It is a truth universally acknowledged that bigger is better. The rise of the SUV has encouraged this, suggesting that whatever family hatchback you were looking at, you can more often than not get the same car but a bit beefed up. That usually means more passenger space, more boot space and more practicality.
Enter the Skoda Octavia, which instead, shuns the steroids and manages to offer estate-worthy space in the humble family hatchback figure to take on its Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf rivals. It’s class leading, in fact, and leaves those two in the dust when it comes to official boot space figures.
Indeed, even the hatchback Octavia has just 15 litres less boot space than the giant Volkswagen Golf Estate. Combine such impressive numbers with the Octavia’s comfortable ride, long equipment list and competitive price tag, and you’ve got yourself a car worthy of winning the What Car? Car of the Year award for best family car in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019. (We don’t talk about 2017.)
If you still need more, the Octavia also comes in estate form, and if you’re more speed than space, there’s a sporty Skoda Octavia vRS edition too, making the most of that winning formula. But is space enough to let the Octavia compete with premium German rivals, such as the Audi A3, or to take on its cheaper Toyota Corolla or Seat Leon competition?
Read on over the next few pages and we’ll reveal what’s good and not so good about the Octavia and whether you should choose one over its rivals. Whatever car you settle on, head straight to our New Car Buying pages, where you’ll find it for the best price, with the minimum of fuss.