Driving report: Skoda Octavia Combi

The Octavia makes an elegant impression

Driving report: Skoda Octavia Combi
"One, just in case"

The fourth generation of the Skoda Octavia grows in many disciplines to convince even potential middle-class buyers. In the latest version, it is also one of the cars with the most varied drive variants.

Formally, the Skoda Octavia belongs to the compact class, is based on Volkswagen's latest modular transverse modular system and is often seen as the Czech Golf. But with its lush exterior length of 4,69 meters and a few centimeters more wheelbase than the German bestseller (2,67 instead of 2,64 meters), it is already poaching in the middle-class segment. Prices start at 21.590 euros for the 81kW / 110 PS TSI with a liter of displacement. But first the 1,5 liter petrol version (110 kW / 150 PS) starts at prices from 26.670 euros plus the two two-liter diesels with 85 kW / 115 PS from 27.665 euros and the more powerful diesel (110 kW / 150 PS) from 30.881 euros. The recommended combi versions cost 683 euros extra. In the average consumption, the currently available expenditure is between three and a half and just under five liters of fuel per 100 kilometers. Visually, the Octavia takes up the design language of the smaller Scala. The "four-eyed" face disappears, the grille feels smaller, even against the trend. But the new comes more elegantly and convinces with its subtle appearance.

Visually, the Octavia takes up the design language of the smaller Scala

This goes with the impression that the Skoda, which has just been launched, has increased in comfort. Not only is there a bit more space thanks to the slightly increased width, the engineers also seem to have taken care of the insulation. An exit with the medium-sized diesel engine (150 hp) proves that you can hear less of the engine tones than before. In the test car, the high-torque two-liter machine is joined by the seven-stage double clutch transmission, which in this combination does not include any shift jerks. But it doesn't have to change a lot either, at least on everyday trips, on which only a fraction of the early tractive effort (360 Nm from 1.700 tours) can be accessed anyway. Incidentally, diesel skeptics should be pointed out that Skoda's latest editions should emit significantly less nitrogen oxide than the previous units, which is ensured by double urea injection.

With its lush exterior length of 4,69 meters, it is already poaching in the middle class segment

The four-cylinder petrol engine, which has the same performance but is only 1,5 liters in size, has a completely different character. Compared to diesel, you have to turn a hurry to let the unquestionably cultivated engine attack. The cylinder injection and turbocharged direct injector could easily use more power down below. Small consolation for customers who like to be sporty on the road: The exact shift lever guidance of the standard six-speed gearbox is a lot of fun, so that the petrol version can be enjoyed on lonely country roads. By the way, the driver does not notice anything about the cylinder deactivation in the partial load, it is so smooth.

Modern infotainment systems are available

If you pay less attention to the drivetrain, but place high demands on infotainment, you should take a closer look at the adult toy of the Czech. A ten-inch display high up on the center console plus a 10,25-inch “Virtual Cockpit” already add up to 20 inches and offer electronics fans a little party. But that's not all, there is also a full-fledged head-up display that projects its information in all its colors into the windshield and no longer just into a small plexiglass window, such as the Volkswagen Passat. Not that this solution is impractical, but it looks fancier. However, displays that can be configured in a variety of ways also demand customer learning performance, as a few hours could pass before the most important functions are stored in the brain. And, of course, the Octavia can surf the net on request and also let passengers in with smartphones - via WLAN.

The security system of the Octavia is characterized by a lot of software, but also hardware. The most recent assistant skill includes, for example, the ability to keep the vehicle on course even in temporary special lanes (e.g. yellow construction site markings). Extensive autonomous braking functions are among the available features.

The trunk of the Combi swallows up to 1.700 liters

What is nice about the Octavia is that it noticeably sets itself apart from the group brothers in terms of design, not only on the outside, but also and especially on the inside - an impression that is underpinned not least by the striking green house color (reflected in the infotainment). And at the latest after seeing the “Simply Clever” solutions, the connoisseur knows what he is up to: whether ice scrapers in the tank, trash cans in the side pocket or an umbrella in the door. The trunk of the Combi, in which you can lock cargo with small elements, swallows up to 1.700 liters. The Octavia can also be practical in the current year.

Skoda Octavia Combi - Technical Specifications:

Oversized compact class, length: 4,69 meters, width: 1,83 (with exterior mirrors 1,99) meters, height: 1,45 meters, wheelbase: 2,67 meters, trunk volume: 640 to 1.700 liters

2,0-liter four-cylinder diesel with direct injection and turbocharging, 110 kW / 150 hp, maximum torque: 360 Nm at 1.700 to 2.750 rpm, seven-speed automatic (double clutch), 0-100 km / h: 8,8 s, Vmax: 222 km / h, average consumption: 3,7 l, CO2 emissions: 98 g / km, efficiency class: A +, emissions standard: Euro 6d-temp, prices: from 31.564 euros

1,5-liter four-cylinder petrol with direct injection and turbocharging, 110 kW / 150 hp, maximum torque: 250 Nm at 1.500 to 3.500 rpm, six-speed manual transmission, 0-100 km / h: 8,3 s, Vmax : 224 km / h, average consumption: 4,8 l, CO2 emissions: 111 g / km, efficiency class: A, emissions standard: Euro 6d-temp, prices: from 27.353 euros

Skoda Octavia Combi - brief description:

  • Why: Because it's incredibly practical
  • Why not: Because exciting cars are different
  • What else: Opel Astra, Renault Mégane, Peugeot 308 or Seat Leon as a competition in their own group
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