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