Skoda Octavia Estate - MPG, running costs & CO2
A range of efficient petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid powertrains keep costs low
Skoda has the benefit of being able to pick engines from 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.
A plug-in hybrid Skoda Octavia iV is also available, using a 1.4-litre petrol engine, 13kWh battery pack and electric motor can provide an electric-only range of up to 34 miles. There’s also the Skoda Octavia vRS estate, which also comes with a more powerful plug-in hybrid powertrain along with potent petrol and diesel engines.
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 more powerful 1.5-litre TSI petrol is capable of up to 51.4mpg with a manual gearbox, while CO2 emissions from 126-136g/km make it an affordable choice for company-car drivers. Opt for the 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine, and up to 53.3mpg is achievable.
For high mileage drivers, the 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine is available in both 113bhp and 148bhp power outputs, although the lesser of the two will be discontinued shortly. Economy is broadly similar for both versions, with the lower-powered engine returning up to 67.3mpg, while the more powerful unit is capable of 65.7mpg (expect slightly less on the bigger wheels). Emissions for the diesel engines range from 111g/km to 144g/km depending on specification and trim level, making the diesel Octavia similarly reasonable for company car drivers when compared to the petrol model.
The plug-in hybrid Octavia iV uses 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.
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.
By comparison, the old Octavia Estate started in group 14 for the entry-level model, climbing to group 29 for the vRS performance model.
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.
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.