The fourth-generation Skoda Octavia offers gasoline engines with a mild-hybrid technology, new EVO diesels, a plug-in hybrid powertrain and a natural gas motor.
Skoda has introduced the new Octavia, which significantly differes from the predecessor by design, size and equipment.
It is clear now that the Czech brand’s best-seller gradually shifts towards the premium class.
Now let’s talk about the engines.
The 2020 Skoda Octavia is predictably equipped with modern TDI and TSI engines. The natural gas-powered G-TEC version is not a surprise. The most interesting are the mild-hybrid and iV modifications.
Charging from the home outlet
The latter is a plug-in hybrid with a power output of 204 hp. The updated flagship Superb also received the iV version in May this year.
Understandably, the Octavia iV arrival is a matter of short notice. From now on, the Octavia can be recharged in your own garage from the home grid.
So, a 1.4 TSI gasoline turbo engine with 156 hp is installed on the hybrid Octavia together with a 75-kW electric motor. Again, they produce 204 hp in total and deliver a maximum torque of 350 Nm in combination with a 6-speed preselective DSG transmission.
Interestingly, Skoda will offer the hybrid iV powertrain for all configurations and models except for the Active and Scout.
The eTEC mild-hybrid technology is used for a 110-hp three-cylinder 1.0 TSI engine and a four-cylinder 150-hp 1.5 TSI. The 48-volt electrical system powers a belt-driven starter generator and a lithium-ion battery.
The mild-hybrid transmission enables energy recovery during braking and its storage it in the battery. The system stimulates the internal combustion engine providing it with electric boost, and even allows moving in electric-only mode, at a pedestrian speed, of course.
Besides, it reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Ther engine can start more quietly with less vibration.
Two new catalytic converters are now used in the Octavia’s exhaust system. Thus, nitrogen oxide emissions in new EVO diesel engines are reduced by 80%.
Depending on the engine type, the fourth-generation Octavia comes either with a manual gearbox or a DSG transmission. All-wheel drive is optional.
Skoda Octavia G-TEC
Finally, the Octavia G-TEC runs on natural gas. Compared with the gasoline versions, the CNG modification produces a quarter less CO2, significantly less nitrogen oxide and contains no soot particles.
A 1.5 TSI 130-hp engine consumes 3.4-3.6 kg/100 km. The total capacity of three LNG tanks is 17.7 kg (39 lb) – enough to cover up to 523 km (325 miles).
When using a 9-liter gas tank, it is possible to cover 278 km (173 miles) more. This means the Octavia G-TEC can ride over 800 km (497 miles) without refueling.