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For This entry-level petrol Octavia is nippy enough, pulling strongly from just 1400rpm. S trim gets you plenty of equipment, including alloys, air-con, Bluetooth, a DAB radio, a six-disc CD changer and a USB socket.

Against Like all Octavias, the 1.2 TSI isn’t quite as good to drive as an equivalent VW Golf, nor as refined.

Skoda Octavia Hatchback

What Car? says

5 out of 5 stars

This Octavia is seriously good value for money, particularly as a private buy. We'd spend the extra on SE trim, though.

What Car? readers say

4.4


Key facts

0–60mph
10.3 secs
Top speed
122 mph
Average mpg
57.7
Tank range
miles
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Size

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Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

The Octavia is closer in size to a Ford Mondeo than a Focus, yet costs significantly less than a VW Golf.

Our favourite engine is the 1.2 TSI. This entry-level unit gives an impressive blend of performance and economy, and keeps the price temptingly low. SE trim gets you all the kit you’re likely to need.

Don’t discount the diesels, though, especially if you’re a company car driver. The Greenline model is the best of the 1.6s, because it gets a six-speed manual gearbox instead of the five-speeder fitted to standard 1.6 TDI models. It gets the same equipment as SE trim, too.

The 2.0 TDI is seriously strong and remarkably efficient, so is the best option if you value strong performance.

The exterior styling might look a bit staid, but the Octavia is spacious, has a solid-feeling cabin, is good to drive and comes at a great price to boot.

Reader test team says:

Skoda Octavia Hatchback 1.4 TSI 140 Elegance 5dr

I was pondering for many months between a Mk 7 Golf GT or the Octavia Elegance. I have owned Skodas before but decided last time to 'up grade' to a VW…

Jon Cantrill

5 out of 5 stars

Skoda Octavia Hatchback 1.6 TDI 105 Elegance 5dr

Six months in this car is a revelation. It is spacious, very comfortable, has immense stowage capacity and is pretty frugal. With the Elegance…

Robert Dixon

5 out of 5 stars

Skoda Octavia Hatchback 1.6 TDI 105 SE 5dr

I would concur with Andy’s comments regarding fuel economy – although when cruising at around 70 mph I’m averaging 60~65 mpg. And the with road tax at…

Steve Milner

3 out of 5 stars

Skoda Octavia Hatchback 1.6 TDI 105 Elegance 5dr

Good Things - big as a Mondeo, very comfortable, huge boot, huge space in the back for kids, Elegance has all the kit you need, 1.6 TDI with DSG is…

M Snow

5 out of 5 stars
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