What used Skoda Octavia hatchback will I get for my budget?
Around £3500 seems to be the starting point for a 2013 Octavia, although cars bought at this price will probably have a high mileage or some Cat D history. It might be better to plan to spend in excess of £5000, as this will get you a clean car with a service history and an average mileage for the year, bought privately or from a trader. Up the wedge to between £8000 and £10,000 and you should find a good 2015 or 2016 car with a full history and an average mileage from an independent dealer. Meanwhile, £10,000-£12,000 should secure you a 2017 or 2018 facelifted car, bought the same way, and £12,000-£16,000 will get you 2018 and 2019 cars, often from franchised dealers.
Not all engines were available before the April 2017 tax changes, so we're concentrating on the ones that are here. The 1.6 TDI has the lowest figure of 99g/km, while our preferred 2.0 TDI puts out 117g/km. The best petrol is the 1.0 with 104g/km. Pay attention to which 1.4 petrol you have because the 148bhp version has lower emissions (118g/km) compared with the 138bhp model (121g/km).
The slow-selling 1.2 and 1.8 petrols put out 114g/km and 141g/km, respectively.
Annual car tax (VED) is based upon CO2 emissions for cars registered before April 2017, and is charged at a flat rate for cars registered after that date (until April 2022). This is currently £165 per year.
Servicing is cheaper than many rivals and Skoda has a fixed price scheme for cars over three years old where an oil change is £184, along with periodic intervals for the air filter (£45), pollen filter (£35) and - where equipped - diesel fuel filter (£59).
It’s worth noting that all diesel Octavias and most petrols have a timing belt that needs to be replaced every five years at a Skoda dealer at a cost of £449. In addition, it makes sense to replace the water pump at the same time.
Insurance costs are slightly cheaper than an equivalent Volkswagen due to Skoda’s cheaper repair costs.
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