Skoda Octavia Review 2022

Skoda Octavia At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
Skoda has made this Octavia more upmarket than before yet it's still as practical and comfortable as ever. The quality shines through while it remains great value for money when compared with the competition. It may not be that exciting but the Octavia is an ideal family car.

+Extremely comfortable with excellent ride quality. Great practicality and a large boot. Even better quality inside than its predecessor. Impressive all-rounder.

-Aside from the vRS quite dull to drive. Jury is still out on the infotainment system.

New prices start from £20,965, brokers can source from £19,756

List all the qualities you want in a family car and we expect the Skoda Octavia will tick them all. Cheap to run, comfortable, well equipped and with lots of space, it's the blueprint for what a good family car should be. Compare it with the competition and it's incredibly good value too, yet with a high quality interior and plenty of tech, this has the feel of a premium car.

With the addition of the Golf-sized Skoda Scala to its model line-up, Skoda has been able to move the Octavia more upmarket, which you'll notice as soon as you get behind the wheel. Slap a Volkswagen badge on the steering wheel and you wouldn't bat an eyelid, so good is the finish inside. In fact (and whisper this) we actually prefer the Octavia to the latest Volkswagen Golf, so long the benchmark for quality among hatchbacks.

Of course, Skoda hasn't rewritten the rule book here. It already had a very solid starting point with the previous (and hugely popular) Skoda Octavia. And while this one may not look that different, it's improved over the old model in every key area.

And that interior is one of those key areas. Being a Skoda this is still a very practical family car of course. It has loads of space inside, an enormous 600-litre boot that's even bigger than before and is full of storage bins, big door pockets and Skoda's 'Simply Clever' features such as an umbrella hidden in either front door - something borrowed from the bigger Skoda Superb. Only the glitchy infotainment system lets it down.

Then there's the refinement. Thanks to a superbly smooth ride and little in the way of noise or vibration making its way into the cabin, the Skoda Octavia is a serene and relaxing car to while away long journeys in. There's nothing this size (and price) that rides so well.

Being a Skoda it's also cheap to run and all the engines will do at least 50mpg (according to official figures anyway) plus there's also a new PHEV version badged the Skoda Octavia iV that can cover up to 40 miles on battery power. Ideal for the school run.

Don't get us wrong, it's still a very good value for money car with prices starting £21,500 for the entry-level Skoda Octavia SE 1.0 TSI 110PS. Not only is that less than the cheapest Golf but the Skoda comes very well equipped for that money.

So while Skoda hasn't reinvented the wheel, it's made the Octavia better all around - and indeed made it a better all-rounder. If you want an affordable family car - step right this way.

Looking for a second opinion? Read heycar's review of the Skoda Octavia

Ask Honest John

Can I get a USB powered dash cam?
"I have a Skoda Octavia that was registered in 2021. I want to install a dash cam but there is no 12V power source in the front of the car. There is a USB socket in the roof console near the rearview mirror which would be a great place to provide power from. But I am struggling to find any dash cam that can be powered by a USB socket. Is there such a device ? "
You can power some dash cameras via a USB socket. The Garmin MIni is one such device that operates in this way: Many dash cameras still use a 12V power socket. If you buy one of these and wish to power it via the USB then you can buy a USB to 12v cigarette lighter socket adaptor for a few pounds on Amazon. If you do not wish to take this route, you may want to pay someone to hardwire the dash cam directly to the car. This will enable the camera to start up when you switch on the ignition and you won't have any wires dangling around the cabin.
Answered by Dan Powell
Can you recommend any dual clutch small/medium crossovers?
"For the last 25 years I have always had torque converter automatics as well as driving the odd CVT and I am now looking to change my car again. I have been somewhat surprised that although there are still a few autos around such as those produced by the PSA Group and some of the premium brands, most manufacturers are now only using dual clutch transmissions or a few CVTs. I understand the economy and performance reasons for this but are there any dual clutch small/medium crossovers that are as smooth as a good torque converter or CVT, particularly when creeping in very slow traffic or shunting backwards and forwards to squeeze into a tight parking bay? "
The latest VW Group cars – so cars like the new Golf, Skoda Octavia and Audi A3 – have twin-clutch gearboxes that creep at slow speeds, so they're not as tricky to manoeuvre into parking spaces and the like as an old dual-clutch. They're not quite as smooth as, say, the ZF eight-speed gearbox you get in BMWs, but they're pretty close.
Answered by Russell Campbell
Which petrol engine is good for motorway journeys?
"I travel three times a week on the motorways for 150kms per day. Which of the following engines will be ideal when it comes to ride comfort on motorways? With Skoda and SEAT cars, I see the petrol engines are 1.2 TSI with 86/95/105/115PS. After 2018 they are 90PS. With Suzuki, I see 1.6 and 1.0 BoosterJet in SX4 Cross and Vitara."
I would recommend the Skoda Octavia with the 1.0-litre 110PS petrol engine – it's a punchy motor that feels much quicker than the figures would suggest. Because the engine is small and light, Skoda can fit softer suspension making the Octavia very comfortable over bumps and it's quiet on the motorway with very little engine, wind or road noise. You should get 50mpg at a steady cruise, too. Here's our Octavia review:
Answered by Russell Campbell
Which car should I buy for motorway commuting?
"I am looking for a car for motorway commuting and I am spiralling down an endless rabbit hole of options! I drive around 500 miles a week - a mix of 80% double carriage/motorway and 20% single carriage/broads/town. Comfort and economy are important to me so ideally I'm thinking of a biggish car (though I'm not keen on SUVs). I do quite like my options too (i.e. adaptive cruise control, digital dashboard). My budget is around £30k and I'm considering the following: Mercedes-Benz C-Class or E-Class, BMW 3 Series or 5 Series, Skoda Octavia or Superb, Jaguar XE or XF, or Volkswagen Arteon. What do you recommend? "
The Skoda Superb estate scores well for user satisfaction and your budget will get you a post-facelift example with all the toys you mention. For ultimate comfort, the Mercedes C-Class is a good shout and it's just been replaced so there may be deals to be done on slightly older cars. The E-Class is even more comfortable and many of them will have been specified with air suspension that takes them to another level compared to the rivals you mention. The Jaguars offer a great balance between comfort and handling, particularly the XF, but they're feeling a little dated now. The BMW prioritises comfort at the slight expense of comfort, but both the 3 and 5 Series are still great cars to do lots of miles in.
Answered by Russell Campbell
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