Skoda Octavia (2013-present)

The spacious and solid Skoda Octavia is one of the best-value new cars on sale today

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Plenty of standard equipment
Strong engines
Lots of passenger and luggage space

Weaknesses 

Uninspiring to drive
There are cheaper alternatives
More engine noise than rivals
Best New Discount

Skoda Octavia Diesel Hatchback 2.0 tdi cr laurin + klement 5dr dsg

Total RRP £29,595

Your quote £23,397

You Save £6,198

There's one very good reason why you might buy the Skoda Octavia over any other family car on the market, and that's space.

Inside the family hatchback's crisply folded bodywork is more room than you'll find in any other car of its class. It doesn't matter whether you sit in the front, the back, or poke your nose into the boot: the Octavia is enormous.

The 590-litre boot is larger than you'll find in a Ford Mondeo, which is a bigger category of car (and more expensive). The Octavia hatchback is also more spacious than most family estate cars, including the Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer and Seat Leon ST.

There's enough legroom in the back for three adults to sit in comfort, and for two to really stretch out in the supportive seats. Add in the various cup holders, storage spaces and cubbyholes, and you'll be able to cram in your family's travelling clutter, while keeping the interior clear.

On top of all of this is a car that also performs well on the road. It needs to because there are plenty of ways to spend your money on a family hatchback. These include the sporty Seat Leon, the characterful Mini Clubman or the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra, which combine comfort with nimble cornering.

The Octavia shares its mechanical parts with the Volkswagen Golf, as the brands are owned by the same company. Both cars have been engineered for comfort. The Golf is smoother - particularly at low speeds - but the Octavia isn't far off. The Skoda suffers from more engine and wind noise than in the Golf, but you'll still be able to hold a normal conversation at motorway speeds.

While the Octavia can't quite match the quality of the plastics used in the Volkswagen, its interior is still well-built and feels solid. A recent update to the car introduced more sophisticated and larger touchscreens across the range, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, for easier control of your phone, on every car.

The update also added more equipment as standard and introduced the four-headlight design at the front of the car, which makes it easy to distinguish the latest version of the Octavia: pre-updated versions have two headlamps at the front.

With its focus on comfort, the Skoda is not the car to choose if you're looking for driving excitement, unless you opt for the high-performance vRS, which has a sportier feel and fast acceleration.

The rest of the range has steering that's light but accurate, so it's easy to judge how much to steer in a corner, and to make smooth progress. The car's space does make it a little longer than most other family hatchbacks, but the other Octavia dimensions are fairly average, so it's easy to drive and park.

However, you don't feel very engaged with the process as a driver. The light steering seems to respond a fraction slower than in a Focus, Clubman or Leon, so there's little sense of the energy and agilty that would make driving on country roads enjoyable.

The engines, too are focused on economy rather than performance. A new 1-litre, three-cylinder petrol looks too small for such a large car, but is quick and economical. There are efficient diesel options too.

Low running costs will help to cushion the price of the car: Skodas are no longer a budget choice. In fact, the entry-level Octavia is more expensive than the cheapest car offered by a range of rivals, including the Vauxhall Astra, Kia Cee'd, Hyundai i30 and Toyota Auris. For around £1,000 more you could even have a taller crossover, such as the Seat Ateca or Nissan Qashqai, which offer a better view of the road, but not more space.

If you do want even more capacity than the hatchback offers, then the Octavia estate increases boot capacity slightly. The Octavia Scout is raised off the ground and comes with a four-wheel drive system for better off-road performance.

A five-star Euro NCAP safety score, advanced safety equipment and a track record of superb customer service from dealerships complete the Octavia’s very appealing proposition for potential owners.

Last Updated 

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 16:15

Key facts 

Warranty: 
Three years / 60,000 miles
Boot size: 
590 litres
Width: 
1,814mm
Length: 
4,659mm
Height: 
1,461mm
Tax (min to max): 
£140 to £200 in first year, £140 thereafter / Pre-April 2017 cars: £0 to £130

Best Skoda Octavia for... 

Skoda Octavia 1.6 TDI CR GreenLine III
All diesel Octavias will be pleasingly cheap to run, but the GreenLine is the special extra-efficient version with the very best fuel economy and CO2 emissions figures. It’ll cost nothing to tax and should eke out just over 80 miles from every gallon of fuel you put in.
Skoda Octavia 1.2 TSI 110 SE
The SE version – or trim level – of the Octavia includes a few nice touches that family buyers will appreciate, such as a central armrest, rear electric windows and extra safety equipment including a driver fatigue sensor and rear parking sensors.
Skoda Octavia 1.8 TSI Laurin + Klement
Skoda produces a specialised high-performance version, the Octavia vRS. In the core range, the fastest Octavia is the 1.8-litre petrol Laurin & Klement version with a manual gearbox, which does 0-62mph in just 7.3 seconds.
Skoda Octavia 1.2 TSI 110 S
It’s possibly a bit harsh to say you should ‘avoid’ the entry-level Octavia, as it’s a perfectly fine and well equipped car in its own right. It’s just missing a few nice touches and will be a little less desired on the used market when the time comes to sell or trade in.

