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For The Octavia 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.

Skoda Octavia Hatchback
55 5stars

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 17 Skoda Octavia versions available

Hatchback 1.2 TSI 105 S 5dr £16,310
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 105 SE 5dr £17,660
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 105 S 5dr £18,360
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TSI 140 SE 5dr £18,860
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 105 SE Business 5dr £19,560
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 105 SE 5dr £19,710
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 110 SE Business Greenl 5dr £20,150
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 110 Greenline 5dr £20,300
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDI 150 SE Business 5dr £20,460
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TSI 140 Elegance 5dr £20,560
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDI 150 SE 5dr £20,610
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 105 Elegance 5dr £21,410
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDI 150 Elegance 5dr £22,310
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TSI 220 vRS 5dr £23,755
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDI 184 vRS 5dr £24,020
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDI 150 Laurin & Klement 5dr £26,410
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.8 TSI 180 Laurin & Klement 5dr £26,570
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5

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 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

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
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