Skoda Octavia (2004–2013)

Model History

September 2004

New Octavia on Audi A3/Golf V floorpan with same range of engines, plus entry 75PS 1.4 16v.

4,572 mm x 1,769 mm x 1,431 mm. Luggage capacity (5 seats up): 560 litres. Luggage capacity (rear seats folded): 1,350 litres.

Kerb weight: 1,420 1,545kg (excluding driver). Braked Towing Weights (12% slope): 900 1,400kg.

105PS 1.9 TDI probably the most sensible choice; obviously slower than TDI 140 but still does 120mph so more than fast enough for most people. TDI 105 DSG a bit disappointing. Can't be driven quickly without constantly changing gear, but reasonable at lower speeds.

I.6 FSI petrol engine is chain cam. Later 1.2 TSI. 1.4 TSI and 1.8 TFSI petrol engines all chain cam.

In UK December 2005, BWA 2.0 litre TFSI belt cam 200PS vRS hatch replaced AUQ 1.8 litre 20vT belt cam 180PS VRS. 2.0 VRS had a 0-60mph of 7.0 seconds and top speed 149mph. Torque is 280Nm at 1800 to 5000 rpm. Available in hatch and estate versions. Estate does 0-60mph in 7.2 seconds with top speed 148mph.

October 2007

New and improved Columbus satellite navigation system announced. Offered buyers new functions and touch-screen technology. 6.5-inch birds-eye view map display, 30GB hard disc for storing mapping data and music, an auxiliary socket for connecting MP3 players and a DVD player function (cas has to be stationary). Prices start at £1,380. The Colombus navigation system is available on all Octavias except base Classics.

March 2008

Skoda Octavia Scout 4WD estate introduced with 2.0 TDI PD diesel engine with 103 kW (140PS) or 2.0 FSI petrol engine with 110 kW (150PS). Diesel is fitted with a diesel particle filter (DPF) as standard. Both engines are combined with a six-speed manual transmission and Haldex clutched 4-motion/quattro four wheel drive system. 16mm more ground clearance. 17" wheels.

Scout features a robust, muscular appearance combined with a sure-footed 4x4 system that allows it tackle a multitude of different surfaces. CO2 for the 2.0FSI is 207g/km CO2 and for the 2.0-litre TDI PD 173g/km. Both came with a second generation Haldex clutch that allows up to 98% of power to be transferred between the front and rear wheels. Pricing started at £17,725 for the 2.0-litre FSI 150PS to £19,670 for the 2.0-litre TDI PD 140PS. Standard equipment included twin chrome exhausts, 17 inch Proteus alloy wheels, a luggage net in the boot, sunset glass, dual zone air con, ESP, headlight washers, rear acoustic parking sensors, cruise control and aluminium pedals.

September 2008

All Octavia vRS ordered fitted with the following items as standard:

* 18 Zenith Alloys
* Dual Zone Climate Control
* Jumbo box central armrest with 3.5mm auxiliary in socket
* Rear electric windows
* Cruise control

October 2008

BWA 2.0 litre TFSI belt cam 200PS vRS petrol engine was replaced by CCZA 2.0 litre TSI chain cam 200PS engine, still Turbocharged Fuel Stratified Injection but name changed to TSI.

January 2009

Octavia facelifted with an extensive exterior and interior revamp. Prices increased by average of £473 for the Octavia Hatch and £478 for the Octavia Estate. Partially re-designed interior which features a range of new steering wheels, new stereo systems and new upholstery. Octavia trim levels now S, SE and Elegance and come with new alloy wheels and two new paint colours Arctic Green Metallic and Aqua Blue Metallic. New 1.4 TSI 122bhp engine replaces the 1.6 FSI 115bhp engine and the 2.0 FSI 200bhp engine with DSG transmission will be introduced on the Octavia vRS.

April 2009

New Limited Edition Octavia vRS announced - only 500 cars. Over £1,900 worth of added equipment for an added cost of only £750, which includes: Bespoke design Italian leather seats, Metallic paint, Limited Edition 18 alloys, New touch screen Bolero radio, 3 spoke leather steering wheel, New interior dash trim, Maxi-dot computer. Red and black limited edition badging on the rear. Features Anthracite Grey metallic paint available for the first time on vRS, dynamic multi-spoke limited edition 18 alloys, while the Octavias interior has been produced with bespoke design black and grey premium grade Italian leather sports seats. Also dual zone climate control, cruise control and Bolero touch screen 6 CD auto changer as standard.

The facelifted vRS has a redesigned front grille featuring the vRS logo and bold headlamps, which for the first time can be fitted with xenon headlights combined with the adaptive front lighting system. The car has two more completely new features: front fog lamps with optional cornering function and LED lamps for daytime lighting. The rear lights have been redesigned to look more attractive and new 18 Neptune alloy wheels are available.

