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Compare Hyundai Elantra Vs Skoda Octavia

Snapshot: The Skoda Octavia and Hyundai Elantra are among two best executive sedans that you can buy in Indian. We compare the specifications and find out the better car.

There have been a lot of new and innovative features that cars have come up with in the last few years. However, the segment that has always been more attentive towards the demanding customers is the executive sedan segment. In fact most of the A list automakers have their entries in the segment as their flagship cars. Hyundai and Skoda are without a doubt two of the most formidable names in the Indian market and therefore it is no surprise that their premium sedans by the name of Hyundai Elantra and Skoda Octavia compete against each other as two of the best alternatives.

Hyundai Elantra Safety vs. Skoda Octavia Safety

  • Number of Airbags
    6
    6
  • Engine Immobilizer and Central Locking
    Yes
    Yes
  • Parking Assistance
    Yes, Rear sensors with camera
    Yes, Rear sensors with camera
  • Child Safety Locks
    Yes
    Yes
  • Door Ajar Warning
    Yes
    Yes
  • Hill Assist
    Yes
    Yes
  • ABS (Anti-lock Braking System)
    Yes
    Yes
  • ESP (Electronic Safety Program)
    Yes
    Yes
  • EBA (Electronic Brake Assist)
    No
    Yes
  • EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution)
    Yes
    Yes

Hyundai Elantra Exterior vs. Skoda Octavia Exterior

  • Headlights
    Projector
    Halogen
  • Front Fog Lights
    Yes
    Yes
  • Rear Wash / Wiper
    No
    Yes
  • Rear Defogger
    Yes
    Yes
  • Wheels
    Alloy
    Alloy
  • ORVMs (Outside Rear-view Mirrors)
    Internal adjustment-Electric with folding
    Internal adjustment-Electric with folding
  • Turn Indicators on ORVMs
    Yes
    Yes

Hyundai Elantra Interior vs. Skoda Octavia Interior

  • Power Windows
    All Windows
    All Windows
  • Power Steering
    Yes
    Yes
  • Instrument Console
    Analog + Digital
    Analog + Digital
  • Multifunction Display
    Yes
    Yes
  • Adjustable Steering Column
    Yes, Rake, Reach
    Yes, Rake, Reach
  • Seats Material
    Leather
    Leather
  • Leather Wrapped Steering
    Yes
    Yes
  • Multifunction Steering Wheel
    Yes
    Yes
  • Sun Visor
    Driver & Front Passenger
    Driver & Front Passenger
  • Seat Height Adjustment
    Yes, Power
    Yes, Power
  • Start / Stop Button
    Yes
    Yes
  • Rear Center Armrest
    Yes, with storage
    Yes
  • Clock
    Yes, Digital
    Yes, Digital

Hyundai Elantra Comfort vs. Skoda Octavia Comfort

  • Navigation System
    Yes
    No
  • Ventilation System
    Yes, Fully automatic climate control
    Yes, Fully automatic climate control
  • Automatic Headlamps
    Yes
    Yes
  • Boot-lid Opener
    Internal, With Remote
    Internal, With Remote
  • Fuel-lid Opener
    Internal
    Internal
  • 12v Power Outlet
    Yes, 2
    Yes
  • Second Row AC Vents
    Yes
    Yes
  • Adjustable Headrests
    Yes, All Rows
    Yes, All Rows
  • CD / MP3 / DVD Player
    Yes
    Yes
  • FM Radio
    Yes
    Yes
  • Bluetooth
    Yes
    Yes
  • USB Compatibility
    Yes
    Yes
  • iPod Compatibility
    Yes
    Yes
  • Aux-in Compatibility
    Yes
    Yes
  • Cup Holders
    Yes, Front & Rear
    Yes, Front & Rear
  • Keyless Entry
    Yes, Smart Key
    Yes, Smart Key
  • Cooled Glovebox
    Yes
    Yes
  • Infotainment Screen
    Yes, Touch Sensitive
    Yes, Touch Sensitive

