Skoda Octavia review

Category: Family car

Section: Costs & verdict

Skoda Octavia hatchback 2022 interior infotainment
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  • Skoda Octavia hatchback 2022 interior dashboard
  • Skoda Octavia hatchback 2022 interior rear seats
  • Skoda Octavia hatchback 2022 interior infotainment
  • Skoda Octavia hatchback 2022 front cornering
  • Skoda Octavia hatchback 2022 front left tracking
  • Skoda Octavia hatchback 2022 rear cornering
  • Skoda Octavia hatchback 2022 headlight detail
  • Skoda Octavia hatchback 2022 grille detail
  • Skoda Octavia hatchback 2022 interior front seats
  • Skoda Octavia hatchback 2022 boot open
  • Skoda Octavia hatchback 2022 front right tracking
  • Skoda Octavia hatchback 2022 rear tracking
  • Skoda Octavia hatchback 2022 interior dashboard
  • Skoda Octavia hatchback 2022 interior rear seats
  • Skoda Octavia hatchback 2022 interior infotainment
  • Skoda Octavia hatchback 2022 front cornering
  • Skoda Octavia hatchback 2022 front left tracking
  • Skoda Octavia hatchback 2022 rear cornering
  • Skoda Octavia hatchback 2022 headlight detail
  • Skoda Octavia hatchback 2022 grille detail
  • Skoda Octavia hatchback 2022 interior front seats
  • Skoda Octavia hatchback 2022 boot open
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

The Octavia’s model hierarchy is a little different to the Skoda norm. The usual SE variant is there, but it acts as the entry point here. SE Technology seems good value against the Ford Focus and Seat Leon, and even top-end SE L will set you back much less than equivalent premium models, such as the BMW 1 Series and Mercedes A-Class. The plug-in iV is available only in the upper trims, but is still competitively priced against other PHEVs.

Skoda is usually generous with deposit contributions, too, so expect a competitive monthly PCP finance rate unless you go for the business-oriented SE Technology model. Similarly, you'll find plenty of discounts on our New Car Buying pages for all but SE Technology trim. Insurance costs sit between the Focus and the Toyota Corolla.

See what your car really does to the gallon using our True MPG calculator

Equipment, options and extras

At first glance the Octavia's SE Technology trim offers the best value for money, costing hardly any more than SE trim despite gaining front parking sensors and infotainment upgrades.

Not that SE is poorly equipped – it gives you 16in alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, auto lights and wipers, heated door mirrors, keyless start and even an umbrella in the door.

There’s a bit of a price jump to SE L, but you get plenty of extra luxuries and some useful kit for your money, making it a justifiable indulgence.

Skoda Octavia hatchback 2022 interior infotainment

Reliability

Overview

First and foremost, the Skoda Octavia offers generous space for occupants and a massive boot that dwarfs most competitors from the class above, plus its plush interior and frugal engines make it a fantastic car for covering big distances in. The iV makes brilliant financial sense for company car users.

  • Plush interior
  • Huge boot
  • Low BIK rates for plug-in 1.4 TSI iV 204
  • Heating controls are in the touchscreen
  • Rivals sharper to drive
  • Touchscreen can be tricky to use on the move
New car deals
Save up to £1,708
Target Price from £22,323
Save up to £1,708
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Leasing deals
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