New Skoda Octavia TSI 110 Review
Often popular with heavy-duty drivers, the Skoda Octavia can also count on relevant petrol engines. The proof with the entry-level 1.0 engine with 110 hp, which allows the price to be reduced considerably without sacrificing performance.
A livable, well-built and comfortable sedan for less than € 30,000? Do not search, there is only one Skoda Octavia to tick all of these boxes at once. Obviously, to stay below this threshold – already substantial – you have to be content with a small engine, an intermediate finish and limited options. In this case the 1.0 110 hp and the Ambition version, the second level after Active. Even with the services of the DSG7 automatic transmission, the price climbs to € 26,840… But enough numbers and descriptions.
Small but valiant
Particularly gifted with the TDI 116, the Octavia is also present with the TSI 110. Less torquey than the “fuel oil” 4-cylinder, the small 3-cylinder remains steeped in goodwill and brilliantly animates the Czech sedan, which is also the effort to contain its weight, with just over 1,300 kg checked by us on the scale. The good health of the engine is felt at the wheel but especially in stopwatch, with a satisfactory 7.4 s to go from 80 to 120 km / h and ensure overtaking in complete safety. Obviously, with weapons and luggage, the little 1.0 will not be able to work a miracle.
But in everyday traffic, it forms an interesting couple with the DSG gearbox. Especially since this transmission involves a micro-hybridization by alternator-starter which tightens the play of the 3-cylinder at the bottom of the tachometer a little and smooths the stop & start to the point of not feeling it. On the other hand, we would have appreciated a little more responsiveness from this DSG, which is slow to downshift when called upon. Another complaint, with its dry sump clutch, this box still lacks sweetness when starting and maneuvering. We therefore have to deal with a few unwanted chattering and jerks that put a little strain on the general approval.
To be forgiven, the 1.0 / DSG couple has its secret boot: its sobriety. On our certified test cycles, the Octavia was satisfied with an average of 6.5 l / 100 km, topping out at 6.9 l / 100 km in the city, which is excellent figures for a family sedan. We are still far from the 5 l / 100 km of the TDI 116, but the TSI 110 is undoubtedly one of the best students in terms of consumption. A real advantage for heavy riders, who will be delighted to rediscover the comfort offered by this new generation of Octavia. This applies to the driving position but also to the chassis, which always surprises more by the flexibility of the suspensions than by the cutting edge of the front axle. No need to look for the controlled damping which is available as an option only for the highest finishes and which does not quite erase the movement of the body. Nothing annoying, however, for everyday driving. You just have to keep in mind that when it comes to driving, the Octavia’s rivals, the Renault Talisman, VW Passat and to a lesser extent Peugeot 508, are more fun to drive.
Finally, unlike other models, the Ambition finish of the Octavia is not to be discouraged. The choice of colors and materials is less than in the Style finish, but the whole remains seriously constructed. The small 8.25-inch multimedia screen is more than enough for everyday use. It even offers – and this is rare to emphasize it – two dials on the sides to manage volume and radio frequency. Very handy when riding.
Verdict on the Skoda Octavia TSI 110 DSG
Since its release in 2020, the Octavia has made a good impression on us. Refined and almost sexy in the high finishes, it also knows how to give the best of itself when equipped with small engines and the cheapest finishes. This TSI 110 variant is further proof of the excellent price / performance ratio offered by the Czech.