What Car? says...
The Skoda Octavia family car is a pivotal model in the manufacturer’s line-up. Since it first appeared as a hatchback, it's been the brand’s biggest-selling car, appealing to anybody with a keen eye on practicality and value.
Over the years, Skoda has pushed the Octavia steadily upmarket, and while that departure from its budget roots might have seemed a gamble at first, it certainly paid off.
In the family car category of the 2022 What Car? Reliability Survey, the Octavia didn’t fare all that well, sitting right near the bottom of the table and below all of its rivals other than the Audi A3. Skoda claimed 13th place out of the 32 manufacturers.
The entry-level SE comes with plenty of standard equipment, including 16in alloy wheels, rear parking sensors and dual-zone climate control, but our favourite SE Technology trim seems the best value. It barely increases the price but adds front parking sensors, infotainment upgrades and other kit.
In short, it's massive. In fact, even when you compare it to competitors in the executive car class, it’s still huge. You won't struggle to fit in your family holiday luggage.
When tested by our team of experienced road testers, the Octavia was awarded the full five stars, which is no mean feat. Compared to its family car rivals, it's more accomplished in most areas, including practicality, quality and value for money.
Yes. In fact, thanks to the Octavia’s larger dimensions, you’ll find that it’s far more practical than the VW Golf, with a far superior boot, and more comfortable for passengers in all of the seats.
|RRP price range||£24,540 - £37,950|
|Number of trims (see all)||4|
|Number of engines (see all)||6|
|Available fuel types (which is best for you?)||petrol, diesel|
|MPG range across all versions||40.8 - 68.3|
|Available doors options||5|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£1,311 / £2,510|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£2,622 / £5,020|