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Skoda Octavia (2013–)

Last updated 14 October 2018

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.
Updated 25 August 2019

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Introduction

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. 

Watch AgainOur live Q&A session at the unveiling of the 2013 Octavia

Skoda Octavia 2013 Road Test

Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDI Long Term test

Skoda Octavia 2017 Range Road Test

Owners' reviews

4
Almost as good as a diesel
5
A great drive - and yes - simply clever
5
Very comfortable
4
OK - has good boot space
5
Great Car
4
Great all round package, amazing space for a small car
 

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