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The Skoda Octavia is a pivotal car in the Czech manufacturer’s line-up. Ever since it appeared as a hatchback in 1996 (there was also a 1950s saloon of the same name) it’s been the brand’s biggest-selling model worldwide, appealing to anybody with a keen eye on practicality who’s looking for a good value family car.
Over the years, the Octavia has pushed steadily upmarket, and while such a departure from its budget roots might have seemed a gamble at first, it certainly paid off. So well-regarded is it now that it counts such premium models as the Audi A3, Mercedes A Class and Volkswagen Golf among its rivals, as well as the more mainstream Ford Focus, Toyota Corolla and Seat Leon. You might also be tempted by Skoda's larger Superb, which isn’t a great deal more expensive.
To maintain this upwardly-mobile trajectory, the latest Octavia has an advanced suite of driver tech, as well a plusher interior and a sharper look than ever before. As ever, its underpinnings are shared by the Golf, albeit with the distance between the front and rear axles stretched to increase passenger space, and with a bit more metal added to the rump to make more room for luggage.
For now, four engines are available: a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol (badged 1.0 TSI 110) with 109bhp, a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol (badged 1.5 TSI 150) with 148bhp, and 2.0-litre TDI diesels with either 113bhp or 148bhp. The engine range will expand further with mild and plug-in hybrids plus a high-performance vRS with petrol or diesel power.
So, how does the Skoda Octavia stack up? Over the next few pages we’ll run you through what it's like to drive, how practical it is and how much it will cost you.
At a glance
|Number of trims||4 see more|
|Number of engines||8 see more|
|Available fuel types Which fuel is best for you?||petrol, hybrid, diesel|
|MPG range across all versions||256.8 - 68.9|
|Avaliable doors options||5|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£436 / £2,218|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£872 / £4,437|
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