The Skoda Octavia is a rival for the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra and the car upon which it's based, the Volkswagen Golf. It's larger and cheaper than its rivals, and buyers have the choice of hatchback, Estate or four-wheel drive Scout, which has beefed-up bodywork and offers limited-off road ability. All models feature generously-sized and well built interiors, and huge boots. Entry-level cars are a little short on standard equipment, but there is a huge choice of petrol and diesel engines and trim levels. Build quality is first rate, while a reputation for reliability means strong resale values.
- 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 renowned for space – there's always been lots of room inside for passengers and a huge boot for luggage, but the latest Octavia is bigger than ever. But that's not the only story – it's also better value than a Ford Focus or VW Golf and comes better equipped than those cars, too. Skoda's are famously satisfying cars to own, too, getting high owner ratings thanks, in part, to excellent dealers.
- Great value for money
- Huge boot
- Economical range of engines
- Still not that desirable
- Pricey options
- Only gets a three-year warranty
The Skoda Octavia Estate was awarded Best Estate Car in the Carbuyer Car Of The Year awards 2014 thanks to its mix of excellent build quality, comfortable cabin and fun handling. Thanks to a slightly extended wheelbase, the new Skoda Octavia estate is bigger and more practical than the car it replaces. The boot is a massive 610 litres, while the seats fold quickly and easily with the pull of a lever, to reveal a gigantic 1,740 litres – bigger than a Mazda6 Tourer or Ford Mondeo estate. There's a large range of economical petrol and diesel engines, too, with a choice of manual and automatic gearboxes and even four-wheel drive on top-spec diesel cars. If you want a solid, dependable and practical estate car that won’t cost the earth to run, then the Skoda Octavia might well be the car for you.
- Just as practical as standard car
- Impressive performance
- Safe and reliable
- Less economical than rivals
- Not as desirable as VW Golf GTI
- Noisy 19-inch wheels
The Skoda Octavia vRS is a rival for the Volkswagen Golf GTI and SEAT Leon Cupra, and while it has the same powerful engines available it also has a lot more practicality. It's available as a petrol or diesel, and both are fast and fun to drive, but the diesel offers better fuel economy. If you need extra boot space there's an estate version, too.
- Impressive practicality
- Powerful engines
- Great value for money
- Not as economical as rivals
- Not as comfortable as standard car
- Less desirable than rivals
The Skoda Octavia vRS estate is a high performance version of the standard Skoda Octavia estate. It gets the same engines that feature in the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Volkswagen Golf GTD but it also offers a vast amount of interior and boot space, making it incredibly quick and hugely practical as an everyday family vehicle. Its only real rival is the Ford Focus ST estate, although Vauxhall and Renault also offer fairly powerful estates in the form of the Astra Sports Tourer and Megane Sports Tourer.
- Well-built and spacious interior
- Four-wheel-drive excellent for towing
- Diesels engines are powerful and frugal
- Expensive compared to normal Octavia
- Four-wheel drive hurts fuel economy
- Only available as an estate
The Skoda Octavia Scout has four-wheel drive and a raised ride height to make this the most practical estate in the range. Its protective plastic cladding and raised suspension give it a more imposing stance to make this the best-looking model in the Octavia range. The Scout has lots of passenger space and big boot and can be fitted with a choice of two diesel engines that are powerful and economical in equal measure. They combine with the four-wheel drive to make the Scout an excellent tow car.