In-depth reviews

Skoda Octavia hatchback - Interior & comfort

The interior has been given a technological overhaul

Carbuyer Rating

4.7 out of 5

Interior & comfort Rating

4.5 out of 5

The Octavia's interior has been completely revamped, with a new design that feels upmarket and modern. Gone are the days when the Octavia felt basic compared with the equivalent Volkswagen Golf; in fact, some will prefer sitting in the Skoda to the VW.

Perhaps that should be no surprise given that less than £2,000 now separates the closely related cars, but you also get more space in the bigger Octavia, which could be a winning factor if you have a family.

Skoda Octavia dashboard

Thanks to a digital revolution at the Volkswagen Group, the Octavia's dashboard has undergone a transformation. A Virtual Cockpit instrument display is now available, while a large 10-inch infotainment screen is standard, and now appears to hover in front of the fascia.

A sweeping metallic band spans from the front doors across the dash, giving it a strong look. It's also somewhat functional, providing a place to anchor your hand while using the touchscreen and a structure for the single row of buttons and middle air vents. An electric handbrake and small gear selector (in automatics) provides more central storage space for your smartphone and drinks.

Equipment

The Octavia launched with SE First Edition and SE L First Edition trim levels, both of which offered decent amounts of equipment, but are no longer available. A set of 16-inch alloy wheels, a 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit, rear parking sensors, an eight speaker sound system, climate control and cruise control were all fitted. 

SE is the entry-level model of the current line-up, with 16-inch alloy wheels, LED exterior lighting and a 10-inch touchscreen compatible with wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto Auto. For convenience, there's also dual-zone climate control, cruise control and voice activation.

SE L adds 17-inch alloy wheels, chrome exterior trim and tinted glass, 'Microsuede' upholstery, heated front seats, a 10-inch infotainment screen with sat nav and voice control, front parking sensors and adaptive cruise control. The related launch model, SE L First Edition, also gets ambient lighting, blind-spot monitoring and a powered driver’s seat.

Options

It's possible to add a variety of options to the Octavia, from styling items such as 18-inch alloy wheels, to practical items including a temporary space-saver spare wheel that costs £180. It's a shame Skoda's digital Virtual Cockpit is no longer standard, instead costing just shy of £500 for the SE trim. A number of rivals also offer a wireless charging pad on higher trims, but it costs around £300 to add to the Octavia. Dynamic chassis control (DCC) can be fitted to adjust the suspension through Eco, Comfort, Normal, Sport and Individual modes, costing a fraction less than £1,000.

Other items that owners may be drawn to include a powered bootlid (£640) and factory-fitted tow bar that can be folded out of sight, costing around £1,000.

Which Is Best?

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.0 TSI SE 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £21,425

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.4 TSI iV SE Technology DSG 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £31,130

Fastest

  • Name
    2.0 TSI vRS 5dr DSG
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £32,725

Recommended

Skoda Octavia hatchback review
Skoda Octavia
Skoda Octavia
1 Nov 2021

Skoda Octavia hatchback review

London ULEZ: what is the Ultra Low Emission Zone?
ULEZ Zone
Ford Fiesta hatchback
25 Oct 2021

London ULEZ: what is the Ultra Low Emission Zone?

Top 10 best family cars 2022
Skoda Octavia hatchback
Family cars
29 Sep 2021

Top 10 best family cars 2022

Have You Considered

Skoda Octavia hatchback review
Skoda Octavia
Skoda Octavia
1 Nov 2021

Skoda Octavia hatchback review

Citroen C4 hatchback review
Citroen C4 hatchback
Citroën C4
13 Oct 2021

Citroen C4 hatchback review

Most Popular

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022
Toyota Prius front 3/4 cornering
Best cars
17 Jan 2022

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022

UK road tax 2022: VED tax rates and bands explained
2021 Road Tax explained
Car tax
20 Jan 2022

UK road tax 2022: VED tax rates and bands explained

Top 10 best economical 4x4s, SUVs and crossovers 2022
Peugeot 3008 SUV front cornering
Best cars
6 Jan 2022

Top 10 best economical 4x4s, SUVs and crossovers 2022

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
10 Aug 2021

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Electric car charging station
Tips and advice
5 Nov 2021

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Car buying
21 Jan 2022

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
23 Jul 2021

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors 2022
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors 2022

Top 10 best electric cars 2022
Ioniq 5
Best cars
19 Jan 2022

Top 10 best electric cars 2022

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022
Toyota Prius front 3/4 cornering
Best cars
17 Jan 2022

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2022
Audi RS 3 driving - front view
Hot hatches
21 Jan 2022

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2022