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Skoda Octavia Hatchback (98 - 04) review

(1998 - 2004)
Skoda Octavia Hatchback (98 - 04)
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What used Skoda Octavia hatchback will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Skoda Octavia hatchback?

The 1.4-litre engine has a group 5 insurance rating and returns an official 42mpg. That makes it cheaper to run than the two 1.6-litre petrols, which return 36 and 39mpg, with insurance varying between groups 7 and 9.

Both the 1.9-litre turbodiesels provide excellent economy, with claimed 51 and 52mpg figures. You won't get that in the real world, but low- to mid-40s is perfectly achievable. Not surprisingly, the turbocharged petrol vRS is the thirstiest - mpg in the mid-20s is going to be the reality - and there's no getting around the group 16 insurance, although that's not so bad for a performance hatch.

Skoda dealers charge within the class average, but your money will go further with an independent expert instead. Servicing is needed every 10,000 miles, and provided you don't incur major mechanical problems, all the evidence shows that this is not an expensive car to run.