Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Skoda Octavia hatchback?
The Octavia is a large and immensely practical hatchback, so it might have been used for a variety of duties, including family chores and taxi runs. Always check mileage details and the car’s history. Look at the bodywork for signs of scuffs, which could be the result of tight urban car parks, and the wheels for any kerb damage. Check the operation of the seats and that they all fold as they should, and make sure the fabic is in good condition.
What are the most common problems with a used Skoda Octavia hatchback?
DSG automatic gearbox
Several Octavia owners have reported issues with the dual-clutch DSG automatic gearbox, with some reporting electrical glitches and others mechanical faults. It's therefore imperative to make sure that any automatic Octavia changes through the gears smoothly and without hesitation in both manual and automatic modes. Don't forget to get the car up to speed and check it uses all the top gears, too.
Sat-nav problems and electrical glitches
Other Octavia owners have reported glitches with the sat-nav system and other minor electrical niggles, so it's worth taking the time to make sure everything works OK. Some owners have also reported failure of the water pump, leading to large bills.
Is a used Skoda Octavia hatchback reliable?
In the most recent What Car? Reliability Survey, diesel models came high up in the family car class, finishing a little above the equivalent petrol-engined cars. Skoda came ninth out of 31 car makers in the survey, meanwhile, which is a great result.