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)

RealMPG

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

634

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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Could you recommend something safe, reliable and economical for a long commute?
"My son has changed his job and has a new appointment some 60 miles from his home. This could involve him in mainly motorway travel for some months until he gets himself sorted out. He currently has a very nice 1989 Mercedes 190 2.6. This would clearly not be suitable for a 120-mile daily commute, even only for a few months. He has been looking at secondhand MINIs, priced up to £9500. He needs something safe, reliable and economical. Any suggestions?"
I'd be looking for something a bit comfier than a MINI. A soft, diesel car (maybe with an automatic gearbox) would be a good option for that kind of mileage. How about a Vauxhall Insignia? It's not a stylish choice, but it's very comfortable, cheap to run and represents excellent value for money (they're popular with fleet drivers for a reason!). A Volkswagen Golf would be a slightly more fashionable option, or a more spacious Skoda Octavia/Superb.
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What used diesel model should I buy for a 100-mile commute?
"I am moving to a new location, which means my commute will now be 50 miles each way, so I'm looking for a used car to cover this high mileage (mostly motorway). Although they are out of favour now, diesel still makes the most sense to me. What economical and, more importantly, reliable car would you recommend for this? I was hoping to spend no more than £10,000."
We'd agree that a diesel still makes sense for your mileage. A Skoda Octavia or the bigger Superb should be a dependable choice – they'll be very comfortable and cheap to run, too. Also look at the Toyota Avensis (a very dull car but one that'll last forever) or a Honda Civic. You could also look at SUVs like the Honda CR-V if you want a bit more comfort, although they'll have slightly higher running costs.
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Can you recommend a car for a growing family in London?
"We're trying to decide on potential used cars, budget is up to £7000 (cash), for 2 adults and, at present one infant (may well be 2 within 12 months!) plus a cocker spaniel. We live in fairly central London, too. I guess petrol is the right fuel, manual transmission preferable. Space for dog and baby/infant stuff is obviously important. We don't do many long (i.e. 100-mile) journeys but once lockdown ends there may be occasional holidays across the UK. We've wondered about Skoda Fabia, Seat Leon, Ford B-Max, Fiesta, Focus. Any comments are helpful! Thanks."
You're right to be considering a petrol car for your requirements. I think you'd soon outgrow a small hatchback like a Skoda Fabia or Ford Fiesta. We'd recommend a Skoda Octavia – you'll get a 2013-2020 model in budget. It's a really practical car that offers great value for money, and there's an estate version too if you need even more space. Take a look at a Honda Civic or Kia Cee'd, too.
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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.
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What does a Skoda Octavia (2013 – 2020) cost?

Buy new from £16,636 (list price from £21,210)