2021 Skoda Octavia Review: Pleasant Company

Ben Chia

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1. Introduction
2. Design and Interior
3. Driving Experience
4. Conclusion and Competition

Conclusion and Competition

As mentioned at the start, the Octavia’s main competition in this segment are the usual Asian suspects, but just because the Skoda hails from Europe doesn’t mean that it gets a superiority complex over the likes of the Toyota Corolla Altis and Hyundai Avante, who have made immense leaps and bounds in quality in recent years.

But of course, it’s hard to ignore the family rival that is the Volkswagen Golf, although it can be argued that the Octavia, by dint of its larger dimensions and thus slightly better practicality, offers better value for the money, considering that the two are retailing for almost exactly the same price.

That said, the two cars offer enough differentiation to cater to those who seek different experiences. The Octavia is like a safe, assured and mature hand, here to soothe and relax you as you ease into the daly motoring grind. It’s an extremely comfortable car to live with, and as a family sedan designed for everyday driving there’s probably no higher praise.

Skoda Octavia 1.5 TSI e-TEC Style

Engine1,498cc, inline 4, turbocharged
Power150hp at 5000-6000rpm
Torque250Nm at 1500-3500rpm
Gearbox7-speed dual-clutch
0-100km/h8.5 seconds
Top Speed230km/h
VES BandingA2 / -S$15,000
Fuel Efficiency5.3L/100km
AgentSkoda Centre Singapore
PriceS$130,900 with COE
Verdict:Comfortable and well-sorted, the new Skoda Octavia proves to be a very mature family sedan that’s extremely well-suited for daily driving duties

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About the Author

Ben Chia

CarBuyer's senior staff writer went out to explore the Great Big World, including a stint working in China (despite his limited Mandarin). Now he's back, ready to foist upon you his takes on everything good and wonderful about the automotive world. Follow Ben on Instagram @carbuyer.ben

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