Hyundai Elantra Instrumentation vs. Skoda Octavia Instrumentation

  • Tachometer
    Yes, Analog
    Yes, Analog
  • Odometer
    Yes, Digital
    Yes, Digital
  • Average Fuel Consumption
    Yes
    Yes
  • Average Speed
    Yes
    Yes
  • Tripmeter
    Yes
    Yes
  • Distance to Empty
    Yes
    Yes
  • Fuel Gauge
    Yes, Digital
    Yes, Digital
  • Engine Malfunction Light
    Yes
    Yes
  • Speedometer
    Yes, Analog
    Yes, Analog
  • Key Off Reminder
    Not applicable
    Not applicable
  • Headlight Reminder
    Yes
    Yes
  • Low Fuel Warning
    Yes
    Yes
  • Fasten Seat Belt Warning
    Yes
    Yes

Hyundai Elantra Dimensions and Weights vs. Skoda Octavia Dimensions and Weights

  • Length
    4530 mm
    4659 mm
  • Width
    1775 mm
    1814 mm
  • Height
    1470 mm
    1476 mm
  • Wheelbase
    2700 mm
    2688 mm
  • Ground Clearance
    167 mm
    155 mm
  • Boot Space
    420 litres
    475 litres
  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    56 litres
    50 litres

Hyundai Elantra Body vs. Skoda Octavia Body

  • Seating Capacity
    5
    5
  • Body Type
    Sedan
    Sedan
  • Doors
    4
    4

Hyundai Elantra Engine vs. Skoda Octavia Engine

  • Cylinder Configuration
    In-line
    In-line
  • Cylinders
    4
    4
  • Displacement
    1797 cc (Petrol) / 1582 cc (Diesel)
    1798 cc (Petrol) / 1968 cc (Diesel)
  • Power (PS @ RPM)
    149.5@6500 (Petrol) / 128@4000 (Diesel)
    180@5100-6200 (Petrol) / 143@4000 (Diesel)
  • Torque (Nm@RPM)
    177.5@4700(Petrol) / 259@1900 (Diesel)
    250@1250-5000(Petrol) / 320@1750-3000 (Diesel)
  • Engine Location
    Front, Transverse
    Front, Transverse
  • Fuel System
    Injection
    Injection
  • Emission Norm
    BS IV g/km
    BS IV g/km
  • Fuel Type
    Petrol / Diesel
    Petrol / Diesel
  • ARAI Certified Mileage
    16.3 km/litre (Petrol) / 21.7 km/litre (Diesel)
    14.7 km/litre (Petrol) / 19.3 km/litre (Diesel)

Hyundai Elantra Transmission vs. Skoda Octavia Transmission

  • Drivetrain
    FWD (Front Wheel Drive)
    FWD (Front Wheel Drive)
  • Type
    Automatic
    Automatic
  • Gears
    6
    6

Hyundai Elantra Brakes/Wheels and Tyres vs. Skoda Octavia Brakes/Wheels and Tyres

  • Front Brakes
    Ventilated Disc
    Ventilated Disc
  • Rear Brakes
    Ventilated Disc
    Ventilated Disc
  • Front Tyre & Rim
    205/60 R16
    205/55 R16
  • Rear Tyre & Rim
    205/60R16
    205/55 R16

The specification sheet has been prepared by comparing Elantra 1.8 SX AT (Petrol) with Octavia 1.8 TSI Elegance AT (Petrol) and Elantra 1.6 SX AT (Diesel) with the Octavia 2.0 TDI AT (Diesel).

Hyundai Elantra Vs Skoda Octavia (Design and Exteriors)

Aesthetically, Hyundai Elantra is spectacular with bold and fluidic design that reflects from its aggressive stance. The front fascia has a beautiful radiator grille in the midst of the single chrome slat. The hexagonal grille holds the company's logo right at the centre. The headlight cluster is quite modern in its sweptback design and gel along well with the LED light guide, side indicator and the high intensity projector headlamps. The body colored external mirrors and chrome door handles along with the strong character lines makes the side profile beautiful.

Skoda Octavia does not have as strong character lines on the side profile compared to Hyundai Elantra but it makes up for that with a beautiful front fascia that features a muscular headlight cluster that delivers great aesthetic value in combination with Bi-Xenon headlamps and LED daytime running headlights. The front grille's design is modified and now uses nineteen vertical slats while the side profile, like Hyundai Elantra also has body colored OVRMs. The rear end of Skoda Ocatavia is also well crafted with a bumper that is body colored and has a triangular design fitted with reflectors.

