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 car with a full history and an average mileage from an independent dealer. Meanwhile, £10,000-£12,000 should secure you a 2017 facelifted car, bought the same way, and £12,000-£16,000 will get you the earliest of the 2018 and 2019 cars, often from franchised dealers.
How much does it cost to run a Skoda Octavia hatchback?
The diesel-engined cars are, unsurprisingly, the most economical – but not by as huge a margin as you might think. Having said that, the 1.6 TDI 115 engine helps the Octavia achieve a claimed average fuel consumption of 68.9mpg, under the old NEDC tests, or 57.7mpg under the newer, tougher WLTP tests, while the 2.0 TDI 150, which is one of our favourite engines, achieves 65.7mpg, or 56.5mpg under the WLTP.
The 1.0 TSI 115 three-cylinder petrol engine is a more recent addition to the range, but this sprightly performer can return a claimed 58.9mpg under the NEDC, and 52.3mpg under the WLTP. The 1.4 TSI 150 petrol engine can return a claimed 54.3mpg, while the latest 1.5-litre engined Octavia can claim an average of 57.7mpg, or 51.4mpg under the WLTP tests.
Annual car tax (VED) is charged according to CO2 emissions on cars registered before April 2017, and at a flat rate (currently £145 a year) on models registered after that date.
Servicing is cheaper than many rivals and Skoda has a fixed price scheme under which you’ll currently pay £149 for a minor service (10,000 miles or every 12 months) and £269 for a major one (every 20,000 miles or 24 months) on cars more than three years old.
It’s worth noting that all diesel Octavias and most petrols have a timing belt that needs to be replaced every four years at a Skoda dealer. 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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