looks incomplete 😅

  41. Ari

    Ari11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

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

  42. Arun Ramakrishnan

    Arun Ramakrishnan11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    The rear looks a bit like verna

  43. NithiSh JVJ

    NithiSh JVJ11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Skoda going strong

  44. Ranjith L

    Ranjith L11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    And the tough big maintenance costs ❤️

  45. Abishek J

    Abishek J11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

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

  46. Venkatesh Nandagopal

    Venkatesh Nandagopal11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    boot net standard? I ordered mine outside few years back

  47. Hari Sankar

    Hari Sankar11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Finally a perfect for sedan lovers

  48. Utham M S

    Utham M S11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

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

  49. Salil Shrivastava

    Salil Shrivastava11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

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

  50. Pravin Patade

    Pravin Patade11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Ground clearance ?

  51. Geetarth Neo

    Geetarth Neo11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Love those alloy wheels.

  52. Rohini Kulkarni

    Rohini Kulkarni11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

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

  53. Jaspreet Singh

    Jaspreet Singh11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

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

  54. Mohammed Mustafa

    Mohammed Mustafa11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    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.

  55. Prasad Madival

    Prasad Madival11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    The end was surprisingly amazing😉

  56. Gagan shettigar

    Gagan shettigar11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    picnic in the boot lol

  57. Mayur Suvarna

    Mayur Suvarna11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Love the Car

  58. rheet 90

    rheet 9011 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    The previous version looked more legendary.

  59. bleedblue420as

    bleedblue420as11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    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. 🤷🏻‍♂️

  60. Rohan Sawant

    Rohan Sawant11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

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

  61. Bhoomika Gupta

    Bhoomika Gupta11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Too good of a sedan

  62. Reddylion

    Reddylion11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Well made car.

  63. Karthik ramki

    Karthik ramki11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

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

  64. Jupiter Chungkham

    Jupiter Chungkham11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Car without sunroof has a better overall performance..

  65. Anand

    Anand11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Add another 5 lakhs n get Skoda superb l n k

  66. cool captan cool captan

    cool captan cool captan11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

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

  67. Shobhit Pant

    Shobhit Pant11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ


  68. Animesh Chatterjee

    Animesh Chatterjee11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    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.

  69. Mayur Mordani

    Mayur Mordani11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

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

  70. Dweepam

    Dweepam12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Superb feels more VFM now😂😂

  71. Behind the clue

    Behind the clue12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    front look good bt rear look like hyundai verna

  72. Chetan Makhija

    Chetan Makhija12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    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 😭😭

  73. Dr Sivakkumar

    Dr Sivakkumar12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Does it hav connected car tech??

  74. Hindustan EK Hai

    Hindustan EK Hai12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    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

  75. Smart Traders

    Smart Traders12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Can it possibly to compare with BMW 2 series?

  76. Arpit Garg

    Arpit Garg12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

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

  77. Navin Gehani

    Navin Gehani12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Missing diesel

  78. Pratap Patil

    Pratap Patil12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Put another 10 to 15 lakh and wait for audi A3

  79. Santhosh J

    Santhosh J12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    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.

  80. Niraj Shah

    Niraj Shah12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Dislike for price

  81. Arpan Mitra

    Arpan Mitra12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

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

  82. Yes Minister

    Yes Minister12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

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

  83. Pawan Kumar

    Pawan Kumar12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    New look with old features (minus sunroof)

  84. Akshar Parekh

    Akshar Parekh12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Awesome colour but suits Superb more than any other skoda cars

  85. Pradip Patil

    Pradip Patil12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Please share this colour name

  86. Chintan Pandya

    Chintan Pandya12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

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

  87. vikrant gaur

    vikrant gaur12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ


  88. sahil ohlan

    sahil ohlan12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Price it for 25 for top model and it kills everything

  89. Xxaestheticxmakayla

    Xxaestheticxmakayla12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    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.

  90. sahil ohlan

    sahil ohlan12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Alloys don't look good

  91. Tushar Mittal

    Tushar Mittal12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

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

  92. Tushar Mittal

    Tushar Mittal12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Hector also does it and its a nightmare to use

  93. Ayush Raj Madan

    Ayush Raj Madan12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Welcome back

  94. Anoop Sbabu

    Anoop Sbabu12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

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

  95. Greenmango By Ajesh Painummoottil

    Greenmango By Ajesh Painummoottil12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ


  96. Msk A h v j

    Msk A h v j12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    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

  97. Suhel Shaikh

    Suhel Shaikh12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    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

  98. gokul suresh✅

    gokul suresh✅12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Autocar india💕

  99. ajay pisute

    ajay pisute12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

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

  100. Suman Kumar Mehta

    Suman Kumar Mehta12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

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

  101. longing along raw A.K.Danish

    longing along raw A.K.Danish12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Missing TDI + dsg

  102. Prakash Bhat

    Prakash Bhat12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    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

  103. B-34 Swapnil Thokale

    B-34 Swapnil Thokale11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

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

  104. Saad Ahmed

    Saad Ahmed12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

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

  105. manu sharma

    manu sharma12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Great car. What about ground clearance?

  106. Ojaswee Singh

    Ojaswee Singh12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Can we expect a vrs?


    RAHUL KARALE12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    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..😊