Skoda Octavia hatchback - Practicality & boot space
Put simply, the Skoda Octavia is the biggest car in its class
Practicality is an area in which the Octavia has won over many buyers in the past, and there's no sign of that changing anytime soon. Now 19mm longer than before, passenger and luggage space are both excellent for a family hatchback.
Skoda Octavia interior space & storage
While there was no shortage of space in the outgoing Octavia, the latest version is incrementally better again. Rear passengers should be particularly impressed with the amount of knee room, legroom and headroom available, making the Skoda an accomplished long-distance cruiser.
It's a similar story for the boot, where there's a 10-litre increase in volume to 600 litres. If you need one reason to choose the Octavia over a Golf, it's here; there's a huge 220-litre size difference. Fold down the back seats (which can be done using a handle just inside the boot) and space increases to 1,555 litres. Not only is that lots of space, the floor is also flat and free from obstructions.
Most versions of the Octavia can tow up to 1,500kg, which is the size of a fairly substantial caravan. This extends to 1,600kg for the 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine and drops slightly to 1,300kg for the 1.0-litre petrol engine.