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.
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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.