Skoda Auto India has launched the2017 Octavia a facelifted version based on the same platform, with a number of changes. There are some best-in-segment features which may also put it slightly ahead of its competitors. But, the competitors starts at a lower price tag compared to the Octavia's retail of Rs 15.49 lakh, ex-showroom. So, is the facelifted Skoda Octavia worth the extra money it commands? We compare it to the Hyundai Elantra, the Volkswagen Jetta and the Toyota Corolla Altis to find that out!
First up is the Hyundai Elantra which has the most number of variants to choose from, which is why it starts from Rs 12.48 lakh for the base petrol variant and goes up to Rs 18.46 lakh for the top-end diesel version. If one were to compare the Octavia Style diesel variant that is offered with a manual transmission, the advantage of the Hyundai Elantra's top-end diesel is evident as it is available with a 6-speed automatic transmission
Skoda Octavia will also take on the Toyota Corolla Altis which starts from a price tag of Rs 14.88 lakh and goes up to Rs 18.26 lakh. This is a considerably lower compared to the Octavia's starting price of Rs 15.49 lakh which goes up to Rs 22.89 lakh. Clearly the Toyota Corolla Altis is a winner here in terms of pricing, however, the Octavia's petrol automatic Style trim which is priced at Rs 18.59 lakh offers better safety features like cruise control, Electronic Differential Lock, Multi Collision Braking, dual front, side front as well as curtain airbags. The Corolla Altis only has dual front airbags, even in the top-end version.
Another competitor to the new Skoda Octavia is its Volkswagen counterpart, the Jetta which hasn't witnessed an update for almost two years. Although pricing of the Volkswagen Jetta's base petrol version is Rs 14.77 lakh and goes up to Rs 20.89 lakh. The Octavia has some features going for it, particularly Hands-free parking, Smartlink touchscreen infotainment system and ambient mood lighting. The Jetta on the other hand has a conventional set of features where only the Highline versions, both in petrol and diesel engines options have a touchscreen infotainment unit. Hands-free parking and ambient lighting are not offered on the VW Jetta, even as an option.
The Skoda Octavia not only offers a new set of features in terms of safety and convenience, it also has the latest set of features which include the Smartlink infotainment system, hands-free parking, 8 airbags which is the most in its segment along with other active and passive safety attributes. In the competitors versus the Octavia, it is either a compromise of convenience and safety for a lower cost or not compromising on any aspect, provided your budget allows.
So, while the price of the new Skoda Octavia is considerably higher (in some cases), it also offers a number of first-in-segment features which, from a buyer's perspective of this segment mean that there is better list of features they get for the extra money. It may not exactly sound as a value-for-money proposition to some, as the Elantra, which is the most reasonable can be termed best as an aspirational product for this segment, particularly in the lower versions.
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