For The Skoda Octavia is decent to drive, has a huge, classy cabin and most versions are cheap to buy and run. Standard equipment is generous, too.
Against It's not the most exciting car to drive or to sit in, and the Octavia doesn’t ride as well as a VW Golf.
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The Skoda Octavia might not be the most stylish car of its type, but it’s still one of the best. Classy, comfortable and incredibly spacious. Choose carefully and you'll get a real bargain.
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There are 11 Skoda Octavia versions available
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.