The Skoda Octavia is one of the most practical, best-value and no- nonsense cars in its class, mixing impressive performance with low running costs and a comfortable, upmarket interior.
It's available as a five-door hatchback with a huge 590-litre boot, or as an even more practical estate. There's plenty of room inside for all the family, and with various storage areas dotted around the interior, there's enough space for all their stuff, too.
Based on the popular Volkswagen Golf, the cleverly packaged Octavia offers all the best parts of the VW – including a similarly upmarket interior, the same economical engines and decent reliability – but with more space, cheaper list prices and improved standard equipment. If the Skoda badge doesn’t put you off (and it shouldn’t) then the Octavia could be all the car you’ll ever need.
- Value for money
- Practical interior
- Big boot
- Firm suspension
- Dull styling
- Noisy diesel engines
The Skoda Octavia hatchback is a great-value, cheap-to-run and good-to-drive family car, with class-leading space and impressive long-distance refinement.
Although it's based on the Volkswagen Golf, the cleverly packaged Octavia offers a much bigger boot and even more space inside. There are plenty of cubbyholes, a logically laid-out dashboard and easy-to-read dials – making this one of our favourite family cars on the market.
Both company and private buyers will like the wide range of petrol and diesel engines, but few will need look beyond the economical 1.6-litre TDI diesel, which mixes rock-bottom running costs with admirable everyday performance and decent motorway refinement.
Customers love the Octavia thanks to Skoda's helpful dealer network and we love it because few cars can match its almost unrivalled breadth of talents.
- 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 economical
- Expensive compared to normal Octavia
- Four-wheel drive hurts fuel economy
- Only available as an estate
The Skoda Octavia Scout has four-wheel drive, protective plastic cladding and a raised ride height to make it the most rugged and practical estate in the Skoda range. The Scout has lots of passenger space and a big boot, plus it's offered with a choice of two diesel engines that are powerful and economical in equal measure. They combine with the four-wheel-drive system to make the Scout an excellent tow car.