superlative. We touched high three-figure speeds and the Octavia was stable as ever at any speed. The Elantra, on the other hand, isn’t very comfortable at high speeds and especially on broken highways, but within city limits, the Elantra does its job of absorbing bumps very well.
The base petrol Elantra will cost you R12.82 lakh while the top-end automatic petrol comes for R15.05 lakh. The price for the entry-level diesel is R13.24 lakh while the top-end automatic diesel comes for R16.18 lakh.
On the other hand, the 1.4 TSI Octavia petrol begins from R13.95 lakh and the 1.8 TSI petrol will cost you R18.25 lakh. The 2.0 TDI diesel will cost you R15.55 lakh while the top-end 2.0 TDI automatic is priced at R19.45 lakh. (All prices ex-showroom, Delhi.)
Now, the Octavia is definitely a better car as far as driving and getting driven is concerned. The engine options are better, the ride is good and the cabin luxurious. The Octavia also feels solidly put together. But then a car is not always about driving and getting driven, sometimes it is also about the ownership experience that you expect from a car this size. Here, Hyundai beats Skoda by a fair margin. One, the Elantra is packed with equipment. Two, it is priced much lower than the Octavia. Three, the Hyundai after-sales service is far better and its network extensive. And four, it just looks striking. Overall, while the Elantra is not a better product than the Octavia, it is the easier car to buy and own.