Fourth-generation Skoda Octavia detailed ahead of September reveal

The Octavia is unquestionably a money maker for Skoda, a Europe-wide phenomenon that has been sweeping the continent since the original debuted in 1996. The latest (third) generation model has also proven highly popular and is still selling well today, despite the fact that it was actually launched way back in 2013. Now an all-new model is on the verge of being launched and we don’t expect it to be a misstep for Skoda. The Czech automaker will want to put its best foot forward with the fourth-gen Octavia since, even though it is not a high-riding crossover, Skoda sells nearly 400,000 units per year in Europe, among its different versions.

However, Skoda has changed its model structure with the release of the new Scala hatchback, and it’s this model that now occupies the spot in the range that was previously taken up by the Octavia. Well, they’re sold alongside right now, but that’s only until the new Octavia arrives. All information seems to point to the fact that it will be sold as a more expensive and more upmarket offering - this is a formula change compared to before when it had to fill the range now occupied by the Scala.

What will the 2020 Skoda Octavia look like?

2020 Skoda Octavia: All We Know so Far
- image 843805

The Octavia, whichever version we’re talking about, is one those model lines that is easily recognizable regardless of generation. You can clearly see there’s a visual link between the first generation model and the very latest one, so with that being said, we don’t expect any dramatic design changes for the next generation. The car will definitely adopt Skoda’s new style that we’ve seen on the Scala and the Superb facelift. And, while it will definitely be a stylish and restrained car, we don’t expect to be blown away by its look - it will just look modern and dignified as all modern Octavias have.

Skoda is testing the Octavia right now and even though some of the camouflaged prototypes have headlights similar to those of the Superb, they actually are closer in shape to those of the Scala.

The grille also looks bigger in relation to the rest of the front end. The headlights and the hood still have the same style creases that have been there since the second generation of the Octavia.

So far we’ve only seen the wagon (estate) model in spy shots and, from the side, it certainly looks like a car one class up. Now that the automaker has the Scala in its range (to fight the Ford Focus, among others) and taking into account the fact that the Superb is just massive, there is room for the Octavia to grow a bit bigger than it was before. The load-lugger version certainly looks vast, and it even looks like it has a bigger wheelbase.

2020 Skoda Octavia: All We Know so Far
- image 843806

We don’t know what the more popular hatchback model will look like, given that there are absolutely no photos of it anywhere. It will probably retain the sedan-like profile of its predecessors, so much so that very few people who don’t know what it is will notice that it is, in fact, a hatchback.

From the back, it certainly looks a lot like the Superb.

The rear light clusters look like dead ringers for the ones on the recently refreshed Superb, as does the overall shape of the rear end.

Regarding the hatchback version, it is believed it will look a bit more like a four-door coupe, but since we’ve yet to see any photos of it, this is pure speculation at this point.

What will power the 2020 Skoda Octavia?

2020 Skoda Octavia: All We Know so Far
- image 843812

Skoda is part of the Volkswagen Group, so all engines that will power the fourth-generation Octavia will be shared with other group offerings. The range of engines will be comprised of turbocharged gasoline and diesel mills that power other cars based on the same MQB architecture.

Most of the engines will be carried over from the current Octavia, so expect the range to kick off with the same 1.0-liter three-cylinder TSI turbo, while the base diesel will be the same 1.6-liter four-cylinder TDI.

Next up will be the 1.5-liter four-pot TSI and a 2.0-liter TDI diesel. Skoda will most likely still offer two flavors of hot RS model, both powered by 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines (one gasoline and one diesel). We, therefore, expect power levels between 115 horsepower all the way up to around 250 horsepower, so regardless of your want or need, you’ll be catered to nicely.

2020 Skoda Octavia: All We Know so Far
- image 843816

It is believed that both mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions will be available, although we don’t have details on either of them as of yet. The only VW group powertrain that currently fits this bill powers the VW Golf GTE, Passat GTE, and, more recently, the Skoda Superb. It is a 1.4-liter TSI engine that, in conjunction with an electric motor, produces a combined output of 215 horsepower.

The battery pack isn’t massive, at 13-kWh, but it does allow the refreshed Superb plug-in to travel up to 34 miles (55 km) before the engine kicks in.
Engine 1.4-liter TSI + electric motor
Combined output 215 HP
Battery pack 13-kWh
Electric range 34 miles (55 km)

Regarding the proliferation of 48V mild hybrid tech, VW says it will be part of the EA211 family of power plants (the 1.0- and 1.5-liter TSI engines) and exclusively paired with the double-clutch DSG gearbox. The manufacturer estimates that this will improve a car’s efficiency by 0.4 l/100km. The same should apply for Skoda too, and this will be achieved through the use of unique functions like FMA (Freewheel, Motor Off) mode, as well as predictive assistance which essentially uses the navigation system and adapts to coming speed limits, bends, and obstacles to “make the best possible use of the vehicle’s kinetic energy.”

