There’s loads of front space in the Skoda Octavia; a very tall driver will certainly be able to get comfortable. Storage is better than most rivals, too. The door pockets are big enough to hold a 750ml bottle and the glovebox is a good, practical size. Behind the gearstick are two cupholders that will hold a large takeaway mug, and thanks to a special grip also allow you to open a bottle of water one-handed.
Skoda’s so-called ‘Simply clever’ package is a worthwhile and reasonably priced option, since it adds a removable phone holder that sits in one of the cupholders, and a lidded bin that fixes into a front door pocket. Without it, there is still a cubby at the base of the dash that is convenient for holding a phone, as it’s near the USB socket. SE models and upwards also get a central armrest, which doubles up as extra storage space.
A fold-flat front passenger seat is an inexpensive option on SE trims.
Skoda Octavia rear space
The Skoda has the best rear space of any family hatch. Behind a tall driver with their seat pushed back, even a long-legged rear-seat passenger will be able to lounge in comfort. There’s loads of head and elbow room, too. Unfortunately, the middle-seat passenger has no choice but to place their feet either side of the car’s raised central tunnel. At least big footwells mean there’s space for their feet, and the Octavia is the most comfortable car for three rear passengers in this class.
A central armrest with two cupholders is an optional extra on SE models, but standard on SE L and upwards.
Document pockets on the backs of the front seats are standard, and the deep door pockets are roomy enough to hold a 1.0-litre drinks bottle.
Skoda Octavia seating flexibility
The Octavia’s seating flexibility is all fairly conventional. Levers on the top of the rear-seat backrests release the 60/40 split-folding rear seats, although for added convenience you can opt for a second set of levers placed handily just inside the tailgate opening.
All but entry-level cars get a height-adjustable passenger seat with lumbar adjustment. A fold-flat passenger seat is a well-priced option on SE models, and will allow you to carry seriously long items if you need to.
Skoda Octavia boot space
The Octavia’s huge boot is a big selling point. Despite its sloping lid it’s as tall as the boots in most squared-off hatches, such as the Volkswagen Golf or Ford Focus, and has a much longer floor. You can also add various practical add-ons, including a double-sided boot floor - with carpet one side and an easily washed, rubberise surface the other – and various boot nets and dividers.
You can also add a full-size spare or a space-saver spare wheel, which sit beneath the boot floor without cutting into luggage space.
The only niggling irritation is that the 60/40 split rear seats leave a step in the boot floor when folded, and there’s no variable boot floor option to solve this problem, as there is with the estate.