Other changes to the vRS include a new metallic paint, Anthracite, and a lowered (now 127mm) sports-tuned chassis. The car is also lighter the petrol version by 20kg and the diesel by 15kg. With reduced air resistance the maximum speed of the vRS is now higher and the cars responsiveness and acceleration have also been improved.

The vRS is available with a choice of two engines, which both comply with the EU5 standard. The chain cam EA888 2.0 T FSI 200bhp replaced the belt cam CLDG EA113 2.0 and offered fuel consumption of 37.7mpg (combined cycle) and CO2 emissions of 175g/km. The 2.0 TDI CR 170bhp offers 49.6mpg (combined cycle) and emits 150g/km of CO2. Both engines are available with a six-speed manual twin-clutch DSG transmission.

The Scout range is an established and popular part of kodas portfolio, and the new Octavia Scout is the flagship of the line. Since its introduction in 2007, more than 22,000 customers have bought the Octavia Scout.

The new Scout has a redesigned front grille, bold headlamps and body-coloured side mouldings. The front fog lights can be fitted with the optional cornering function and the large front bumper emphasises the cars rugged appearance. A new metallic paint, Rosso Brunello, is also available across the Octavia range.

With 179mm ground clearance and efficient chassis protection, the Octavia Scout can also handle itself off-road. The all-wheel drive system features the fourth-generation Haldex clutch, which can transfer as much as 86 per cent of the torque to a single wheel.

The Scout is available with two engines the petrol 1.8 TSI 160PS (Euro 5) and diesel 2.0 TDI PD DPF 140PS (EU4) combined with a six-speed mechanical transmission.

In the Practical Caravan Towcar Awards 2010 the Skoda Octavia Estate 1.6 TDI CR GreenLine won the Green Award.

October 2010

One version of Octavia 1.6 TDI now officially down to 109g/km, so £20 tax. Skoda also announced the Green E Line concept is based on the Škoda Octavia Combi. With its modular chassis design, this series-production car is the ideal option in terms of arranging the batteries, electronic control units and the electric engine with its constant power of 60 kW and max. power of 85 kW.

Available right after the start (as is typical of this type of drive), the maximum torque of 270 Nm gives the car enough power for sharp acceleration and a good amount of agility and responsiveness, which the driver will appreciate mainly in busy city traffic. The Octavia Green E Line accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just twelve seconds, and the car's maximum speed is limited to 135 km/h.

The electricity for the Octavia Green E Line is supplied by a modern lithium-ion battery. With a range-per-charge of 140 kilometres, the Škoda Octavia Green E Line comfortably meets the requirements of most everyday commuters in Europe. Located under the middle and rear parts of the floor and extending partly into the luggage compartment, the 26.5 kWh battery is made up of 180 lithium-ion cells (diameter 150 mm, length 650 mm) and weighs about 315 kilograms. However, the battery has almost no impact on the volume of the passenger and luggage compartments. The Octavia Green E Line is fitted with five comfortable seats, and its passenger compartment is identical with that of the Octavia Combi with a combustion engine.

With smart dashboard indicators, the driver of the Octavia Green E Line always stays in control. The computer screen provides continuous information including instant output, power consumption, battery charge and the remaining range. The navigation display describes the energy flow, i.e., informs the driver that the electric engine is being supplied with electricity or, on the contrary, that it is generating electricity as the car decelerates or goes downhill.

The look of the Škoda Octavia Green E Line conveys the environmental-friendliness of its electric drive.Pearl-white exterior colour and elegant chrome-trim on both the front and rear of the vehicle as well as on the wheels create an impressive contrast with the glossy black roof with integrated energy-generating photovoltaic panels.

Škoda Auto is planning to create a test fleet of Octavias Green E Line in 2011 with the objective of obtaining additional information relevant to the further development of the electric drive.

November 2010

Automatic DSG transmission offered with 2.0 TDI CR 140bhp four-wheel drive on Octavia and Superb model lines

The four-wheel drive system is designed to tackle conditions that would leave two-wheel drive competitors stranded. Power distribution is controlled electronically by a fourth-generation Haldex clutch. Under normal traction conditions, 96% of the total power is directed to the front axle. In adverse weather conditions – similar to those experienced in the UK last winter – the Haldex system reacts in a split second to redirect power to those wheels with better traction, greatly increasing driving safety.

The 4×4′s capabilities aren’t limited to wintery conditions. In summer months the 4×4 technology will ensure that towing caravans and trailers is easier and safer, and because drive to the rear wheels is disengaged when not required, there’s little adverse effect on fuel consumption.

