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Skoda Octavia vs Vauxhall Astra

Frugal 1.0-litre versions of the Skoda Octavia and Vauxhall Astra hatchback fit the bill for affordable family cars, but which is best?

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Skoda Octavia vs Vauxhall Astra

Our verdict

Choose either of these cars and you’ll be getting one of the best family cars on sale. The Astra is more agile, has a better infotainment system, more standard kit and it costs slightly less to run for a private cash buyer.

Even so, the Octavia remains a better choice. Its more sophisticated ride, classier interior, stronger performance and still-commendable running costs are a strong mix. Its class-leading space pushes it in front, while Skoda’s extremely strong finance deals are the cherry on top.

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1st – Skoda Octavia 1.0 TSI 115 S

For Bigger boot; stronger engine; good finance deals; classier interior

Against Average standard equipment; noisier suspension

Verdict Our favourite family car remains just that with its new engine

Rated 5 out of 5

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2nd – Vauxhall Astra 1.0 Ecoflex 105 Design

For More refined engine; infotainment system, real-world fuel economy

Against Feels cheaper inside; unsettled low-speed ride

Verdict A talented family car, but not quite the best

Rated 4 out of 5

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Specifications: Skoda Octavia 1.0 TSI 115 S

Engine size 1.0-litre, turbo

List price Β£16,660

Target Price Β£15,131

Power 113bhp

Torque 148lb ft

0-60mph 9.8 sec

Top speed 126mph

True MPG 46.0mpg

CO2 emissions 104g/km


Specifications: Vauxhall Astra 1.0 Ecoflex 105 Design

Engine size 1.0-litre, turbo

List price Β£16,145

Target Price Β£15,376

Power 104bhp

Torque 125lb ft

0-62mph 10.5sec

Top speed 124mph

True MPG 46.5mpg

CO2 emissions 99g/km

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