Skoda Octavia

The Skoda Octavia is a medium sized hatchback (disguised as car with a boot) and an Estate, it is bigger than its rivals, the Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf and Vauxhall Astra, with a class leading 590 litres of luggage space on top of increased legroom for rear passengers thanks to a wheelbase increased by 10cm over the old model. The new Octavia is a smart looking car, not pulse racing in design but a distinct improvement on the old model. It is comfortable, despite the ride being a little firm, and the 102kg weight loss improves the handling.  Power comes from a collection of Volkswagen Group engines (Skoda is owned by Volkswagen) and all have their merits, The new Octavia offers excellent value and would be a wise choice for your shortlist.

 

The Skoda Octavia Estate offers all the benefits of the Hatchback with the advantage that you do not have to fight with the high boot lip, storage is increased to 610 litres and to a massive 1740 litres when the rear seats are folded flat. The estate attracts a circa £100 – £300 premium over the price of the Hatchback car.

 

Four trims are available, SE First Edition, SE Tech, SEL and SEL First Edition, the first editions offer the best bang for your buck. SE First Edition models have 16 inch alloy wheels, a 10 inch touchscreen infotainment display featuring Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity, 10.25in digital driver’s display, DAB radio, four USB ports, dual-zone air con, cruise control, rear parking sensors, automatic lights and wipers. SE-L First Edition trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, headlight washers, keyless entry and go, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control and dual-zone climate control.

 

There are two petrol and one diesel engine to choose from, the 1.0 petrol has 108bhp and can take the Octavia to 62 miles per hour from standstill in 10.8 seconds yet still return a claimed 54.8 miles per gallon, if you only do limited miles then this is the engine to go for. The 1.5 petrol with 148 bhp offers hot hatch performance with a 0-62 time of 8.2 seconds and economy of 52.2 mpg is a good allrounder. The 2.0 litre diesel offering with 114bhp can return 68.2 miles per gallon and still make it to 62 mph in 10.3 seconds. The larger, and considerably more expensive, 148 bhp two litre diesel offers lots of power, perfect for towing or if you travel with a full car, can return a claimed 67.6 miles per gallon.

Full Skoda Octavia Prices

Winter Best Buy – Skoda Octavia Hatchback ‘SE First Edition’ 1.5 petrol 148bhp 6 speed manual  –  £595 Advance Payment  (£67.06 wpms)

Winter Best Buy – Skoda Octavia Estate ‘SE First Edition 1.5 petrol 148bhp 6 speed manual  –   £795 Advance Payment  (£68.38 wpms)