What's the used Skoda Octavia like?
For Skoda, a lot rides on the Octavia. It’s the brand’s biggest-selling model worldwide and when this third-generation model was introduced in 2013, its push slightly upmarket was seen as a bit of a gamble.
It soon paid off, though, with healthy sales and a rapid rise in the Octavia's reputation as a spacious, practical, good-to-drive and cheap-to-run family hatchback that can hold its own against premium rivals such as the Audi A3 and Volkswagen Golf. In fact, the Octavia shares a platform with those two cars, but it has been lengthened to provide superior interior and boot space. Indeed, there’s very little to touch it in the space and practicality department; there’s plenty of head and leg room inside and more than enough luggage room for a family.
On the road, the Octavia features a range of familiar Volkswagen Group engines. These comprise a 113bhp 1.0-litre petrol, a 148bhp 1.4-litre petrol (since replaced with a 1.5-litre), a 113bhp 1.6-litre diesel and a 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel. More explosive vRS versions are also available, in either petrol or diesel form. All deliver adequate performance and are capable of 0-62mph in less than 10 seconds, although the larger units are more flexible and better-suited to motorway cruising and cross-country driving.
There’s a choice of trims, too, ranging from the entry-level S up to the posh Laurin & Klement, which comes kitted up to the hilt.
Seldom will you encounter a car that offers such space and practicality, such easy-going refinement and such superb value for money as a used Octavia. Read on for our buying tips.