Skoda Octavia hatchback

Price  £16,310 - £23,560

Skoda Octavia hatchback

reviewed by Carbuyer

  • Class-leading space
  • Cheap to run
  • Generous equipment levels
  • Design is a bit dull
  • Not very exciting to drive
  • Diesel engines are a little noisy

The Skoda Octavia is a family hatchback, and that's one of the most fiercely competitive classes around. There are extremely affordable and well-equipped models like the Hyundai i30 and Kia Cee’d, well-rounded cars from mainstream manufacturers, like the Ford Focus, SEAT Leon and Vauxhall Astra, and premium-badged models like the BMW 1 Series, Audi A3 and Mercedes A-Class. With all those choices, it's extremely difficult for a family hatch to stand out – but Skoda have managed to do that by making the Octavia a little different. It's bigger than its rivals, for a start, and looks more like a large family car such as the Ford Mondeo than the smaller Ford Focus it actually rivals. And because of this it offers class-leading levels of space and practicality. It also offers superb fuel economy thanks to a range of efficient engines. And it has a fair price tag, too, offering excellent value for money. It's a package that has impressed owners – the Octavia regularly ranks as one of the top 10 cars to own in the Driver Power customer satisfaction survey. And it's impressed us as well, because we gave it our 2013 CarBuyer Best Family Car award.