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.
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.