So how can the new Skoda Octavia take on the likes of the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra, BMW 1 Series, and fellow Volkswagen Group family members the SEAT Leon and Audi A3? By taking a slightly unusual approach to most other small hatchbacks, that's how. The Octavia offers much more space inside than most of its rivals, and it's really great value as well, offering value-for-money prices with levels of standard equipment that are closer to the Hyundai i30 or Kia cee’d. It's also cheap to run because of its range of fuel-efficient engines equipped with fuel-saving features such as automatic stop-start for the engine when the car comes to a stop in heavy traffic. This approach has been so effective, in fact, that we named our 2013 CarBuyer Best Family Car award – great value, massively spacious and of genuinely high quality. What more can you ask of a family car?