Skoda Octavia Review 2023
Skoda Octavia At A Glance
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.