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

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4 out of 5 stars

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

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Key facts

8.5 secs
Top speed
135 mph
Average mpg
Tank range
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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 1.6 TDI 105 SE 5dr

just done 1000 mls in my skoda Octavia 1.6 se with dsg gearbox this is a excellent car even better then a couple of golfs I have had this is the new…

chris morris

5 out of 5 stars

Skoda Octavia Hatchback 1.6 TDI 105 Elegance 5dr

I bought this car only 6 weeks ago & have done 1000 miles, having owned the previous model, which was an excellent car, I thought I can' go wrong with…

Rob Hodgson

4 out of 5 stars

Skoda Octavia Hatchback 2.0 TDI 150 SE 5dr

Good points - Fit finish excellent. Sat Nav (8 inch columbus) is very good. Seats upfront very comfortable. Lots of thoughtful touches corning fog…

asif majid

3 out of 5 stars

Skoda Octavia Hatchback 2.0 TDI 150 Elegance 5dr

I recently purchased this model with the winter pack and Race Blue metallic paint. This is my third Octavia and whilst I have considered other…

Kevin Gatward

5 out of 5 stars
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