Skoda Octavia

Octavia removed from Scheme 1st April 2022

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.


Three trims are available, SE, SE Technology and SE L. SE trim has 16 inch Alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, lane assist,  10 inch touchscreen, LED headlights with LED daytime running lights and cruise control. SE Technology adds climatronic dual-zone air conditioning, Virtual Cockpit with 10.25″ display, satellite navigation, front and rear parking sensors. SE L trim has 17 inch alloys wheels, microsuede upholstery, rear privacy glass, heated front seats, adaptive cruise control and keyless entry.



There are two petrol and one diesel engine to choose from, the under 25 qualifying 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 (manual only) diesel offering with 114bhp can return 68.2 miles per gallon and still make it to 62 mph in 10.3 seconds.