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Skoda Octavia Estate - MPG, running costs & CO2

A range of efficient petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid powertrains keep costs low

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Skoda has the benefit of being able to pick engines from all across the Volkswagen Group, and its petrols and diesels feature the latest efficiency-boosting technology. This can include mild-hybrid hardware that uses a 48-volt starter motor and battery to harvest energy when the Octavia slows down. Once captured, this electric reserve can allow engine-off coasting, extended stop/start and a torque boost under acceleration to reduce fuel consumption.

Skoda Octavia Estate MPG & CO2

The official economy figures for the Octavia Estate suggest it won’t cost the earth to run for a large family car. The entry-level 1.5-litre TSI petrol is capable of up to 52.3mpg with a manual gearbox, while CO2 emissions of around 122-125g/km make it an affordable choice for company-car drivers. Go for the automatic e-TEC version and it gets mild-hybrid tech to improve efficiency, so this model is capable of up to 55.4mpg and emits just 115-118g/km of CO2.

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For high mileage drivers, the 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine is available in both 114bhp and 148bhp power outputs. The lower-powered engine returns up to 64.2mpg with emissions between 114-117g/km of CO2 with a six-speed manual, while the more powerful unit is capable of 61.4mpg and emits 120-123g/km of CO2. 

As of the facelift, the plug-in hybrid Octavia iV is no longer available with no plans to reintroduce it. When it was last offered, it used a 1.4-litre petrol engine with a 13kWh battery and an electric motor producing a total power output of 201bhp. It’s capable of around 35 miles of pure-electric running, and fuel economy of 282.5mpg is the official line. You’ll only achieve that with dedicated home charging and rarely using the engine. Sitting in the low 12% Benefit-in-Kind tax bracket, this should be the top pick for company car drivers.

Insurance groups

Insurance groups for the Octavia Estate start with the 1.0-litre petrol, which sits in group 11; the 113bhp 2.0-litre TDI sits in group 15, and the 1.5-litre TSI petrol engine sits in group 18, with the 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine placed in insurance group 19 regardless of trim level. Diesel versions of the high-performance Octavia vRS sit in group 25, while the petrol is the most expensive version of the car to insure, occupying group 26.

Warranty

Skoda's three-year/60,000-mile warranty is on a par with rival brands like Ford and Volkswagen, but a long way behind the five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty offered by Hyundai, or the seven-year warranty Kia provides. You can extend Skoda's warranty to four or five years in length, but this will cost extra.

Servicing

Skoda typically offers two types of servicing aimed at customers with a lower or higher annual mileage. Under the first the car is maintained annually or every 10,000 miles; under the latter plan, sensors within the car judge when servicing is needed, with a maximum of 20,000 miles and two years between visits. The reason for this is that lots of stop-start journeys through town puts more stress on the car’s components than leisurely motorway cruising.

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Which Is Best?

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.5 TSI SE Technology 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £27,725

Most Economical

  • Name
    2.0 TDI SE Technology 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £30,270

Fastest

  • Name
    2.0 TDI 150 SE Technology 5dr DSG
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £32,670

Charlie writes and edits news, review and advice articles for Carbuyer, as well as publishing content to its social media platforms. He has also been a regular contributor to its sister titles Auto Express, DrivingElectric and evo. As well as being consumed by everything automotive, Charlie is a speaker of five languages and once lived in Chile, Siberia and the Czech Republic, returning to the UK to write about his life-long passion: cars.

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