The new Skoda Octavia Onyx wears a darker, sportier attire with all-black styling elements. The variant is available in three exterior colour options - white, red and blue colour. The Skoda Octavia Onyx retains the same design as the regular version but gets distinctive all-black elements.
The Skoda Octavia Onyx’s side profile gets glossy black 16-inch alloy wheels and black outside mirror housings. Between the C shaped tail lights is a glossy black spoiler.
On the inside, the new Skoda Octavia Onyx offers black leather upholstery and chrome accents in the cabin. There’s a flat-bottom leather-wrapped steering wheel with multi-media and cruise controls along with paddle-shifters. The front seats are 12-way electrically adjustable front seats. The driver’s seat also has three programmable memory functions to remember a combination in case the car is shared by different drivers.
The 1.8-litre turbo petrol engine of the car makes 180PS of power and 250Nm of torque, which is limited by the ability of the 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The torque curve though is as flat as a table allowing it to sprint from naught to 100kmph in just 7.7 seconds. Peak torque comes in at 1250RPM and stays put till 5000RPM. The claimed fuel efficiency is 15.1kmpl.
The diesel engine is a 2.0-litre diesel engine that makes 143PS of power but a healthy 320Nm of torque. This engine comes with an older but proven 6-speed dual-clutch automatic, which can handle more torque than the newer 7-speed unit. This engine is also plenty sprightly and can attain triple-digit speeds from standstill in 9.2 seconds while delivering a claimed fuel efficiency of 19.5kmpl.
Skoda is popular for keeping the enthusiast inside of us alive with some driver-focused cars. But the company is not known for making reliable, long-lasting cars that are easy on the pocket to maintain and run. To push those ownership fears away, the carmaker is offering an optional 6-year warranty
Besides the SUVs, the Skoda Octavia also has competent alternatives to fend off. Its rivals include Hyundai Elantra, Toyota Corolla Altis and Honda Civic.