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What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

For The Octavia is a decent-driving, well built, practical hatch with handsome, saloon-like styling

Against The rear seats are cramped

Verdict It's a modern family car with reasonable safety levels, but it's not very roomy

Go for… 1.9-litre turbodiesel

Avoid… 1.4-litre petrol

Skoda Octavia Hatchback
  • 1. Faulty electronic control units can ruin the smooth running of the 110bhp 1.9 TDI engines
  • 2. Timing belts can snap on 1.8 20v engines
  • 3. The Octavia's boot is simply enormous
  • 4. Legroom in the rear is very limited
  • 5. Insist on a full service history - if oil isn't regularly changed, it can cause turbos to stick
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