What used Skoda Octavia hatchback will I get for my budget?
If you’re not put off by an older car with higher mileage, then Skoda Octavia prices start at less than £1000, but this will buy a tired example with well over 100,000 miles on the clock.
Up the budget to £3000 to buy a 1.9 TDI with 70,000 miles, or for £5000, you can get a facelifed 1.8 TFSI with 60,000 miles.
A well-equipped 2.0TDI CR Elegance with the DSG dual-clutch gearbox will cost upwards of £6500 while the overtly sporting vRS can be bought in facelifted form for £8500, which gets you a 2010 model with 40,000 miles.
How much does it cost to run a Skoda Octavia hatchback?
With a wide range of engines the Octavia’s official economy figures vary from 35mpg for a pre-facelift vRS petrol all the way to an impressive 74.3mpg for the Greenline II 1.6TDI CR.
Skodas also tend to perform well for real world economy; expect 45-50mpg for either the 1.9- or 2.0-litre diesels, 35-40mpg for the 1.8- and 2.0-litre petrols and an impressive 55mpg for the later 1.6-litre diesel. The smaller 1.4TSI petrol engine the can achieve more than 40mpg, too.
Road tax is free on the Greenline version, but ranges up to £270 for an older vRS model, while the vast majority of the 1.9- and 2.0-litre diesels are £110 a year to tax, though the later 1.6-litre diesels cost just £30 a year. Non-vRS petrol models range from £145 for the 1.4 TSI to £230 for an older 1.8-litre, so it’s wise to check the emissions figure for any prospective purchase before you buy.
Servicing is cheaper than many rivals, and Skoda has a fixed price scheme under which you’ll pay £149 for a minor service (10,000 miles or every 12 months) and £269 for a major service (every 20,000 miles or 24 months).
It’s worth noting that all diesel Octavias and most petrols have a timing belt that needs to be replaced every four years at a cost of £385 at a Skoda dealer, and it makes sense to replace the water pump at the same time for another £100.
Insurance costs are slightly cheaper than an equivalent Volkswagen due to Skoda’s cheaper repair costs.