Skoda Octavia (2013 – 2020) Review

Skoda Octavia (2013 – 2020) At A Glance

5/5

+Saloon shape but actually a practical hatchback. Far superior interior quality than outgoing model. Very practical with a large boot. Feels solid.

-Comfortable but not exciting to drive.

Insurance Groups are between 12–25
On average it achieves 81% of the official MPG figure

The Octavia is Skoda’s most popular car in the UK, so it’s no surprise this new model sticks to the formula that made its predecessor such a success. It’s practical, well equipped and offers excellent value for money – but this time around there’s more technology, better fuel economy and more space.

On the surface it might not look like a radical step forward. The styling is neat but subdued and in profile the car looks similar to the last generation model – but this time around it’s both larger and lighter, with weight savings of more than 100kg - which translates to useful fuel economy improvements.

There are plenty of thoughtful ‘Simply Clever’ touches throughout the Octavia. Features like a built in ice-scraper, reversible rubber boot carpet and door-pocket waste bin add to the appeal and make it stand apart from rivals, as does the large, 590-litre boot.

Four engines are initially available, two petrol and two diesel, all of which are familiar from other Volkswagen Group cars. The entry level 1.2-petrol and 1.6-litre diesel engines both have the same 105PS power output, while the 1.4-litre TSI petrol produces 140PS and the top 2.0-litre TDI engine produces 150PS.

For the best efficiency and lowest running costs the 1.6 TDI is the one to go for – it has CO2 emissions of 99g/km and a combined cycle economy figure of 74.3mpg – but none of the engines are particularly thirsty. Buyers won’t just save on fuel and tax bills, either – the new Octavia is in cheaper insurance groups than the outgoing model. 

Real MPG average for a Skoda Octavia (2013 – 2020)

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Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

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Average performance

81%

Real MPG

34–75 mpg

MPGs submitted

619

Diesel or petrol? If you're unsure whether to go for a petrol or diesel (or even an electric model if it's available), then you need our Petrol or Diesel? calculator. It does the maths on petrols, diesels and electric cars to show which is best suited to you.

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What used Skoda Octavia should I buy?
"In the new year, I'm going to buy a Skoda Octavia. I have a budget of around £7500 and will be looking for the cheapest running costs. Can you advise what model/price I'm likely to find, please? Thank you."
The first decision you need to make is whether to buy one with a petrol or diesel engine. You'll find a lot of diesel Octavias within your budget but these are only really suitable if you cover a lot of long, motorway journeys and travel more than 12,000 miles a year. If you do, the 1.6 TDI will provide the cheapest running costs. If you don't cover so many miles, a diesel won't be suitable for your journeys and you risk high maintenance costs. In this case, a 1.4 TSI ought to be reliable and cheap to run. Your budget will get you a 2016 model.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What's the best family car under £8000?
"What's the best family car up to £8000 and under 100,000 miles?"
A Kia Sportage could be a good choice. Cheap to run, practical and you may find one with some of its original seven-year warranty remaining. A Skoda Octavia's worth a look, too – both the hatch and estate are very practical.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Skoda Octavia 1.5 TSI - is it susceptible to hesitation issues?
"I have recently bought a 2018 Skoda Octavia 1.5-litre petrol with the DSG automatic gearbox. I have since discovered that this 1.5-litre TSI engine has been subject to some hesitation issues: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/news/driving-1/2020-07/volkswagen-confirms-no-further-measures-planned-in-regards-to-15-tsi-issues/ Are there any warning signs to watch for, or have most of the problems been ironed out? Andy Taylor, Nottingham "
This is the latest we've heard from Volkswagen Group (who own Skoda): "As far as we are aware the software update has been a success and no further measures are planned. We are unaware of any current cases relating to the 1.5-litre TSI engine." We still get a few complaints of issues but if yours is currently running fine, I'd be surprised if it showed symptoms in the future.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Which is better - the Skoda Octavia or Toyota Auris?
"I'm wondering about the long-term prospects of a 2014 Skoda Octavia 1.4 TSI DSG (which I'm being offered, at a low price) vs those of a 2015 Auris Hybrid (which I have). The Octavia is a few months older, but near enough half the mileage of the Auris (which itself has only done about 23,000 miles). The Octavia is mostly a higher spec and a sharper (if slightly less economical) drive. Would it be madness to swap my Auris for the Octavia?"
I'm a big fan of the Octavia - it's comfortable, practical and easy to drive. Toyota has a better reputation for reliability, but it was only marginally ahead of Skoda in our 2020 Satisfaction Index: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/honest-john-satisfaction-index-2020/top-10-most-reliable-car-brands/ The Octavia hatch and Octavia Estate both performed strongly for reliability in the list of best models: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/honest-john-satisfaction-index-2020/top-10-most-reliable-cars
Answered by Dan Powell

What does a Skoda Octavia (2013 – 2020) cost?

Buy new from £16,433 (list price from £21,210)