What versions of the 2020 Skoda Octavia will be available?

2020 Skoda Octavia: All We Know so Far
- image 843586

Well, as we’ve come to expect from Skoda, the manufacturer will offer two special versions of the Octavia, for those that feel the regular models are too ordinary. The first is the Octavia RS, the hot hach (or wagon) version of the car that will feature more aggressive bumpers, side skirts, wheels, and a spruced up interior complete with a sporty steering wheel and sports seats.

Two versions of the Octavia RS (also known as the Octavia vRS in the U.K.) will be offered: a gasoline version powered by a derivative of the 2.0-liter turbo that powers the VW Golf GTI and a diesel version that is shared with the VW Golf GTD.

We expect the gasoline Octavia RS to sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 7 seconds and the diesel in around 8 seconds.

The other special Octavia will be the Octavia Scout. It is a raised, exclusively all-wheel drive model that also comes with styling tweaks to reflect its more outdoorsy character. It will ride on unique wheels not available on any other model in the range and will feature plastic body cladding to make off-road driving less stressful. Inside it will have subtle design tweaks to set it apart from lesser Octavias, as well as plentiful “Scout” badges smattered around.

2020 Skoda Octavia: All We Know so Far
- image 843587

We also expect Skoda to sell the plug-in hybrid model of the Octavia as the Octavia iV, a special model that will come with unique exterior details to set it apart from other Octavias. If it follows the example set by the Superb iV (and we’re sure it will), the Octavia iV will ride on unique rims designed to improve aero efficiency and it will also feature a fully blocked out (and blacked out) front grille that will hide the door for the charging port.

Current Skoda Octavia vRS vs competition
Ford Focus ST Volkswagen Golf GTD Skoda Octavia vRS Skoda Octavia vRS
Engine 2.0L EcoBoost® I-4 2.0-liter TDI 2.0-liter TDI 2.0-liter TSI
Horsepower 252 HP @ 5,500 RPM 180 HP @ 3,500 RPM 184 HP 230 HP
Torque 270 LB-FT @ 2,500 RPM 280 LB-FT @ 1,750 RPM 280 LB-FT @ 1,750 RPM 258 LB-FT @ 1,500-4,600 RPM
Transmission 6-speed manual 6-speed manual 6-speed manual 6-speed manual
0 to 60 mph 6.3 seconds 7.5 seconds 7.9 seconds 6.7 seconds
Top Speed 154 mph 143 mph 144 mph 155 mph

What else is there to know about the 2020 Skoda Octavia?

2020 Skoda Octavia: All We Know so Far
- image 843805

We have not yet seen any spy photos of the hatchback model and we’re really wondering why. All the shots of camouflaged, next-gen Octavia prototypes testing are of the wagon, so we’re wondering why Skoda is keeping its look such a big secret. Maybe the car will be turned into an actual sedan (now that the Scala hatch is part of the range), or maybe its look is so radically different compared to what we’re used to from the model that they really want to surprise the crowds at the car’s reveal.

The introduction of the Scala will also allow Skoda to reposition the Octavia within its range as a more premium offering than before.

So expect a more luxurious feel than ever inside, and more space too, courtesy of its larger wheelbase. We can’t actually confirm its wheelbase will be stretched, but looking at photos of the wagon model, it does look quite a bit longer than before.

2020 Skoda Octavia: All We Know so Far
- image 843813

Skoda will definitely not get this model wrong, even though the company has shifted its focus towards SUVs more than ever before. But, even so, the Octavia is one of the company’s bread and butter models, so it’s definitely invested some serious resources and effort into making it as good as it can be. Even with so many crossovers around these days and the shrinking markets for more traditional body styles, Skoda will want to nail the Octavia, to maintain the nameplate’s prestige. Maybe in the future it will use the Octavia name on a new crossover and it won’t want negative connotations associated with it.

The all-new Octavia is expected to debut at the 2019 Frankfurt motor show (2019 IAA) this September.

Further reading

2017 Mini Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 High Resolution Interior
- image 693233

Read our full review on the 2019 Skoda Octavia.

2019 Skoda Scala Exterior
- image 809831

Read our full review on the 2019 Skoda Scala.

2017 Skoda Octavia vRS
- image 790366

Read our full review on the 2017 Skoda Octavia vRS.

Source: Rendering via

Andrei Nedelea
Andrei Nedelea
About the author
What do you think?
Show Comments
Car Finder: