Skoda Octavia hatchback (2005-2013): owner reviews

"Classy, well built and comfortable to drive, the Golf-based Octavia makes a smashing family car for drivers seeking space and quality on a budget."

Carbuyer Rating

3.5 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.7 out of 5

Reviews

Owner Reviews

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Common Problems

  • Suspension (2 cases)
  • Engine (5 cases)
  • Electrics (5 cases)
  • Other (9 cases)
  • Brakes (3 cases)
  • Electrics, Engine (1 case)
  • Gearbox / clutch, Other (1 case)
  • Engine, Gearbox / clutch (1 case)
  • Brakes, Electrics (1 case)
  • Brakes, Electrics, Engine, Gearbox / clutch (1 case)
  • Electrics, Gearbox / clutch (1 case)

Review 1 of 100

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2-3 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year

2005

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
-
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

54
Tell us what you think about your car?
-
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

50
Tell us what you think about your car?
canot fault it
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Semi Auto

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

45
Tell us what you think about your car?
The Skoda Octavia is built like a solid tractor. One of the most reliable cars out there (although a tad noisy on the inside).
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

44
Tell us what you think about your car?
-
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

50
Tell us what you think about your car?
-
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

42
Tell us what you think about your car?
always perfect
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

49
Tell us what you think about your car?
-
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

49
Tell us what you think about your car?
-
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

37
Tell us what you think about your car?
-
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

40
Tell us what you think about your car?
-
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

50
Tell us what you think about your car?
Very reliable but have had steering column replaced and only six months old.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2011

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

45
Tell us what you think about your car?
Has not gone wrong yet
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2011

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

40
Tell us what you think about your car?
Very reliable a great improvement on the diesel version.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2006

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

45
Tell us what you think about your car?
-
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

50
Tell us what you think about your car?
-
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Semi Auto

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

45
Tell us what you think about your car?
Does just what it says on the tin 100%
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

53
Tell us what you think about your car?
No faults at all !
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Semi Auto

Year

2012

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

37
Tell us what you think about your car?
No problems at all
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2012

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

35
Tell us what you think about your car?
-
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Semi Auto

Year

2011

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

47.5
Tell us what you think about your car?
It's OK
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Semi Auto

Year

2012

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

33
Tell us what you think about your car?
Nothing has gone wrong
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Semi Auto

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

35
Tell us what you think about your car?
I travel at least twice a year to Italy trough France chosing different routes and in all seasons and these Octavias never let me down(this is my Third).The DSG system also is the best partcularly for long trips.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

45
Tell us what you think about your car?
Was let down by a clutch failure at 25K hence the 4 score other that a brilliant car.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
After nearly 15,000 miles it's developing clutch judder, otherwise OK
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Semi Auto

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

40
Tell us what you think about your car?
never broken down or needed repair
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Semi Auto

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

40
Tell us what you think about your car?
No issues since new. One dealer recal.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2011

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

40
Tell us what you think about your car?
only 1 problem from new, coolant leak from water pump.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2011

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

40
Tell us what you think about your car?
Slight coolant leak at 2 months old, otherwise no problems.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

50
Tell us what you think about your car?
Few electrical problems when first purchased, fuel sensor
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2012

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

52
Tell us what you think about your car?
No problems whatsoever.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

40
Tell us what you think about your car?
No problems so far
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

47.5
Tell us what you think about your car?
Electrics very occasionally have a wobbly and water leaking into car only minor problems
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2011

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

35
Tell us what you think about your car?
I've had no reliability issues with the car.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

33.9
Tell us what you think about your car?
-
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2011

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

30
Tell us what you think about your car?
No problems at all
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

50
Tell us what you think about your car?
Although the most unreliable car I've owned, it's all been small niggly faults. However they build up over time to remove the trust in the car, especially with a young family
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

46
Tell us what you think about your car?
No problems at all
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2012

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

43.5
Tell us what you think about your car?
Faultless, this is the second one of these I've had, had the previous one for three years with no issues at all.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel

