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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.

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 14 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 £17,510
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 £18,710
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 105 SE 5dr £19,560
What Car? says:5 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 110 Greenline 5dr £20,150
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDI 150 SE 5dr £20,460
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 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 £23,310
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDI 184 vRS 5dr £23,580
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5

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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