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For The diesel engine is strong and remarkably fuel-efficient. Elegance models have loads of standard equipment, including sat-nav, leather seats, cruise control and automatic lights and wipers.

Against The 1.6 TDI model is cheaper to buy and run, and Elegance trim is also fairly pricey. Like all Octavias, this version isn’t as good to drive as an equivalent VW Golf.

Skoda Octavia Hatchback

What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

This diesel model makes plenty of sense as a company car, but stick with cheaper SE trim.

What Car? readers say

4.4


Key facts

0–60mph
8.5 secs
Top speed
135 mph
Average mpg
68.9
Tank range
miles
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Size

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Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

The Octavia is closer is 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 1.6 TDI delivers perfectly acceptable performance, while the 2.0 TDI is seriously strong and remarkably efficient.

The Octavia is built on the same platform as the Volkswagen Golf, so it strikes a fine balance between stable handling and a comfortable ride.

All the cabin materials feel solid, and the interior shames those of many more expensive models for its fit and finish. All models are very spacious, too, with more rear legroom than most rivals.

The exterior styling might look a bit staid, but the Octavia is very capable 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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