The introduction of an automatic twin-clutch DSG gearbox to the existing 2.0 TDI CR 140bhp engine adds to Škoda’s broad range of four-wheel drive cars which now includes Octavia Estate, Octavia Scout, Yeti, Superb hatch, and Superb Estate.

Available to order in the UK from November 2010, with prices starting at £21,705.

Model Trim CO 2 Torque CO 2 PRICE (OTR)
Octavia Estate 4x4 156 4,200 156 38.7 (7.3) 54.3 (5.2) 47.9 (5.9) £21,705
Octavia Estate Scout 162 4,200 162 38.2 (7.4) 51.4 (5.5) 45.6 (6.2) £22,830

May 2011

New SE Plus trim introduced along with two new engines

The new SE Plus trim sits between SE and range-topping Elegance models, and offers customers savings of up to £1,310. It’s offered on a wide range of Škoda’s fuel-efficient petrol and diesel engines, including two new engines available exclusively on SE Plus trim. The new 1.8 TSI 152PS engine will be available on Yeti, Octavia and Superb and the new 2.0 TDI CR 110PS engine will be available on Octavia.

Additional features above SE trim include 16-inch Proxima alloy wheels, unique Kristal upholstery, rear parking sensors, Isofix front passenger seat, Amundsen touch-screen satellite navigation system, Bluetooth telephone connectivity, multi-function steering wheel and Media Device Interface (MDI) with connecting cable.

Equipment value over SE £2,270
Customer premium over SE £960
Saving £1,31

New Engines:

Octavia Hatch Octavia Hatch Octavia Estate Octavia Estate
SE Plus 1.8 TSI 152PS SE Plus 2.0 TDI 110PS SE Plus 1.8 TSI 152PS SE Plus 2.0TDI 110PS
CO2 (g/km) 158 126 158 126
Engine & Drivetrain
CC 1,798 1,968 1798 1,968
Transmission type Manual Manual Manual Manual
0 to 62 mph (sec) 7.8 11 7.9 11.1
Engine power – PS 152 110 152 110
– at RPM 4500-6200 4200 4500-6200 4200
Engine torque – NM 250 280 250 280
– at RPM 1500-4500 1750-2750 1500-4500 1750-2500
Top speed (mph) 135 121 136 121
Fuel consumption
Urban (mpg) 29.7 46.3 29.7 44.8
Extra urban (mpg) 51.4 70.6 51.4 65.7
Combined (mpg) 40.9 58.9 40.9 57.6

September 2012

Skoda launches two UK limited-edition versions of the Octavia – the Octavia SE Connect and Octavia vRS Blackline.

The Octavia SE Connect is based on the SE trim, but features £1,680 worth of extra equipment. From 4 September 2012, Skoda is offering an additional 25% off the Octavia SE Connect, meaning this is available as a hatch from £13,990 OTR (originally £18,650 OTR). The price of the estate is reduced from £19,690 to £14,760 OTR.

The Octavia SE Connect comes with a 1.6 TDI CR 105PS DPF engine and manual transmission with CO2emissions of just 119g/km.

A generous standard equipment list extends to 16-inch ‘Crateris’ alloy wheels, rear acoustic parking sensors and GSM II telephone preparation and metallic paint, plus ŠKODA’s mobile device interface (MDI) connectivity package and Maxidot functionality. Just 2,000 of these cars are available to order now from Skoda dealers.

The Octavia vRS Blackline is a limited-edition version of the performance flagship Octavia vRS. It is on sale now in both hatch and estate body styles and featuring 18-inch black alloy wheels, acoustic rear parking sensors, Amundsen satellite navigation system, DAB radio and vRS leather upholstery. In total, this represents more than £1,900 of extras.

Three colours are available: Candy White, Black Magic pearl effect or Race Blue metallic. The Octavia vRS Blackline comes with the 2.0-litre TDI CR 170PS DPF engine with either a six-speed manual or six-speed DSG automatic transmissions. Prices range from £21,260 to £23,495 OTR depending on which body style and gearbox is selected. 500 of these cars are now available nationwide to order from Skoda dealers.

February 2016

Haynes Manual Available Skoda Octavia 2004-2012: Skoda Octavia Models: hatchback and estate with PD and common rail turbo-diesel engines; Diesel 1.9 litre (1896cc) and 2.0 litre (1968cc). The instructions are easy to follow and provide information on maintenance, servicing, fault finding, brakes and electrics. £22.99.

September 2019

Haynes Manual Available Skoda Octavia Diesel May 2004 - February 2013. ISBN 978-1-78521-430-1. Price £22.95. From: (possibly a reannouncement of 4-2-2016)

What does a Skoda Octavia (2004 – 2013) cost?

List Price from £21,515
Buy new from £16,136
Contract hire from £137.16 per month