Skoda Octavia (2013 – 2020) Review

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Skoda Octavia (2013 – 2020) At A Glance

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.

New prices start from £18,310, brokers can source from £17,167
Contract hire deals from £137.16 per month
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. 

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

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

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

81%

Real MPG

34–75 mpg

MPGs submitted

580

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.

ASK HJ

Is it worth buying a car if the sat nav SD card has been lost?
What is your opinion of buying a 2017 Skoda Octavia which needs an SD card for the sat nav? I just read a forum and it sounds a nightmare. I'm not good with technology.
A new SD card from a Skoda dealer will cost you between £250 and £350. I'm pretty sure the Amundsen system needs an official Skoda SD card to work properly. If the owner has lost or sold the original, demand the money be deducted from the price of the car. Or, better still, find another Octavia for sale that still has its factory-fit SD card: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/cars-for-sale/search/Skoda/Octavia/?l=0
Answered by Dan Powell
Which small cars offer the most amount of space for adults in the back seats?
I'm searching for a car (2018 onwards) that'll offer a relaxing drive. Which are the best and safest small cars (B segment) to travel with adults comfortably in the rear seats? It needs a decent boot, too. Also, in terms of reliability (excluding Toyota or Honda), which cars in the small segment are the best? Thank you for your help.
To answer your first question, most B-segment cars will feel pretty cramped for adults in the rear. You'd be better with a bigger family hatchback, although even these can be a little tight on space in the back. You could consider a Skoda Octavia - these have a huge amount of space. Have you considered a crossover SUV like the Peugeot 3008? These offer a lot more space. In terms of reliability, it is usually Honda or Toyota models we recommend. A Hyundai i20 or i30 could be a good choice, too - they're generally very reliable and come with a generous five-year, unlimited mileage warranty. This might be of interest: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/honest-john-satisfaction-index-2020/honest-john-satisfaction-index-2020-the-results/
Answered by Andrew Brady
Do you think this used car is good value?
I'd value your views on Ford Mondeo (67-plate) auto petrol 1.5, please. It's got 26,000 miles on the clock and your valuation is very good, as its priced at £13,999. Your site suggests between £13950-£16,400 at a dealer.
I'm a big fan of the Mondeo, but even I have to admit that the big Ford has been somewhat left behind by the competition in recent years. If buying secondhand, I would probably choose a Skoda Octavia. It's a really comfortable and practical car. Standard equipment levels are also high, which means you can get more for your money compared to the Mondeo when buying used: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/skoda/octavia-2013/ A budget of £14,000 will secure a 2018 or 2019 petrol auto. https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/cars-for-sale/search/Skoda/Octavia/?fuel=Petrol&gearbox=Automatic&l=0&p2=14000&s=PriceDesc
Answered by Dan Powell
Is buying an electric car for commuting realistic at the moment?
My daily commute is a 180-mile round trip on a variety of motorway sections, roundabout filled dual carriage ways and B roads. I currently drive a 2009 Citroen C5 diesel automatic. Tax is a whacking £350 and fuel is costing me an average of 15p a mile with 30k miles p/a. I am 6'4'' with a grumpy back and have found the C5 very comfortable to drive. Plus, the automatic is much less tiring than my previous manual car. I would like to get running costs down. Is it worth buying a modern car and is an electric car even realistic? I live on a terrace street with no charging points but do have the potential to charge an electric car at work. I also travel abroad regularly so an electric option would need to be happy sitting in the airport car park for several weeks at a time. I am not in a position to spend tens of thousands on a new car. I have investigated lease deals on various new/nearly new modern diesels as well as some hybrids. However excess millage costs that I would incur make this an unrealistic option. Also if I were to buy a newer car, in the back of my mind is its actual value with 2035 not too far off.
Electric cars make sense for a lot of people. However, with no home charging available and regular trips abroad, you'd have to be really dedicated to running an electric car for 30k a year. We'd recommend sticking with a modern diesel for your mileage. No matter which route you go down, any car's going to depreciate rapidly if you add 30k a year (hence high lease costs). The only way to avoid this is to run an older model like your C5 but, as you're probably finding, that'll result in higher maintenance costs. I'd look for a frugal diesel like a modern Skoda Octavia, Kia Ceed or Ford Focus. You could consider a hybrid but fuel costs will be expensive - hybrids are at their best around town.
Answered by Andrew Brady

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

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