Used test: Skoda Octavia vs Vauxhall Astra

The Skoda Octavia is one of our favourite family cars, but how does it stack up against the Vauxhall Astra, and which makes more sense used? We have the answer...

Used Skoda Octavia vs Vauxhall Astra

Our Verdict

This is another used test that ends up being a very close call. One thing is for sure though; choose either of these cars and you’ll be getting one of the best family cars you can buy. The Vauxhall Astra is more agile, has a better infotainment system, more standard kit and in day-to-day use it may well even cost you slightly less to run.

Even so, the Skoda Octavia is a better choice. For one, it has a much more sophisticated ride, and its interior is classier. On top of that, its performance is stronger than the Astra’s, and its long-term running costs should be the cheaper if you factor in its better residual values. What really clinches its victory here though is its class-leading space. It has more room inside for passengers, most especially those in the rear, and its boot is a colossal size for a car in this class. The Octavia remains one of our favourite family cars to buy new and, on the basis of this test, it’s also one of favourites to buy used.

1st – Skoda Octavia

Skoda Octavia vs Vauxhall Astra

For Bigger boot; stronger engine; classier interior

Against Average standard equipment; noisier suspension

Verdict Our favourite family car remains just that even when bought used

5 out of 5 stars

Skoda Octavia review 


2nd – Vauxhall Astra

Skoda Octavia vs Vauxhall Astra

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

Against Feels cheaper inside; unsettled low-speed ride

Verdict  A talented family car, but not quite as good as the Octavia

4 out of 5 stars

Vauxhall Astra review


Specifications: Skoda Octavia 1.0 TSI 115 S

Engine size 1.0-litre petrol
List price when new £16,660
Price today £10,500
Power 113bhp
Torque 148lb ft
0-60mph 9.8sec
Top speed 126mph
Fuel economy 62.8mpg (Official average)
CO2 emissions 104g/km


Specifications: Vauxhall Astra 1.0 Ecoflex 105 Design

Engine size 1.0-litre petrol
List price when new £16,145
Price today £9500
Power 104bhp
Torque 125lb ft
0-60mph 10.5sec
Top speed 124mph
Fuel economy 65.7mpg (Official average)
CO2 emissions 99g/km

Price today is based on a 2016 model with average mileage and full service history, correct at time of writing

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