Year

2011

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

44
Tell us what you think about your car?
No problems so far
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

29.5
Tell us what you think about your car?
No expence except for wear & tear items. i.e cam belt
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Semi Auto

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

42
Tell us what you think about your car?
Only one problem since new - piece of metal banging against exhaust, fixed in minutes free by Skoda garage
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2011

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

38
Tell us what you think about your car?
Cannot fault it
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

32
Tell us what you think about your car?
Only had one problem. ABS unit faulty, fixed under warranty.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Semi Auto

Year

2011

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

32
Tell us what you think about your car?
Faultless
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2011

Avg annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

47
Tell us what you think about your car?
Very reliable with no issues over 50,000 miles.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Elegance, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2005

Avg annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
The octavia elegance has surpassed my expectations. I was hoping to replace the current car with another skoda, but the waiting time is just too long.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

vrs, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Practical but fun - always reliable
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

vrs, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
The car is excellent
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

SE, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Good quality family car that "does what it says on the tin".
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

SLX, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2000

Avg annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
The car is very reliable ,practical,enconomical and easy to drive .
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

vRS cr, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Cannot fault it for the money.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

L & K, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Brilliant value for money car
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

VRS, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
I bought it 12 months ago, the car was 4 months old at the time. The car has been fantasic . Running costs are below what i expected, petrol consumption is good for a hot hatch. Sports suspession can be a bit hard but i was aware of this when i bought it. Not the best view out of rear which can be a pain when parking in tight spaces but no worse than a lot of vehicles. I would recommend both skoda and the octavia model.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

VRS, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
The octavia vrs is a superb combination of economy and performance. It is practical yet sporty and meets the needs of everyday driving as well as weekend fun. This is my second vrs and it will not be my last.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

vRS, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Quick, practical, family car
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

VRS, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Overall vey good, but surprised with the problem i had ( broken wire) All previous skodas had been 100% reliable
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

vRS, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Fantastic car very underated. Have had 15 months of very happy driving. On several occasions has put a massive smile on my face. Love the car can't wait to drive it at weekends when the boot is empty of my work equipment.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

elegence, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Very pleased
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Excutive TDI, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
The car fits our lifestyle and has not let us down in any adverse road coditions.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

L&K 1.8tsi DSG, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Very reliable as i have the car for my disabled daughter i find that the size makes it comfortable for her to get in and out with ease. Also i finf that the skoda dealer very helpful with any help i need.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Elegence, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
A good car ruined by poor electrics and poor build quality. Three electical faults have occured, one involving the air bag and this took several attempts and eventually a lot of money to fix. Parts are difficult to get to to fix, for example the front of the car had to be taken appart to get to the intercooler. This model is not a s good as the previous model. Many of the improvements are just plainly annoying. The doors lock automatically when you drive along, and only the drivers doors open unless you attempt a double click on the fob which is quite difficult!
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

gti, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Is a nice little car:)
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Laurence and clement, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Really good value, really nice to drive, an a4/passat at a fraction of the price
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Elegance, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
This is my 4th skoda octavia, it was previously from a hire car fleet and had a few minor issues when i bought it but it is now totally dependable and a pleasure to drive long distances. I am a little disappointed with its economy, my previous car had the older generation engine and was considerable more economical, without any compromise on performance, the new bmw efficient dynamics diesels are better and might be my preferred choice next time.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

LX, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2000

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Good reliable all rounder
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

STandard, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Good vehicle -my third skoda octavia. Had troube with automatic tansmission -whic was fixed by the delaers and had troube with the boot closing which took a long time to solcve -intermittent electrical fault -not i feel the fault of the garage
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

elegance, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2004

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
The best of its type
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2001

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
I like it, its performance is good, it's economical and reliable.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Elegance, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

3 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Ambiente, , Diesel, Manual

Year

2003

Avg annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
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