Skoda Octavia History 

January 2013: Introduction of third-generation Skoda Octavia to UK
January 2014: More frugal GreenLine model joins the range

Understanding Skoda Octavia car names 

  • Octavia
  • Engine
    2.0 TDI
  • Trim
    SE L
  • Gearbox
    DSG
  • Engine
    The size of Skoda engines is given in litres (here it's 2.0). Diesel engines are badged TDI and petrol cars have TSI engines.
  • Trim
    The Octavia hatchback is available six trim levels – or versions, starting with S and progressing to SE, the company-car-focused SE Business, the efficient GreenLine III, the fully featured SE L and the luxurious Laurin & Klement.
  • Gearbox
    All engines offer the option of either regular six-speed manual transmission or the highly rated Skoda DSG twin-clutch, seven-speed automatic gearbox.

Skoda Octavia Engines 

Engines: 1.2 TSI, 1.4 TSI, 1.8 TSI (petrol); 1.6 TDI, 2.0 TDI (diesel)

Petrol or diesel is the first choice to make when buying an Octavia – unlike some rivals, there are no electric or plug-in hybrid versions being offered just yet. As always, petrol is the better choice for those who do mostly town driving or have fairly low annual mileage (less than around 10,000 miles) and diesel is better suited to high-mileage motorway drivers.

 

All Octavia petrol engines are turbocharged and identified by the letters TSI. Even the entry-level 1.2-litre performs well, getting the car from 0-62mph in a little over 10 seconds, so this is all the engine most buyers will probably need. If you do want more power, there’s a 1.4-litre version of the same engine that takes about two seconds off that acceleration figure, but suffers a slight drop in fuel economy, too.

 

The 1.8-litre petrol engine won’t be on a lot of buyers’ radar, as it’s only offered in top-spec Laurin & Klement trim. It does make the Octavia surprisingly fast, but average fuel economy only hovers around the 50mpg mark, depending on your chosen gearbox and wheel size.

 

Opening the diesel range is a 1.6-litre with 104bhp and very similar performance to the 1.2-litre petrol. It’s more economical, obviously, but also a little noisier when you’re on the move. The GreenLine III version of the Octavia gets its own slightly more powerful 1.6-litre diesel, which has near-identical performance to the 104bhp engine, but pushes economy over the 80mpg mark. Both 1.6-litre diesels have low enough CO2 emissions to be exempt from road tax entirely.

 

Next up is the 2.0-litre TDI diesel, a strong and smooth engine ideally suited to motorway cruising. Although road tax is £20 a year here, economy can reach an impressive 70mpg – remarkable when you consider the performance on offer.

 

Fuel

Mpg

Bhp

0 - 62mph

top speed

1.2 TSI

Petrol

56.5 - 57.7mpg

108bhp

10.2 - 10.3s

124mph

1.4 TSI

Petrol

54.3 - 58.9mpg

138bhp

8.1 - 8.2s

136mph

1.8 TSI

Petrol

47.9 - 50.4mpg

178bhp

7.3 - 7.4s

144mph

1.6 TDI

Diesel

72.4 - 76.4mpg

104bhp

10.6 - 10.7s

121mph

1.6 TDI

Diesel

80.7mpg

108bhp

10.6s

127mph

2.0 TDI

Diesel

64.2 - 70.6mpg

148bhp

8.4 - 8.5s

132 - 134mph

Skoda Octavia Trims 

Trims: S, SE, SE Business, GreenLine III, SE L, Laurin & Klement

The entry-level Skoda Octavia S doesn’t really feel like an entry-level car, as it has alloy wheels, a leather steering wheel, air-conditioning, an eight-speaker stereo, Bluetooth and DAB digital radio.

We think it’s worth spending a little more for SE, though, as that packs in dual-zone climate control, front foglights, rear electric windows, a front armrest, rear parking sensors and ‘driving mode selection’, which allows you to set the car up for greater economy or sportiness as desired.

As its name suggest, the Octavia SE Business is aimed squarely at company-car users and is available only with diesel engines. On top of the SE’s kit, it features satellite navigation and cruise control. The Octavia GreenLine III, meanwhile, gets the same equipment as the Octavia SE, but has some tweaks to its 1.6-litre diesel engine and incorporates features like low-resistance tyres to return the maximum possible fuel economy.

Above those models sits the SE L, which boasts leather upholstery, power-folding mirrors, a rear central armrest, rain-sensing wipers, a multifunction steering wheel. The even more luxurious Laurin & Klement (named after the founding partners of Skoda) has bigger 18-inch alloys, bright xenon headlights, LED rear lights, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assistance and parking assistance.

