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Skoda Octavia review

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9 Feb 2017 00:00 | Last updated: 18 Sep 2018 17:00

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Skoda Octavia hatchback running costs

The Octavia is very competitively priced against its rivals and is about the cheapest way into a car of this size. Don’t discount the entry-level petrol. It’s remarkably cheap and well suited to low-mileage drivers. Resale values, while not as good as those of a Volkswagen Golf, Kia Ceed or Audi A3, are still good by class standards and will better or match those of rivals such as the Ford Focus. PCP finance deals and leasing costs are competitive, if not class-leading.

The whole range delivers extremely competitive fuel economy. The 1.6 TDI 115 diesel is the one to go for if you really want to maximise this, while the 1.0 TSI managed an excellent 46.0mpg in our real-world test. But for something with a bit more zip as well as good MPG (38.3mpg in the real world) and low company car tax, the 1.5 TSI 150 petrol is our top tip. The 2.0 TDI 150 diesel is also good.

For speed demons, the vRS models are great-value performance models, although not the best hot hatches around.

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Skoda Octavia hatchback equipment

The Octavia is available in S, SE, SE Technology, SE L and Laurin & Klement trims. Hot hatch models are badged vRS.

All versions come with air conditioning, alloy wheels and the excellent infotainment system we detailed in the earlier section. There are a few key options you can’t add to S trim, though, so it’s worth stepping up to SE.

SE is our favourite for private buyers, because it adds rear parking sensors, manual driver and passenger lumbar adjustment, a front centre armrest, a multi-function steering wheel, cruise control, dual-zone climate control and rear electric windows. Despite having all this, it remains competitively priced.

SE L trim is also worth considering for some nice additonal extras, including privacy glass and power-fold door mirrors, as well as the lovely touch of an umbrella under the passenger seat – perfect for a rainy day.

The one to go for if you’re a company car user is SE Technology. It includes Infotainment Online connectivity with a wi-fi hotspot, plus front and rear parking sensors and adaptive cruise control.

Some of the options we think are worthwhile considering include metallic paint (for better resale values), a rear-view camera, a spare wheel and the Simply Clever package. This adds a double-sided rubberised and carpeted boot floor, rear-seat tablet holders and a waste bin.

Skoda Octavia

Skoda Octavia hatchback reliability

The Octavia’s standard three-year, 60,000-mile manufacturer’s warranty is pretty average these days. Kia offers seven years or 100,000 miles on its equivalent Ceed model. You can pay to extend the Octavia’s warranty up to five years and 100,000 miles, and fixed-cost servicing is available to cover the first three years.

Skoda as a brand does well for reliability, though, appearing in seventh place out of 31 manufacturers examined in our 2018 reliability survey – that’s above premium brands including Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, as well as Volkswagen and Seat. The Octavia itself also did well, with the diesel version finishing third in the family car class.

Skoda Octavia hatchback safety and security

The Octavia received the full five-star crash test rating from Euro NCAP, although there are rivals that scored higher marks in the individual sections of the test.

All versions have seven airbags as standard and rear-side airbags are available as an optional extra. Other standard safety features include stability control, hill hold assist, tyre pressure monitoring (which alerts you to a slow puncture) and a system that automatically brakes the car in the immediate aftermath of a collision to avoid a second impact.

Disappointingly, only SE L and Laurin & Klement models get automatic emergency braking with pedestrian protection (badged front assist) as standard. This important feature is standard on a number of competitors and should really be across the Octavia range, but at least it isn't an expensive option.

Blindspot detection, lane-keeping assistance and rear cross traffic assist, which automatically stops you if you’re about to reverse into something, became available from 2017 models onwards.

An alarm and engine immobiliser are fitted to every model and security experts Thatcham Research has rated it highly for its resistance to theft and break-in.

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Verdict

Pace aplenty, great handling plus a healthy dose of practicality, all for a pocket-friendly price

  • Smart, practical interior
  • Most versions are cheap to buy and run
  • Generous standard equipment
  • Not as comfortable as the VW Golf
  • Falling behind the pack for standard safety kit
  • Pricier versions are best avoided
There are 6 trims available for the Octavia hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
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