Hyundai Elantra Vs Skoda Octavia (Interiors and Features)

Hyundai has attempted to make the interior of Hyundai Elantra as luxurious as possible with spacious design that makes the passengers at the front and the back comfortable. The material used for the upholstery of the cabin is leather in the top end trims and the theme used is all black in all variants. The car further has a power driver seat in top variants that makes sure that the driver can sit comfortably in his or her seat and adjust the position accordingly so as to remain comfortable while driving. There are various utility elements as well that audiences would enjoy inside the cabin including a storage system with cup holders and cooled glove box that can keep materials like drinks and other edible food cool and clean. There is provision for multimedia as well with Hyundai Elantra garnering a 4.3 inch touchscreen in the high level variants that works with four speakers which are a standard and these deliver top quality sound.

Skoda Octavia too is quite impressive from the inside as well with luscious architecture that oozes suaveness while providing a lot of space for the passengers to work with and be comfortable. The interior of Skoda Octavia has stylish dashboard and console system while the door panels are also very modern in their design and utility. The theme used for the inside is dual toned Onyx-Ivory that provides a soothing touch in collaboration with wooden inserts.The seats are comfortable with a very premium feel to it garnering leather material.

Hyundai Elantra Vs Skoda Octavia (Engine, Gearbox and Transmission)

Hyundai Elantra has options for both petrol and diesel variants and same is the case with Skoda Octavia.  Hyundai Elantra features a 1.8 litre Dual VTVT petrol engine that gives 149.5PS maximum power along with 177.5Nm torque at 4700rpm. Then there is the CRDi VGTdiesel engine of Hyundai Elantra that gives 128PS power at 4000rpm and 259.88Nm torque at 1900 to 2750rpm. Hyundai Elantra comes with both alternatives in the transmission department with a 6 speed manual gearbox and 6 speed automatic gearbox for both petrol and diesel variants.

Skoda Octavia on the other hand has a 1.4 litre TSI engine under its belt that has a displacement of 1395cc giving 140PS power at 4500 to 6000rpm and 250Nm torque at 1500 to 3500rpm. There is a higher capacity petrol variant as well that generates 180PS power at 5100 to 6200rpm and 250Nm torque at 1250 to 5000rpm. The diesel variant of Skoda Octavia has a displacement of 1968cc as the 2TDI CR engine generates 143PS power at 4000rpm and 320Nm torque at 1750 to 3000rpm. The 1.4 litre petrol version gets a 6 speed manual gearbox while the 1.8 litre TSI mode gets a 7 speed automatic transmission system. Similarly the alternatives remain with the diesel variant of Skoda Octavia as well with options of 6 manual gearbox and 6 speed automatic gearbox being offered.

Hyundai Elantra Vs Skoda Octavia (Mileage and Safety features)

In the mileage section, Skoda Octavia is better among the petrol variants with the sedan giving a fuel economy of 16.8kmpl for the 1.4TSI and 14.7kmpl for 1.8TSI engine. The automatic transmission petrol variant of Hyundai Elantra on the other hand gives a fuel economy of 14.5kmpl for highways and 11.2kmpl for cities whereas the manual transmission can deliver up to 16kmpl. Hyundai Elantra however takes the edge in case of the diesel trim with a mileage of 22.7kmpl for highways and 19.5kmpl for cities. Skoda Octavia gives a fuel economy of 20.6kmpl for the manual diesel trim and 19.3kmpl for the automatic diesel trim.

Both the sedans seem at par when it comes to safety features but Skoda Octavia may be slightly ahead. Hyundai Elantra comes with many safety technologies including Electronic Stability control, Vehicle Stability Management only in top end variants whereas ultra-high tensile strength steel, airbags with dual front airbags for the driver and rear parking sensor etc. come as standard. Skoda Octavia on the other hand has airbags in addition to plenty of other new safety features like Adaptive front light system with LED daytime running lights, corner function with front fog lights, etc. in top end variant whereas features like External mirror defogger with timer, ABS with EBD and Hydraulic brake assistance along with ASR (Anti Slip Regulation) + MSR (Motor Speed Regulation), EDL (Electronic Differential Lock) etc. come as standard.

Verdict

The cars are indeed close competitors. However, we prefer the Spartan looks of the Octavia over the Elantra. The Octavia is more solidly built and have a better personality despite its somewhat understated styling. Hyundai is more funky looking car that may appeal more to the youngsters as compared to middle aged gentlemen. Hyundai is known for its value-for-money offerings and the Elantra is no different.

In the end, it boils down to the personal preferences and things that one has at the top of their list.  

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