Skoda Octavia (2013 – 2020) Review

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.

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)


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Average performance


Real MPG

34–75 mpg

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Can I upgrade my Euro 5 car to Euro 6 to meet ULEZ standards?
"I've just bought a 2015 Skoda Octavia 1.6L TDI CR which is considered Euro 5. However, on a recent MoT, it came out with 'Emissions too clean'. I'm wondering whether A) it's possible to have the car individually assessed to pass ULEZ compliance, or B) whether there are any small upgrades I can do to get it up to Euro 6 standards to be ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) compliant? "
Sadly, the short answer to this question is no. Engine Euro ratings are weighted against a strict set of limits for CO2, NOX, particulate matter and many other compounds and gasses. To meet the latest Euro6 standards, a car has to be assessed in laboratory conditions - this is usually done by the vehicle manufacturer when the model is being developed. In theory, it's possible you could adapt a car to meet Euro6. But this wouldn't be recognised by the DVLA, TfL or Skoda. Dan
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Skoda Octavia 1.4 TSI - do I need to change the water pump at the same time as the timing belt?
"Could you please tell me if a 2016 Skoda Octavia 1.4 TSI needs to have the water pump changed at the same time as the timing belt?"
The water pump on the 1.4 TSI is driven by the timing belt and should be replaced at the same time as the belt, tensioner, pulley and aux belt.
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Should I buy a petrol or diesel car for my 35-mile commute?
"I'm looking at getting a used estate for around £15-18k budget. I'll need it three days a week to go between Bristol and Cardiff and would drive through/around Cardiff City Centre. I'll also do some long business trips as well, and holiday trips so likely around 8-10,000 miles per year. I've never owned a diesel and, of course, wary of any charges they may introduce for these cities, as well as running/maintenance costs. Which cars would you suggest?"
That reads like a round trip of 70-miles, which is more than enough for a diesel. I'd recommend something comfortable and spacious like the Skoda Octavia Estate 2.0 TDI or old shape Honda Civic Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC. The Civic will return 60+mpg:
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What's the best petrol family car for under £13,000?
"I have a budget of some £13,000 to buy a replacement car (no trade-in). I need to have better than 450 litres of boot space, front & rear parking sensors and a camera. I want a manual petrol car that will be reliable for family holidays for four people and their luggage. The car should be reasonably frugal but have a good turn of speed when needed. Ideally an engine with four cylinders and 1.4 litres or better. I will need to keep this for at least three years. What do you suggest? "
We'd recommend a Skoda Octavia. It's a sensible family hatchback with a huge boot. Look for one with the 1.4- or 1.5-litre TSI petrol engine. SE Technology models and above came with front/rear parking sensors, while a reversing camera was available as an optional extra. A Hyundai i30 could be a good alternative. SE models and above came with parking sensors and a reversing camera.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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