Skoda Octavia Reliability and warranty 

Skoda has long been a star performer in Auto Express magazine’s Driver Power customer satisfaction survey. This current version of the Octavia maintained that tradition in the 2015 edition, where it was ranked as the 11th-best car overall out of 200 models by owners, with a 42nd-place finish for reliability and 25th-place rating for build quality. On top of that, Skoda dealers are very highly rated for their customer service, so you should be well looked after even if something does go wrong. The one downside is the Octavia’s bog-standard three-year/60,000-mile warranty, which is trumped by the likes of Toyota and Hyundai (five years) and Kia (seven).

Used Skoda Octavia 

The Skoda Octavia makes a great choice as a used buy for many of the same reasons it’s a superb new car: space, efficiency, equipment and value. It has reasonably good residuals, so there are no absolute bargains to be found, but like most cars, depreciation is sharpest in year one, so there’s value to be found in low-mileage, year-old examples in particular.

Skoda Octavia with diesel engines vastly outsell petrol-powered examples when new, so if you’re after the latter in particular, you won’t have as many examples to choose from and may well need to be patient or look outside your local area to find the car you want.

Octavias are also popular as company cars, so there can be quite a few high-mileage diesels out there for sale. It’s probably better to keep an eye out for a lower-mileage example that was privately purchased and well specified from new.

Prices below show typical BuyaCar discounts for our pick of new and used models. Scroll down further for the very latest new Skoda Octavia deals or search for all new and used Skoda Octavia offers.

List price

BuyaCar new

1 year old

2 years old

3 years old

Best for performance

Skoda Octavia 1.8 TSI Laurin + Klement 5dr hatchback

Price

£26,630

£24,277

£17,100

£14,645

N/a

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9%

36%

45%

N/a

Best for families

Skoda Octavia 1.2 TSI 110 SE 5dr hatchback

Price

£17,635

£16,107

£13,850

£11,835

£10,440

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9%

21%

33%

41%

Best for economy

Skoda Octavia 1.6 TDI CR GreenLine III 5dr diesel hatchback

Price

£20,225

£18,412

£14,130

£12,095

£10,495

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9%

30%

40%

48%

Skoda Octavia Prices

Skoda Octavia Laurin + Klement

2.0 tdi cr laurin + klement 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,323

You could save up to: £6022

2.0 tdi cr laurin + klement 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 61.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,397

You could save up to: £6198

2.0 tsi 190 laurin + klement 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,736

You could save up to: £6149

Skoda Octavia S

1.0 tsi s 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £13,258

You could save up to: £4537

1.0 tsi s 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £14,332

You could save up to: £4713

1.6 tdi cr s 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 68.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £15,053

You could save up to: £4832

1.6 tdi cr s 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 72.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £16,127

You could save up to: £5008

Skoda Octavia SE

1.0 tsi se 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £14,370

You could save up to: £4720

1.0 tsi se 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £15,444

You could save up to: £4896

1.4 tsi se 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 54.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £15,258

You could save up to: £4862

1.4 tsi se 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 57.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £16,332

You could save up to: £5038

1.5 tsi se 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 57.7mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £15,516

You could save up to: £4904

1.5 tsi se 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 57.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £16,589

You could save up to: £5081

1.6 tdi cr se 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 68.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £16,166

You could save up to: £5014

1.6 tdi cr se 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 72.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £17,239

You could save up to: £5191

2.0 tdi cr se 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 65.7mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £16,804

You could save up to: £5116

Skoda Octavia SE L

1.4 tsi se l 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 54.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £17,006

You could save up to: £5149

1.4 tsi se l 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 57.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £18,080

You could save up to: £5325

1.5 tsi se l 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 56.5mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £17,264

You could save up to: £5191

1.5 tsi se l 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 56.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £18,338

You could save up to: £5367

1.6 tdi cr se l 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £17,914

You could save up to: £5301

1.6 tdi cr se l 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 70.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £18,988

You could save up to: £5477

2.0 tdi cr se l 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 65.7mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £18,552

You could save up to: £5403

2.0 tdi cr se l 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 62.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £19,626

You could save up to: £5579

2.0 tsi 190 se l 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £19,989

You could save up to: £5506

Skoda Octavia vRS

2.0 tdi cr vrs 4x4 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 55.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £22,690

You could save up to: £6075

2.0 tdi cr vrs 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 62.8mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,163

You could save up to: £5667

2.0 tdi cr vrs 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 57.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £21,404

You could save up to: £5871

2.0 tsi 245 vrs 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 42.8mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,873

You could save up to: £5777

2.0 tsi 245 vrs 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 44.1mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £22,067

You could save up to: £5973