Skoda Octavia

Skoda Octavia Motability carThe 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.


Skoda Octavia Estate Motability car

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.



Skoda Octavia Motability car dashOpening trim level is ‘S’ wich is well appointed: 16 inch alloy wheels, eight-inch colour touchscreen – complete with Smartlink+, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, air-conditioning, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors and central locking. SE cars have nicer 16-inch alloy wheels, climate control, rear parking sensors and cruise control. SE Drive adds 17 inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, dual-zone air conditioning and height-adjustable front seats with lumbar support. SE L models have automatic emergency braking, alcantara leather interior, LED headlights and a built in sat-nav. Sportline models get 18 inch alloy wheels, sportier front and rear bumpers, a black grille, tinted windows and rear parking sensors as standard, leather steering wheel, sports seats with extra padding.


Skoda Octavia Motability car bootThere are three petrol and two diesel engines to choose from, the 1.0 petrol is all new, it has 115bhp and can take the Octavia to 62 miles per hour from standstill in 9.9 seconds yet still return a claimed 62.8 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 56.5 mpg is a good allrounder. The 2.0 litre diesel offering with 115bhp can return 72.4 miles per gallon and still make it to 62mph in 10.6 seconds, the larger, and considerably more expensive, 150 bhp two litre diesel offers lots of power, perfect for towing or if you travel with a full car, can return 68.9 miles per gallon.

Full Skoda Octavia Prices

 Autumn Best Buy – Skoda Octavia Hatchback ‘SE-L’ 1.5 petrol 150 bhp 6 speed manual  –   £695 Advance Payment  (£65.51 wpms)

Autumn Best Buy – Skoda Octavia Estate ‘SE-L’ 1.5 petrol 150 bhp 6 speed manual  –   £895 Advance Payment  (£68.90 wpms)