What alternatives should I consider to a used Skoda Octavia hatchback?
Cheaper Octavias find themselves up against the Vauxhall Astra, an ubiquitous but pleasant hatch that’s good to drive and comes with a practical interior. Entry-level versions can be a bit sparse and the diesel engines can be gruff. On top of that, the low-speed ride is a little firm.
The Ford Focus is great to drive, with a smooth and quiet Ecoboost engine in some versions and low running costs. Some of its rivals are cheaper to buy, however, and the Octavia offers more space and more kit, and also feels better-made.
The Volkswagen Golf shares its underpinnings with the Octavia, despite being a shorter and less capacious car. It’s brilliant to drive, well equipped, refined and comparatively cheap to run. On the other hand, it’s not as roomy inside as the Octavia and the interior is a little dreary.