Used Skoda Octavia Hatchback 1998 - 2004 review

Category: Family car

Section: Ownership cost

Skoda Octavia Hatchback (98 - 04)
  • Skoda Octavia Hatchback (98 - 04)
  • Skoda Octavia Hatchback (98 - 04)

Ownership cost

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.